Browse Articles by Leslie Lindeman

In Memoriam: Pat McCarthy – Below the Line Staffer, Individualist, Friend

March 2015
In Memoriam: Pat McCarthy – <em>Below the Line</em> Staffer, Individualist, Friend

Patricia McCarthy, a former production coordinator, and the woman behind Below the Line’s authoritative Production Listings for many years, died March 5 in her Palm Springs home. She was 72. Her free-spirited and unconventional approach to life made her, (with apologies to the guy in the beer commercial), one of the most interesting people in... »

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Shooting on the Way to The Highest Pass

April 2012
Shooting on the Way to <em>The Highest Pass</em>

“Extreme situations where something super-difficult is going on and a level head is needed,” that’s how Adam Schomer, writer-producer of The Highest Pass, a documentary opening in Los Angeles this weekend, about riding motorcycles through India on a spiritual journey with his guru, described cinematographer Dean Mitchell’s métier. A longtime bike enthusiast, Mitchell owns... »

Posted in Camera, Direction, Featured, Film, News |

Contender – Production Designer Stuart Craig, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

January 2012
Contender – Production Designer Stuart Craig, <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II</em>

It’s been more than a decade since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone debuted and now production designer Stuart Craig closes the eight-volume book on the series, an “octalogy,” in fact, having designed every movie in the series including 2011’s finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. »

Posted in Art Direction, Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film |

Contender – Production Designer Dante Ferretti, Hugo

January 2012
Contender – Production Designer Dante Ferretti, <em>Hugo</em>

I’ve read that growing up in the small town of Macerata, Italy, in the 1950s, Dante Ferretti spent a lot of time in movie theaters watching Ben Hur, Cleopatra and spaghetti Westerns. So it’s with visions of a Cinema Paradiso childhood that my first question for the master designer is, “When you were young…” “I’m still... »

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Contender – Production Designer Jess Gonchor, Moneyball

January 2012
Contender – Production Designer Jess Gonchor, <em>Moneyball</em>

For all the talk about how Moneyball is not really a baseball movie, rather, a character study, if we don’t buy the realism of the world of Major League Baseball, the movie’s foundation is suddenly shaky. Production designer Jess Gonchor knew this the first time he toured the Oakland Atheltics’ team facilities. He also... »

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Contender – Cinematographer Wally Pfister, Moneyball

January 2012
Contender – Cinematographer Wally Pfister, <em>Moneyball</em>

Talk about range. One year ago, Wally Pfister won the Oscar for best cinematography for Inception, a photographic spectacle of undulating streets and men in suits floating along the ceilings of hotel corridors. This year he’s a contender for shooting Brad Pitt in a pickup truck driving through Long Beach. »

Posted in Awards, Camera, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film |

Contender – Production Designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Albert Nobbs

January 2012
Contender – Production Designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, <em>Albert Nobbs</em>

When I ask production designer, Patrizia Von Brandenstein what her mindset is when she begins a period project she immediately answers, “Terror.” It needn’t be. Patrizia (she’s earned first-name treatment) is a legendary production designer who has demonstrated extreme comfort and dexterity working in any decade in any century in just about any place on... »

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Contender – Cinematographer Bradford Young, Pariah

December 2011
Contender – Cinematographer Bradford Young, <em>Pariah</em>

Even if you’re not prone to appreciating the nuances of cinematography, from the first, striking scenes of Pariah, you’re tempted to reach for your smartphone to look up the name of the DP. Instead of the predictable crane shot down into Brooklyn that finds Alike (pronounced Uh-LEE-kay), the 17 year-old, lesbian protagonist of this coming-of-age/coming... »

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Director Dee Rees Makes a Forceful Debut With Pariah

December 2011
Director Dee Rees Makes a Forceful Debut With <em>Pariah</em>

Talking or reading about the film, Pariah, you immediately learn the movie is about a 17 year-old lesbian. She hangs out at a lesbian nightclub, she has lesbian girlfriends, she has trouble with her parents when they suspect she’s a lesbian and she struggles inwardly with coming out as… a lesbian. Unless you are... »

Posted in Contender Portfolios, Crafts, Direction, Director Series, Featured, Film |

Teamwork is an Edge for Art Directors This Awards Season

November 2011
Teamwork is an Edge for Art Directors This Awards Season

The shorthand between a production designer and director who have previously worked together is an advantage in filmmaking that will likely come into play this awards season, three leading designers agreed. Rick Carter and Steven Spielberg, Dante Ferreti and Martin Scorcese, David Yates and Stuart Craig, Clint Eastwood and James Murakami, and Terrence Mallick... »

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