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The White Lotus Cinematographer Ben Kutchins Exposes the Darkness and Light Amidst Hawaii’s Natural Beauty

July 30, 2021 | By
The White Lotus Cinematographer Ben Kutchins Exposes the Darkness and Light Amidst Hawaii’s Natural Beauty

The natural beauty of Hawaii with its golden hues and glorious sunshiny surf can’t help but lend itself to the stunning look of The White Lotus. However, according to Cinematographer Ben Kutchins, it also posed a significant challenge with changes in weather and utilizing real world outdoor sets such as the beach.  The six-episode... »

Film Spotlight: Settlers Director Wyatt Rockefeller on Putting Life on Mars

July 28, 2021 | By
Film Spotlight: <em>Settlers</em> Director Wyatt Rockefeller on Putting Life on Mars

Director Wyatt Rockefeller makes his feature film directorial debut with Settlers, a sci-fi thriller that was recently released by IFC Midnight after playing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.  Despite being science fiction and actually taking place on a terraformed Mars, it’s a quieter character drama that stars Brooklyn Prince (The Florida Project) as... »

Production Designer Edward Thomas on Creating Escape Room‘s Deadly Rooms

July 26, 2021 | By
Production Designer Edward Thomas on Creating <em>Escape Room</em>‘s Deadly Rooms

Tournament of Champions continues the story from the original movie with Zoey and Ben, the characters played by Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, travelling to New York to find the Minos Corporation and being pulled back into their deadly games, along with a new group of players who survived previous escape rooms. Their new... »

The Mandalorian‘s Head Prosthetics Makeup Artist Brian Sipe on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Life

July 22, 2021 | By
<em>The Mandalorian</em>‘s Head Prosthetics Makeup Artist Brian Sipe on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Life

When Star Wars was first released in 1977, it was a game-changer for Hollywood. Emmy-winning Makeup Artist Brian Sipe was among those in which the franchise had a big impact. Sipe is now the head makeup artist for Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian, a Disney+ series that takes place five years following Return of the Jedi.... »

Making the Scene: The Tomorrow War’s Deepswell Alien Raid

July 21, 2021 | By
Making the Scene: <em>The Tomorrow War</em>’s Deepswell Alien Raid

You may remember earlier this week when Below the Line ran interviews with Weta Digital’s VFX Supervisor Sheldon Stopsack and Animation Supervisor Carmelo Leggiero, talking about their work on the Amazon Prime Video sci-fi action flick, The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt.  If you’ve watched the movie already, you might remember that absolutely epic... »

Weta Digital on the VFX That Brought The Tomorrow War Creatures to Life

July 19, 2021 | By
Weta Digital on the VFX That Brought <em>The Tomorrow War</em> Creatures to Life

There’s a lot of amazing crafts on display in Chris McKay’s sci-fi action flick, The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt, but clearly, the visual FX used to create the amazing alien creatures is at the top of the list. It may come as no surprise that a lot of the creation of the “Whitespikes”... »

Cinematographer Alan Jacobsen on The Loneliest Whale and Working with Anthony Bourdain

July 16, 2021 | By
Cinematographer Alan Jacobsen on <em>The Loneliest Whale</em> and Working with Anthony Bourdain

Whales communicate through distinctive calls that can travel hundreds of miles underwater. In 1989, the US Navy detected unique calls on a 52-hertz frequency. As best as scientists could determine, the calls were never answered. Monitors began referring to the “52 Hertz Whale” as perhaps the last of its species. For years, director Joshua... »

Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of Gunpowder Milkshake

July 16, 2021 | By
Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of <em>Gunpowder Milkshake</em>

Composer Frank Ilfman teams up with filmmaker Navot Papushado for the fourth time for the Netflix genre-blender, Gunpowder Milkshake, launching on July 14. The movie stars Karen Gillan as an assassin who has to protect the 9-year-old daughter of one of her victims while teaming with her mother (Lena Headey) to fight off a group of... »

Gunpowder Milkshake Fight Choreographer Laurent Demianoff Shakes Up Fight Scenes With Humor And Cool Props 

July 13, 2021 | By
<em>Gunpowder Milkshake</em> Fight Choreographer Laurent Demianoff Shakes Up Fight Scenes With Humor And Cool Props 

The art of fight choreography is like a dance where every move is precise and counted out to the last beat to achieve the utmost goal of being badass, but most importantly so nobody gets hurt. Fight Choreographer Laurent Demianoff carved out a career mastering this skill. He studied martial arts from early childhood... »

Carlos López Estrada: From Blindspotting to Summertime with Some Disney Animation in Between

July 7, 2021 | By
Carlos López Estrada: From <em>Blindspotting</em> to <em>Summertime</em> with Some Disney Animation in Between

Three years ago, Carlos López Estrada’s feature directorial debut, Blindspotting, opened the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, showcasing the talents of Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and his collaborator Rafael Casal, in a film dealing with the gentrification and police discrimination that had plagued their hometown of Oakland, California.  Two years later, Estrada would be back at... »