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Shang-Chi: Scanline VFX’s Micah Gallagher Takes Us Through Some Key Scenes

October 11, 2021 | By
<em>Shang-Chi</em>: Scanline VFX’s Micah Gallagher Takes Us Through Some Key Scenes

Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, has been wowing moviegoers in theaters for a little over a month, and there are many reasons for that.  A lot of Marvel fans have taken to the film’s magical fantasy elements, which required a lot of... »

Film Spotlight: Icelandic Filmmaker Valdimar Jóhansson on His Fantasy/Thriller Lamb

October 6, 2021 | By
Film Spotlight: Icelandic Filmmaker Valdimar Jóhansson on His Fantasy/Thriller <em>Lamb</em>

You hear all the time about big studio movies shooting in Iceland to take advantage of the vast landscapes the country has to offer, but there have been very few representatives of the country’s production ecosystem other than possibly Baltasar Kormákur, one of Iceland’s biggest exports. Valdimar Jóhansson has been involved with some of... »

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Axelle Carolyn Explores the Horrors of Aging in The Manor

October 5, 2021 | By
Welcome to the Blumhouse: Axelle Carolyn Explores the Horrors of Aging in <em>The Manor</em>

Our second and final interview for this year’s batch of Welcome to the Blumhouse horror movies, an anthology on Amazon Prime Video that gives new directors a chance at making a low-budget horror film with Blumhouse, is with Axelle Carolyn, who is probably more experienced than some of the other filmmakers. Her first feature,... »

Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to Cinderella

October 4, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to <em>Cinderella</em>

As much as we love to share interviews with veteran award-winning composers as part of this series, Below the Line also wants to use it to shine the spotlight on some of Hollywood’s newer blood of composers.  Jessica Rose Weiss is indeed relatively new to the world of film scoring, having started a mere... »

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Maritte Lee Go on Her Louisiana Vampire Flick, Black as Night

October 1, 2021 | By
Welcome to the Blumhouse: Maritte Lee Go on Her Louisiana Vampire Flick, <em>Black as Night</em>

Last year, Below the Line talked to a few of the directors of Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Productions’ Welcome to the Blumhouse horror anthology series, and with Halloween coming up in just 30 short days, it seemed a good time to look at this year’s class.  Black as Night Director Maritte Lee Go has... »

Reminiscence: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

September 22, 2021 | By
<em>Reminiscence</em>: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

Reminiscence is a science-fiction noir film from the mind of Lisa Joy, co-creator of HBO’s Westworld. Joy wrote the original script and made it her feature directorial debut, which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures (and streamed on HBO Max). It stars Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister, a private detective of a different kind. Nick uses... »

Craft Spotlight: The Eyes of Tammy Faye Costume Designer Mitchell Travers

September 16, 2021 | By
Craft Spotlight: <em>The Eyes of Tammy Faye</em> Costume Designer Mitchell Travers

Televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were best known and remembered for a lot of things, particularly for the scandal they faced when it was discovered their PTL Club had been scamming constituents out of their money. Although that aspect of the Bakkers might stick in many people’s memory, others will remember Tammy Faye... »

The Forever Purge Costume Designer Leah Butler on the  Outfits for the Gruesome Tale

September 14, 2021 | By
<em>The Forever Purge</em> Costume Designer Leah Butler on the  Outfits for the Gruesome Tale

For The Purge film franchise, most of the pizzazz is in the makeup and special effects necessary to construct the gory, bloody scenes that characterize the movies. The latest installment, The Forever Purge, was no exception. As we wrote before the movie was released in July, the killing spree that is at the core... »

Doc Spotlight: The Filmmakers Behind Under the Volcano, a Portrait of Sir George Martin’s Air Studios Montserrat

September 8, 2021 | By
Doc Spotlight: The Filmmakers Behind <em>Under the Volcano</em>, a Portrait of Sir George Martin’s Air Studios Montserrat

Most people will know who Sir George Martin is from his work with the Beatles in the ‘60s and working with various artists after that. Maybe not so people realize that the producer had built a studio on the Caribbean island of Montserrat in the late ‘70s, and it would become the go-to studio for... »

Doc Spotlight: Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen’s The Alpinist Explores the Life and Climbs of Marc-André Leclerc 

September 7, 2021 | By
Doc Spotlight: Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen’s <em>The Alpinist</em> Explores the Life and Climbs of Marc-André Leclerc 

For some reason, there’s been an unquenchable interest in mountain-climbing in recent years, particularly due to the many films about the sport, hobby, activity, or however you want to label it. Jimmy Chin and  Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo about climber Alex Honnold certainly helped, but Filmmakers Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen had been... »