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Director Series: Profile Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov Explains Using Screenlife to Create Cinema

May 11, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Profile</em> Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov Explains Using Screenlife to Create Cinema

From his early days making epic (yet fairly low-budget) Russian blockbusters, such as Night Watch and its sequel, Day Watch, Director Timur Bekmambetov has constantly tried to push technological boundaries through his filmmaking. Although he has made numerous ventures into Hollywood with films like Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Bekmambetov never ventured far... »

Artist Profile: Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) on Godzilla vs. Kong, Justice League

May 3, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) on <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em>, <em>Justice League</em>

Whether it’s due to his Dutch roots or his background in the world of DJing and electronica, Tom Holkenborg (or as he was formally known, Junkie XL) has always felt like one of the bigger enigmas within the world of modern film scoring. Whenever you listen to one of his scores, either while watching a movie... »

Director Stefano Sollima Teams with Michael B. Jordan for Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse

April 26, 2021 | By
Director Stefano Sollima Teams with Michael B. Jordan for <em>Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse</em>

Director Stefano Sollima directed television in his native Italy for almost a decade, including the popular Gomorrah TV series. He directed two Italian movies that maybe didn’t get released in the States, but his work definitely caught the eye of the right producers, who hired him to direct the 2018 crime sequel, Sicario: Day... »

Godzilla vs. Kong Visual Effects Part 2: Weta’s Kevin Andrew Smith and David Clayton

April 16, 2021 | By
<em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> Visual Effects Part 2: Weta’s Kevin Andrew Smith and David Clayton

Continuing Below the Line’s three-part look at the visual effects of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong, now playing in theaters and HBO Max. Next up, we have an interview with two of the fine folks at Weta Digital: VFX Supervisor Kevin Andrew Smith and Animator David Clayton. We previously spoke with Smith for Zack... »

Contender Profile: Mulan’s Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer Bina Daigeler

April 16, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Mulan’s Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer Bina Daigeler

The Costume Design race at the 93rd Academy Awards heated up in the last few days when the prescient Costume Designers Guild awarded top prizes to the craftspeople behind the garments in Mulan and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — the now presumptive Oscar frontrunners. In Mulan, German Costume Designer Bina Daigeler teamed up with... »

Geoffrey Haley: An Interview with the Two-Time SOC Camera Operator of the Year

April 15, 2021 | By
Geoffrey Haley: An Interview with the Two-Time SOC Camera Operator of the Year

When it comes to shooting some of the biggest action movies that have hit the multiplexes almost every summer, there are few people who get closer to the action — besides the stuntmen and women, obviously — then the camera operator. As the A-camera operator for some of the biggest action blockbusters of all... »

The Visual Effects of Godzilla vs. Kong Part 1: VFX Supervisor John “D.J.” DesJardin

April 14, 2021 | By
The Visual Effects of <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> Part 1: VFX Supervisor John “D.J.” DesJardin

Over the next week, Below the Line will be taking a deep dive into the visual effects necessary to bring Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong to enormous life on screen. In case the title seemed vague, Godzilla vs. Kong brings together two of the biggest movie monsters for the first time... »

Contender Profile: Editor Carolina Siraqyan on Shaping The Mole Agent 

April 14, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Editor Carolina Siraqyan on Shaping <em>The Mole Agent</em> 

Nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary (Feature), The Mole Agent sends elderly investigator Sergio Chamy into The San Francisco Nursing Home, a retirement community in the El Monte district of Santiago, Chile. His job is to uncover possible mistreatment of a patient. Despite its mock-espionage opening and allusions to film noir, Maite Alberdi‘s... »

Oscar-Nominated Husavik Songwriters Were Surprised By Song’s Emotional Impact Worldwide

April 13, 2021 | By
Oscar-Nominated <em>Husavik</em> Songwriters Were Surprised By Song’s Emotional Impact Worldwide

There is no denying the power of a song, and in the case of “Husavik,” written by the songwriting team of Savan Kotecha, Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson, that power can be felt as far away as Iceland. The song, which translates to “My Hometown,” was written exclusively for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story... »

Film Showcase: Director Travis Stevens on the Horror That is Jakob’s Wife

April 13, 2021 | By
Film Showcase: Director Travis Stevens on the Horror That is <em>Jakob’s Wife</em>

If you’re any sort of horror enthusiast, especially of the horror flicks of  the ’80s, you likely will know the names and work of Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden. Although Crampton hates the term “scream queen,” she is still quite beloved for her work in movies like Re-Animator and Chopping Mall. In recent years, she’s become... »