Contender – Composer Carter Burwell, Carol

“It’s true that everyone is different and indeed everyone hears music differently,” commented composer Carter Burwell in sharing how he communicates with directors. “A piece that one director will think is melancholy, another director may think is joyful. By its nature, music is abstract and subjective, but generally speaking, the best way I find to communicate with directors is the language of drama and cinema, nothing specifically about music.” […]


Opinion: There Is An Advertising Revolution Taking Place

Last year alone, $600 billion was spent on traditional advertising. But there is a new advertising approach happening right now, which is a throwback to a bygone age: Brands are shifting away from traditional TV commercials to funding and sponsoring documentaries, television programs and specials, and films.  Brands will emerge as the film and TV moguls of the future. […]


Contender – Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, Son of Saul

More than any film in memory, Son of Saul takes the audience into the heart of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious death camp where the Nazis murdered millions of Jews during World War II. The story is seen almost entirely through the eyes of one individual, Saul Ausländer. He has been made one of the Sonderkommandos – Jewish prisoners forced by the SS to lead thousands of daily arrivals to the gas chambers and afterwards remove and burn the corpses. He tries to find moral solace from his unspeakable task by salvaging from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son, and attempts to have him buried with dignity. […]


Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent president Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. […]

Art Direction

ADG Announces Three Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

The Art Directors Guild announced that scenic artist Bill Anderson, Oscar-nominated matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw and set designer William Newmon, II will be presented with lifetime achievement awards at the guild’s 20th annual awards gala, scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. […]


Contender – Editor Nathan Nugent, Room

According to Nathan Nugent, editor of Room, director Lenny Abrahamson is always open to changes on set. He had plans for how a scene was going to work, but he did not storyboard every scene. Rather he trusted the actors and their organic movement, taking how they work as a key. […]


DGA Will Award Lifetime Achievement Award To Joe Pytka

The Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay announced that commercial director Joe Pytka will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished achievement in television direction at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. […]


Nicholas Hytner Directs Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van features Maggie Smith in a virtuoso star turn that is generating buzz about a possible best actress Oscar nomination. In the film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, she plays Miss Shepherd, a curmudgeonly and bedraggled old woman of uncertain origins who lives in a beat up van. Searching for a place to stay, she lands the vehicle in a well-to-do London neighborhood and “temporarily” parks the van in the driveway of the house of famed contemporary English playwright Alan Bennett. She winds up staying for 15 years. […]


Contenders – Sound Editors Mark Mangini and Scott Hecker, Mad Max: Fury Road

When Warner Bros. announced it was going to pick up the tab for the reincarnated Mad Max franchise many of us smiled with excited anticipation. First of all, it’s George Miller, and secondly, its George f’ing Miller – one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Visually, Mad Max: Fury Road could dilate the colorblind, but what Miller and the sound team accomplished acoustically was an astounding feat. Helping to oversee that process were supervising sound editors Mark Mangini and Scott Hecker. […]