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Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards

January 20, 2021 | By
Fernando Garcia Named AMPAS Executive VP, Member Relations and Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards. Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s worldwide membership of over 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives, and oversee Academy Awards® processes for submissions, nominations, voting and balloting. Garcia will... »

Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on Canvas and Soul

January 18, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on <em>Canvas</em> and <em>Soul</em>

With the Oscars drawing ever closer – despite being later than ever – we’re going to try to cover a lot of the artisans and crafts in the mix. One thing we haven’t been covering nearly as much in recent months is animation, so in order to rectify that, this will begin our series... »

Set Decorators Society of America Announces First-Ever SDSA Awards

January 18, 2021 | By
Set Decorators Society of America Announces First-Ever SDSA Awards

The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) has announced its first ever SDSA Awards to celebrate the work of Set Decorators and their colleagues for Best Achievement in Film 2020. The categories for the newly-announced awards will be for: BEST PICTURE BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DECOR/DESIGN OF A FEATURE FILM – PERIOD BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DECOR/DESIGN OF... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for News of the World

December 23, 2020 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for <em>News of the World</em>

  Although filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been directing movies and television since the mid-80s, his 2002 film Bloody Sunday, about the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was what finally got him notice as a filmmaker. That led to a fairly large leap into studio movies, directing Universal Pictures’ action sequel, The Bourne Supremacy – Greengrass would... »

Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s The Midnight Sky

December 23, 2020 | By
Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

The Midnight Sky isn’t the first go-round for Cinematographer Martin Ruhe, ASC, to work with Oscar-winning filmmaker George Clooney. They previously worked together on the Hulu limited series, Catch-22, which led to a nomination by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his work on the series.  Prior to that, Ruhe was Director of Photography for The American, which Clooney also... »

Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

December 21, 2020 | By
Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

Since the craziest year in recent memory is slowly winding down, it’s time for people to share their best of the year. As someone who has seen upwards of 300 movies this year despite the pandemic, I feel like I’ve seen enough movies that I can confidently put together my own definitive Top 10 for 2020.... »

Cinema Audio Society Announces CAS Student Recognition Award Finalists

December 16, 2020 | By
Cinema Audio Society Announces CAS Student Recognition Award Finalists

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) has announced the five finalists for its annual CAS Student Recognition Award, which comes with a $5,000 check, the winner to be announced at the 57th Annual CAS Awards on April 17, 2021. All five finalists will be invited to attend. CAS President Karol Urban says, “After all the trials of 2020,... »

End of Week Production Notes 12/11/20: Walt Disney Announces Upcoming Plans, HBO Max Backlash and More News

December 11, 2020 | By
End of Week Production Notes 12/11/20: Walt Disney Announces Upcoming Plans, HBO Max Backlash and More News

It’s been a pretty crazy week that began with almost unanimous backlash to last week’s decision by Warner Media to put its 2021 releases day-and-date onto its streamer HBO Max at the same time they open in theaters. We’ll get to that in a sec, because the biggest news that broke yesterday was about Walt Disney Pictures‘ “2020 Investor... »

Visual Effects Society Sets Virtual Date for VES Honors 2020

December 9, 2020 | By
Visual Effects Society Sets Virtual Date for VES Honors 2020

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will be celebrating distinguished VFX professionals at the VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual on Tuesday, December 15 at 5pm PST. The event will spotlight this year’s exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects. This year’s event pays tribute to: Founders Award Recipients: Ray Scalice; Lifetime... »

Over the Weekend 12/7/20: New Emmy Rules, Young Sheldon Pauses Again and More

December 7, 2020 | By
Over the Weekend 12/7/20: New Emmy Rules, <em>Young Sheldon</em> Pauses Again and More

Welcome back from the weekend, and we hope that everyone was able to relax a bit despite the pall of COVID hanging over all of us as number continue to increase. That’s a cheery way to start today’s news, isn’t it? Many states are starting to crackdown and reinstating lockdowns that we thought we... »

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