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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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Posted in Editing, Featured, Film, Interviews, Music |

Director Series: Swagger Director Reggie Rock Bythewood on the Apple Youth Basketball Series

October 2021
Director Series: <em>Swagger</em> Director Reggie Rock Bythewood on the Apple Youth Basketball Series

Over the course of his film and television career, Reggie Rock Bythewood has worn multiple hats: actor, writer, producer, showrunner and director. His acting credits include Brother from Another Planet and Vampire’s Kiss. He wrote for A Different World, wrote and produced New York Undercover, wrote and directed the film Biker Boyz, and created,... »

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Posted in Direction, Director Series, Featured, Interviews, Television |

WandaVision Sound Mixer Chris Giles on the Challenges of the Emmy-Nominated Marvel Series

August 2021
<em>WandaVision</em> Sound Mixer Chris Giles on the Challenges of the Emmy-Nominated Marvel Series

Chris Giles thought he was hearing things. The veteran film and television Production Mixer could hardly believe that WandaVision snagged a whopping 23 Emmy Award nominations. Among those nominations was one for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited or Anthology or Movie, which went to Giles, Re-Recording Mixer Danielle Dupre, ADR Mixer Doc Kane,... »

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Posted in Featured, Interviews, Sound, Television |

Director Series: The Flight Attendant‘s Emmy-Nominated Director Susanna Fogel

August 2021
Director Series: <em>The Flight Attendant</em>‘s Emmy-Nominated Director Susanna Fogel

One of the biggest surprises on the television/streaming horizon over the past few months was The Flight Attendant. Starring and produced by Kaley Cuoco, it’s quirky, smart, imaginative, daring, violent, funny and at times thrilling, with top-notched (and Emmy-nominated) production values and a superlative performance by Cuoco in her first post-Big Bang Theory outing.... »

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Emmy Watch: The Flight Attendant Production Designer Sara K White

August 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>The Flight Attendant</em> Production Designer Sara K White

“It’s been such an honor to receive the nomination,” enthuses Sara K White, who earned her first-ever Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) category for her work on The Flight Attendant. “I happened to be back home in Ohio when I got the news,... »

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Emmy Watch: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Thrice-Nominated Makeup Artist Burton LeBlanc

August 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>The Handmaid’s Tale</em>’s Thrice-Nominated Makeup Artist Burton LeBlanc

Burton LeBlanc makes Elisabeth Moss look like hell. And for his efforts, he’s earned three Emmy nominations. LeBlanc, you see, is a top TV and movie makeup artist and just landed his third nomination (shared with Alastair Muir) in the Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) category for his work on Hulu’s hit series, The Handmaid’s... »

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Emmy Watch: Bridgerton Costume Designers Ellen Mirojnick and John W. Glaser III

August 2021
Emmy Watch: <em>Bridgerton</em> Costume Designers Ellen Mirojnick and John W. Glaser III

It surprised absolutely no one that the Netflix sensation Bridgerton snagged 12 Emmy nominations, but if – in some alternate universe we don’t want to visit — it had received only one nomination, it would have been for Outstanding Period Costumes. Right? Right.  The show’s costumes popped visually on screen and complemented the personalities... »

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The Nevers: Scanline VFX Supervisor Justin Mitchell on his Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects

August 2021
<em>The Nevers</em>: Scanline VFX Supervisor Justin Mitchell on his Emmy-Nominated Visual Effects

The Nevers is complicated, complex and fantastical, with aliens blessing/cursing “touched” ladies in Victorian London with kickass powers. Only, the men don’t welcome the freshly empowered women. In fact, they hunt them down. Enter a touched, butt-kicking tandem, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) and Penance (Ann Skelly), who defend and shelter the gifted but endangered “orphans.” ... »

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