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  • Composer Bear McCreary On His Score For “Rebel In The Rye”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    On paper, Bear McCreary was an odd choice for first time feature director Danny Strong to pick as the composer for his film, “Rebel in the Rye.”  Emmy-winning McCreary’s resume includes acclaimed scores for TV series such as “DaVinci’s Demons”, “Outlander”, “Black Sails” and “The Walking Dead.”  At that time, McCreary only had one film…

     

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  • Emmy Nominees Celebrated At 2017 Celebrity Connected Suite

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Emmy weekend is a whirl-wind of appearances at events and parties for those celebrated few who have received nominations.  Celebrity Connected gave this year’s celebrated television royalty a chance to unwind at the annual Luxury Gifting Suite honoring the Emmys.  Held at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the critically acclaimed group…

     

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  • Special Fortium Cybersecurity Panel To Be Presented At Sound for Film and TV Conference

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Fortium, a digital content security provider devoted to media and entertainment entities.  Their clients include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA, for whom they supply technologies protect their digital content. Their file encryption product, MediaSeal, protects all file types in Windows and Mac and can be used for all b2b workflows….

     

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  • Call For Proposals Open For 2018 HPA Tech Retreat

    By 411 Update

     

    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has opened the call for proposals for the 2018 HPA Tech Retreat®. Key portions of the HPA Tech Retreat programming are determined by the proposals submitted during this process.  Now in its 23rd year, the event in Palm Springs attracts a wide array of distinguished attendees and speakers and engages leaders from every…

     

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  • Nominees For 2017 Student Academy Awards Announced

    By 411 Update

     

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards winners.  This 2017 edition of the competition received a total of 1,587 entries from 267 domestic and 89 international colleges and universities.  The 2017 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia…

     

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  • Complete List Of 2017 Creative Art Emmy Winners

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Following the success of last year’s dual evening presentation of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the winners of 92 categories received Emmy statues over the course of September 9 – 10, 2017.   The Creative Arts Emmys presents awards for prime time programming for the below-the-line categories as well as guest actor/actress categories, interactive media and…

     

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  • It Was A Busy Summer For Many Of Fall’s Top Composers

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    There is no one song of summer for film and television’s talented composers.  These creative men and women stay busy, juggling projects like so many balls in the hands of a clown at your local carnival.  Below is a glimpse of five creatives and their work that fueled the warm summer months – and some…

     

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  • Behind The Sound Of “Death Note”: A Conversation With Andrew Hay And Jeffrey Pitts

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Japanese pop culture has experienced a nearly two-decade love affair with “Death Note,” consuming iterations of the supernatural revenge story in every form of content from manga magazines to miniseries, video games to feature films.   Supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Andrew Hay had just begun watching the most recent “Death Note” Japanese miniseries when he received…

     

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  • Set Decorator Kimberly Wannop Reflects On Her 2017 Emmy-Nominated Work On “Veep”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Waiting on the word of the sixth season “Veep” world filled set decorator Kimberly Wannop with a giddy anxiety.  The then two-time Emmy nominee (2009 for “Bones”, 2016 for “Veep”) was heading into her second season with the show as the characters left the White House and moved on to new careers.  Establishing their re-entry…

     

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  • The Variety 411 Production Incentive Chart Makes Your Production Budget Go Further

    By 411 Update

     

    All the world’s a stage – literally.  In an effort to lure producers to beautiful locations and sound stages from Los Angeles to Luxemburg, New York to Newfoundland, many states and countries offer competitive production tax incentives.  These incentives range from rebates to refunds based on a vast assortment of factors, including how many shoot…

     

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  • ShareGrid Brings The Production Community The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas ShareGrid has made the life of cinematographers a whole lot easier.  In the company’s earliest days, they collaborated with Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass to put together a test of 40 vintage lenses, calling it “The Ultimate Vintage Lens Test.”  Their results had just reached the ShareGrid audience when discussions began…

     

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  • From Whale Songs To Clarinets: Heitor Pereira’s Score For “Sonic Sea” Earns Emmy Nom

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Some artists get to weave their personal passions with their professional works.  Take, for example, composer Heitor Pereira.  When he’s not creating innovative music, he’s engaged with nature.   He’s an avid birder who’s spent years recording the calls of many species.  He was able to take his knowledge of the feathered community…

     

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  • ASC 2018 Award Call For Entries Open For Television Categories

    By Marjorie Galas

     

      The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has opened its call for entries in the television categories for the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, which will be held February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The ASC is now accepting submissions in three categories: (1) Episode…

     

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  • So You Think You Can Dance: A Look Behind The Emmy-Nomination Generating Live Broadcast

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Sean Cheesman takes the role he has instructing young dancers very seriously.  After watching dancers Koine (contestant) and Marko (All-Star) perform his choreography – a mixture of African dance and jazz – during the live telecast of “So You Think You Can Dance” on Monday, August 14th, Cheesman smiled like a proud…

     

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  • Emmy-Nominated Tituss Burgess On Theater, Film And “The Preacher’s Wife”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Netflix hosted a special Emmy FYC event honoring “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” nominee Tituss Burgess on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at Hollywood’s Sayer’s Club Celebrating. Humbled and honored by his third consecutive nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Burgess engaged in a one-on-one discussion with actress Yvette Nicole…

     

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  • ADG Creates New Award Category Recognizing Excellent In Production Design For Animated Features

    By 411 Update

     

    The Art Directors Guild (ADG) will debut a new award category during its 2018 annual awards ceremony.  The category is titled Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film and will be added to the other categories honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.  The ADG award ceremony will take place…

     

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  • 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Call For Entries Open

    By 411 Update

     

    The call for entries for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards is now open. The Regular Deadline is Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and the Final Deadline is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in a press conference in Los Angeles.  In addition to celebrating the broad spectrum…

     

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  • Jon Favreau To Receive The 2018 VES Lifetime Achievement Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named acclaimed writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES…

     

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  • John Bailey Elected President Of AMPAS

    By 411 Update

     

    On August 8, 2017,  the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected John Bailey to serve as the president of the organization. Also elected to officer positions by the Board: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee) Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee) Michael Tronick,…

     

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  • Society Of Camera Operators 2018 Technical Achievement Award Submissions Now Open

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) annual Technical Achievement Award.  The Technical Achievement Awards is given each year by the SOC and awarded at the Lifetime Achievement Awards that will take place Saturday February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles. The nominees are reviewed by the Society’s…

     

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