Geraud Brisson

CODA Editor Geraud Brisson Cuts Siân Heder’s Sundance-Winning Coming-of-Age Tale 

Siân Heder’s CODA — an acronym for “Child of Deaf Adults” —  based on 2014 French film La Famille Bélier, tells the story of Ruby (Emilia Jones). She is the only hearing person in her family and plans to join her family’s fishing business after high school. However, these plans change when she joins the school’s choir, and with the encouragement of her music teacher Mr. V (Eugenio Derbez), Ruby […]

Paula Huidobro

CODA Cinematographer Paula Huidobro Reteams with Siân Heder for the Sundance Crowdpleaser

Cinematographer Paula Huidobro and CODA filmmaker Siân Heder have worked with each other on numerous projects before they worked together on this year’s Sundance Film Festival award winner, CODA (an acronym for “Children of Deaf Adults.”) Because of their working relationship, the two have managed to build a shorthand and “have a great way of working together.” Directed by Heder and based on 2014 French film, La Famille Bélier, CODA […]

Ina Mayhew
Art Direction

Craft Spotlight: Respect Production Designer Ina Mayhew on Recreating the ’60s

Respect Production Designer Ina Mayhew always knew that she was going to end up in media, but her path directed her towards film when a movie was being produced on campus while she attended college. Prior to working on Respect, Mayhew and filmmaker Lisel Tommy worked on Queen Sugar and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Because of this, the two had already developed a shorthand by the time they started working on […]

Ian Seabrook

Underwater Cinematographer Ian Seabrook on His Work for Jungle Cruise and Old

Based on the Disney park attraction of the same name, Jungle Cruise takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure through the Amazon where researcher Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall) hire the services of skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson). Lily is in search of an ancient tree, but she’s not the only one. They encounter all kinds of danger on their journey, which offers a throwback feeling to […]

The Book of Boba Fett
Emmy Watch

The Mandalorian‘s Head Prosthetics Makeup Artist Brian Sipe on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Life

When Star Wars was first released in 1977, it was a game-changer for Hollywood. Emmy-winning Makeup Artist Brian Sipe was among those in which the franchise had a big impact. Sipe is now the head makeup artist for Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian, a Disney+ series that takes place five years following Return of the Jedi. Season 2, which finished airing last December, saw the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano with Rosario […]


Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of Gunpowder Milkshake

Composer Frank Ilfman teams up with filmmaker Navot Papushado for the fourth time for the Netflix genre-blender, Gunpowder Milkshake, launching on July 14. The movie stars Karen Gillan as an assassin who has to protect the 9-year-old daughter of one of her victims while teaming with her mother (Lena Headey) to fight off a group of henchmen sent to kill them. Ilfman and Papushado previously collaborated on the films Rabies, Big Bad Wolves, and […]

Alice Brooks

In the Heights Cinematographer Alice Brooks Fulfills Her Dream to Film the Musical

Cinematographer Alice Brooks has wanted to shoot an In the Heights adaptation for years, and her opportunity finally came when film school classmate, Jon M. Chu, was signed on to direct the movie. In the following interview with Below the Line, Brooks broke down some of the challenges that came with shooting the film, including the “96,000” set piece featuring over 500 people throughout the two pools located at the […]


CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Tobias Schliessler, ASC, on the Challenges of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

German Cinematographer Tobias Schliessler, ASC, was among the last people to work with Chadwick Boseman when he shot Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Director George C. Wolfe. Recently, Schliessler opened up to Below the Line about working with Wolfe and hi talented leads, Viola Davis and Boseman. Based on the August Wilson play, the film depicts the tension of a single recording session and the emotions that play out in […]


CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: Marcell Rév, HSC, on Making Malcolm & Marie

Hungarian cinematographer Marcell Rév, HSC, has been working with filmmaker Sam Levinson since the Sundance-premiering Assassination Nation. Their second collaboration was the Emmy-winning HBO series Euphoria, starring Zendaya. Once the pandemic hit, production on Euphoria was forced to shut down, but with the creative itch for getting back to work, Rév signed on for their third collaboration together, Malcolm & Marie. Starring Zendaya and John David Washington, Malcolm & Marie is […]

Phedon Papamichael

Artist Profile: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, on Filming Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, may not be a household name, but there’s a strong chance that you’re familiar with his work. Papamichael has frequently worked with James Mangold, most recently on 2019’s Ford v Ferrari, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. In addition to collaborating with Mangold and Payne, Papamichael has also worked with George Clooney on a few films. The Trial of […]