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  • Producer Betsy Beers Receives California Golden Slate Award At Film In California Conference

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Executive Director of the California Film Commission Amy Lemisch kicked off the annual Film in California Conference May 20th reporting on the increase in film and television production throughout the state.  Over 500 attendees to the event benefited from panels exploring the making of the hit series “This Is Us” – shot entirely in Los…

     

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  • NAB Roundup – “Rogue One” Post: Step By Step

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The Motion Picture Sound Editors had a crowd 500 people deep for their special NAB Super Show Session.  Entitled “The Force Returns: Rogue One-A Star Wars Story”, the panel featured the Industrial Light & Magic post team crucial to finalizing the film.  Joining Carolyn Giardina, Technology Editor at the Hollywood Reporter who…

     

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  • NAB Roundup: Behind The Scenes Look At Game Of Thrones

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas NAB looked a little more like Comic-Con as attendees of the four-day expo joined a line snaking through the Upper North Hall to attend “Game of Thrones: Behind the Scenes with the Filmmakers.”  Presented by the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), the panel featured executive producer Bernadette Caulfield, producer Greg Spence and cinematographers…

     

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  • Excellence In Community Service Recognized At NAB Crystal Radio Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Since its inception in 1922, NAB, or the National Association of Broadcasters – has been committed to a standard of excellent in all forms of broadcasting.  During the annual NAB show held in Las Vegas April 24- 27th, NAB presented a number of special panels and sessions.  They also bestowed the NAB…

     

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  • Nathan Barr’s Score Highlights Family Evolution In “The Son”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Set in Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries, “The Son” follows the McCollough family through 150 years of history, highlighting Eli McCollough’s (Pierse Brosnan) climb from boyhood to reigning oil tycoon.  Noting the importance the score would have ushering the story through multiple decades and several culture clashes, showrunner Kevin Murphy…

     

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  • Production Designer Diane Lederman Discusses Her Work On “13 Reasons Why”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Diane Lederman flipped between production designer on indie films to set decorating others, including Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for many years.  When time permitted, she also worked as a set decorator on television series and specials, including “Phil Spector”, for which she earned a Prime Time…

     

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  • Art Directors Guild Announce 2017 Summer Film Series

    By 411 Update

     

    A special summer film series, entitled “Production Design: Legacy, Pageantry and Artistry”, will kick off at the end of April and run through July.  The screening series, co-presented by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and American Cinematheque, will feature moderated panels by ADG members and production designers John Muto, ADG, Thomas A. Walsh, ADG and…

     

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  • Music For Games: Composer Jeff Russo Describes Scoring “What Remains Of Edith Finch”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas One could say Jeff Russo is a bit of a maestro when it comes to scoring films and TV series. In the last twelve months alone, his work was been heard supporting “The Night Of”, “American Gothic”, “Channel Zero”, “Power”, “Lucifer”, “Bull” and “Legion.”   He also has two Emmy noms for “Best…

     

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  • Eryn Krueger Mekash’s Long Partnership With Ryan Murphy Leads To “Feud”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Eryn Krueger Mekash marvels at frequent collaborator Ryan Murphy’s timing. Mekash, who started as a makeup artist on Murphy’s “Nip/Tuck” and served as makeup department head, prosthetic makeup artist and makeup designer on nearly all Murphy’s content continuously witnesses his creations tap into the nation’s zeitgeist. When he approached her with “Feud,”…

     

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  • AFCI/Cognition Present Panel Highlighting 3D Photo Solution For Film Commissioners

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Photogrammetry seems like a fabricated word, however it is a very important tool, used by the likes of scientists and geologists. In simple terms, it is the means of making measurements from photographs, where exact positions of surface points are recovered.   Some uses of photogrammetry include the satellite tracking of tectonic motions,…

     

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  • The Art Of Crafting Off Screen Sounds – Becky Sullivan And Anna Behlmer Discuss Sound In “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Animals scream from 90 acres of land. Bombers fly overhead.  A piano’s music drifts through a basement chasm.  These elements are crucial to the story of “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, yet they occur primarily off-screen: that is, the viewer never sees them.   Crafting authentic and accurate sounds for these cues fell to the…

     

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  • “Westworld”, “La La Land” Amongst Winners At 2017 LMGI Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Location managers, film commissioners and other industry professionals were enthusiastically shuttled across the Warner Bros. lot on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The studio hosted the Fourth Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards, an evening were the achievements of those who supply and discover the vastly diverse settings seen in films, commercials and…

     

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  • VR For Good: Technology Adds Perspective To Jayisha Patel’s “Notes To My Father”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas This is a reset. You get to start over. The masterminds behind Oculus VR spent a great deal of time contemplating what “this is a reset” meant to them. While some may see the virtual reality landscape as the wild west of storytelling; a lawless land where narrative runs amuck, Oculus VR came…

     

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  • The Magic Of Post At CBS Digital: An Interview With Craig Weiss and George Bloom

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Craig Weiss, executive Creative Director of CBS Digital, marvels at the company’s origins roughly twenty-three years ago. At that time, the marriage of television and visual effects was still in its honeymoon phase. “We literally started with a Macintosh computer on a picnic table,” recalled Weiss. “It’s been wonderful to see (the…

     

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  • Re-Imagining Wolverine: “Logan” Makeup Designer Joel Harlow

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Staying truthful to the origins of iconic characters has served makeup and prosthetics artist Joel Harlow well. His decision to compliment the “Star Trek” legacy by keeping the makeup effects practical in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot resulted in Harlow’s first Oscar win and third Oscar nomination for “Star Trek Beyond.” Although Harlow…

     

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  • Emmy FYC: “Mr. Robot” Production Designer Anastasia White

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Anastasia White has come a long way in a short time. In under ten years, she’s gone from a production assistant and shop manager to an award winning production designer.  She approached her career with a two-pronged attack: work on small independent films as production designer will climbing the ladder in the…

     

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  • Director Richard Kelly And DP Steven Poster Give “Donnie Darko” 4K Restoration Treatment

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Rarely does a film get a second chance at theatrical distribution, especially if it failed to rake in cash the first time around. Yet cult classic “Donnie Darko” – a box office flop during its 2001 release – will once again be projected on the big screen.  Sporting a brand-new 4K restoration,…

     

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  • Danny Boyle, Lori Balton, Stuart Raven Barter To Be Feted At Location Managers Guild Int’l Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Director Danny Boyle, location scout Lori Balton and location professional Stuart Raven Barter will receive special awards at the 4th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards (LMGI) taking place April 8th, 2017.  The event, hosted by NPR’s Rico Gagliano, will be conducted in the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, CA. Oscar-winning…

     

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  • AFCI Supports Sustainable Productions Through Panel At Upcoming Conference

    By 411 Update

     

    The Association of Film Commissioners Intentional (AFCI) and its industry partner Lightsource Asia Media Group will present a special panel highlighting sustainable production at its upcoming Global Production & Finance Conference. The panel, entitle “Sustainable Production: Think Global, Act Local” will highlight practices productions can incorporate into their process that reduce negative environmental impacts, engage positively…

     

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  • Interactive Technology Makes Weather An Engaging Challenge

    By 411 Update

     

    AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, in concert with Microsoft Corp. continue their strong collaboration with the release of Winter Warrior™.   Winter Warrior is an online challenge between two individuals to prove who had the worst winter and recognize the true Winter Warrior.  Through this engaging new online tool, users will most…

     

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