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  • Lillian E. Benson Receives Fellowship/Service Award From Motion Picture Editors Guild

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), Local 700 IATSE, will honor member Lillian E. Benson, ACE with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award.   Benson will be presented this distinguished honor by director and frequent collaborator Zeinabu Davis at a ceremony taking place Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The Fellowship and Service Award was established 10 years…

     

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  • First Time Craft Nominees Take Home Oscar Gold At 89th Academy Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Accountants shouldn’t tweet, at least, not when they are on the job at the Oscars. The effects of one social-media obsessed employee stole the spotlight from many deserving winners on February 24th during the final moments of the 89th Annual Oscar telecast.  Fortunately, we can reflect upon the amazing achievements of the…

     

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  • Bald Heads, Shell People, Killer Croc: Academy Celebrates Makeup And Hairstyling At Symposium

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offers unique opportunities throughout Oscar week to see some of the fine, Academy Award nominated craft work up close and personal.  Their last event of the week featured applications, molds, wigs and stills from the three films nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup and…

     

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  • Strong Narratives, Fun Stories Fuel 2017 Oscar Celebrity Connected Event

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The 2017 Oscar best picture race featured a wealth of strong narratives. Three of the nine nominated films were inspired by true and mesmerizing stories including “Hacksaw Ridge” (WWII conscientious observer Desmond Dodd heroic that saved countless injured soldiers), “Lion” (Saroo Brierley’s 20 year, multi- continent journey to reconnect with his lost…

     

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  • Ryder, Murphy Make Emotions Swell At 2017 ICG Publicists Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Days before the Oscar telecast, publicists representing all forms of content annually convene to celebrate a year’s worth of achievements at the ICG Publicists Award Program. There is always a lot of strong, positive emotions in the air as old friends and colleagues reconnect. This year’s event, held February 24th 2017 in…

     

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  • “Moonlight”, “The Witch” Big Winners At 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The 32nd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awardswas held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, CA Saturday, February 25, 2017. In addition to being the celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser…

     

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  • Meryl Streep, “La La Land” Complete 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Actress Mandy Moore made some fast friends Tuesday February 21st 2017 when she hosted the 19th Annual Custome Designers Guild Awards. Emceeing the event that recognizes costume design in film, television and commercials, Moore kicked off the evening by highlighting her best practices on set. “I arrive with my own underwear and…

     

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  • Jon Favreau Honors Craft Of Audio At 2017 Cinema Audio Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The 53rd Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards were presented Saturday, February 19th in downtown Los Angeles. Elayne Boosler, a comedian whose first mentor was Andy Kaufman, reprised her role as the MC of the event from last year’s ceremony, weaving a healthy dose of political humor into the evening’s event. “How do…

     

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  • Nominees For The 2017 Locations Managers Guild Intl. Awards Announced

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    We now interrupt the ongoing Award season to bring you – the Nominees for the Location Managers Guild International’s (LMGI) 4th Annual Awards! The awards honor productions in feature films, television programs and commercials from around the globe, in which the creative use of filming locations enhances or helps to drive the storyline. The LMGI…

     

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  • Ryan Murphy Promotes Hair And Makeup Artists, Diversity At 2017 MUAHS

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    After relaunching their annual award celebration three years ago at the Paramount Studio, demand for tickets forced the Makeup-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild out of the space. This year, their increasingly popular event, lovingly referred to as the MUAHS, was held downtown at The NOVO. As the crowd acclimated to their new environment, actress/writer/producer…

     

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  • Choreographer Mandy Moore Adds Jazz, Waltzes And Tap To “La La Land”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The elaborate dance numbers in “La La Land”, director Damien Chazelle’s valentine to Los Angeles and its creative dreamers, literally lift the story’s star-crossed lovers off their feet. Searching for a perfect partner to realize the dancing, Chazelle met with nearly 40 choreographers, including Mandy Moore.  It took recommendations from David O….

     

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  • A Study From “Lion” – Building A Scene From The Ground Up

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine the scenario. You’re five-years-old, accompanying your brother to a train station. After a short nap, you find yourself alone on a deserted platform.  Bewildered and groggy, you wander on an empty train, curl up on a bench and sleep, only to wake as you’re being hurdled over 900 miles away from…

     

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  • Oscar Race 2017: Editor Joe Walker Describes His Process For Cutting “Arrival”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Gripping dramatic storytelling isn’t the only thing editor Joe Walker continues to gravitate to. This could be said about the directors he works with as well. His collaboration with director Steve McQueen, for example, resulted in arresting narratives including 2008’s “Hunger”, 2011’s “Shame” and 2014’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “12 Years…

     

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  • From Wigs To Clippers: A Conversation With Master Hair Stylist Stacey Morris

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Stacey Morris excels at tackling uncharted turf. Nominated for a 2017 Makeup and Hair Stylist Guild Award for hair styling in a commercial in Apple TV’s “Father Time” spot, master hair stylist/barber Morris doesn’t always know how she’ll make the look work when she first gets the call, but knows she will figure it out….

     

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  • Cinematographer James Laxton Discusses His Oscar Nominated Work In “Moonlight”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Director Barry Jenkins called upon several of his former Florida State Film School classmates to help him bring his vision of “Moonlight” to life. Based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” follows Chiron, a young, gay black man, through three phases of his life.  The classmates who joined him not…

     

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  • A Return To Hollywood – ADG’s 2017 Award Ceremony

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The gentle jazz of classic big band tunes played by Johnny Crawford and his orchestra softly guided attendees at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Awards into a “Return to Hollywood” – the theme of the evening’s accolades. Held at Hollywood and Highland’s rooftop ball room, nominees and their guest mingled under the stars and…

     

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  • Nature, Science And History Informed Production Designer Guy Hendrix Dyas’ Work In “Passengers”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine spending sixty years in space, building a massive craft from the inside out. That’s the concept production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas visualized when developing the spaceship at the heart of his Oscar-nominated production design featured in “Passengers.”  The ultimate creation merged scientific theory, aero-dynamic principles, modern architectural elements, innovative lighting design…

     

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  • A Swell Of Sound In “Manchester By The Sea”: An Interview With Jacob Ribicoff

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Working with director Kenneth Lonergan on the soundscape for “Manchester by the Sea” piqued Jacob Ribicoff’s creative interest. Joining the project as Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer and Sound Re-recording mixer, Ribicoff saw the potential he could have in adding to, and lifting, the story off the screen. “Kenny had a specific…

     

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  • Special Honorees Create Touching Moments At 2017 ASC Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    It’s a daunting experience when one first arrives to the  American Society of Cinematographers annual award celebration.  The crowd of DPs, crew members, producers and other members of the production community swarm the exterior of the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland complex, making it nearly impossible to find a single person in the…

     

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  • “The History Of Comedy”; A Conversation With Executive Producers Mark Herzog And Todd Milliner

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Early in the production of CNN’s “The History of Comedy”, executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner determined historians were important to outline the evolution of the comedy genre.  However, the people who rose from obscurity to recognized professionals in the genre would provide the meat of each history lesson. “We were…

     

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