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Film Showcase: Director Robert Lorenz on The Marksman

January 15, 2021 | By
Film Showcase: Director Robert Lorenz on <em>The Marksman</em>

A bankrupt rancher tangles with the Mexican drug cartel in The Marksman, a Liam Neeson vehicle opening January 15 via Open Road. Directed by Robert Lorenz (DGA, PGA), the movie pairs Neeson as ex-Marine Jim Hanson with Miguel (Jacob Perez), a young Mexican who’s the target of cartel killers led by Mauricio (Juan Pablo... »

Film Spotlight: Hungarian Filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó on Pieces of a Woman

January 12, 2021 | By
Film Spotlight: Hungarian Filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó on <em>Pieces of a Woman</em>

Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó has been one of his country’s great exports with films being on the film festival circuit for nearly two decades. His 2014 film White God got him a lot more attention than previous films, particularly with his creation of a world where dogs ran rampant, using hundreds of real dogs... »

DP Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, Captures the Beauty of Julie Taymor’s The Glorias

January 11, 2021 | By
DP Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, Captures the Beauty of Julie Taymor’s <em>The Glorias</em>

Director Julie Taymor‘s The Glorias splits the life of journalist Gloria Steinem into four characters, played by (from younger to older) Ryan Keira Armstrong, Lulu Wilson, Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore. Based on Steinem’s book My Life on the Road, and co-written by Taymor and playwright Sarah Rule, The Glorias screened at the 2020... »

Artist Profile: Composer Geoff Zanelli Adds Thrills to Deon Taylor’s Fatale

January 7, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: Composer Geoff Zanelli Adds Thrills to Deon Taylor’s <em>Fatale</em>

As with many L.A. composers, Geoff Zanelli came out of the Hans Zimmer school of scoring, working with the busy Oscar-winning composer on some of his projects before branching out on his own. His work with Zimmer on the first four Pirates of the Caribbean movies for Walt Disney Pictures led Zanelli to taking... »

Artist Profile: Gabriel Rhodes’ Editing on Time Tells An Amazing Human Story

January 6, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: Gabriel Rhodes’ Editing on <em>Time</em> Tells An Amazing Human Story

A haunting look at an enduring quest for justice, Time received some of the year’s best reviews when it was released by Amazon Studios in October 2020. In it, Director Garrett Bradley follows Fox Rich, a realtor and inspirational speaker, as she tries to overturn her husband Rob’s 60-year prison sentence. The documentary combines... »

Filmmaker to Watch: Yellow Rose Director Diane Paragas

December 31, 2020 | By
Filmmaker to Watch: <em>Yellow Rose</em> Director Diane Paragas

2020 has been quite a year for the movie business, both from the production side but also theatrical and distribution, as COVID-19 has changed much of the way we both make and watch movies, hopefully not forever but for a good amount of time. Here at Below the Line, we would love to end this... »

Doc Spotlight: Assassins Director Ryan White

December 28, 2020 | By
Doc Spotlight: <em>Assassins</em> Director Ryan White

There have been a number of great documentaries in 2020, but one of the better ones is Ryan White’s Assassins, which takes an in-depth investigative look at the assassination of the brother of  North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at a busy Malaysian airport. The two would-be murderers are both young women, Siti Aisyah and Doan... »

Artist Profile: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, on Filming Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7

December 24, 2020 | By
Artist Profile: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, on Filming Aaron Sorkin’s <em>The Trial of the Chicago 7</em>

Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, may not be a household name, but there’s a strong chance that you’re familiar with his work. Papamichael has frequently worked with James Mangold, most recently on 2019’s Ford v Ferrari, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. In addition to collaborating with Mangold... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for News of the World

December 23, 2020 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for <em>News of the World</em>

  Although filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been directing movies and television since the mid-80s, his 2002 film Bloody Sunday, about the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was what finally got him notice as a filmmaker. That led to a fairly large leap into studio movies, directing Universal Pictures’ action sequel, The Bourne Supremacy – Greengrass would... »

Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s The Midnight Sky

December 23, 2020 | By
Craft Spotlight: Cinematographer Martin Ruhe Shines a Light on Clooney’s <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

The Midnight Sky isn’t the first go-round for Cinematographer Martin Ruhe, ASC, to work with Oscar-winning filmmaker George Clooney. They previously worked together on the Hulu limited series, Catch-22, which led to a nomination by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his work on the series.  Prior to that, Ruhe was Director of Photography for The American, which Clooney also... »

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