Browse Articles by Mark London Williams

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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Posted in Blog the Line, Events, Featured, Film, New Media, News, Television, Visual FX |

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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Posted in Awards, Blog the Line, Camera, Crafts, Featured |

2018 PGA Awards – Bridges Over Troubled Waters

January 2018
2018 PGA Awards –  Bridges Over Troubled Waters

  It would be hard to get more above the line than the Producers Guild Awards, unless the CEOs of the corporations who actually own film studios were to suddenly start awarding themselves. But then again, if everyone on a film is charged with performing a kind of alchemy— the writer putting words on... »

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Lesli Linka Glatter: Homeland is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

July 2017
Lesli Linka Glatter: <em>Homeland</em> is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

“Back when the American Government actually sponsored the arts,” recalled Homeland executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, invoking a long-ago incarnation of the USA, “I had a grant to perform in the Far East.” That grant, to study and perform in places like Paris and London, and eventually the Far East, found her in Japan, after... »

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NAB 2017, Part 2: Elephants in the Room

May 2017
NAB 2017, Part 2: Elephants in the Room

One can think of last week’s NAB as simply one of the largest conventions in Vegas — along with the not-unrelated CES. CES, in January, is a gathering to show what kinds of screens consumers will desire, or be led to desire, to both hold and let themselves be beheld. NAB then, is the... »

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NAB 2017, Part 1: Chimera-ing in the Desert Heat

April 2017
NAB 2017, Part 1: Chimera-ing in the Desert Heat

Distances can be deceiving in the lights of Vegas; you might think you’re going to take a quick walk to the resort hotel next door, only to find it’s a half mile away, especially once you factor in all the twists and turns of the walkways along the Strip, deliberately careening into hotel lobbies,... »

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Posted in Camera, Community, Crafts, Events, Featured, Gear, News |

Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

April 2017
Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

In the end, La La Land won, and it stuck. That was the conclusion to a convivial evening, a kind of coda to award seasons at large, where the LMGI — Locations Manager Guild International — actually goes ahead and holds its own show after the Oscars, going against unspoken, well, La La Land... »

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