With its dense, real-life narrative, Straight Outta Compton posed a unique challenge for editors Billy Fox and Michael Tronick. Their dilemma? How to streamline F. Gary Gray’s biopic of hip-hop group N.W.A to make it accessible to a wide audience, while remaining true to subjects Ice Cube and Dr. Dre—both producers on the film. The result is a portrait of N.W.A’s ”reality rap” as a cultural document of gang life, drug dealing, and police harassment in ’80s and ’90s L.A. that’s rooted in the fascinating stories of its three central figures: Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell). Read more
December 9, 2015
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We get our first peek of the eponymous giant (a performance-captured Mark Rylance by Weta Digital) from Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roal Dahl’s The BFG (July 1, 2016), which also marks his first directorial effort at Disney. Read more
Tom McCarthy certainly made the right decision to make the buzzy Oscar contender Spotlight a procedural. It turned out to be the most authentic and involving way to explore the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Catholic sex abuse scandal by the Boston Globe’s special investigative unit. But such structural complexity required clarity to navigate the web of conflict and deception. That’s where Tom McArdle’s invaluable editing skills elevated Spotlight, the duo’s fifth collaboration. Read more
In the latest “Conversations with Sound Artists,” two-time Oscar nominee Gwen Yates Whittle (Tron: Legacy, Avatar) discusses the importance of the dialogue process (listen to the clip below). Read more
With the “Odd Couple” pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, director Ken Kwapis (Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You) has made an unmistakable buddy road picture in A Walk in the Woods. It’s certainly laconic vs. loquacious on the Appalachian Trail: one part existential journey and another part environmental reverie, as told by sardonic travel writer Bill Bryson (Redford) in his memoir, adapted for the screen by Redford’s producing partner, Bill Holderman.
The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in True Story. Director Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen (Moneyball) discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. Read more
February 23, 2015
in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Editing, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production
Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar winning the VFX prize, and Disney’s surprise animation sweep with Big Hero 6 and Feast, continuing the momentum from last year’s Frozen.
The best scene in The Imitation Game occurs when Alan Turing (played by Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch) finally gets his computer to work and breaks the Nazi Enigma code with his research team. Oscar contending editor Billy Goldenberg, production designer Maria Djurkovic and composer Alexandre Desplat discuss the making of this pivotal scene. Read more
February 13, 2015
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Cameron Crowe looks like he’s back in great rom-com form with Aloha (May 29), a very personal movie about second chances that was worth the wait. Read more
It’s all about capturing the rhythm of the movie and these five contenders are all editorial gems: American Sniper is a ticking bomb about to explode simultaneously on the war front and home front; Boyhood, the frontrunner, is a unique 12-year journey of adolescence told in real-time and patched together like a fine quilt; The Grand Budapest Hotel is a prism that spins wild pre-war and post-war memories; The Imitation Game captures the inner turmoil of a mathematical genius trying to break the Enigma code; and Whiplash is a war between instructor and student that builds to a frenzied drum solo. Read more