TÁR movie
Awards

TÁR Costume Designer Bina Daigler on Dressing a Highly Successful Character and Working With Cate Blanchett

Earlier today, Todd Field‘s drama TÁR was named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, which also gave Cate Blanchett its Best Actress award on the strength of her latest acting clinic. She completely embodies Lydia Tár, a complex but inherently dislikable though still successful woman whose ambitions have driven her to become a world-class conductor — though she doesn’t reach the top without stepping on and over […]

The Menu
Art Direction

The Menu Production Designer Ethan Tobman on Creating Hawthorne, and Filling the Restaurant With Delicious-Looking (and Edible) Food

Mark Mylod‘s pitch-black satire The Menu is a devilishly fun poke at the high-end restaurant industry and the foodies who frequent such establishments. The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik, who regularly invites 12 well-to-do food enthusiasts to his remote island restaurant of Hawthorne for a mere $1,200 a head. But he’s not just preparing a meal for them, he’s preparing an experience. The Menu is set over the […]

From Scratch
Costume Design

From Scratch Costume Designer Amanda Riley on European Fashion, Superhero Shows, and Staying True to Characters

In Netflix’s adaptation of Tembi Locke’s book From Scratch, Amy Wheeler (Zoe Saldaña) finds unexpected romance in Italy. One of the key below-the-line elements of this engaging international limited series is its costume design, as the characters’ clothing reflects their national origins and the times they live in, which transform over the course of the show’s eight episodes. Below the Line recently spoke to veteran Costume Designer Amanda Riley about […]

Reboot Hulu
Costume Design

Reboot Costume Designer Reiko Schoenfeld on Subtle Style Trends, Sitcoms, and How JAG Instilled a Good Work Ethic in Her

Hulu’s Reboot takes audiences behind the scenes of a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly popular in today’s TV landscape — the revival series. From Sex and the City to Frasier, it seems like every ’90s hit is ripe for resurrection these days, and networks are looking to mine their IP just like movie studios do. While Reboot‘s show-within-a-show, Step Right Up, may not be real, it certainly feels like a show […]

Peacemaker
Crafts

Wētā FX’s Guy Williams and Mark Gee on Creating Eagly and Other Fantastic Things for Peacemaker

Season 1 of Peacemaker, the John Cena-led spinoff series that grew out of James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, so if you don’t subscribe to HBO Max, now’s your chance to catch up with the action-packed superhero show. Cena’s title character puts together a new team of agents to infiltrate a covert group of aliens, referred to as “butterflies,” in hopes of saving the […]

The Come Up
Featured

The Come Up Music Supervisor Adam Brodsky on Capturing That Downtown New York Sound, and His Company, Woolly Music

Adam Brodsky wears many hats. He’s a singer and a musician who has also DJ’d and produced. And he also heads up Woolly Music, a collective of composers, producers, and music supervisors who have worked on a wide array of award-winning projects. Additionally, Brodsky has served as Music Supervisor on such TV series as Desus & Mero, King of the Road, and Black Market With Michael K. Williams. His most recent […]

Tony Kent
Crafts

Sidney Editor Tony Kent on How Film Licensing Issues Helped Him Trim the 3-Hour Cut of Apple’s Sidney Poitier Documentary

While Sidney, the new Sidney Poitier documentary on Apple TV+, runs shy of two hours, Editor Tony Kent initially turned in an assembly cut of three hours — because when it comes to an iconic actor like Poitier, more than enough footage exists to craft a two-part film or even a docuseries. Thus, a lot of thought and careful consideration went into cutting the film down to its current running […]

Volker Bertelmann
Awards

All Quiet on the Western Front Composer Volker Bertelmann on Finding the Right Sound for Netflix’s Anti-War Film, and His Shorthand With Its Director

All Quiet on the Western Front marks the fifth collaboration between German filmmaker Edward Berger and Composer Volker Bertelmann, his fellow countryman who previously scored Berger’s Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The anti-war film, which is now streaming on Netflix, represents the first-ever German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque‘s classic novel, and it follows in the footsteps of Universal’s Oscar-winning 1930 film directed by Lewis Milestone. Suffice it to say, […]

Florian Hoffmeister
Awards

TÁR Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister on Technocranes, Tracking Shots, and Cate Blanchett’s Haunting Laugh

Todd Field‘s drama TÁR, the director’s first feature in 16 years, is a must-see thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s towering performance alone, but the film’s other standout element is its cinematography, courtesy of Florian Hoffmeister. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned composer who’s on top of the world when certain allegations are made against her and her kingdom begins to crumble. Charting her meteoric rise and stunning fall, TÁR charts the […]

Luc Montpellier
Awards

Women Talking DP Luc Montpellier on Why He Was, Oddly Enough, the Right Man for the Job on Sarah Polley’s Female-Led Drama

Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel Women Talking presents a fascinating and thought-provoking scenario partially inspired by real-life events at a Mennonite colony where a group of men repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted more than 100 women. Bringing that story to the screen was no doubt a difficult task, one for which writer-director Sarah Polley was particularly well-suited. To ensure that the film had the proper look and feel, Polley brought on […]