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  • The Hollywood Music in Media Awards Announces first round “bake-off” TV contenders

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced a “bake-off” list in the TV categories of song and score.  Music nominees are chosen in specific genres for films including dramatic feature, Sci-Fi Fantasy, documentary and animation.  This marks the first year that the HMMAs have recognized TV contenders prior to the Emmys. According to…

     

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  • ADG Film Society To Honor Legendary Director Peter Greenaway With Double Feature And Panel July 30

    By 411 Update

     

    The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) and the American Cinematheque will present a special double-header screening of The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) and Prospero’s Books (1991) in tribute to British director, screenwriter and cinematic genius Peter Greenaway Sunday, July 30, at the Egyptian Theatre. The evening will feature a discussion  that explores the creative legacy of Greenaway between The…

     

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  • Be Part of the Action – With Variety 411’s Production Charts!

    By 411 Update

     

    Up-to-date and free to access, the Variety 411 Production Chart gives you a comprehensive overview of all projects in production.  From Greenlight to In Production, film, television or special, this comprehensive chart: Offers a full genre break-down Highlights location and contact Outlines commitment level Offers an easy to use filter to find exactly what you…

     

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  • Heitor Pereira Returns To The Minion Universe In Despicable Me 3

    By 411 Update

     

    Grammy winning musician and composer Heitor Pereira, who has scored all of the films in Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, returns to score Despicable Me 3.  The film opened in theaters on June 30, 2017 and quickly shot to the top of the box off.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon…

     

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  • “This Is Us” – A Discussion With Set Decorator Beth Wooke

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas It’s hard to believe that “This Is Us” was once a pilot searching for a future.  The trails of the Pearson family displayed at upfronts and in a YouTube promo trailer were quickly embraced by thousands.  Set decorator Beth Wooke was amongt the pilot’s early fans.  The idea of working on the…

     

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  • HALON Entertainment Promotes Chris Ferriter To CEO

    By 411 Update

     

    Leading visualization company HALON Entertainment announces the promotion of HALON producer and industry veteran, Chris Ferriter, to CEO. Ferriter joined HALON with over two decades of experience as an award-winning producer and designer.  In his new position, Ferriter will work alongside Head of Studio Patrice Avery and co-Founder and Supervisor Brad Alexander. HALON Entertainment Founder…

     

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  • “Expedition Mungo”; DP Rob Taylor On Shooting Master Adventure Cinematographer Mungo

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Thrill-seeker.  Daredevil.  Extreme outdoors man.  High-octane descriptions define adventure cameramen; that rare breed of shooter who travels into the wilderness to capture our planet’s most compelling and breath-taking shots.  Paul Mungeam, more commonly known as Mungo, spent over twenty years as the “go to” camera man for adventure television.  After ten years…

     

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  • Larry Chernoff To Receive 2017 HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Larry Chernoff has been named the 2017 recipient of the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  Chernoff will receive the award during the HPA Awards gala on November 16, 2017, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The mission of the award is to give recognition to individuals who have, with great service,…

     

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  • Damien Chazelle Shares Thoughts On Good Producing At Produced By 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Damien Chazelle shared a revealing truth about “La La Land” during a conversation with John Wells and hundreds of producers attending the 2017 Produced By Conference.  In the middle of the Fox Lot, perched on the Zanuck Theater’s stage the 2017 Oscar-winning director told the principle at John Wells Productions (“Shameless”, “The…

     

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  • Turning Digital Disruption Into Creative Opportunities At Produced By 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Kicking off the ninth annual Produced By Conference, the Producers Guild of America’s forum for producers engaged in creating content for film, television and new media, was a panel entitled “Turning Digital Disruption into Creative Opportunities.”  Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, tech editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the panel featured Ian Bryce, Principle…

     

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  • Music Makes The Man: “Better Call Saul” Music Supervisor Thomas Golubic And Composer Dave Porter

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Members of the “Breaking Bad” family – including characters – found themselves reunited when Vince Gilligan/Peter Gould’s  “Better Call Saul” concept was greenlit.  Composer Dave Porter and music supervisor Thomas Golubic were thrilled to reteam on the prequel that follows Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) transformation into Bad’s sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.  However,…

     

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  • Cannes 2017: A Good Year For Sweden

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas It was a good year for Sweden – as far as the Cannes 2017 Film Festival was concerned.  Six films were proud representatives of Sweden – with Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” ultimately walking away with Cannes’ highest honor – the Palme D’Or.  Earlier in the fest, the Swedish Film Council shined a…

     

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  • Cannes 2017: Diversity Takes Center Stage At Multiple Events

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas As lines of eager hopefuls circled around the Palais anxious to take in a screening, many other Cannes attendees turned their focus to the issue of diversity, particularly diversity in filmmaking. For the second year in a row, the Swedish Film Institute sponsored a panel promoting their initiative: 50-50 by 2020.  In…

     

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  • Redefining “The Mummy”: A Conversation With Hair & Makeup Designer Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou can’t resist “Universal Monsters”: the creatures that were brought to public attention by Universal Studios from the 20s – 50s.  Involvement in the re-imaging of “The Mummy” for the award-winning makeup and hair designer – she has a Saturn, MUAH, IOMA and Gold Derby Award for hair and makeup in…

     

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  • Cheryal Kearney, Dazian Creative Fabric Environments Winners At 2017 SDSA Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Aloha Ohana!  The 24th Annual Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) Awards annual luncheon on June 4th, 2017 turned the Crystal Ballroom in Los Angeles’ historic Biltmore Hotel into a Hawaiian paradise.  Ohana – Hawaiian for “Family” – had a particularly significant ring as the event kicked off with an announcement informing…

     

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  • Cannes 2017: Independent Producers Describe Process During Variety 411 Panel

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas What are some of the keys that have enabled independent production companies and producers to consistently find and finance festival-worthy and award winning productions?  That was the motivating factor behind Variety 411’s recent webinar: Live From Cannes: Financing A Festival-Worthy Production.  Presented in partnership with Entertainment Partners (EP), the UK Film Centre…

     

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  • Cannes 2017 – AmPav Puts Spotlight On Casting Directors

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Nestled in the Cinema de La Plage route during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival was the American Pavillon. In addition to providing a shady, coffee-filled refuge for producers hoping to catch up on business, charge their devices (and use free wi-fi while doing so) or generally network, the American Pavillon (AmPav) was…

     

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  • “Mr. Robot” Editor Franklin Peterson Enjoyed Season Two’s Creative Freedom

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Franklin Peterson was a relative newbie to television editing in 2014.   He’d surpassed the assistant-to- editor hurdle on indie films including “Safety Not Guaranteed” when he had the good fortune to cut director Sam Esmail’s feature debut, “Comet.”  It was Peterson’s work on this film that inspired Esmail to reach out to…

     

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  • Cannes 2017: DP Christopher Doyle Receives The Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens In Cinematography Award

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Before the 70th Cannes Film Festival announced the winners of this year’s festival, a special tribute was made to groundbreaking cinematographer Christopher Doyle.  As luminaries and celebrities alike gathered at the Bunuel Theatre in the Palais des Festivals on Friday, May 26, 2017, Doyle was feted with the festival’s presentation of the…

     

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  • The Sword And The cineSync: Remotely Compiling VFX For “King Arthur”

    By 411 Update

     

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword feels like the logical next step in Guy Ritchie’s career – after all, who better to direct a modern re-imagining of King Arthur than British film royalty? Ritchie has spent years moulding rough and rugged England into whip-smart stories of sleazy charm, and Ancient Albion feels like home turf….

     

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