Browse Articles by Mark London Williams

Strike Alert: Strike Averted and Everybody’s Happy, Right?

October 2021
Strike Alert: Strike Averted and Everybody’s Happy, Right?

IATSE President Matthew Loeb called it “a Hollywood ending,” referring, of course, to the last minute tentative settlement between the union, and the AMPTP, to avoid the first-ever widespread crew shutdown of film and TV production.   The phrase conjures up imagery going back to The Perils of Pauline, with the heroine snatched off the... »

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Strike Alert: What Do Rice Krispies and Tractors Have in Common?

October 2021
Strike Alert: What Do Rice Krispies and Tractors Have in Common?

“Times have changed, and rapidly. During the depths of the pandemic in 2020 (companies) posted skyrocketing profits… (even with) consumers stuck at home on lockdown… To meet that surge in demand, workers… were leaned on to give up their weekends or to work grueling 12-hour shifts — making extra cash, but losing time with... »

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Strike Alert: Introductions, and Making A Stand by Painting Your Car

October 2021
Strike Alert: Introductions, and Making A Stand by Painting Your Car

“Everything old is new again…” as the song has it. And so, hello again, Below the Line. And hello, too, to an IATSE that’s decidedly more activist than any of its previous incarnations. Indeed, the last time that craftworkers in Hollywood staged any kind of walkout, the IA was actually on the other side.... »

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Oscars 2019: Different Directions, From Green Book On Down

February 2019
Oscars 2019: Different Directions, From <em>Green Book</em> On Down

Although the anointing of a best picture Oscar for Green Book has already sparked a kind of Crash-like umbrage, the truth is this year’s Oscar-fest showed no clear overall “winner” — or do we mean “Favourite?” Green Book wasn’t even nominated in the directing category, but neither was Argo, a few short years back.... »

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Opinion: Through a Glass, Darkly – Reactions to the Academy’s Broadcast Cuts

February 2019

If the Motion Picture Academy thought it was going to have smooth sailing once they retreated from the firestorm on a “most popular picture” category, and decided to go “host-less” this year, well, they were wrong. Storm clouds returned immediately upon the announcement that the awards for cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup... »

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Art Directors Guild’s New Renaissance Moves Downtown

February 2019
Art Directors Guild’s New Renaissance Moves Downtown

It was a busy week in the February-long run-up to the Oscars, with the Directors Guild of America and the Art Directors Guild sharing not only initials, but awards ceremonies on the same weekend. While most of these shows remain in familiar venues for years on end, it was the ADG that took a... »

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The “B” in NAB

May 2018
The “B” in NAB

It’s truly the “B” in NAB that signals how much the recently concluded annual event in Las Vegas has changed. Once “broadcast” shifted to also mean “streaming,” and since that includes everything digital, NAB has become a show that’s now about, well, almost everything. Everything at least, that you’d see or hear through a... »

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Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

March 2018
Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

  If you bet on every favorite in your office’s Oscar pool this year, you did quite well. It was a year of very few surprises, and stood in stark contrast to last year’s “wow finish” –to borrow a line from the movies. And yet those who won were very thoughtful about their craft–both... »

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Posted in Awards, Blog the Line, Camera, Composers, Costume Design, Crafts, Direction, Editing, Events, Featured, Film, News, Postproduction, Sound, Visual FX |

VES 2018: Practical Magic

February 2018
VES 2018: Practical Magic

War for the Planet of the Apes took the upper hand – or, perhaps paw – heading into the Oscar VFX showdown with Blade Runner 2049, as it won the evening’s top prize at the VES Awards, for “Best Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.” Indeed, the evening was marked with many instances to... »

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SciTech Awards: How Those Visions Did Appear

February 2018
SciTech Awards: How Those Visions Did Appear

For the second straight year, the Academy’s SciTech awards reached into the Star Trek universe to find a host: Last year, John Cho, the current Sulu voyaging on the Enterprise, anchored the evening along with Leslie Mann. This year, there was only one, but what a one: Sir Patrick Stewart, who brought both gravitas... »

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