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Reminiscence: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

September 22, 2021 | By
<em>Reminiscence</em>: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

Reminiscence is a science-fiction noir film from the mind of Lisa Joy, co-creator of HBO’s Westworld. Joy wrote the original script and made it her feature directorial debut, which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures (and streamed on HBO Max). It stars Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister, a private detective of a different kind. Nick uses... »

Hump Day News Update 9/22/21: Willie Garson Dies, Hahn to play Joan Rivers, and More News

September 22, 2021 | By
Hump Day News Update 9/22/21: Willie Garson Dies, Hahn to play Joan Rivers, and More News

This week begins the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles at the L.A. Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, and Below the Line will be there both days. Hopefully, we’ll see some of our readers there. The big news in the industry right now is about the negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP,... »

Birds of Paradise DoP Shaheen Seth Relies on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Fame Prime Lenses

September 22, 2021 | By
<em>Birds of Paradise</em> DoP Shaheen Seth Relies on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Fame Prime Lenses

Just the word ‘ballet’ brings wonderful classic images to mind. To capture those images juxtaposed with the modern world for Birds of Paradise, director of photography Shaheen Seth relied on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame prime lenses for director Sarah Adina Smith, who not only adapted the A.K. Small novel for the screenplay, but also happens to be... »

Matthews Claw Expands Rigging Options for Astera, T12 Tube Lights

September 21, 2021 | By
Matthews Claw Expands Rigging Options for Astera, T12 Tube Lights

Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) has announced  the answer for safely mounting Astera Hyperion, Titan and Helios as well as T12 tube lights to standard grip equipment. The Claw is a new generation clamp, designed to solve real on-set issues, by Sci-Tech Award-winning Key Grip Richard Mall with gaffer Jeremy Launais and crafted by the team... »

Review: The Many Saints of Newark Adds So Much to The Sopranos Legacy

September 21, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Many Saints of Newark</em> Adds So Much to <em>The Sopranos</em> Legacy

Maybe you’re like me and haven’t watched The Sopranos since it concluded its 6th season on HBO 14 years ago, or maybe, at the height of the pandemic, you already rebinged the entire series on HBO Max to prepare yourself for this prequel movie from creator David Chase.  Directed by Alan Taylor, who had... »

TIFF Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye Casts Probing Gaze on Famed Televangelist 

September 21, 2021 | By
TIFF Review: <em>The Eyes of Tammy Faye</em> Casts Probing Gaze on Famed Televangelist 

Early on in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, the film’s protagonist, famed American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, explains to a makeup artist preparing her for an on-screen appearance that almost everything about her gaze has been sealed-on shut. Her eyebrows are tattooed, her eyelashes are glued on, her eyes are permanently delineated, and her... »

IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote on October 1 (UPDATED)

September 21, 2021 | By
IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote on October 1 (UPDATED)

We’ve been reporting on the possibility of a IATSE strike for more than a week, and now it looks like Hollywood’s biggest below-the-line union is indeed going to its membership for a strike authorization vote after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers  (AMPTP) declined to respond to the union’s latest contract proposal. As reported to membership on the Basic Agreement site set... »

Over the Weekend 9/20/21: DGA Gets New President, Branagh’s Belfast Takes TIFF People Choice, and More News

September 20, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 9/20/21: DGA Gets New President, Branagh’s <em>Belfast</em> Takes TIFF People Choice, and More News

Welcome back from the weekend where the Primetime Emmys were the big talk of Sunday night as Netflix did particularly well with its drama, The Crown, and limited series, The Queen’s Gambit. Although the latter also did particularly well at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, it was held back to just winning two more last night, with HBO‘s Mare... »

Sarofsky Tackles The Suicide Squad Main Titles

September 20, 2021 | By
Sarofsky Tackles <em>The Suicide Squad</em> Main Titles

With The Suicide Squad, writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures have earned worldwide acclaim for creating what many consider to be the best DC Universe film of all time. For the creatives and producers from one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky, it was their third James Gunn superhero action-adventure, following Guardians of the Galaxy... »

End of Week Production Notes 9/17/21: Ted Lasso Sweeps TCAs, Mackie Leads Twisted Metal Series, and More News

September 17, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 9/17/21: <em>Ted Lasso</em> Sweeps TCAs, Mackie Leads <em>Twisted Metal</em> Series, and More News

A (thankfully) quieter last couple days leads us into another weekend, the actual last weekend of summer since the fall starts next week. On top of that, the 72nd annual Emmys are coming up this Sunday, following the Creative Arts Emmys over three ceremonies last weekend, but in advance, the Television Critics Association handed out... »