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The “Culpa” Question

By Mark London Williams

It may have been a while since we’ve shared a drink – or a thought – in this corner of Below the Line, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening. Or more interestingly, things have been happening, but there’s a lot of arguing over what those things mean. Everything, it seems – short... »

Hollywood Cliffhanger

By Jack Egan

High hopes that the labor turmoil in the entertainment industry would end by midyear have been put on hold by suggestions that talks between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers could extend beyond June 30 when SAG’s contract expires. Complicating the outlook is the bitter ongoing dispute... »

New Stages to Open in Ventura County

By Staff

Calling itself the largest independent movie studio in the US, a $125 million facility intends to break ground in April, 2009, in Moorpark, California. When completed following its projected 18-month construction period, Commonwealth Studios, as it will be known, will have 14 soundstages and an exterior backlot that will feature city and residential streets,... »

Loren Kelly Schroeder

By Staff

Loren Kelly Schroeder, widely known in the film industry as one of the best and most popular first assistant directors, died May 26th at his home in Santa Monica of heart failure. He was 51 years old. Schroeder’s career, spanned 28 years and 21 feature films, including Graffiti Bridge and the Sundance-award-winning Pow Wow... »

Swietlik’s Saga

By Mary Ann Skweres

Even after 18 years of editing award-winning commercials, Dan Swietlik was unprepared for editing a long-form documentary when he was asked to cut An Inconvenient Truth. Swietlik had edited green, anti-oil company PSAs for people associated with producers Laurie David and Lawrence Bender. When they come up with the idea of having Al Gore... »

Towering Inferno Hits Universal

By Jack Egan

In the wake of the ferocious June 1 fire at Universal Studios, several probes have been set in motion. The Los Angeles County Fire Department plans to issue a report in mid-June focusing on the low water pressure firefighters initially encountered on the backlot. And the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked... »

Reconstructing the 2000 Election Recount for HBO

By Mary Ann Skweres

Using archival footage and an A-list ensemble cast, the HBO film Recount chronicles with chilling authenticity the final five weeks of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. It spans the period from the disputed vote counts of November 7, 2000, to the December Supreme Court ruling that stopped the... »

New ACTA Treaty to Address International Piracy

By Scott Lehane

As the growing piracy of content continues to threaten entertainment revenues worldwide, affecting both the below-the-line and the above-the-line communities, the industry is taking aggressive measures to reduce the problem while trying to preserve individuals’ civil liberties. Piracy has been a thorn in Hollywood’s side since the introduction of consumer camcorders and VCRs. But... »

FilmLight Settles with Kodak

By Scott Lehane

FilmLight has settled a longstanding patent infringement lawsuit with Kodak over the use of infrared dust-busting technologies in film scanners. In 2004, Kodak acquired Texas-based Applied Science Fiction (ASF), which gave the company a portfolio of patents covering such things as the use of an infrared light source in slide scanners, defect mapping, and... »

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