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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... »

Roger Horrocks on the Underwater Cinematography and Powerful Message of My Octopus Teacher

April 12, 2021 | By
Roger Horrocks on the Underwater Cinematography and Powerful Message of <em>My Octopus Teacher</em>

When it comes to documentaries, the importance of having a great cinematographer often gets overlooked compared to their contribution to artier narrative fare. When you have a doc like Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s My Octopus Teacher, where so much of the film takes place underwater, you need to have an able underwater cinematographer to... »

Contender Profile: Composer Terence Blanchard Talks Da 5 Bloods, One Night in Miami…

April 7, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Composer Terence Blanchard Talks <em>Da 5 Bloods</em>, <em>One Night in Miami…</em>

Beginning with Jungle Fever in 1991, Musician and Composer Terence Blanchard has been Spike Lee’s go-to guy for enhancing his films and television with just the right musical score. If you think about the variety of genres and tones that Lee brings to his work from biopics like Malcolm X to more mainstream crime-thrillers... »

Director Series: Neil Burger Tackles Coming of Age… In Spaaaace! for Voyagers

April 6, 2021 | By
Director Series: Neil Burger Tackles Coming of Age… In Spaaaace! for <em>Voyagers</em>

Director Neil Burger’s 30-year career has taken him through a fairly varied journey from his early days doing music videos to his first three very different feature films, all of which he wrote: Interview with the Assassin (2002), The Illusionist (2006) and The Lucky Ones (2008). From there, he had a sci-fi hit with... »

Contender Profile: The Greyhound Sound Team on Creating Authentic 1940s Sounds of War 

April 5, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: The <em>Greyhound</em> Sound Team on Creating Authentic 1940s Sounds of War 

“And the Oscar goes to,” is a familiar phrase we anticipate hearing each year in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards. This year, for the first time in many decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has created a new category for “Sound” in their awards extravaganza, merging sound editing and... »

Diane Warren and Laura Pausini Discuss Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead

March 30, 2021 | By
Diane Warren and Laura Pausini Discuss Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)” from <em>The Life Ahead</em>

After 13 Oscar nominations with no wins, cinematographer Roger Deakins became a sort of Internet meme as one of our most popular, “always a bridesmaid” craftsmen. But what about American songwriting legend Diane Warren? Perhaps you have listened to some of the music she composed, including the Oscar nominated classic hits “I Don’t Want... »