Browse Articles by Ian Spelling

The Offer DP Elie Smolkin on Recreating the Classic Look of The Godfather While Putting His Own Stamp on the Paramount+ Series

June 2022
<i>The Offer</i> DP Elie Smolkin on Recreating the Classic Look of <i>The Godfather</i> While Putting His Own Stamp on the Paramount+ Series

Growing up, Elie Smolkin loved movies. He and his family shared a routine, wherein Elie, his brother, and their mother would drop by their local Blockbuster, and each got to pick one new movie from the expensive aisle and four from the 99-cent aisle. On weekends, they’d sit and watch all the movies. “We... »

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Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and How They Handle Criticism

June 2022
Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman on <i>Star Trek: Strange New Worlds</i> and <i>The Man Who Fell to Earth</i>, and How They Handle Criticism

Interviewing Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman is almost as entertaining as their current projects, Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth and the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Lumet and Kurtzman are longtime friends and frequent collaborators who serve as both writers and producers on the two shows. Kurtzman, of course, is... »

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Keri Smith, Costume Designer for The Goldbergs and Live in Front of a Studio Audience, on Using Fashion to Honor the Past

June 2022
Keri Smith, Costume Designer for <i>The Goldbergs</i> and <i>Live in Front of a Studio Audience</i>, on Using Fashion to Honor the Past

Keri Smith is living in the past, and she loves it. The veteran Costume Designer has worked on contemporary shows and movies, including I Hate My 30’s, My Boys, Answers to Nothing, and Happy Endings, but she’s spent the better part of the last decade happily ensconced in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s thanks... »

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Only Murders in the Building Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

June 2022
<i>Only Murders in the Building</i> Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez… and the Arconia. Though it’s a fictional building, it — along with the apartments belonging to Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putman (Short), and Mabel Mora’s (Gomez) aunt — feels as real as any other character on Hulu’s hit mystery comedy series. The... »

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Music Supervisor Robin Urdang on Her Journey From Working in Bars to Becoming a Three-Time Emmy Winner

June 2022
<i>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</i> Music Supervisor Robin Urdang on Her Journey From Working in Bars to Becoming a Three-Time Emmy Winner

The music of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is as much a part of the show’s creative mosaic as its lively performances, colorful cinematography, smart writing, and eye-popping sets. So, it should surprise no one that Music Supervisor Robin Urdang has already collected three Emmys for her work on the show, and is once again likely to be... »

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Moon Knight Production Designer Stefania Cella Recalls Being “Heartbroken” Upon Seeing the Chamber of the Gods Set Torn Down

May 2022
<i>Moon Knight</i> Production Designer Stefania Cella Recalls Being “Heartbroken” Upon Seeing the Chamber of the Gods Set Torn Down

Stefania Cella’s career is growing along with the size and scope of the projects she has been working on as a production designer. Her early credits include fairly straightforward films and television shows such as Once and Again, John Q, Maniac, The Great Beauty, and Black Mass, but somewhere along the way, she got... »

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Moon Knight DP Gregory Middleton on Visualizing the Show’s Duality Theme & How Game of Thrones Helped Prepare Him for Marvel

May 2022
<i>Moon Knight</i> DP Gregory Middleton on Visualizing the Show’s Duality Theme & How <i>Game of Thrones</i> Helped Prepare Him for Marvel

Cinematographers usually land their next job from producers or directors they worked with on a previous show. But that wasn’t the case for Gregory Middleton, the veteran Canadian director of photography whose many credits date back to 1992 and include Game of Thrones, Watchmen, Fringe, The Killing, and now, Moon Knight. The six-episode limited series just... »

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Wheel of Time Costume Designer Isis Mussenden on Dressing the Cast of Amazon’s Epic Fantasy Series

January 2022
<i>Wheel of Time </i> Costume Designer Isis Mussenden on Dressing the Cast of Amazon’s Epic Fantasy Series

The Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video’s ambitious stab at a Lord of the Rings-esque fantasy franchise, looks absolutely glorious. Every frame of the series, which is based on the novels by Robert Jordan, aspires to be a thing of beauty. Of course, there are few images more stunning than Rosamund Pike channeling her magic as... »

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Artist Profile: Lucifer Production Designer Alex Hajdu On His Past & The Future of His Craft

December 2021
Artist Profile: <em>Lucifer</em> Production Designer Alex Hajdu On His Past & The Future of His Craft

Alex Hajdu is on a roll. The veteran Production Designer spent several years working on Lucifer, starting with Season Three, and following its recent conclusion, he moved straight on to the CBS reboot of CSI: Vegas.  Truth be told, though, Hajdu has rarely been without work – and early on created that work for... »

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Doc Multi-Hyphenate Lewis Rapkin on Level Playing Field, Citizen Ashe, Twyla Moves

November 2021
Doc Multi-Hyphenate Lewis Rapkin on <em>Level Playing Field</em>, <em>Citizen Ashe</em>, <em>Twyla Moves</em>

Lewis Rapkin is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate. He produced, directed and edited Live From Tokyo (2010), a documentary that explored the independent/underground music scene, and directed, edited. In 2018, he directed and composed the score for the documentary short Automatic on the Road, which tracks a literary A.I. robot as it attempts to write its version... »

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