Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Road To Oscar

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

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....

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

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...

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

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...

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

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...

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Making a major splash with its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and recently topping the Gotham Awards with four nominations--for Best Feature, Best Screenplay (writer-director Kenneth Lonergan), Best Actor (Casey Affleck), and Best Breakthrough Actor (Lucas Hedges)--Manchester by...

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

One cinematographer brought a sleek sci-fi environment to life, artfully blended with the gritty, rough-and-tumble Wild West, for a high-profile HBO series.

Another DP captures the Old West with modern times, the latter of which includes a socio-economic portrait of today’s America, in...

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

With some embarrassment, director/writer Jeff Nichols admits that he wasn’t at all familiar with the story of Mildred and Richard Loving whose interracial marriage got them jailed and exiled from Virginia in 1958. The couple persevered, became parents and eventually lived in hiding in Virginia,...

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Making a remarkable feature directorial debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with the critically acclaimed tug-at-the-heartstrings comedy St. Vincent, Ted Melfi found himself sought after for other long-form opportunities. He even recalled being one of two directors in...

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

When he read Taylor Sheridan’s script for Hell or High Water, director David Mackenzie was floored. “It’s not a very interesting backstory about how I got involved. To put it simply, the script was amazing. I didn’t want to change a word. What Taylor wrote was straight from the heart...

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Kirsten Johnson’s talent as a documentary cinematographer often has us empathizing with her subjects, feeling their joy, triumph of the human spirit and oftentimes unspeakable tragedy.

Now in her highest profile directorial endeavor to date, the documentary simply titled Cameraperson...