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 […]


Loki 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 Line recently spoke to Arkapaw, who revealed her favorite set on the series and talked about fighting for practical […]

The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back Editor Jabez Olssen on Cutting the Band’s Improvised Gems, Syncing Old Audio, and Working With Peter Jackson

For The Beatles: Get Back, which is one of the most ambitious documentaries in recent years, Peter Jackson‘s longtime editor Jabez Olssen had to sift through nearly 200 hours of archival video footage and audio. At one point, the documentary was planned for a theatrical release, but because of the pandemic, Jackson and his producing partners made the call to release it as a multi-part series on Disney+. At this point, the running time no […]

Ari Wegner

The Power of the Dog DP Ari Wegner on Oscars Controversy, Her Historic Nomination, and Working With Jane Campion

The Power of the Dog DP Ari Wegner is only the second woman in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography following Rachel Morrison, who shot Netflix’s 2017 drama Mudbound. Five years later, the streamer boasts another female contender who could make history at the Oscars, especially seeing as how Wegner recently took top cinematography honors from both the British Society of Cinematographers and the Critics Choice Awards. While […]

Peter Sciberras

The Power of the Dog Editor Peter Sciberras on Dailies, Pandemic Curveballs, and the Academy’s “Disappointing” Decision

When film editor Peter Sciberras first heard that Jane Campion wanted to meet with him to discuss a film titled The Power of the Dog, he wasn’t familiar with the source material. A quick Google search yielded the Don Winslow book of the same name, which led him to initially think that Campion was making a cartel movie. Though that didn’t turn out to be the case, he was still surprised when he […]

Andrew Weisblum

Oscar-Nominated Editors Andrew Weisblum and Myron Kerstein on Finding the Rhythm of Tick, Tick… Boom!

Andrew Weisblum and Myron Kerstein may share an Oscar nomination as the Editors of Tick, Tick… Boom! but they didn’t actually work on the film together. Because of the pandemic, the schedule went long and Weisblum recommended Kerstein to take the film across the finish line. Kerstein jumped at the opportunity to work with Lin-Manuel Miranda again, having previously edited Jon M. Chu‘s In the Heights, which Miranda produced. The experience gave Kerstein some familiarity with Miranda, though […]


Belfast DP Haris Zambarloukos on His Creative Bond With Kenneth Branagh and Finding a Softer Palette

Haris Zambarloukos never set out to become a cinematographer, because he wanted to study art and painting. Everything changed when he made his way to London for college and started studying film. Now well established in Hollywood, Zambarloukos has worked with director Kenneth Branagh on a number of films, including his latest effort, Belfast, which has already earned Zambarloukos a Hamilton Behind the Camera Award for Cinematography as well as a handful of other […]

Tick, Tick... Boom!

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cinematographer Alice Brooks on Shooting Her Second Major Musical of 2021

After shooting Jon M. Chu’s musical In the Heights, based on the hit musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cinematographer Alice Brooks found herself in the unique position to work with Miranda again on his feature directorial debut Tick, Tick… Boom!. Steven Levenson wrote the script, which was based on Rent creator Jonathan Larson’s semi-biographical musical of the same name. Andrew Garfield plays a version of Larson, leading a cast that includes Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Bradley […]