Ian Unterreiner
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Ian Unterreiner Named President of Russo Brothers’ VisualCreatures Virtual Production Studio

Russo Brothers’ AGBO announced today that Ian Unterreiner has been appointed President and Partner of their virtual production studio VisualCreatures (VC). The recently acquired company, which specializes in real-time applications in visual effects and animation, opened its new studio equipped with a motion capture enabled sound stage at AGBO’s downtown Los Angeles’ creative campus. Unterreiner’s appointment will push VC’s research and development deeper into virtual production workflows and AI solutions […]

Janet Kusnick
Art Direction

Art Directors Guild to Honor Illustrator/Storyboard Artist Janet Kusnick with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) announced today that Illustrator/Storyboard Artist Janet Kusnick will be presented with an Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illustrators and Matte Artists (IMA) Council. The celebration will take place at the 27th Annual ADG Awards on Saturday February 18, 2023, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Making the announcement was Guild President Nelson Coates, ADG and Awards Producers Michael Allen […]

House Party
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House Party DP Andrew Huebscher on Creating a ’90s Visual Aesthetic for Calmatic’s Updated Comedy

A modern take on House Party from music video director Calmatic is currently playing in theaters thanks to Warner Bros. and New Line, and though it might only have a few things in common with the movie starring Kid ‘n Play, the first-time director wanted to maintain some of the look and feel of the original even though times have changed quite a lot in the 30-plus years since that hit […]

Avatar Way of the Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water: Wētā FX’s Joe Letteri, Dan Barrett, Eric Saindon on the New Challenges of Bringing People Back to James Cameron’s Pandora

James Cameron‘s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is not just an enormous global box office phenomenon, but it’s also one of the finest displays of the use of visual effects and new technology in filmmaking in over a decade. As with the 2009 Avatar, it’s the collaborative efforts of Cameron’s own Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. (LEI) with Wētā FX that helped bring to life new areas on Pandora and its […]

The Fabelmans
Art Direction

The Fabelmans: Steven Spielberg’s Longtime Production Designer Rick Carter on Bringing the Filmmaker’s Childhood Back to Life With His Sisters’ Help

Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans is one of the stalwart director’s most personal films, given that it was based on his own childhood in New Jersey and Phoenix before his family finally moved out to California. The coming-of-age movie has received quite a bit of acclaim since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the kudos continued this past week with a pair of Golden Globe wins as well […]

Banshees of Inisherin
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The Banshees of Inisherin Composer Carter Burwell on His Fourth Collaboration With Martin McDonagh and His Songwriting “Competition” With Brendan Gleeson

Composer Carter Burwell has done a fine job establishing and maintaining relationships with a number of talented filmmakers, as evidenced by the fact that they keep coming back to him to provide music to their films. One of Burwell’s frequent collaborators is Writer-Director Martin McDonagh, who has worked with the composer going back to his first feature film, In Bruges. Their latest effort, The Banshees of Inisherin, reunites the cast […]

Babylon
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Babylon Editor Tom Cross on Finding the Right Rhythm for Damien Chazelle’s 3-Hour Hollywood Epic, and Creating Its Climactic Movie Montage

Babylon is Oscar winner Damien Chazelle‘s fifth feature and the fourth he has entrusted to Editor Tom Cross, who won an Oscar for cutting Chazelle’s breakout 2014 film Whiplash, which the director followed with La La Land in 2016 and First Man in 2018. Cross earned a second Oscar nomination and an ACE Eddie Award for the former, and yet another Eddie nomination for the latter. Ever since Whiplash, Cross has […]

Viola Davis Woman King
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The Woman King Composer Terence Blanchard on Reuniting With Gina Prince-Bythewood and Finding the Sound of Dahomey

Renowned Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has been scoring films and television shows going all the way back to Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever in 1991. That partnership has led to a pair of Oscar nominations for Blanchard, for 2019’s BlacKkKlansman, and 2020’s Da Five Bloods. Blanchard returns to the Oscar race this year with his score for Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s The Woman King, which marks a new high for the composer, who has […]

Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick
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Top Gun: Maverick Editor Eddie Hamilton on Why Tom Cruise Recommended Him for the Job of Cutting Paramount’s Intricate Action Sequel

In Hollywood, sometimes it’s not about what you know, but who you know, and Tom Cruise is a pretty good person to know, especially if you’re a Film Editor. Such is the case with Eddie Hamilton, who knew Cruise from editing the fifth and sixth Mission: Impossible movies for Director Christopher McQuarrie. When Cruise was finally ready to make Top Gun: Maverick, the long-gestating sequel to the 1986 blockbuster that […]

The Pale Blue Eye
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The Pale Blue Eye DP Masanobu Takayanagi on Creating a Distinctive Look for Scott Cooper’s Candlelit Mystery Starring Christian Bale

Scott Cooper‘s latest film, the moody period piece The Pale Blue Eye, is an adaptation of Louis Bayard‘s novel about a series of grisly murders at the West Point military academy in upstate New York, and its distinctive look really helps enhance the mystery at the center of the story. Set in the early 1800s, the Netflix film stars Christian Bale as detective Augustus Landor, who is called to investigate […]