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David Barber Named Motion Picture Sound Editors President

He succeeds Mark Lanza, who reached his term limit after four years in the office.

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David Barber Named Motion Picture Sound Editors President

Supervising sound editor and rerecording mixer David Barber has been elected to a two-year term as president of Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), the organization that puts on the annual Golden Reel Awards for sound editing. He succeeds Mark Lanza, who reached his term limit after four years as president. Miguel Araujo was reelected secretary, […]

‘Kung Fu Panda 4′ Trailer Unveils Jack Black’s Po’s New Nemesis: Viola Davis’ Villain Chameleon

A newly-released trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 features the return of Jack Black’s eponymous panda Po, and introduction of his new foe, the sorceress Chameleon, voiced by Viola Davis, a tiny lizard who can shapeshift into any creature. Chameleon is after Po’s Staff of Wisdom, which would give her the power to re-summon all […]

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Costume Designer Breaks Down Hidden Messages in Heirloom Patterns and ’20s-Era Suits

For Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, costume designer Jacqueline West immersed herself in researching early-1920s denizens of Osage County, Oklahoma. She visited museums commemorating plundering oil tycoons and watched rare black-and-white home movies commissioned by Osage families, wealthy from retaining mineral rights to their oil-rich reservation. Osage costume consultant Julie O’Keefe ensured the […]

How ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ Inspired Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, photographed by DP Robbie Ryan, received an enthusiastic ovation as it opened the 31st EnergaCamerimage cinematography film festival Nov. 11. A familiar face at the annual event and an Oscar nominee for Lanthimos’ The Favourite, Ryan used an inventive range of film stocks and lenses to support the absurdist story (an adaptation […]

Brothel Chic: The Sexualized Costume Design of ‘Poor Things’

Well-versed in the modern period drama with a twist, director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Favourite) had a simple edict for the costume design of Poor Things. As British costume designer Holly Waddington notes, “He didn’t want it to be like a period drama, he didn’t want it to be like a sci-fi film, and he didn’t […]

‘The Matrix’ Sound Editor and Designer to Receive Career Achievement Award

Supervising sound editor and designer Dane A. Davis — who won an Oscar for 1999’s The Matrix — will receive Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Career Achievement Award during the org’s 71st annual Golden Reel Awards, which will be held March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.   “With his work on The Matrix, Dane Davis set […]

VFX Veterans Mourn Death of Influential Softimage Founder Daniel Langlois

Veterans of the computer graphics industry are expressing shock and sadness over the death of Daniel Langlois, the influential founder of pioneering 3D computer graphics software developer Softimage, whose tools were used to create visual effects on countless notable films — among them, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, Men in Black, The Fifth Element and Titanic — during […]

‘Rocky’ Makeup Artist Michael Westmore to Receive Guild’s Vanguard Award

Oscar- and Emmy-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore will receive the Vanguard Award for contributions to the makeup and hairstyling industry during the 11th annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) Awards. Westmore won an Oscar in 1986 for the film Mask and earned three additional nominations. He also has received a record 45 […]

Pixar’s Pandemic-Era Movies ‘Soul,’ ‘Turning Red’ and ‘Luca’ to Get 2024 Theatrical Releases

Pixar’s Soul, Luca and Turning Red — which bypassed the big screen and went straight to Disney+ because of the pandemic — will play in theaters for the first time, Disney announced Wednesday. Soul, Pete Docter’s Oscar-winning 2020 animated film about a middle-school band teacher who is transported to the “Great Before,” will be released […]

Making That ’70s Movie: ‘The Holdovers’ DP on Recreating the Era

When cinematographer Eigil Bryld paired with director Alexander Payne on Focus Features’ Nov. 10 release The Holdovers, which is set at a New England boarding school in 1970, one of the first things the Sideways helmer emphasized was that he didn’t want it to “just look like a movie set the ’70s.” The DP clarifies, “He […]

‘The Killer’ Costume Designer on Dressing Michael Fassbender’s Assassin Like a German Tourist

At the opening of David Fincher’s The Killer, Michael Fassbender’s unnamed assassin describes his look as based on a German tourist he saw in London. It’s a convenient disguise for blending in on the streets of Paris because, as he explains, no one wants to interact with a German tourist. But what does that look […]

‘Oppenheimer’ Composer Ludwig Göransson on Crafting the Music of a Scientist’s Mind

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was the first movie in the director’s career that told the story of the main character in the first person. It’s an intimate portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a physicist credited as the “father of the atomic bomb,” during World War II. And the intimacy is not only reflected in the camerawork, […]

‘Barbie’ Scoring Duo Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt Say “It Was Never in the Script That Ryan [Gosling] Was Going to Sing”

Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt couldn’t have guessed their first time scoring a film together would be the biggest movie of the year. For the duo, working with A-list artists — such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Adele, Lorde and Bruno Mars — is nothing new. And Ronson had even previously scored a film […]

‘Oppenheimer’ Tops HPA Awards

Christopher Nolan’s epic Oppenheimer topped the feature competition at the annual HPA Awards for postproduction, with Jennifer Lame winning the award for outstanding editing and Fotokem’s Kostas Theodosiou and Kristen Zimmerman claiming the prize for color grading. Tuesday at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre, additional winners in the feature categories included John Wick: Chapter 4 […]

Oscar Winners Robert Legato, Deborah Scott Among New Academy SciTech Council Members

Industry vets Dominic Glynn, Rob Legato, Nancy Richardson, Deborah Scott, Tom Sito and Sharon Smith Holley have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Visual effects supervisor and VFX branch member Legato won Oscars for Titanic, Hugo and The Jungle Book. His VFX credits also […]

Camerimage: ‘The New Boy’ Claims Golden Frog

The New Boy — the story of a young Aboriginal Australian orphan boy that was written, directed and lensed by Warwick Thornton — collected the Golden Frog in the main competition of the 31st EnergaCamerimage international cinematography film festival, which closed Saturday night in Torún, Poland. Cinematographer Ed Lachman received the Silver Frog for Pablo […]