‘Silicon Valley’ Technology Consultant Vinith Misra Brings Pied Piper To Life
Vinith Misra has spent an unusual amount of time thinking about hand-jobs. One of the tech industry's brightest sparks, he's currently a researcher at IBM's Watson Group, focused on information theory and data compression, and greasing the wheels of information flow. But he moonlights, too, for HBO, consulting on the tech that seeps out of every pore of Mike Judge's Silicon Valley.
And when a scene-long gag last season revolved around its math-obsessed characters figuring… Read
‘Exodus’ Director Ridley Scott And His Egyptologist Expert Mined Ancient Details
The extravagance and ostentation of ancient Egypt can seem rather theatrical to modern eyes, but as realized in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, it couldn't be more true to life. So says Dr. Alan Lloyd, a professor of Egyptology seconded to Scott's crew to consult on the film's extraordinary re-creation of the Egyptian cities of Pi-Rameses and Memphis in the time of Moses. "It's as accurate as one could expect," Lloyd says. "By and large, Egyptian-set movies have… Read
Boyhood music supervisor Randall Poster uses songs to carry the film’s 12 years
Randall Poster might have the best job in the world. For the past 20 years he's been a music supervisor on more than 100 feature films, responsible for seeking out songs for some of the most musically memorable movies such as Velvet Goldmine, School of Rock and I'm Not There. He listens to music voraciously, discusses it with directors like Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Richard Linklater, and helps place it in their films so that it strikes the right emotional notes… Read
Physicist Kip Thorne talks black holes and warped space on ‘Interstellar’
Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne is no ordinary science advisor. He wasn't just on the set of Insterstellar because Christopher Nolan needed a helping hand when it came to visualizing black holes. He wasn't just at the end of the phone for Jonah Nolan as the screenplay took shape. In fact, he's been around since Interstellar's inception, when he and producer Lynda Obst started work on a treatment for a film involving what Thorne likes to call "the warped side of the… Read
Hair guru Robert Stevenson made sure James Brown’s locks were legit in ‘Get On Up’
Veteran hair stylist Robert L. Stevenson has a clipping of a piece of fan art called "The Evolution of Samuel L. Jackson's Hair." He's very proud of it—a tribute to the many different styles he helped the actor create over 14 years of big-screen collaboration. "He was losing his hair at one point and said, 'If I just shaved it all off could we still create looks with wigs?' " says Stevenson. "I said, 'Sam, we can basically do anything with wigs.' That's when we started… Read
‘Mr. Turner’ star Timothy Spall got a crash course in painting by artist Tim Wright
Timothy Spall says he often looks at his copy of "Snow Storm" by J.M.W. Turner, which hangs at his home, and thinks, "How on earth did I ever do that?"
Enter Tim Wright, the London-based portrait artist and lecturer who gave Spall a two-year crash course in fine art, and turned the actor into not only a competent painter, but one who could convincingly copy the work of one of the world's finest masters. "The request was quite astounding really," laughs Wright.
‘Gone Girl’ consultant Lindsay McGrail adds authenticity to grisly crime work in movies
There's an old adage, often attributed to Emily Dickinson, which says that if you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves. In the case of David Fincher's Gone Girl, Lindsay McGrail and her team of law enforcement experts are to thank for their attention to detail when it came to sweating the small stuff.
As an actor and trained nurse, McGrail was brought on board the film to assist in a sequence during which evidence is collected from a… Read