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

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    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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  • 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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  • “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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  • From “Vinyl” To “When We Rise” – Production Designer Bill Groom

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    By: Marjorie Galas Bill Groom has been so immersed in the seventies, you’d think his alarm clock blares Sonny & Cher’s hit “I Got You Babe” at the start of each work day.  Within the last few months the production designer wrapped season one of HBO’s hit “Vinyl”- a mini-series highlighting New York City’s music…

     

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  • The 2016 Oscar Nominations: A By The Numbers Look At Craft Categories

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    “Let’s get started everybody, we have a lot to go through,” said Guillermo del Toro in the early morning hours Thursday, January 14th.  The director/producer/writer who was previously nominated for Original Screenplay in 2006 for “Pan’s Labyrinth” shared the stage with five time Oscar nominee Ang Lee (who’s won two Best Directing Oscars – for…

     

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  • The Editors Behind “Joy”: A Conversation With Alan Baumgarten and Jay Cassidy

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    Editing isn’t always a one person task.  Last year’s Oscar nominated “American Hustle,” under the direction of David O. Russell, was cut by the hands of three gifted editors:  Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers – a team that earned their own Oscar nomination for Best Editing (and an American Cinema Editors win for…

     

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  • “The Lion Guard” – Returning To “The Lion King” Pride Lands With Showrunner Ford Riley

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    By: Marjorie Galas Ford Riley has a soft spot for “The Lion King.”  It was the film’s television spin off, “Timon & Pumbaa,” that provided the animation veteran his first series work, as a production secretary and ultimately episode writer.  Since that time, Riley has been a series writer and lyricist on many Disney properties…

     

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  • Reflection Of Success: “The Last Man On Earth”

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    By Marjorie Galas Will Forte had a fun idea for a television series.  He figured he’d bring to friends and award winning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller were the masterminds behind hits including the remake of “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie”, and they immediately saw the possibilities behind Forte’s…

     

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  • Showrunners Noah Z. Jones And Joel Trussell Discuss The Multi Media World Of “Pickle And Peanut”

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    By: Marjorie Galas “Pickle and Peanut” – this duo isn’t meant for your fork but rather, your remote. The unlikely culinary combo are the stars of Disney XD’s latest animated series of the same name. The food-based buddies sprang from the miraculous mind of illustrator turned animator Noah Z. Jones. “They’re more than just words…

     

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  • DP David Reichert Celebrates First Emmy Nom With “Deadliest Catch”

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    “Deadliest Catch” is about to start shooting its 12th season. Since it first aired in 2005, it has received Emmy love, winning thirteen Emmys and 35 nominations. Five of those wins have been awarded to the series outstanding cinematography team, with four of those wins appearing consecutively since 2011. Variety 411 recently caught up director…

     

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  • From “Homeland” To Actors’ Best Practices: Editor Jordan Goldman, ACE

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    Jordan Goldman, ACE, wants you to enter a room on the shoulders of Claire Danes. A member of the “Homeland” editing team since season one, Goldman has remained focused on accentuating the character’s personal and professional evolutions through the years. After kicking off season four by showing Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) face as she travels through Kabul…

     

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  • Producers Daniel Goor And Michael Schur On Creating Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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    By: Marjorie Galas Daniel Goor and Michael Schur knew by uniting forces, they’d bring something special to the people of the U.S. “We specifically set out to change the way Americans regard themselves, their country, their history and their future,” stated Schur. In reality, what they created was the Fox hit comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” While…

     

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  • NAB 2015: Showstopper Highlights Rabble.TV, Aputure

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    The Showstoppers is an event highlighting the best and brightest (or the fastest at selecting a booth) that allows press a first chance viewing of key innovations and highlights. This year’s event featured plenty of data storage and data delivery services. Mixed in with these offerings were some interesting concepts provided by Rabble.TV and Aputure….

     

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  • Masters of Dragons: Pixomondo On Three VFX Creature Creations In “Game Of Thrones”

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    BY: Marjorie Galas The Pixomondo staff have mastered growth spurts. Since its creation in 2001, the “solutions oriented design company” has provided visual effects for films including “Hugo”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Hunger Games” as well as numerous series and commercials. Most recently, Pixomondo VFX Supervisor Sven Martin and VFX Producer Viktorija Ogureckaja have…

     

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  • “Better Call Saul” – An Interview With Editor Kelley Dixon

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    By: Marjorie Galas The “Breaking Bad” editorial team knew the show’s weasel-y lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) would return in a spin-off before the fifth season concluded. They just didn’t know how or when. “I was on a job and doing really well, but the work would conflict with ‘Better Call Saul.’ I didn’t want…

     

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  • Seasoned And Newbie Nominees Attend Oscar Luncheon

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    By: Marjorie Galas This year’s Oscar race welcomes back many of the organization’s most heralded artisans, from cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Unbroken” marks his twelth Oscar nomination – he’s yet to win a statue) to actress Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods” is Streep’s nineteenth nomination, she has three wins). However, a strong cast of first timers…

     

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  • Colleen Atwood Discusses “Into The Woods” Oscar Nominated Costumes

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    Written by: Marjorie Galas The characters who venture “Into the Woods” remind themselves that “the woods are just trees, the trees are just wood.” Their garments, however, are far from just “clothing” thanks to acclaimed costume designer Colleen Atwood. Atwood’s eleventh Oscar nomination – and eleventh Costume Designers Guild Award nomination – for “Into the…

     

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  • “Birdman” Set Decorator George DeTitta Jr. Describes His Process

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    By Marjorie Galas George DeTitta Jr. never worked in the theater. The acclaimed set decorator began his career on the 1981 film “Ragtime” and received his first Oscar nomination. Since then, he’s shifted between film and television and received numerous accolades including a second Oscar nomination (Radio Days), two Art Directors Guild nominations (Extremely Loud…

     

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  • Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth Discusses His Work On “Gone Girl”

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    BY: Marjorie Galas Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth used the new Epic Dragon camera to shoot “Gone Girl.” It was shot in 6K – a format cinemas currently lack the ability to project. His visual and technical guidance was crucial to the development of a new workflow, created by Light Iron, which accommodated the advanced data and prepared…

     

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  • Composer Bear McCreary Conjures Strong Imagery For “Constantine”

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    BY: Marjorie Galas, Editor Composer Bear McCreary conjures strong imagery when creating his award winning scores. After reading the script for “The Walking Dead,” McCreary equated his  musical intention to an “earworm burrowing into the brain.” For the upcoming NBC series “Constantine,” McCreary found his musical imagery in watching early dailies of lead actor Matt Ryan (John Constantine)…

     

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