Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Pam & Tommy‘s Makeup and Hairstyling Artists Reveal How They Recreated the Celebrity Couple for Hulu

May 2022
<i>Pam & Tommy</i>‘s Makeup and Hairstyling Artists Reveal How They Recreated the Celebrity Couple for Hulu

In the Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, the makeup and hairstyling team recreated ’90s icons Pamela Anderson, a model and actress, and Tommy Lee, drummer for the Los Angeles rock band Motley Crue. During that decade, the two performers met, shacked up, got married, and created an infamous sex tape, around which the miniseries is... »

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: How Todd Tucker’s Illusion Industries Created the New Leatherface

February 2022
<i>Texas Chainsaw Massacre</i>: How Todd Tucker’s Illusion Industries Created the New Leatherface

For 10 years, Illusion Industries has serviced Hollywood films, television shows, music videos, and commercials with all manner of unique props, special makeup effects, full-blown creatures, and articulated puppets. Todd Tucker, the Founder of Illusion Industries, has 30 years of experience in the industry, having originally traveled from NorCal down to SoCal to chase his Hollywood... »

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West Side Story Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on Making a Musical With Steven Spielberg

February 2022
<i>West Side Story</i> Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on Making a Musical With Steven Spielberg

Having made 18 previous films together in their 30-year cinematic collaboration, director Steven Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski undertook perhaps their biggest challenge yet in updating the 1957 stage musical West Side Story, which had already been adapted into a film—to great acclaim—in 1961. Foremost among myriad obstacles in the 2021 telling of West... »

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Visual Effects Society Bestows Honors Upon Cinema’s Legendary Craftspeople

November 2021
Visual Effects Society Bestows Honors Upon Cinema’s Legendary Craftspeople

In a lavish November 2 ceremony and after-party at the Skirball Cultural Center in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Los Angeles-based Visual Effects Society (VES) offered top recognitions to a group of heralded craftspeople who have been responsible for unprecedented success in the overall cinematic field. While the VES—established in 1997—offered honorary memberships to... »

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Posted in Awards, Events, Featured, Film, News, Visual FX |

Designing Dune with Patrice Vermette

November 2021
Designing <em>Dune</em> with Patrice Vermette

When Production Designer Patrice Vermette of Montreal, Canada undertook the task of bringing the world of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune to life in three dimensions, he knew the challenge was monumental. Not only were there legions of fans of the original book, there had also been a 1984 film adaptation which was, in... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Featured, Film, Interviews, Production Design |

Crafts Spotlight: Cinematographer Felix Cramer on Netflix Series Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood

October 2020
Crafts Spotlight: Cinematographer Felix Cramer on Netflix Series <em>Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood</em>

For the historical six-episode Netflix miniseries Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood, Cinematographer Felix Cramer was tasked with recreating early-20th century Munich, Germany. A native of that country himself, Cramer first inundated himself with 100 photos and graphics from the period. “I think, for us, it was really interesting to see how the Oktoberfest—especially because that... »

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Crafts Spotlight: Art Direction on the New Series The Right Stuff

October 2020
Crafts Spotlight: Art Direction on the New Series <em>The Right Stuff</em>

For Appian Way’s producer Jennifer Davisson, among the many properties offered to the company she and overall proprietor Leonardo DiCaprio were analyzing for production potential was pilot Chuck Yeager’s autobiography, with regards to adapting it into a feature film. While that project did not move forward into the development phase, another Appian Way executive... »

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Posted in Art Direction, Costume Design, Direction, Featured, Film |

The Production Design on Raised by Wolves

October 2020
The Production Design on <em>Raised by Wolves</em>

In the spring of 2019, Production Designer Chris Seagers and Director Ridley Scott were embroiled in a film project when Scott asked Seagers to initiate the design on the futuristic science-fiction project Raised by Wolves, which Scott was executive producing through his Scott Free production company. “We segued straight onto that,” Seagers said of... »

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Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for Raised by Wolves

October 2020
Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for <em>Raised by Wolves</em>

Although he supervised all the numerous visual effects on the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves, Ray McIntyre actually represented the third visual effects team to be on the show, which is produced by Ridley Scott’s company, Scott Free. After the first collection of craftspeople worked from January to May of 2019, a new group... »

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Posted in Featured, Television, Visual FX |

Filmmaker Spotlight: Darren Lynn Bousman on Death of Me

October 2020
Filmmaker Spotlight: Darren Lynn Bousman on <em>Death of Me</em>

Embarking on his new horror film, Death of Me, longtime genre director Darren Lynn Bousman knew that he would have to make significant changes to the fundamental settings and themes in the screenplay. “It was originally set in Haiti, and it was voodoo,” said Bousman. “There’s so many good movies based in voodoo—I... »

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