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The Batman Production Designer James Chinlund on How He Used VR and Virtual Production to Realize Matt Reeves’ Vision for Gotham

April 14, 2022 | By
<i>The Batman</i> Production Designer James Chinlund on How He Used VR and Virtual Production to Realize Matt Reeves’ Vision for Gotham

Now that millions of people around the world have had a chance to see Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, it’s high time to dive into how the director and his team of collaborators created a new look for Gotham City unlike any that we’ve seen in previous Batman movies. Reteaming with Production Designer James... »

The Batman: Weta FX’s Anders Langlands on Creating That Insane Car Chase and Lots and Lots of Rain 

April 1, 2022 | By
<i>The Batman</i>: Weta FX’s Anders Langlands on Creating That Insane Car Chase and Lots and Lots of Rain 

When filmmaker Matt Reeves decided to director The Batman, he knew he’d need the help of Weta FX, the company that was instrumental in creating Andy Serkis‘ Caesar, as well as his primate friends and foes, for Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes — both of which earned Oscar nominations... »

The Power of the Dog DP Ari Wegner on Oscars Controversy, Her Historic Nomination, and Working With Jane Campion

March 22, 2022 | By
<i>The Power of the Dog</i> DP Ari Wegner on Oscars Controversy, Her Historic Nomination, and Working With Jane Campion

The Power of the Dog DP Ari Wegner is only the second woman in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography following Rachel Morrison, who shot Netflix’s 2017 drama Mudbound. Five years later, the streamer boasts another female contender who could make history at the Oscars, especially seeing as how Wegner recently took... »

ASC Awards: Dune‘s Greig Fraser Wins Top Honors From Cinematographers Society

March 20, 2022 | By
ASC Awards: <i>Dune</i>‘s Greig Fraser Wins Top Honors From Cinematographers Society

Dune and its cinematographer Greig Fraser won the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers at the 36th Annual ASC Awards, which were held at the ASC Clubhouse on Sunday. Last year’s ASC winner, Erik Messerschmidt, went on to win the Best Cinematography Oscar for Mank, beating out Nomadland‘s Joshua James Richards… just in case you put... »

WGA Awards: CODA and Don’t Look Up Win Top Honors From Writers Guild

March 20, 2022 | By
WGA Awards: <i>CODA</i> and <i>Don’t Look Up</i> Win Top Honors From Writers Guild

Apple’s CODA continued its hot streak at the WGA Awards on Sunday afternoon following its big win at the PGA Awards on Saturday night. Siân Heder‘s acclaimed film won Best Adapted Screenplay, while Adam McKay‘s Netflix satire Don’t Look Up won Original Screenplay honors. The screenwriting races at the Academy Awards are still wide open, however,... »

PGA Awards: CODA Wins Top Prize, Cementing Its Status as the Movie to Beat at the Oscars

March 19, 2022 | By
PGA Awards: <i>CODA</i> Wins Top Prize, Cementing Its Status as the Movie to Beat at the Oscars

Apple’s CODA was the big winner at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA), which were held Saturday night at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City. Season 3 of HBO’s Succession and Season 2 of Apple’s Ted Lasso were named the top Drama and top Comedy, respectively, while Disney’s Encanto took home the top prize for animated features. Elsewhere, RuPaul’s... »

Dune Triumphs at CAS Awards as Encanto and Summer of Soul Also Win Sound Mixing Honors

March 19, 2022 | By
<i>Dune</i> Triumphs at CAS Awards as <i>Encanto</i> and <i>Summer of Soul</i> Also Win Sound Mixing Honors

As most expected, WB/Legendary’s sci-fi epic Dune triumphed at the Cinema Audio Society‘s 58th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, which took place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Saturday night. Production Mixer Mac Ruth and Re-Recording Mixers Ron Bartlett and Douglas Hemphill shared the top award with Scoring Mixer... »

Oscar Nominees Linda Dowds and Stephanie Ingram on How They Turned Jessica Chastain Into Tammy Faye Bakker

March 15, 2022 | By
Oscar Nominees Linda Dowds and Stephanie Ingram on How They Turned Jessica Chastain Into Tammy Faye Bakker

When Below the Line was scheduled to interview Jessica Chastain’s makeup artist Linda Dowds and hairstylist Stephanie Ingram, who have been working with the Oscar-nominated actress for years, we had no idea the conversation would take place mere minutes after they won a BAFTA Award for Best Makeup along with prosthetics coordinator Justin Raleigh for their work on The... »

Shang-Chi‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Designing the Ten Rings and the Pandemic’s “Gift of Time”

March 14, 2022 | By
<i>Shang-Chi</i>‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Designing the Ten Rings and the Pandemic’s “Gift of Time”

Marvel Studios released three movies in 2021 — four, if you count its collaboration on Spider-Man: No Way Home — but one of the best, in terms of its visual effects, was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which used those effects to enhance its physics-defying fight sequences. Though Shang-Chi was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the overall VFX... »

MPSE’s Golden Reel Awards Honor the Sounds of Dune, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story

March 13, 2022 | By
MPSE’s Golden Reel Awards Honor the Sounds of <i>Dune</i>, <i>Nightmare Alley</i>, and <i>West Side Story</i>

The Motion Picture Sound Editors have unveiled the winners for the 69th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, with top prizes going to Dune (feature effects/foley), Nightmare Alley (feature dialogue/ADR), and West Side Story (feature music). Dune and West Side Story are competing against each other for Best Sound at the Oscars, where Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi epic... »