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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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  • 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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