IT – You’ll Float Too

Bill Skarsgård and Jackson Robert Scott in It (2017) Based on the famous 1986 Stephen King novel, New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), focuses on seven young outcasts called the “the Losers’ Club” who share similar sensibilities. Each of them has been isolated growing up, surrounded by the terror of bullies, useless parents and an apathetic community. Set in the small town of Derry, Maine, […]

Art Direction

Contender: Production Designer Nathan Crowley – Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which explores the origins of WWII, takes place mostly on beaches, boats and in the air. Nolan’s long-time colleague, the Oscar nominated Production Designer, Nathan Crowley was tapped to recreate this dark time in history. Crowley’s first collaboration with Nolan was on the crime thriller, Insomnia and his body of work includes Prestige, The Dark Knight and Interstellar. Crowley began his career as a set designer on […]

Art Direction

Creator Sharon Horgan & Production Designer Samantha Harley of Amazon’s Catastrope

Amazon‘s streaming hit television show, Catastrophe is unique in several ways. First, Irish co-creator and lead actress, Sharon Horgan, ostensibly met her American comedic writing partner and co-creator Rob Delaney, on Twitter of all places. Second, this project marks her third endeavor with long time colleague, Samantha Harley, her trusted production designer. Third, and perhaps most poignantly, Catastrophe boasts the last frames of film to be graced by the late, […]

Costume Design

Wearing the Truth with Tom Broecker, Costume Designer, Z: The Beginning of Everything

When executive producer and leading actress Christina Ricci first optioned Therese Anne Fowler‘s book, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, she knew she wanted the best department heads to work on her Amazon series–titled, Z: The Beginning of Everything. After much research, it was Ricci’s true intention to clear up misconceptions about Fitzgerald’s storied life that intrigued costume designer, Tom Broecker. Broecker, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, […]


Q&A with Nora Felder, Music Supervisor for Stranger Thing

Stranger Things’ award winning music supervisor, Nora Felder, took the time to field some questions from Below the Line.   Q: Just for some background, please tell us how you got involved with Dead Presidents and Tank Girl. A: This was at the very start of my career when getting my feet wet in the field of music supervision. I worked for a short time, under then music supervisor Bonnie […]

Art Direction

Production Designer Martin Childs & Costume Designer Michele Clapton, The Crown

The English Royalty has always been of interest to many cultures all over the world, and America especially, as England is after all, our Mother. With Netfilx‘s epic series, The Crown, the storytellers go beyond the surface of the gilded castles and the elegant costumes to offer a glimpse of the real life family dynamics between Queen Elizabeth II and her father, sister, mother, husband and Winston Churchill as a […]


Executive Producer Christina Ricci, Z: The Beginning of Everything

Executive producer and leading actress, Christina Ricci liked the book, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, so much, that she asked about the rights to filming the property. Written by Theresa Anne Fowler, the novel fictionalizes the life and times of the iconic American writer, dancer and socialite, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Like many of us, Ricci’s knowledge of the Fitzgeralds was originally limited to reading The Great Gatsby in her […]


Gregory Plotkin, Editor of Get Out

Why does the word “horror” movie have a stigma attached to it and what is truly scary in the modern age? Is the horror genre classified as subpar because the movies were originally low budget and could be made quickly, under the aegis of the prolific, but largely unsung Roger Corman, who gave Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Jack Nicholson (just to name a few), […]


La La Land Sound Department

2017’s Oscar front runner, La La Land, has employed thousands of craftspeople, technicians and artists to help flesh out director Damien Chazelle‘s vision of a Hollywood musical with a modern spin. Two such trusted teammates were sound designer and supervising sound editor, Ai Ling Lee and Mildred (Milly) Iatrou, supervising sound editor. According to Lee, Damien Chazelle had originally wanted to work with the famous Andy Nelson, the well respected […]


The Society of Camera Operators Spends a Night On The Other Side of the Lens

This award season, at The Society of Camera Operators 2017 gala, the group wasn’t able to single out just one technical achievement of the year, but two. Held at Hollywood’s Loew’s Hotel in the upstairs ballroom, the black tie event not only celebrated mechanical advances in the industry, but honored recipients of lifetime achievement awards, as well as presented their Governor’s Award to the beloved actor, Michael Keaton. Technical Achievement […]