The Los Angeles Post Production Group Launches L.A. Post Fest

The Los Angeles Post Production Group announced the launch of its first L.A. Post Fest, an innovative video editing competition where contestants will use their creativity, technical skills and storytelling abilities to successfully complete their own version of a professionally shot sci-fi short film. […]


Jay Roach Tells A Parable Of Our Time With Trumbo

Set over a multi-year period starting in 1947, Trumbo explores the effects of that era’s communist witch-hunt on the life of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), Hollywood’s top screenwriter, after he and other writers are blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film reveals how Trumbo used his talents and humor to expose the injustices of the blacklist, which entangled Hollywood luminaries from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to actors Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), John Wayne (David James Elliott) and Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman) to director Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel), as well as multiple others. […]

Contender Portfolios

Contender – Costume Designer Jenny Eagan, Beasts of No Nation

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation takes a look at Agu’s life as a child solider fighting in a civil war of an African country that is never named. The film, which was shot in Africa, tells a powerful visual story and costume designer Jenny Eagan‘s work contributes no small part. Eagan was really excited to join the project when she received the invitation from the director to be a part of the team. She was deeply drawn to the script, which dealt with a subject matter that she had never worked with in any way, and she saw it as a chance of a lifetime. “It is always interesting to me when it is something that challenges you in a way you’ve never been challenged before, looking at something a little bit different,” Eagan said. […]


Contender – VFX Supervisor Tim Alexander, Jurassic World

When visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander undertook the task of bringing dinosaurs to life for the third Jurassic Park sequel, his challenge was made somewhat less daunting due to the familiar territory of Industrial Light & Magic as the project’s effects base. “Being at ILM, we had a lot of history,” he said. “A lot of the people who worked on the original are still there – Denis Muren [visual effects supervisor] and Phil Tippett [dinosaur animation supervisor] consulted with them extensively on what they had done, and why they had done it.”

Art Direction

Contender – Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, Bridge of Spies

In the Cold War-era Bridge of Spies, an American lawyer, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot arrested and detained by the Soviet Union. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is filled with stunning and scenic production design by Adam Stockhausen, known for his work on 12 Years a Slave (2013), which was nominated for an Academy Award and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which won an Academy Award. […]

Contender Portfolios

Below the Line Screening Series Presents: Son of Saul

The Below the Line Screening Series featured Son of Saul at the Museum of Tolerance Peltz Theater, Nov. 11. Following the movie, a panel discussion and Q&A was held. It featured Hungarian director-screenwriter László Nemes, lead actor Géza Röhrig (Saul), and cinematographer Mátyás Erdély. The moderator was Hillary Helstein, executive director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival which co-sponsored the screening. […]

Contender Portfolios

Contender – Editor Joe Walker, Sicario

You know when you sit down to watch a film and it immediately cements you to your seat with that certain level of awe. It grabs hold of you and saturates your eyes with wonderment while you bravely ignore that acute pain building in your bladder… Director Denis Villeneuve’s film Sicario has that type resonance and that might even be an understatement. […]


Director John Crowley Recreates 1950s’ Ireland and New York in Brooklyn

Director John Crowley‘s Brooklyn explores the life of a young Irish woman, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s Ireland and New York. The film began as a novel by Colm Tóibín, which Crowley read before his involvement with the film project. Having been a fan of Tóibín’s other novels, he read the book purely from curiosity and not for professional reasons. […]


Contender – Costume Designer Sandy Powell, Carol

Had Todd Haynes’s film Carol been made when it was first developed 15 years ago, it would have been a very different looking film. Based on The Price of Salt, a 1952 semi-autobiographical novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol owes much of its aesthetic, richly interpreted by Haynes in 16 mm, to the New York street photography of Vivian Maier, an unknown until her vast collection of negatives was discovered in 2007. […]


Video of the Day: He Named Me Malala Featurette: Animation

Fox Searchlight released this behind-the-scenes video that explores the use of animation in Davis Guggenheim‘s feature documentary He Named Me Malala. The film is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education on a BBC blog, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. […]