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Below the Line’s 2022 Television Craft Awards Round-Up

June 24, 2022 | By
Below the Line’s 2022 Television Craft Awards Round-Up

This year’s Emmy Awards nomination period takes place between June 10 and June 27, and Below the Line wants to make sure our Emmy voter readers have a single page they can bookmark in order to quickly learn about a particular show or some of the crafts people they might want to learn more about before... »

Impeachment: American Crime Story Key Hair Stylist Natalie Driscoll and Makeup Dept. Head Robin Beauchesne on Recreating Monica and the Clintons

June 24, 2022 | By
<i>Impeachment: American Crime Story</i> Key Hair Stylist Natalie Driscoll and Makeup Dept. Head Robin Beauchesne on Recreating Monica and the Clintons

The sexual affair between White House intern Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton may seem like old news, but in FX’s limited series Impeachment: American Crime Story, executive producer/director Ryan Murphy breathed new life into the torrid scandal of 1998. The 10-episode series debuted last fall and starred Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky and Clive... »

Only Murders in the Building Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

June 24, 2022 | By
<i>Only Murders in the Building</i> Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez… and the Arconia. Though it’s a fictional building, it — along with the apartments belonging to Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putman (Short), and Mabel Mora’s (Gomez) aunt — feels as real as any other character on Hulu’s hit mystery comedy series. The... »

The Gilded Age Costume Designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone on the HBO Show’s Extravagant, Museum-Inspired Period Creations

June 24, 2022 | By
<i>The Gilded Age</i> Costume Designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone on the HBO Show’s Extravagant, Museum-Inspired Period Creations

Over two centuries ago, the Gilded Age era was all the rage in New York City with mansions lining the streets and dirt-paved roads providing the way for horses and buggies. It was a time of extreme division between the haves and the have-nots, illustrated by the social society in which the wealthy held... »

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</i> Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore were fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel well before Amy Sherman-Palladino brought them in to write music for Season 3. With laughs coming a mile a minute from the stage, the Amazon Prime Video series isn’t one that relies heavily on a score. Instead, what Mizer and Moore do... »

Maid Composers Este Haim and Chris Stracey on Fusing Their Musical Styles and Skills for the Netflix Show’s Synth-Heavy Soundtrack

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Maid</i> Composers Este Haim and Chris Stracey on Fusing Their Musical Styles and Skills for the Netflix Show’s Synth-Heavy Soundtrack

Este Haim, best known as one-third of the Grammy Award-nominated musical sisterhood HAIM, had never imagined what writing a soundtrack would entail. Never one to set creative boundaries, Haim put it out to the universe that she wanted to try her hand at composing, and her desire manifested with the opportunity to compose the... »

Reacher Supervising Stunt Coordinator Buster Reeves on How to Stage a Knife Fight on a Fire Escape, Plus That Epic Prison Brawl

June 21, 2022 | By
<i>Reacher</i> Supervising Stunt Coordinator Buster Reeves on How to Stage a Knife Fight on a Fire Escape, Plus That Epic Prison Brawl

Bestselling author Lee Child has written more than 20 books about Jack Reacher, a former Army MP who is a magnet for trouble, and the character has built an enormous following. In fact, two Reacher novels were previously adapted into Tom Cruise vehicles. Fans who have been begging for a more physically accurate version... »

The Offer Casting Director John Papsidera on Making the Actors a Godfather Offer They Couldn’t Refuse

June 20, 2022 | By
<i>The Offer</i> Casting Director John Papsidera on Making the Actors a <i>Godfather</i> Offer They Couldn’t Refuse

If you were a fan of The Godfather trilogy, then you would certainly remember Marlon Brando‘s famous line, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” which Don Vito Corleone says to Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) as he asks for help in getting into the new movie produced by Jack Woltz (John Marley).... »

The Beatles: Get Back Sound Editing Team on Revisiting and Cleaning Up Audio From 50 Years Ago for Peter Jackson’s Hit Docuseries

June 16, 2022 | By
<i>The Beatles: Get Back</i> Sound Editing Team on Revisiting and Cleaning Up Audio From 50 Years Ago for Peter Jackson’s Hit Docuseries

When you watch Peter Jackson’s docuseries The Beatles: Get Back for the first time (or the 20th, as some may be wont to do), you’ll surely be amazed by how great it sounds, though you might not know the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into creating that glorious sound. A team of sound editors cleaned... »

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Music Supervisor Robin Urdang on Her Journey From Working in Bars to Becoming a Three-Time Emmy Winner

June 16, 2022 | By
<i>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</i> Music Supervisor Robin Urdang on Her Journey From Working in Bars to Becoming a Three-Time Emmy Winner

The music of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is as much a part of the show’s creative mosaic as its lively performances, colorful cinematography, smart writing, and eye-popping sets. So, it should surprise no one that Music Supervisor Robin Urdang has already collected three Emmys for her work on the show, and is once again likely to be... »