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  • Composer Lesley Barber Discusses Her Score For “Manchester By The Sea”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Lesley Barber knows how beautiful Massachusetts can be. During a trip to Tanglewood in Stockbridge, MA, she traveled through the state’s Berkshire Mountains.  She couldn’t resist indulging in a hike along one of the landscape’s scenic trails. “I felt like I was in one of the oldest places on the planet,” said Barber. “It is…

     

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  • “Other People” Makeup Head Elle Favorule On Tackling Tricky Physical Transformation

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Makeup department head Elle Favorule played a makeup double-header last year: working on two first time writer/director features back to back. In fact, she was still on location in Georgia for Clea DuVall’s “The Intervention” when pre-production began on Chris Kelly’s LA based “Other People.”  Racing back to her hotel after a fourteen hour day,…

     

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  • Emmy Final Round Voting: Aug. 15-29th, 2016

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    Phase two of the Emmy race began July 14th, 2016 when the 2016 nominees were revealed.  The race will continue to heat up throughout August until the final vote is cast during the August 29th deadline. The Below the Line race remains as interesting as ever, with season vets and newbies vying for their opportunity to…

     

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  • HPA Launches Young Entertainment Professionals Program

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    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has created a program designed to foster the development of the next generation of professionals.  Early in August, 2016, the HPA announced the launch of the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP), sponsored by HPA Women in Post and supported by SMPTE. The goal of YEP is to attract and mentor individuals in…

     

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  • Costume Designers Discuss Re-Invention At Comic Con 2016

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    Reinvention was a common thread during the Costume Designers Guild’s Comic Con 2016 panel, “Ice Age to Space Age Costumes: Designing for Film.”  The first of two panels presented this year by the CDG at Comic Con featured costume designers that took established film and television entities, from “Roots” to “Star Trek” and brought an…

     

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  • From Click Farms To Alcatraz: A Conversation With “Silicon Valley” Production Designer Richard Toyon

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Creating the tech infused world of HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley” is very serious business.  Upon discovering the concept was green lit in the trades, self-proclaimed “tech head” and Mike Judge fan Richard Toyon was determined to land the show’s production designer title.  Securing the position with his initial visual design concepts, Toyon’s diligently stayed on top…

     

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  • ShareGrid: Production’s Peer-To-Peer Marketplace – An Interview With Co-Founder Brent Barbano

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By Marjorie Galas Imagine one resource where you can book a twelve-foot camera crane, a green screen production space with lights and a two-ton grip and electrical package that comes with a sprinter van.  Now imagine this resource as a sharing economy business, in the vein of Uber or Airbnb.  Fortunately, this resource is the…

     

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  • 20th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards Honorees Announced

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    The Intentional Cinematographers Guild (ICG) has announced the names of the honorees for the 20th Annual Emerging Cinematographers Awards (ECA).  Chosen from roughly 100 submissions, this year’s list  of ten individuals includes digital imaging technicians, camera operators and loaders. The honorees will be recognized in events occuring in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, Georgia….

     

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  • Filmatics Enters VR World Through Transmedia Horror Story “Eye For An Eye: A Seance In Virtual Reality”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Virtual reality, or VR as it’s more commonly known, has been around for years.  It made its way into the social consciousness in the 80s but couldn’t maintain a stronghold primarily because the technology couldn’t produce visuals that excited the audience.    With the advent of improved computer graphics, camera and display technology…

     

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  • USC Graduate Thesis Project Comes Together Through C4

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Technology took center stage at a special screening of USC graduate student Abi Damaris Corbin’s dramatic short “The Suitcase.”   Held at The London. West Hollywood on May 24th, teams from the film’s tech sponsors including Technicolor, The Walt Disney Company, Universal, and Equinix joined members of USC’s ETC – Entertainment Technology Center – to watch…

     

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  • Composers Take Spotlight At 69th Cannes Film Festival Panel

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    By: Marjorie Galas Sitting on stage as a participant of “Composers Panel: The Music Of Cannes”, Laura Karpman asked the audience if they could tell her what was unique about what they were seeing.  The attendees at the American Pavilion looked around for a moment.  Karpman was happy to share the answer. “There are more…

     

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  • The ICG Reviews The Latest On Drones At NAB 2016

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    By: Marjorie Galas Drones have been a focus point at NAB (and other shows, for that matter) over the past several years.  Fortunately, the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) held a panel at the 2016 NAB show that illustrated many positive changes taking place in both drone usage and technology. Entitled “Drones..Opening New Vistas to Content” the…

     

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  • Canon At NAB 2016: A Beautiful Planet

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    By: Marjorie Galas Canon’s annual NAB press dinner featured a special guest: DP James Neihouse.  Neihouse has been capturing amazing images for years, including “Space Station 3D”, “NASCAR: The IMAX Experience” and “Hubble 3D.”   He attended the dinner to highlight his use of the newest line of Canon lenses and cameras in the upcoming IMAX…

     

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  • Head Turners At Showstoppers: NAB 2016

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    By: Marjorie Galas Looking something like a small cooler that could house a can of soda, the Fox Fury Nomad N56 bobbed in a canister of water. One of the many new products on display at the 2016 NAB ShowStoppers event, FoxFury’s design really caught my eye. Thomas Osborne, Photo, Video and Film Sales Manager…

     

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  • Defining VR Content: A Conversation With Producer David Alpert

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    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine seeing a child at play.  Suddenly, that child is missing.  The desperate need to find that missing child is at the core of “Gone,” the first narrative virtual reality, or VR, series presented by Samsung’s Milk VR service.   For David Alpert, President of Skybound Entertainment, the production company behind the series,  and…

     

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  • Catnapped! Jas Shelton Discusses “Keanu” During NAB ICG Panel

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    By: Marjorie Galas NAB isn’t all tech talk and gear.  The International Cinematographers Guild made things a little fuzzy, and funny, by highlighting the phenomenal work of DP Jas Shelton in a special panel presentation moderated by David Geffner, Executive Editor of ICG Magazine.   The story that follows is taken from comments shared during the ICG’s…

     

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  • Casting Directors Recognized During Special AMPAS Event

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    By: Marjorie Galas The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long offered educational programs highlighting their creative art branches. Whether it’s the art of costume design, the magic of visual effects, the craftsmanship behind animation or the storytelling behind cinematography and editing, all disciplines from pre- to post production have been featured.   For…

     

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  • “Confirmation” – DP Rachel Morrison Discusses Her Approach To Recreating A Historic Court Case

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    By: Marjorie Galas Cinematographer Rachel Morrison recalled the family dinner discussions that resulted after news outlets broke the story of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment testimony against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991. On the set of “Confirmation,” the HBO movie exploring the historical proceedings, the DP noted crew members in their twenties…

     

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  • The Sword Experience: My Day Spent As A Stunt Performer Crossing Swords With Adrian Paul

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    By: Marjorie Galas Gazing upon Lorimar Vineyard’s 22 acres of grapevines, blooming rosebuds and industrious songbirds filling the dewy morning with melody, the location struck me as a perfect spot for romance writing. My visit to California’s Temecula Valley involved wielding something much sharper than a pen, however.  With an ensemble of twenty men and…

     

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  • Scoring “Knight Of Cups”: An Interview With Composer Hanan Townshend

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    By: Marjorie Galas Perhaps you’ve seen help wanted ads that read “Famous Director seeks (job title) to work on an exciting project.”  Hanan Townshend had no lofty expectations when he answered such an ad.   A native New Zealander spending his junior year in college abroad, the young composition major came to the US seeking opportunities. …

     

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