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  • Dates/Schedule Released For 2018 Hollywood Professional Association Retreat

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    The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the schedule for the 2018 HPA Tech Retreat®, set for 19-23 February 2017. The Tech Retreat is an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in the Palm Springs area over the…

     

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  • Shooting “Wonderstruck” – DP Ed Lachman In His Own Words

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    By: Marjorie Galas The pairing of DP Ed Lachman and director Todd Haynes has resulted in a string of award-worthy cinematic images.  In fact, Lachman has two Oscar nominations, 2003’s “Far from Heaven” and 2016’s “Carol”, not to mention numerous CameraImage Golden Frogs and countless other accolades for his innovate and thought-provoking work.  This fall,…

     

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  • Complete List Of 2017 California On Location Award Winners

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    By: Marjorie Galas Holiday lights twinkled in the foyer of the Beverly Hilton as guest arrived en-mass to celebrate the very best of California at the annual COLAs – or California On Location Awards – December 17, 2017.  Presented by FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide), the COLAs recognize those location managers, scouts, teams and…

     

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  • For Award Consideration: Costume Designer Janie Bryant’s Work In “It”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Period clothing and costume designer Janie Bryant go together like a hand in a glove.  From her Emmy-winning designs representing a small, 1870s mid-west town in “Deadwood” to her award-winning reflections on the 1960s advertising business in “Mad Men”, Bryant’s ability to reflect the look of a period has made a lasting…

     

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  • From Directing “Crash Pad” To Editing “Downsizing”: An Interview With Kevin Tent

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    By: Marjorie Galas At first glance, “Downsizing” seems like a large stylistic departure for director Alexander Payne.   Re-uniting with Jim Taylor, who, along with Payne, co-wrote “Citizen Ruth”, “Election”, “About Schmidt”, “Sideways” and “The Descendants”, the two scripted a sci-fi/fantasy/comedy that explores life after an irreversible medical procedure miniaturizes humans, making them mere inches tall. …

     

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  • Making Syria’s “Little Gandhi”: Writer/Director/Producer Sam Kadi Discusses His Production Process

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    By: Marjorie Galas Ghiyath Matar sensed his life may be cut short.  The 24 year old tailor had been following in the footsteps of his idols: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., peacefully opposing the war that raged in Syria.  In an effort to establish peace, Matar would pass out flowers to soldiers in…

     

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  • Makeup And Hair Stylist To Present Gary Oldman With 2018 Distinguished Artisan Award

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    Academy® Award-nominated legendary actor Gary Oldman will receive this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award at the 5th Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706). The black-tie awards gala, honoring both make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater, returns to the NOVO in L.A….

     

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  • Creating The “Justice League” CG Villian Steppenwolf: Animatrik’s Motion Capture

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    Justice League finds DC Comic heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momao), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) uniting to overthrow supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).  Interestingly, Hinds never stepped foot on set in the role of Steppenwolf – rather, the performance was pieced together via numerous motion capture shoots…

     

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  • Oscar FYI: Composer Nicholas Britell’s “Battle Of The Sexes” Score

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The date was September 20th, 1973.  An exhibition tennis match, dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes” drew a record-defying 30,400 spectators to the Houston Astrodome and millions of television viewers world-wide.  The global audience converged to watch 29 year-old female tennis champion Billy Jean King take on 55 year-old tennis legend Bobby…

     

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  • Norm Newberry To Receive 2018 ADG Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Norm Newberry, former ADG Awardee and a 21st century renaissance Production Designer best known for his work on War of the Worlds, The Polar Express and Beowulf, will receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (ADG, IATSE Local 800) at the 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2018 ADG Awards, themed “Production…

     

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  • AMIA Awards To Be Presented At Annual 2017 Conference

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    The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)  will present four awards in recognition of work by individuals in the areas of archiving and preservation on November 30, during the AMIA Annual Conference in New Orleans. This year’s recipients include Robert Gitt, founder of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Preservation Department, for the Silver Light Award;…

     

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  • Costume Designer Lorraine Calvert On Sourcing And Building Costumes For “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Lorraine Calvert had spent many years as an assistant costume designer on feature films before having the chance to step up into the role of costume designer for the fact-based Watergate investigatory film, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.”  Production had just wrapped on the pilot of “Time…

     

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  • Kathleen Kennedy To Receive ADG’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award

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    Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards,. The 2018 Awards, themed “Production Design: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination,” will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Kathleen…

     

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  • Motion Picture Sound Editors To Honor John Paul Fasal With Career Achievement Award

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    Sound designer and sound recordist John Paul Fasal will receive the 2018 Motion Picture Ssound Editors Career Achievement Award during the orgs MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony set to take place February 18th, 2018 in Los Angeles.  The MPSE Career Achievement Award recognizes sound artists who have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an…

     

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  • Costume Designer Janie Bryant Creates 50’s Inspired Style Line For Women

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Merging sophistication in design, realistic functionality and period authenticity is something costume designer Janie Bryant excels at. The past ten years have seen her create iconic looks as she’s tackled projects that scaled the decades.  She received her first Emmy win for the western designs in HBO’s “Deadwood.” “Mad Men” found her tackling the sophisticated…

     

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  • KitSplit Brings Shared Economy Production Rental Platform To Los Angeles

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    KitSplit is the latest entry into the film production “shared economy.” Originated in New York in 2015 by Kristina Budelis, the org experienced a wild growth spurt in 2017 after acquiring its competitor CameraLends.  Now, the Brooklyn-based production equipment rental platform is further expanding its reach by opening a satellite office in Los Angeles.  The…

     

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  • Pollen Music Group Highlights 360/VR Audio & Working on Google Spotlight Stories’ Oscar Nominee, “Pearl”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Pollen Music Group & Google Spotlight Stories has released a behind-the-scenes video detailing their process scoring the music for the first VR project to receive an Oscar nomination and one of the first to win an Emmy, Pearl. The four-minute video (watch here: https://youtu.be/EirRYlGnROs) details how Alexis Harte, Scot Stafford, and JJ Wiesler of Pollen…

     

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  • Kathryn Bigelow To Receive 2018 MPSE Filmmaker Award

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award during the org’s Golden Reel Award ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema.. A trailblazing filmmaker whose…

     

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  • Winners Announced For Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    To promote the art of animation, GKIDS, Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood, with major sponsors LA Times, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events and Google presented the inaugural edition of ANIMATION IS FILM.  The festival took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood and was attended by a…

     

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  • Makeup Artist Donald Mowat Captures Realities In “Blade Runner 2049” And “Stronger”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Donald Mowat greatly admired the artistry of “Blade Runner.” When director Denis Villeneuve called Mowat to lead the makeup department for “Blade Runner 2049” – a revisiting of the LA-based futuristic tale set thirty years later – Mowat was excited.  Fighting off tremendous anxiety and panic attacks at the scale of the film’s epic scope,…

     

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