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93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Make-up and Hair Styling

March 31, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Make-up and Hair Styling

For the second time in the history of the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling– a category that dates back to the 1982 ceremony– the makeup branch of the Academy has offered up five spectacular nominees for voters to choose from for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards. The nominated makeup and hairstyling teams... »

93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on the Cinematography Nominees

March 30, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on the Cinematography Nominees

The five cinematographers nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards include esteemed veterans and relative newcomers. Surprisingly, only one DoP has previously been nominated for an Oscar, Phedon Papamichael, ASC (for Nebraska).  The five films under consideration all received multiple nominations, Mank topping the list with 10. As with most Academy Award nominations, they can... »

CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: One Night in Miami… DP Tami Reiker, ASC

February 15, 2021 | By
CINEMATOGRAPHY WEEK: <em>One Night in Miami…</em> DP Tami Reiker, ASC

Anyone who has seen Regina King’s film One Night in Miami… will surely be impressed by Kemp Powers’ script and the performances by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Leslie Odom, Jr., Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge as ‘60s icons Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown, respectively. It doesn’t take long after that to notice how... »

Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees

July 30, 2020 | By
Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees

On Tuesday, July 28, the Television Academy announced the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations with HBO’s limited series Watchmen receiving the most overall nominations. At the same time,  Netflix overtook HBO’s previous record for most overall Emmy nomination, and in its first year as an entity, Apple TV+ received 18 Emmy nominations, mostly for The Morning Show  and the... »

Musical Vibes in Lena Waithe’s Twenties

July 13, 2020 | By
Musical Vibes in Lena Waithe’s <em>Twenties</em>

Twenties is a series created by Lena Waithe and follows 24-year-old aspiring writer Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), a queer African American woman as she and her two straight best friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) navigate the road to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. The music in the series combines... »

Season Changing Cinematography in Little Fires Everywhere

July 13, 2020 | By
Season Changing Cinematography in <em>Little Fires Everywhere</em>

When cinematographer Trevor Forrest was appointed to shoot Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere for the screen with series creator Liz Tigelaar, he drew from his personal experience of living in Shelter Island in the Hamptons of New York state as the seasonal weather changes from the beautiful summer days to the freezing winter... »

The Editing in Mrs. America’s “Houston”

July 9, 2020 | By
The Editing in <em>Mrs. America’s “Houston” </em>

Mrs. America is an FX original limited series created by Dahvi Waller and tells the story of the movement known as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s with an unexpected opposition from conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The series depicts the major ERA players with a star-studded cast in Gloria Steinem... »

Intimate Cinematography Captured in Normal People

July 3, 2020 | By
Intimate Cinematography Captured in <em>Normal People</em>

Normal People is a Hulu original series based on the novel by Irish author and screenwriter Sally Rooney. The story is set in Ireland and follows the complicated, but intimate relationship between two distinct people in Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they intersect through each other’s romantic lives during their time... »

Nanette Burstein Unveils the Hillary You Didn’t Know

July 2, 2020 | By
Nanette Burstein Unveils the <em>Hillary</em> You Didn’t Know

When she undertook a film about 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein realized there was vastly more material at her disposal than she could compress into a standard-length feature film. “Very quickly, I knew it was going to be a docuseries,” Burstein said of the eventual manifestation of the project. “When... »

The Gripping Cinematography in Defending Jacob

July 1, 2020 | By
The Gripping Cinematography in <em>Defending Jacob</em>

Defending Jacob is an Apple TV+ original limited series based on the 2012 New York Times best-seller by novelist William Landay with Mark Bomback as the creator and showrunner. This gripping series follows 14-year-old Jacob Barber (Jaeden Martell) as he is suspected of murdering a fellow schoolmate. Assistant district attorney Andy (Chris Evans) and... »