Black Adam

Black Adam Editor Mike Sale on Working With Dwayne Johnson, Finding the Right Balance of Comedy and Tension, and Henry Cavill’s Secret Superman Cameo

Black Adam Editor Mike Sale, ACE had one day off between wrapping his work on Red Notice and starting to cut Dwayne Johnson‘s next movie alongside fellow editor John Lee, but he dove into the gig headfirst and didn’t look back. Sale has developed a feel for Johnson’s work over the years, having also edited Skyscraper and Central Intelligence. However, Black Adam marked his first comic book movie, and it […]

Kevin Kiner

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

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 course, but he wasn’t terribly familiar with Kurzel’s style going into the project, so he had […]

Elle Schneider

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

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 had four more days of shooting under the new COVID protocols before they could finish principal […]

Mandy Walker

Elvis 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 a different time period, the look of the film also changes. Walker said that the trainspotting […]

Checco Varese

Dopesick DP Checco Varese on How Eyes Wide Shut 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 episodes. We meet everyone from the people in pain to the doctor who treated them with […]

Joe B

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

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 familiar with his comedy, and it was up to the sound editing team of Joe Beshenkovky, […]

Bullet Train

Bullet Train 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 Pitt as an unlucky assassin code-named Ladybug, who has inherited the responsibility of retrieving a mysterious […]


Yellowstone and 1883 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 in the works. The show grew in popularity because of the pandemic, leading the fourth season […]

Carl Herse

The Afterparty 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. The star-studded whodunit takes place at a lavish California mansion shortly after a 20-year high school […]

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 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 is compose the songs for the Emmy-winning show. The duo wrote ditties for Shy Baldwin and […]