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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... »

Film Showcase: Filmmaker Francis Lee Talks about Making Ammonite

November 19, 2020 | By
Film Showcase: Filmmaker Francis Lee Talks about Making <em>Ammonite</em>

Underappreciated during her lifetime, Mary Anning made important contributions to paleontology in the late Nineteenth Century. In Ammonite, writer and director Francis Lee imagines her later career, when she struggled with poverty and isolation. The Neon release opened in theaters November 13. In Lee’s script, Anning searches for fossils while scouring the rocky beaches near Lyme... »

Artist Profile: Composer Michael Giacchino Drops his Debut Album Travelogue Volume 1

October 30, 2020 | By
Artist Profile: Composer Michael Giacchino Drops his Debut Album <em>Travelogue Volume 1</em>

If you were to reflect upon the roster of amazing composers from the past twenty years, it wouldn’t take long to arrive at Composer Michael Giacchino, whose Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning music has provided him quite a fanbase outside the amazing movie franchises in which he’s played a key role. 2004 probably could... »

EMMY WATCH 2020: Michelle Radow’s Big Little Lies Make-Up

August 31, 2020 | By
EMMY WATCH 2020: Michelle Radow’s <em>Big Little Lies</em> Make-Up

Having completed its second season, HBO’s series Big Little Lies, created by David E. Kelley, is nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup, for its fourth episode, “She Knows.”  Makeup department head Michelle Radow, who has been in charge of the show’s makeup for all of Season Two, was among the nominees. Steve Artmont... »

Emmy-Nominated Serengeti Doc Films Animals in New Ways

August 13, 2020 | By
Emmy-Nominated <em>Serengeti</em> Doc Films Animals in New Ways

Established in Tanzania, eastern Africa, in 1951, Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassland for its numerous wild animal species, attracting hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. Now, spanning six separate episodes, Serengeti, created by BBC Earth, is a comprehensive documentary series concerning the natural behavior of the myriad animals... »

Oscar Contender: Sound Mixing and Editing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

February 7, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Sound Mixing and Editing <em>Once Upon a Time in Hollywood</em>

For production sound mixer Mark Ulano, the journey he has taken on Quentin Tarantino’s films has been a decidedly unique experience, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was no exception. “He is very old school,” Ulano said about Tarantino, noting that the universe in which you operate on a film with this director... »

Oscar Contender: Joker Cinematographer Lawrence Sher

February 6, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: <em>Joker</em> Cinematographer Lawrence Sher

Cinematographer Lawrence Sher drew inspiration and influence from the 70s and 80s, but also supplanted in a multi-tiered dimension of cinematography through lighting, camera placement, camera movement, lensing, and color within Joker. The main goal was to connect the audience into the character and the journey that Arthur (Joaquin Phoenix) takes. The film played... »

Oscar Contender: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Production and Costume Design

February 4, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: <em>Once Upon a Time in Hollywood</em> Production and Costume Design

When Oscar-nominated production designer Barbara Ling first read Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, she had the reaction one might glean from reading a novel. “When you finish it, you are gob-smacked,” Ling said of Tarantino’s script, laced with both fictitious and real characters. “He has all of these asides... »

Oscar Contender: Best Make-Up 1917 Naomi Donne

January 31, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Best Make-Up <em>1917</em> Naomi Donne

When director Sam Mendes first contacted makeup and hair designer Naomi Donne about his World War I film, 1917, her natural reaction was immediate agreement to participate. However, Mendes’ film came with a caveat: the action would be staged as if the entire movie was one continuous shot. “We would rehearse for months, and... »

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects Avengers: Endgame

January 29, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em> Avengers: Endgame</em>

In undertaking a third Avengers film, Endgame, Marvel visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw relied on his previous experiences at Marvel Studios. “The Marvel system is that they bring you in and get you immersed,” DeLeeuw stated. “I started on second unit on Iron Man 3 and learned the system. Then, Joe and... »

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