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Samaritan Composer Kevin Kiner on Co-Writing the Score for Sylvester Stallone’s Superhero Movie With Jed Kurzel, Plus Star Wars

September 2022
<i>Samaritan</i> Composer Kevin Kiner on Co-Writing the Score for Sylvester Stallone’s Superhero Movie With Jed Kurzel, Plus <i>Star Wars</i>

When Kevin Kiner first got a call from fellow Samaritan composer Jed Kurzel, he thought he was simply signing up to help out a colleague, but instead, he found himself co-writing the score for Julius Avery‘s superhero movie, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Kiner has collaborated with other composers before, of... »

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18 ½ Cinematographer Elle Schneider on How a 15-Day Shoot Turned Into a 6-Month Stay on Location, and Taking Inspiration From Classic Conspiracy Thrillers

August 2022
<i>18 ½</i> Cinematographer Elle Schneider on How a 15-Day Shoot Turned Into a 6-Month Stay on Location, and Taking Inspiration From Classic Conspiracy Thrillers

Cinematographer Elle Schneider was one of just a few people to stay on location at the Silver Sands Resort on Long Island when the pandemic forced filmmakers to shut down production on 18 ½ for several weeks. She would stay on location for a total of six months. When production resumed, the filmmakers only... »

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Elvis Cinematographer Mandy Walker on Using New Lighting Tech to Recreate Classic Moments and Creating Emotion With Help From Austin Butler’s Eyes

August 2022
<i>Elvis</i> Cinematographer Mandy Walker on Using New Lighting Tech to Recreate Classic Moments and Creating Emotion With Help From Austin Butler’s Eyes

Mandy Walker put in the prep work when it came to her collaboration with Baz Luhrmann on Elvis. The cinematographer did her research in studying as many Elvis Presley movies as she could get her hands on, as well as still photos of Memphis in the 1950s and 1960s. As Luhrmann’s biopic moves into... »

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Dopesick DP Checco Varese on How Eyes Wide Shut Influenced the Opulence of the Sackler Family in Hulu’s Acclaimed Limited Series

August 2022
<i>Dopesick</i> DP Checco Varese on How <i>Eyes Wide Shut</i> Influenced the Opulence of the Sackler Family in Hulu’s Acclaimed Limited Series

Cinematographer Checco Varese received the very first Emmy nomination of his career for his work on Hulu’s acclaimed limited series Dopesick, which stars Michael Keaton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, and Will Poulter. Dopesick is an eye-opening account of the opioid epidemic, told from multiple points of view over the course of eight... »

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Sound Editors Joe Beshenkovsky, Bobby Mackston, and Matt Temple on How They Cleaned Up George Carlin’s Old Audio for HBO’s American Dream

August 2022
Sound Editors Joe Beshenkovsky, Bobby Mackston, and Matt Temple on How They Cleaned Up George Carlin’s Old Audio for HBO’s <i>American Dream</i>

George Carlin is one of the greatest stand-up comedians in American history, and thanks to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, audiences get a revelatory look at the late comedian in the HBO documentary George Carlin’s American Dream. The two-part film makes for a solid introduction to Carlin’s work for viewers who may not be... »

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Bullet Train Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir on Balancing All the Storylines and Giving Each Character Time to Shine

August 2022
<i>Bullet Train</i> Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir on Balancing All the Storylines and Giving Each Character Time to Shine

Bullet Train marks the fourth collaboration between Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir and Director David Leitch, who actually waited for Ronaldsdóttir to finish working on Shang-Chi rather than hire another editor, which speaks to their relationship and the level of respect he has for her. Based on a book by Kotaro Isaka, the film stars Brad... »

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Yellowstone and 1883 Composer Breton Vivian on Linking the Shows Through Music While Striving to Make Each Score Unique

June 2022
<i>Yellowstone</i> and <i>1883</i> Composer Breton Vivian on Linking the Shows Through Music While Striving to Make Each Score Unique

Breton Vivian had worked with Brian Tyler for a number of years as a composer’s assistant, but now he’s working with Tyler as an equal for a pair of Taylor Sheridan series — Yellowstone and 1883. Yellowstone is Paramount’s flagship streaming series and one of many that Sheridan has either on the air or... »

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The Afterparty DP Carl Herse on Working With Lord & Miller Again and Lighting for Several Different Genres

June 2022
<i>The Afterparty</i> DP Carl Herse on Working With Lord & Miller Again and Lighting for Several Different Genres

When Cinematographer Carl Herse found out about the Apple TV+ series The Afterparty, he immediately sent an email to executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, having previously worked with the directing duo behind the 21 Jump Street movies. Created by Miller, The Afterparty is a comedy series that doubles as a murder mystery.... »

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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

June 2022
<i>Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</i> Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore were fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel well before Amy Sherman-Palladino brought them in to write music for Season 3. With laughs coming a mile a minute from the stage, the Amazon Prime Video series isn’t one that relies heavily on a score. Instead, what Mizer and Moore do... »

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Loki Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw on the Importance of Ceilings and Having Both a Good Mentor and a Strong POV

June 2022
<i>Loki</i> Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw on the Importance of Ceilings and Having Both a Good Mentor and a Strong POV

Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw usually works with friends, but the offer to work on Loki came through her agent. Regardless of how she found her way to the high-profile project, Arkapaw was delighted by the opportunity to shoot one of Marvel’s first series for Disney+, though she knew it would be a daunting task. Below the... »

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