Production designer Francois Seguin, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux and cinematographer Yves Belanger take us behind the scenes of the Oscar contending Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by John Crowley.
January 2, 2016
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To complement the imaginative animation for Pixar’s Inside Out, sound designer Ren Klyce of Skywalker Sound was recruited to create an experimental soundscape. Known primarily for his brilliant work with David Fincher (nine features, from Se7en to Gone Girl), Klyce, who also worked on The Boxtrolls at Laika and the Lava short at Pixar, discusses some of his sonic secrets for Riley’s emotions and core memories.
December 31, 2015
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Celebrate Zoo Year’s Eve with the new trailer for Disney’s Zootopia featuring the original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy-winning Shakira. The single will be available everywhere Jan. 8th.
Watch two new featurettes from Anomalisa, the Oscar-contending adult stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, which opens this week in LA and NY from Paramount.
Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter divulges the Zen of Star Wars, the character arc of Han Solo and the inspiration for the Yoda-like Maz Kanata. (SPOILER ALERT!)
Among the year’s editorial achievements: a metaphysical journey, the economic collapse as black comedy, a massive Catholic Church cover-up, post-apocalyptic adventure, one man’s colonization of Mars and LA’s “reality rap” story.
December 26, 2015
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Industrial Light & Magic has always been at its best with Star Wars, and the VFX powerhouse that George Lucas launched 40 years ago certainly upped its game for the return of the signature franchise, and is also the Oscar frontrunner.
December 26, 2015
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With Oscar-contending Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, stop-motion studio Starburns Industries blurs the line between animation and live-action. Caroline Kastelic, the puppet supervisor, tells us how they did it, 3D-printing 1,261 faces to go along with more than 150 puppets. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Moving Image is currently presenting “The World of Anomalisa,” an installation of two sets and puppets through March 27, 2016.
December 26, 2015
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Given the Picasso-esque posing of Charles Schulz’s beloved characters, Blue Sky departed from its customary procedures for the Oscar-contending The Peanuts Movie. This included rigging and materials. They created hundreds of poses, but to hit all of the poses that Schulz drew and stay on model, they built a system of parts that they could move, slide, switch out and replace. When I was up at Blue Sky last summer, I spoke with Sabine Heller, character development supervisor, Justin Leach, rigging supervisor and Nikki … →
December 22, 2015
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The Academy’s Visual Effects branch executive committee determined a shortlist for the bake-off that includes two blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World) and two surprises (Ex-Machina and The Revenant).