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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

     

    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…

     

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

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    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. …

     

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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 on “So You Think You Can Dance” very seriously.  After watching Season 14 contestant Koine and her all-star partner Marko perform his choreography – a mixture of African dance and jazz – during the show’s live telecast on Monday, August 14th, Cheesman…

     

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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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  • HFPA Presents $2.8 Million In Grants At Annual Gala

    By 411 Update

     

    On August 2, 2017, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) held its annual Grants Banquet, where grants totaling $2.8 million dollars were bestowed to non-profit cultural and educational organizations that foster and educate, promote and preserve all production mediums.  . The evening was hosted by Chelsea Handler and included a special musical performance by Keala…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • Titmouse Takes Flight: On The Road With Chris Prynoski At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas They got me with the chirp. I first encountered Titmouse, a LA-based animation production company, when I wrote an article highlighting Disney XD’s “Motorcity.”  Created by Titmouse President and Owner Chris Prynoski, I was impressed in the tremendous amount of research and auto engineering that Titmouse staff engaged in to create the animated…

     

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  • Damon Lindelof Leads “Twin Peaks” Panel At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Sporting a graphic t-shirt that read “Damn Fine Coffee”, Damon Lindelof kicked off Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” panel at Comic Con by recalling his introduction to the series in 1990.  The writer/producer/creator behind numerous films and TV series including “Lost” and “The Leftovers” was a 16-year-old “geeky misfit” who found solace…

     

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  • Anna Behlmer To Receive Cinema Audio Society’s 2018 Career Achievement Award

    By 411 Update

     

    Re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award at the 54th CAS Awards.  The award date is set for Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California. “It’s truly an honor to announce the selection of Anna Behlmer by the CAS for our Career…

     

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  • EW’s Women Who Kick A** Icon Charlize Theron At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Walk through any hall or arena at San Diego’s Comic Con and you’ll see a wealth of fan love for female characters.  From Daenerys Targaryen to Wonder Woman, from Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace to “Eleven” from “Stranger Things” – people of every gender and walk-of-life were either dressed up as, or sporting…

     

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