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‘A Quiet Place’ Sound Editors Discuss Their Moments Of Creative Doubt & Vindication — Production Value Video Series

On examination of those behind the filmic curtain—creating the sonic palette through which to feel a world—any number of descriptors seem to apply. Magicians, wizards and puppet masters who have trained themselves in the art of emotional manipulation, sound editors are too often among those craftsmen and women taken for granted, when the reality is that no film could function, or pull the audience in toward the screen, without their dedicated, passionate work. The… Read

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Composer Terence Blanchard Took ‘BlacKkKlansman’ To The Next Level — Production Value Video Series

A filmmaker known for forging lasting bonds with members of his team, Spike Lee always has had an eye for talent. Bringing New Orleans-based musician Terence Blanchard in to play trumpet on his early scores—and sometimes conduct—the filmmaker subsequently would find in Blanchard an invaluable key collaborator. Lee’s longtime composer—who most recently joined him on the Cannes-premiering BlacKkKlansman—Blanchard is an artist who understands his sensibility, effortlessly… Read

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Cirque du Soleil Date Halted By Oil Sprayed On Audience From Equipment

An equipment malfunction at a Cirque du Soleil performance last night in Washington state stopped the show and caused the rest of the program to be cancelled. The show in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington ended when a hydraulic system hose broke. Audience members were showered with what the company claimed was a vegetable based oil. The mishap is the second major incident for the theatrical company this year. On March 17, an aerialist died when he slipped from… Read

‘Grace And Frankie’s Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Devorah Herbert & Costume Designer Allyson B. Fanger On Season 4 Challenges & Mothers

Devorah Herbert Allyson B. Fanger Grace and Frankie

“There’s actually a story arc for the house in Season 4 and it’s the same parallel arc for the characters: Everything is falling apart,” says Grace and Frankie production designer Devorah Herbert, who this year counts her second consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination in the half-hour narrative production design category for the Netflix series. Together with costume designer Allyson B. Fanger, who counts her third nom for the series in the contemporary series costume… Read

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‘Grace And Frankie’s Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Devorah Herbert & Costume Designer Allyson B. Fanger On Season 4 Challenges & Mothers

Devorah Herbert Allyson B. Fanger Grace and Frankie

“There’s actually a story arc for the house in Season 4 and it’s the same parallel arc for the characters: Everything is falling apart,” says Grace and Frankie production designer Devorah Herbert, who this year counts her second consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination in the half-hour narrative production design category for the Netflix series. Together with costume designer Allyson B. Fanger, who counts her third nom for the series in the contemporary series costume… Read

Awardsline

Getting Inside The Visual Mind Of David Lynch: How Emmy-Nominated ‘Twin Peaks’ DP Peter Deming Made It All Happen – Production Value Video Series

Director of photography Peter Deming, who shot the entire 18-episode series of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return, has been working with the Los Angeles-based auteur since his ABC summer comedy series On the Air. In addition, Deming has worked on Lynch’s HBO series Hotel Room and the movies Lost Highway, Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive (when it was built for TV, and what ultimately became an Oscar-nominated film). With Twin Peaks: The Return Deming has notched his… Read

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Mark Isham & Team On Making Music For ‘Once Upon A Time’: “These Characters…Just Absorb Music” – Production Value Video Series

Finally, after seven seasons, the graceful, enchanting score for ABC’s Once Upon a Time is being recognized by the TV Academy in the category of outstanding music composition for a series. Over 156 episodes, Oscar-nominated The River Runs Through It composer Mark Isham has penned notes and together with his team of co-composers Cindy O’Connor and Michael Simon are being lauded for their work on “Leaving Storybrooke,” the series finale that brings back and builds upon the… Read

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‘Stranger Things’ VFX Supervisors On Achieving Realism Through Their “Full Throttle” Workflow — Production Value Video Series

Stranger Things VFX

Watching Netflix's supernatural sensation Stranger Things, have you ever wondered how much work goes in behind the scenes on a series of its ilk, in which visual effects play such a prominent role? The answer, as you might expect, is: A lot. "We have only one mode to work, and that's full throttle—give it everything you've got," Stranger Things VFX supervisor Paul Graff shares. "Any shot is an opportunity to learn something. What's wrong here? What can be better, and how… Read

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‘Jessica Jones’ Composer Sean Callery On His “Neo-Noir Experiment” With Marvel Series — Production Value Video Series

Sean Callery

A four-time Emmy-winning composer lauded for his work on series including Homeland and Elementary, Sean Callery remembers his first encounter with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Examining a printed image of the hard-living superhero-turned-detective, with a drink and a cigarette in hand, the composer had a strong sense of who this complex character was, and how that could inform one of the Marvel Television Universe’s most compelling scores. The latest guest of Deadline’s… Read

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ DP Colin Watkinson On Creating Aesthetic Of Dystopian Hulu Drama – Production Value Video Series

Colin Watkinson The Handmaid's Tale

Helping to establish an aesthetically singular world with Season 1 of Hulu’s dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, cinematographer Colin Watkinson received his first Emmy for his efforts, and returned to expand the series’ visual boundaries in Season 2. Watkinson recently sat down at Hulu’s offices for Deadline’s Production Value video series to discuss his craft, and the thinking that went into defining the look of Bruce Miller’s drama based on Margaret Atwood’s… Read

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‘The Crown’ Costume Designer Jane Petrie On Her Approach To Period Authenticity – Production Value Video Series

Jane Petrie The Crown

With an abundance of period work behind her on films like Genius and Suffragette, Jane Petrie would seem the perfect artist to oversee costumes for Netflix royal drama The Crown. Early in her career as wardrobe mistress—and later, as a costume assistant—Petrie tracked Queen Elizabeth I’s looks with two films: Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Having covered this antecendent monarch of the 16th century, why shouldn’t she get her crack at Queen Elizabeth II? While… Read

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Erik Messerschmidt Rises To Become David Fincher’s DP With ‘Mindhunter’ – Production Value Video Series

Erik Messerschmidt first worked with David Fincher as a Gone Girl gaffer—in collaboration with DP Jeff Cronenweth. But Messerschmidt got his chance to mine the auteur’s rich, iconic aesthetic as cinematographer of Netflix’s crime drama Mindhunter. Created by Joe Penhall, with Fincher on as a director and executive producer, the 1970s-set series follows two FBI agents (played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who look to expand criminal science by delving into the… Read