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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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rob LaDuca And Mark Seidenberg Bring Mickey Mouse Into The Modern World In “Mickey And The Roadster Racers”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Rob LaDuca has a particular fondness for the classic Walt Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the entire gang. A twenty-eight year veteran of Disney Television Animation, LaDuca has served a number of roles including storyboard designer, director and executive producer on programs including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”, “Aladdin” and “Jake and…

     

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  • Finding The Heart In Comedy: “Son Of Zorn” Composer Leo Birenberg

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas “Son of Zorn” is quickly rounding the corner, approaching its first season finale on February 19th.  For composer Leo Birenberg, the opportunity to create the score for each episode has been a perfect fit.  When he gets a call about a project, he’s much more focused on what the content is about…

     

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  • Sundance 2017: Producers Share Their Journey In State Of The Slate Panel

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Seven producers with films either competing or premiering in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival gathered at the Park City Studios to discuss the initial workings in getting their projects off the ground. Participating in a panel led by moderator Joseph Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions were Ryland Aldrich, producer of “L.A. Times” (Next selection),…

     

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  • Praise Spread From Interns To Masters At 2017 Eddie Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The 2017 American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards had the distinction of recognizing two of its past interns with their first Eddie nomination: Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, the team behind “Moonlight.”  Before kicking off the event with the presentation of the Heritage Award to the founders of the internship program, the org’s new president…

     

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  • Cutting “Moonlight” : A Discussion With Editor Joi McMillon

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Working on “Moonlight” was something of a college reunion for editor Joi McMillon.  McMillon, who received her first Best Editing Oscar nomination for her role in the film, worked on many of classmate Barry Jenkins projects while studying at Florida State University along with “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski, DP James Laxton and co-editor Nat Sanders. …

     

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  • Emerging Female Directors Honored At 2017 Horizon Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The winners of the Third Annual Horizon Awards were announced by the award co-founders Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon on January 22, 2017 at the WME Lounge in Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The Horizon Award was established to support emerging female directors and address the significant disparity…

     

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  • La La Land, Hidden Figures, Westworld Included In 2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Nominees have been announced for the 19th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) celebrating excellence in film, television, and short-form Costume Design.  The evening’s gala will be hosted by actress/singer Mandy Moore.  The black-tie awards gala will be held February 21, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Continuing its long-time support of the Guild for 14…

     

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  • Editor Hughes Winborne Describes Process Behind “Fences”

    By 411 Update

     

    Whether traveling through the universe with an unlikely band of misfits or following the family dynamics that churn in their own back yard, editor Hughes Winborne skillfully cuts the story.  Winborne’s attention to the craft of editing has defined some of the most notable films of the last twenty years, from Billy Bob Thorton’s “Sling…

     

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  • 2017 ASC Theatical Nominees Announced

    By Marjorie Galas

     

      The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced nominees in the Theatrical Release and Spotlight categories for the 31st Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Winners will be named on February 4 at the Society’s awards gala held at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. Theatrical Release nominees this year include: Greig Fraser,…

     

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