Monday, January 23, 2017

Road To Oscar Annual Series

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Ang Lee Makes "Walk" An Immersive Experience
Director Ang Lee has no aversion to creative risk taking, which is all the more admirable when he instead could just as easily rest on his laurels. But it’s that curiosity and creative drive that have helped earn him those laurels to begin with as reflected in a body of work which includes such...
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Production Designer Ruth De Jong Takes Us To "Manchester by the Sea"
For Ruth De Jong, production designers “are very much researchers and journalists in a sense. So much of our design influence comes from a heavy amount of research no matter what period, what time frame a film calls for--unless it’s some completely fantastical world that doesn’t exist anywhere...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
The Kluges Create Sounds of "Silence" For Martin Scorsese
For composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge, the challenge of scoring director Martin Scorsese’s Silence was daunting. Yet paradoxically it in some respects came naturally thanks to the direction they received from Scorsese who also wrote the screenplay in concert with Jay Cocks. The Kluges...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
"Arrival" Marks Departure From Conventional Sci-Fi Fare
Arrival is one of 10 features to make the shortlist for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. If the film goes on to garner a VFX nomination, it would be the first for effects supervisor Louis Morin. Still, Morin is no stranger to industry recognition, having earned two VES Award nominations for...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Denzel Washington's Collaborators Come From Both Sides Of The "Fences"
For Fences (Paramount Pictures), director/actor Denzel Washington brought together collaborators from both sides of the figurative fence--prime examples being cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen and editor Hughes Winborne. The latter has worked with Washington before, cutting the second...
Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Oscar Season Insights From Directors Jenkins, Scorsese, Larrain, DPs Young, Sandgren
Before his first feature, the well-received Medicine for Melancholy, director Barry Jenkins made an early mark as a filmmaker with a 2013 short titled Chlorophyl, an evocation of his native Miami emphasizing changes wrought through urban renewal. The film premiered at the local Borscht Film...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
"A Monster Calls" For Director J.A. Bayona
All three of director J.A. Bayona’s creatively ambitious features share the bond of what he describes as “characters finding themselves in a very intense situation, with death on the horizon.” It started with The Orphanage , a poignant horror movie from screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez which made its...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Abel Korzeniowski Scores "Nocturnal Animals"
Composer Abel Korzeniowski earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and World Soundtrack and International Film Music Critics Awards, among other honors, for A Single Man , the auspicious feature debut of director/writer Tom Ford. A Single Man garnered critical acclaim on other fronts as well,...
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Capturing The Right Balance Of "Moonlight"
James Laxton first met Barry Jenkins at Florida State University film school. “I shot Barry’s last two student films,” recalled Laxton. “We just got along. Our friendship dates back to 2001 or so. There’s a lot of trust in our relationship.” That trust extended to their professional careers as...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
DP Elliot Davis Focuses on "The Birth of a Nation"
On the surface there were a number of factors going against cinematographer Elliot Davis becoming involved in director-writer-producer-actor Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight). “I had never met Nate,” recalled Davis. “I didn’t know who he was when I got the script. To me he was a...