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  • Production Designer Gary Kordan And Wife Photographer Justine Ungaro Go Retro With Muse

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    From his Emmy nominated work on “Key and Peele” to the fantastical worlds of Amazon’s young adult hit “Just Add Magic”, production designer Gary Kordan gets behind projects 100%.  Before he lands a job, he’ll spend days researching content, often crafting up to sixteen mood boards loaded with images for first meeting discussions.  To land…

     

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  • Costume Designer Lorraine Calvert On Sourcing And Building Costumes For “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Lorraine Calvert had spent many years as an assistant costume designer on feature films before having the chance to step up into the role of costume designer for the fact-based Watergate investigatory film, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.”  Production had just wrapped on the pilot of “Time after Time,” one…

     

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  • Complete List Of 2017 HPA Award Winners Revealed

    By 411 Update

     

    The HPA Awards, presented by The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) have become the banner awards ceremony for the post production community. The winners of the 2017 HPA Awards, which recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content, were awarded November 16, 2017 at the Skirball…

     

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  • Greg Cannom, Mary Guerrero To Receive 2018 MUAH Lifetime Achievement Awards

    By 411 Update

     

    Oscar®-winning make-up artist Greg Cannom and four time Emmy®-winning hair stylist Mary Guerrero, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) honoring outstanding achievements for make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater. The black-tie awards gala returns to the…

     

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  • Kathleen Kennedy To Receive ADG’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards,. The 2018 Awards, themed “Production Design: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination,” will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Kathleen…

     

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  • Motion Picture Sound Editors To Honor John Paul Fasal With Career Achievement Award

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Sound designer and sound recordist John Paul Fasal will receive the 2018 Motion Picture Ssound Editors Career Achievement Award during the orgs MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony set to take place February 18th, 2018 in Los Angeles.  The MPSE Career Achievement Award recognizes sound artists who have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an…

     

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  • Siddhartha Khosla Creates Diverse Scores For “Runaways”, “This Is Us” And “Me, Myself and I”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Hulu’s upcoming series “Runaways” marks the third entry in a trio of fall projects showcasing the composer Siddhartha Khosla’s diverse range.  Unlike the organic-infused instrumentation of “This is Us” or surf guitar sounds in “Me, Myself and I,” “Runaways” finds the composer crafting a completely electronic score. Based on a Marvel comic,…

     

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  • Note To Listees Regarding Incoming Job Requests

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Variety 411 Remains the go-to resource for the film and television production community, enabling users to connect to qualified businesses, services and crew members.  Tools such as the “Request A Quote” function and the “Leave A Review section have been a great aid in ensuring individuals have found the best matches for their needs. We…

     

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  • NASA, Amazon Web Services And AWS Elemental To Receive HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Three organizations have received the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation by the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA): NASA, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company. The three companies collaborated on the first public Live 4K stream from the International Space Station (ISS). The award was conceived to recognize companies and individuals…

     

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  • Fortium Security Measures Ward Off DVD Piracy

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    As award season gears up, so do concerns about piracy.  Although many studios distribute password protected and expiring links to content, much of the voting public depend on DVDs to view nominated films.  DVD screeners remain a controversial source for many studios. While they come with stern warnings against sharing or tampering with the discs, screeners…

     

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  • Pixomondo Trailblazes in Themed Entertainment VFX For National Geographic’s ” Ocean Odyssey”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    International creative design and VFX company Pixomondo, known for its Emmy-award winning VFX work on “Game of Thrones” VES Award for “Hugo”, debuted an underground aquarium attraction, a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience, in Times Square.  The underwater attraction was created for National Geographic, and is called National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. The exhibit harnesses…

     

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  • Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Brings Popular TV Show’s World To Fans

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Fans of “Downton Abbey” and the gorgeous sets and costumes seen throughout its six seasons have reason to celebrate.   NBCUniversal International Studios is presenting a traveling exhibit highlighting the elegant gowns, suits and jewelry in a traveling exhibition called Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.  The exhibit will make its US debut in New York City on Saturday, November…

     

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  • “Stranger Things 2” Sound Team Highlight Details For Authenticity

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    There’s a lot in store for fans  of “Stranger Things.”  As the second season, called “Stranger Things 2”, hits the airwaves, new characters, creatures, even worlds, will be revealed.  Despite the many changes on screen, behind the scenes it is business as usual. The sound team found themselves right back where they started from, at the Technicolor…

     

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  • Costume Designer Janie Bryant Creates 50’s Inspired Style Line For Women

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Merging sophistication in design, realistic functionality and period authenticity is something costume designer Janie Bryant excels at. The past ten years have seen her create iconic looks as she’s tackled projects that scaled the decades.  She received her first Emmy win for the western designs in HBO’s “Deadwood.” “Mad Men” found her tackling the sophisticated…

     

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  • KitSplit Brings Shared Economy Production Rental Platform To Los Angeles

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    KitSplit is the latest entry into the film production “shared economy.” Originated in New York in 2015 by Kristina Budelis, the org experienced a wild growth spurt in 2017 after acquiring its competitor CameraLends.  Now, the Brooklyn-based production equipment rental platform is further expanding its reach by opening a satellite office in Los Angeles.  The…

     

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  • Pollen Music Group Highlights 360/VR Audio & Working on Google Spotlight Stories’ Oscar Nominee, “Pearl”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Pollen Music Group & Google Spotlight Stories has released a behind-the-scenes video detailing their process scoring the music for the first VR project to receive an Oscar nomination and one of the first to win an Emmy, Pearl. The four-minute video (watch here: https://youtu.be/EirRYlGnROs) details how Alexis Harte, Scot Stafford, and JJ Wiesler of Pollen…

     

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  • 2018 SOC Technical Achievement Award Nominees Revealed

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) has released the names of the products and manufacturers to be considered for the org’s 2018 Technical Achievement Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Saturday February 3, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards evening hosted at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.  In order to become a competing nominee, each selected candidate must participate…

     

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  • Kathryn Bigelow To Receive 2018 MPSE Filmmaker Award

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award during the org’s Golden Reel Award ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema.. A trailblazing filmmaker whose…

     

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  • Winners Announced For Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    To promote the art of animation, GKIDS, Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood, with major sponsors LA Times, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events and Google presented the inaugural edition of ANIMATION IS FILM.  The festival took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood and was attended by a…

     

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  • Makeup Artist Donald Mowat Captures Realities In “Blade Runner 2049” And “Stronger”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Donald Mowat greatly admired the artistry of “Blade Runner.” When director Denis Villeneuve called Mowat to lead the makeup department for “Blade Runner 2049” – a revisiting of the LA-based futuristic tale set thirty years later – Mowat was excited.  Fighting off tremendous anxiety and panic attacks at the scale of the film’s epic scope,…

     

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