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‘Stranger Things’ VFX Team Breaks Down the Demogorgon’s Five Stages of Life

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

After the Demogorgon terrorized Hawkins, Indiana in the first season of “Stranger Things,” Season 2 doubled down on the monsters by bringing on the Mind-Flayer, which will be discussed at a later date, and showing another dimension of the Demogorgons. The precocious Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) adopts a strange, tadpole-like creature he found in is trash can, but the cute critter grows rapidly, has carnivorous appetites, and soon becomes a Demodog, aka a creature that looks an awful like a Demogorgon that moves on all fours.

Read More:’Stranger Things’ Stylist Teases Season 3 Hair and Breaks Down 7 Iconic Character Hairdos

Visual effects producers Christine and Paul Graff spoke with IndieWire about reimagining the Demogorgon’s earliest stages:

The Slug Inspiration

Paul Graff said, “We know we have the slug kind of left over in Season 1, when Will spits into the sink this kind of slug-like creature. And the Duffers didn’t know
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‘Stranger Things’ VFX Team Breaks Down the Demogorgon’s Five Stages of Life

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

After the Demogorgon terrorized Hawkins, Indiana in the first season of “Stranger Things,” Season 2 doubled down on the monsters by bringing on the Mind-Flayer, which will be discussed at a later date, and showing another dimension of the Demogorgons. The precocious Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) adopts a strange, tadpole-like creature he found in is trash can, but the cute critter grows rapidly, has carnivorous appetites, and soon becomes a Demodog, aka a creature that looks an awful like a Demogorgon that moves on all fours.

Read More:’Stranger Things’ Stylist Teases Season 3 Hair and Breaks Down 7 Iconic Character Hairdos

Visual effects producers Christine and Paul Graff spoke with IndieWire about reimagining the Demogorgon’s earliest stages:

The Slug Inspiration

Paul Graff said, “We know we have the slug kind of left over in Season 1, when Will spits into the sink this kind of slug-like creature. And the Duffers didn’t know
See full article at Indiewire »

Creative Arts Emmy Winners: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Win Big — Complete List

Creative Arts Emmy Winners: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Win Big — Complete List
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and HBO’s “Westworld” gained momentum in the Emmy Award race as both shows racked up five wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

NBC’s “This Is Us” pulled out a big win with the last award of the night — the guest drama actor win for Gerald McRaney. The same was true for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as Alexis Bledel prevailed for guest drama actress.

Saturday Night Live,” the venerable NBC sketch comedy, also took five wins, including comedy guest actor and actress awards for Dave Chappelle, as host, and Melissa McCarthy, for her guest appearances as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Stranger Things” took the drama series casting kudo — a category that is often a bellwether for program wins at the televised Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which is set for Sept. 17. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” won for casting for a limited series.

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‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape

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‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape
Few directors employ a bolder use of score and sound design in creating their cinematic universe than Darren Aronofsky. It’s for this reason the director’s fans were understandably excited by the news that on his new film “mother!” he would be collaborating for the first time with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose innovative soundscape approach to Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and “Sicario” seemed like a perfect fit for Aronofsky.

It’s a collaboration that, by all accounts, went remarkably well, but resulted in a creative exploration that revealed that eliminating Jóhannsson’s score and leaning on a more expressive sound design was best for the film.

In the film’s press notes Jóhannsson — who according to Paramount is credited as a music and sound consultant in the film — said this about the decision:

“‘mother! is a film where half measures have no place and after Darren and I had explored many different approaches,
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‘Stranger Things’: How the Netflix’s Drama’s Sonic Environment Was Created

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‘Stranger Things’: How the Netflix’s Drama’s Sonic Environment Was Created
If you’re an audiophile who also loves “Stranger Things,” then brother, have I got the interview for you. The sonically inclined folks at A Sound Effect recently spoke to Brad North and Craig Henighan — the Netflix drama’s supervising sound editor and sound designer, respectively — about all things strange, from how they got involved with the ’80s-set show to its now-famous synth score to those attention-grabbing light bulbs. Find some highlights of their chat (which was presumably recorded on the finest equipment available) below.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Promise Fan Favorite Will Not Be Forgotten in Season Two

Henighan says that he was lucky insofar as much of the music was already in place for “Stranger Things” when he came onboard, granting him a more complete sense of the aural environment he would be working within. “From the beginning, they established the instrumentation and the sound of the synths,
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‘Stranger Things’: How the Netflix Drama’s Sonic Environment Was Created

‘Stranger Things’: How the Netflix Drama’s Sonic Environment Was Created
If you’re an audiophile who also loves “Stranger Things,” then brother, have I got the interview for you. The sonically inclined folks at A Sound Effect recently spoke to Brad North and Craig Henighan — the Netflix drama’s supervising sound editor and sound designer, respectively — about all things strange, from how they got involved with the ’80s-set show to its now-famous synth score to those attention-grabbing light bulbs. Find some highlights of their chat (which was presumably recorded on the finest equipment available) below.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Promise Fan Favorite Will Not Be Forgotten in Season Two

Henighan says that he was lucky insofar as much of the music was already in place for “Stranger Things” when he came onboard, granting him a more complete sense of the aural environment he would be working within. “From the beginning, they established the instrumentation and the sound of the synths,
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

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Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees.
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Oscars News: Can Paramount bring 'Noah' back to life with Oscar voters?

Oscars News: Can Paramount bring 'Noah' back to life with Oscar voters?
Kris Tapley asks if Paramount will be able to bring spring release "Noah" starring Russell Crowe back into the Oscar discussion. They are especially hoping to rekindle voter support for the below-the-line technical categories of the Darren Aronofsky film. Composer Clint Mansell and songwriter Patti Smith have been making the circuits along with cinematographer Matthew Libatique and sound mixers Craig Henighan and Skip Lievsay. The studio has had a recent miss with "Men Women and Children" but also has "Interstellar," "Selma," "The Gambler," and "Top Five" in the mix. HitFix -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Sasha Stone discusses why the Oscar race discussions are continually "dominated by men." Are the female-related films truly not "good enough" and is there "always something wrong with them"? She says that movies ...
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Off the Carpet: Can Paramount rekindle Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' for Oscar voters?

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Off the Carpet: Can Paramount rekindle Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' for Oscar voters?
It's always difficult to bring a spring release back around for the Oscar season, no matter the film's size or impact. But in a year like 2014 — which seems rather atypical as subversive comedy, American auteurs and blockbuster craftsmen all duke it out for room alongside the traditional, baitier offerings — anything can slip on through. That's what Paramount is surely hoping for with Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The studio has its hands full at the moment, though. Dealing with an embarrassing release for Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," working hard to benefit a new relationship with a powerful, talented director in Christopher Nolan (whose "Interstellar" releases right in the middle of the awards circuit), prepping the release of newly acquired "Top Five" from Chris Rock, setting strategy for Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" — it's easy to see why working on campaigns for early-year releases might not be a high priority.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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"Silver Linings Playbook" Wins Big at 17th Satellite Awards

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."

Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):

Motion Picture

Argo .

*** Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Les MISÉRABLES

Skyfall

Moonrise Kingdom

The Sessions

Lincoln Dreamworks/Touchstone

Life Of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

Director

*** David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck -- Argo

Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films

Ben Lewin -- The Sessions

Steven Spielberg --
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"Les Miserables" Leads 17th Satellite Awards Nominees

The International Press Academy has announced the nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards. "Les Miserables" led the pack with 10 nominations including Best Picture.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the InterContinental at Century City in Los Angeles.

17th Annual Satellite Awards Nominees:

Motion Picture

Argo .

Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Les MISÉRABLES

Skyfall

Moonrise Kingdom

The Sessions

Lincoln Dreamworks/Touchstone

Life Of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

Director

David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck -- Argo

Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films

Ben Lewin -- The Sessions

Steven Spielberg -- Lincoln

Kathryn Bigelow -- Zero Dark Thirty

Actress in a Motion Picture Name

Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook

Emilie Dequenne Our Children

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina

Emmanuelle Riva Amour

Laura Birn Purge

Laura Linney Hyde Park On Hudson

Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty

Actor in a Motion Picture

John Hawkes The Sessions
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'Taken 2,' 'Chasing Mavericks' Will Be Heard in Dolby Atmos

'Taken 2,' 'Chasing Mavericks' Will Be Heard in Dolby Atmos
Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming Taken 2 and Chasing Mavericks will be released in Dolby’s recently launched Atmos sound format. Anticipating future Dolby Atmos titles, Twentieth Century Fox is additionally outfitting its Zanuck Theater on the Fox lot for audio postproduction with Atmos. Helming the upcoming Atmos work will be sound re-recording mixers Craig Henighan, who will mix Oct. 26 release Chasing Mavericks in Dolby Atmos; and Chuck Michael, who will mix Oct. 5 release Taken 2, for which Liam Neeson returns as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills; Chasing Mavericks is the true story of surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. Review: 'Taken 2' Atmos creates a lifelike

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The Sounds of ‘Real Steel’

The Sounds of ‘Real Steel’
Crowds cheering, people screaming, metal crunching and pistons pumping. Sounds in Shawn Levy's new film Real Steel are incredibly intricate. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly, is set in a near future where the most popular sport in the world is robot boxing. If you think about normal boxing, the sounds are already complicated: heavy breathing, feet shuffling on the mat, leather pounding skin. Putting mechanical robots into the ring then creates a whole new set of problems. What do electronics sound like when they're fighting? After the jump, check out the latest video [1] from the Soundworks Collection about how the sounds of Real Steel were captured. For more information on this video and the film, head over to Soundworks [2]. SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of Real Steel [3] from Michael Coleman [4] on Vimeo [5]. Here's the description: Who says robot boxing won’t happen in
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