TÁR movie

TÁR Costume Designer Bina Daigler on Dressing a Highly Successful Character and Working With Cate Blanchett

Earlier today, Todd Field‘s drama TÁR was named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, which also gave Cate Blanchett its Best Actress award on the strength of her latest acting clinic. She completely embodies Lydia Tár, a complex but inherently dislikable though still successful woman whose ambitions have driven her to become a world-class conductor — though she doesn’t reach the top without stepping on and over […]

Volker Bertelmann

All Quiet on the Western Front Composer Volker Bertelmann on Finding the Right Sound for Netflix’s Anti-War Film, and His Shorthand With Its Director

All Quiet on the Western Front marks the fifth collaboration between German filmmaker Edward Berger and Composer Volker Bertelmann, his fellow countryman who previously scored Berger’s Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The anti-war film, which is now streaming on Netflix, represents the first-ever German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque‘s classic novel, and it follows in the footsteps of Universal’s Oscar-winning 1930 film directed by Lewis Milestone. Suffice it to say, […]

Florian Hoffmeister

TÁR Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister on Technocranes, Tracking Shots, and Cate Blanchett’s Haunting Laugh

Todd Field‘s drama TÁR, the director’s first feature in 16 years, is a must-see thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s towering performance alone, but the film’s other standout element is its cinematography, courtesy of Florian Hoffmeister. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned composer who’s on top of the world when certain allegations are made against her and her kingdom begins to crumble. Charting her meteoric rise and stunning fall, TÁR charts the […]

Luc Montpellier

Women Talking DP Luc Montpellier on Why He Was, Oddly Enough, the Right Man for the Job on Sarah Polley’s Female-Led Drama

Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel Women Talking presents a fascinating and thought-provoking scenario partially inspired by real-life events at a Mennonite colony where a group of men repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted more than 100 women. Bringing that story to the screen was no doubt a difficult task, one for which writer-director Sarah Polley was particularly well-suited. To ensure that the film had the proper look and feel, Polley brought on […]

Don't Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling Cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the Film’s 1950s Aesthetic and Its Climactic Chase Sequence in the Desert

Olivia Wilde made quite the jump from Booksmart to Don’t Worry Darling, but she didn’t navigate those uncharted waters alone, as she wisely surrounded herself with a crew full of industry veterans, including Cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Don’t Worry Darling tells the story of Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles), who are living a happy cookie-cutter life in a pastel-colored neighborhood straight out of the 1950s. All is going well until […]


Oscar-Winning Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir on TÁR and Her Close Collaboration With Both Todd Field and Cate Blanchett

In 2020, Icelandic musician/composer Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first woman to ever win the Oscar for an Original Score for her work on Todd Phillips‘ smash-hit Joker. Guðnadóttir’s triumph is among the kind of glass ceiling-smashing wins that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been hoping to see more of in recent years. This year, Guðnadóttir has two fantastic scores in contention, the first of which accompanies Todd […]

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Supervising Sound Editor Damian Del Borrello on Creating the Whispers of Eru Ilúvatar and Honoring the Legacy of the Film Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is as much a feast for the ears as it is for the eyes. And for that, viewers can thank Damian Del Borrello, MPSE who served as the Supervising Sound Editor on Season 1 of the epic Prime Video show, working alongside Co-Supervising Sound Editor Robert Stambler and the rest of their talented team. Del Borrello (Spartacus, Ash vs. Evil Dead, […]

Checco Varese

Dopesick DP Checco Varese on How Eyes Wide Shut Influenced the Opulence of the Sackler Family in Hulu’s Acclaimed Limited Series

Cinematographer Checco Varese received the very first Emmy nomination of his career for his work on Hulu’s acclaimed limited series Dopesick, which stars Michael Keaton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, and Will Poulter. Dopesick is an eye-opening account of the opioid epidemic, told from multiple points of view over the course of eight episodes. We meet everyone from the people in pain to the doctor who treated them with […]

Gaston Morrison

Peacemaker Stunt Coordinator Gaston Morrison on Exploding Cows, Human Torpedoes, and Staging Comedic Action

HBO Max‘s Peacemaker, a spinoff series built around John Cena‘s character from The Suicide Squad, officially brought the DC Extended Universe to television, and the superhero show’s first season required a tremendous amount of work from Stunt Coordinators Gaston Morrison and Wayne Dalglish, who received the series’ sole Emmy nomination. Below the Line recently spoke to Morrison — Dalglish couldn’t join because he was on set — who discussed the […]

Joe B

Sound Editors Joe Beshenkovsky, Bobby Mackston, and Matt Temple on How They Cleaned Up George Carlin’s Old Audio for HBO’s American Dream

George Carlin is one of the greatest stand-up comedians in American history, and thanks to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, audiences get a revelatory look at the late comedian in the HBO documentary George Carlin’s American Dream. The two-part film makes for a solid introduction to Carlin’s work for viewers who may not be familiar with his comedy, and it was up to the sound editing team of Joe Beshenkovky, […]