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God’s Country DP Andrew Wheeler on Shooting the Sundance Film in Montana — Twice

January 28, 2022 | By
<i>God’s Country</i> DP Andrew Wheeler on Shooting the Sundance Film in Montana — Twice

One of the most visually arresting films I saw at Sundance this year was Julian Higgins’ promising directorial debut God’s Country, which was shot by Higgins’ longtime DP Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler has been working with Higgins since their days at AFI together, and their 2011 short film Thief won a Student Academy Award. He... »

2nd Chance Composer T. Griffin and His Bassoon Get “Medieval” on Sundance Documentary

January 26, 2022 | By
<i>2nd Chance</i> Composer T. Griffin and His Bassoon Get “Medieval” on Sundance Documentary

Ramin Bahrani, the acclaimed filmmaker behind Man Push Cart, once again returns to the documentary format with the Sundance entry 2nd Chance, which premiered to strong reviews this past week. The film chronicles the life of Richard Davis, the colorful-yet-controversial man who invented the concealable bulletproof vest. Remarkably, Davis shot himself 196 times over the course... »

Don’t Look Up Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

January 26, 2022 | By
<em>Don’t Look Up</em> Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

For some reason, Nicholas Britell still feels like the new kid on the block even though he’s been around for 17 years, and in that time, he’s scored three movies that have been nominated for Best Picture, including Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, which won the top Oscar in 2016. Britell himself was nominated for two Oscars for scoring Moonlight and Jenkins’... »

Paul Tazewell on Designing West Side Story’s Colorful Costumes and Working With Steven Spielberg

January 21, 2022 | By
Paul Tazewell on Designing <i>West Side Story</i>’s Colorful Costumes and Working With Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has drawn raves from critics and year-end accolades for most of its below-the-line talent, including choreographer Justin Peck. There’s no question that the West Side Story cast displays some fantastic dance moves throughout the film, but what truly makes those musical numbers pop are the costumes worn by talented actors such... »

Being the Ricardos Makeup and Hairstyling Heads on Transforming Nicole and Javier Into Lucy and Desi

January 20, 2022 | By
<i>Being the Ricardos</i> Makeup and Hairstyling Heads on Transforming Nicole and Javier Into Lucy and Desi

Following his acclaimed courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, Writer-Director Aaron Sorkin returns to Amazon with Being the Ricardos, which follows a fictional week in the real lives of beloved TV icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who are played by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Aided by these two Academy Award-winning actors, Sorkin... »

Belfast DP Haris Zambarloukos on His Creative Bond With Kenneth Branagh and Finding a Softer Palette

January 20, 2022 | By
<em>Belfast</em> DP Haris Zambarloukos on His Creative Bond With Kenneth Branagh and Finding a Softer Palette

Haris Zambarloukos never set out to become a cinematographer, because he wanted to study art and painting. Everything changed when he made his way to London for college and started studying film. Now well established in Hollywood, Zambarloukos has worked with director Kenneth Branagh on a number of films, including his latest effort, Belfast, which has already earned... »

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cinematographer Alice Brooks on Shooting Her Second Major Musical of 2021

January 19, 2022 | By
<em>Tick, Tick… Boom!</em> Cinematographer Alice Brooks on Shooting Her <i>Second</i> Major Musical of 2021

After shooting Jon M. Chu’s musical In the Heights, based on the hit musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cinematographer Alice Brooks found herself in the unique position to work with Miranda again on his feature directorial debut Tick, Tick… Boom!. Steven Levenson wrote the script, which was based on Rent creator Jonathan Larson’s semi-biographical musical of the same name. Andrew Garfield plays a... »

Last Night in Soho VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor on Seamlessly Mixing London’s Past and Present

January 18, 2022 | By
<em>Last Night in Soho</em> VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor on Seamlessly Mixing London’s Past and Present

If you’ve seen Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, you may have been at least slightly impressed by some of the more elaborate setpieces, including a few featuring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy as the former’s character Ellie is magically transported back to the London Soho district of the ‘60s where she encounters the latter’s Sandie. This... »

Nightmare Alley Editor Cam McLauchlin on Developing a Shorthand With Director Guillermo del Toro

January 17, 2022 | By
<em>Nightmare Alley</em> Editor Cam McLauchlin on Developing a Shorthand With Director Guillermo del Toro

Editor Cam McLauchlin wasn’t sure if he was going to accept an offer to work on a certain movie, so he sought out Guillermo del Toro for advice. The next thing he knew, del Toro asked him to work on his next movie, Nightmare Alley, leaving McLauchlin at a loss for words. Nightmare Alley is a remake... »

Sex Appeal Composer Jeffrey Brodsky on Scoring Hulu’s Raunchy Teen Comedy

January 14, 2022 | By
<i>Sex Appeal</i> Composer Jeffrey Brodsky on Scoring Hulu’s Raunchy Teen Comedy

It’s fitting that for my very first interview for Below the Line, I’d be talking to one of my oldest friends, Jeffrey Brodsky, who grew up across the street from me in Needham, Massachusetts as the son of a doctor and a music teacher, one who no doubt passed her own musical talents onto... »