CRAFTS

BY HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS – – Celebrating behind-the-camera talent. Animators, cinematographers, film composers, musicians, songwriters, editors, production designers, costume designers, visual effects artists, sound editors, and make-up and hair stylists among others.

Quentin Tarantino: “The Hateful Eight” is a Bloated Film

By Michael Russnow Quentin is an intriguing writer, who creates characters different from many we’ve seen and imbues them with personalities and fascinating incidental dialogue that gives three dimension to what they’re all about. The problem with this film is that there is so much attention paid to each character and[...]

Always Unusual Face for Best Original Song Features Lady Gaga, Eminem as Contenders

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “Moon River.” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” “Lose Yourself.” There’s no question that original songs that began in movies have become iconic pieces of both composing and filmmaking. And yet the Academy Award for Best Original Song is frequently one of Oscar’s most derided categories. To[...]

Nominations announced for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards

Well now, another domino in the 2015 awards season has fallen. A few minutes ago, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, getting us closer to the end of the line in the race for Academy Award nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) aren’t a guild, but they function[...]

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Martian” Battle Out for Best Sound Mixing Oscar

Charlie Chaplin believed that sound was a fad that would disappear from movies after a short time period. He may have been a genius, but he sure wasn’t right about that. Today, it is hard to imagine most movies without sound. Dialogue obviously recreates the experience of most people’s lives.[...]

An Interview with Jake Roberts: Can He Ride the “Brooklyn” Wave to a First Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing?

John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” is currently delighting critics and audiences. Saoirse Ronan’s triumph yesterday at the New York Film Critics Circle is likely the beginning of a solid run for the film through Oscar season. The changing time periods, locations and moods required a sharp but subtle editor. Enter Jake Roberts,[...]

“Brooklyn” and “Carol” Seek to Bring 1950s New York to the Top of the Oscar Race for Best Visual Effects

Last week, I wrote about how visual effects can help an audience escape into another world in a film. A movie’s sets can do the same thing, convincing the audience that it is in the same world as the characters, regardless of that world’s time period or geographic location. Indeed,[...]

A Second November Oscar Predictions Update – 1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant, 2. Matt Damon – The Martian, 3. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs, 4. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl, 5. Michael Caine – Youth

Somehow, we’re almost done with the month of November. There’s only about six weeks or so left in 2015, which means the awards season is in full swing. As you all know, we’re awaiting the final big three releases of the year in The Hateful Eight, Joy, and The Revenant[...]

Summer Blockbusters Take On Late Year Prestige in the Race for Best Visual Effects

Who doesn’t go to the movies to escape? That escape is frequently provided merely through amazing comedy and/or drama. But a certain spectacle never hurts. Amazing visual effects not only help in this regard, but studios frequently find themselves selling a movie’s effects before its stars or its story. No[...]

Hollywood Contenders: Will transitioning Eddie Redmayne lead to Oscar glory for “The Danish Girl” in Best Makeup & Hairstyling?

Actors are chameleons, by their nature masters in convincingly becoming other people. But actors can only go so far in persuading an audience that they are from a different galaxy, are actually a different species, lived hundreds of years ago, have become seriously disfigured, and/or are 40 years older than[...]

Hollywood Contenders: Shining a “Spotlight” on the Films Trying to Make the Cut for Best Film Editing

Why are our films not all three hours long? How do some films that are that long manage to grip us nonetheless? Why do some films with seemingly dull plots manage to enthrall from start to finish? How does a narrative of a film get put together post-shooting? The answers[...]
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