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Feature Andrew Blair 21 Nov 2013 - 07:00
In this celebration week, Andrew tips his cap to just a few of the people whose hard work and talent made New Who what it is today...
After writing about the Classic Series production crew, we take a look at some of the people whose hard work, talent, and ability to fib have worked wonders behind the scenes in the twenty-first century.
5. Jane Tranter
In the late Eighties, Jane Tranter could be found marking out rehearsal rooms with tape as part of her job as an Assistant Floor Manager. She worked on shows such as Eastenders, Bergerac, and Doctor Who.
In 2000, she became Head of Drama Commissioning at the BBC. Like the Seventh Doctor, she had a long-term planny-type thing. Unlike the Seventh Doctor, Tranter did not actively seek out conflict by immediately announcing that Doctor Who would come back, waiting until she had »
As a working conductor who brought his own professional experience to bear on his role as an educator, Mauceri felt it was important to have someone who was active in the world of cinema as dean of Uncsa’s still relatively young film school, a conservatory-style program that was starting to get attention, thanks to the success of such grads as David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Nichols.
“In only five years, he transformed the program into an internationally regarded film school. He also changed the way the state thinks about film,” says Mauceri, referring to Kerner’s role in supporting the state’s 25% production incentive. Both student and alumni worked on such locally shot pics as “The Hunger Games” and “Iron Man 3.” “Our school »
- Peter Debruge
As worldwide distribution and co-production deals generate more coin for TV drama production, they up the ante for production values as well as in the race for the Creative Arts Emmys. Captured on high-res cameras and using vfx to boost the physical design, many projects now look more like high-budget features than traditional smallscreen fare.
Take “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s Liberace pic. “We shot it just like a film,” says production designer Howard Cummings. “Steven (Soderbergh) did it like any of his movies,” shooting on Red cameras at multiple locations and using digital effects as needed.
It took five years to get “Candelabra” off the ground, Cummings adds, because potential backers kept turning it down as “too gay.” But once HBO greenlit the pic and production got under way, serendipity took over and many elements of its look and design fell magically into place.
It turned out, for example, »
- Peter Caranicas
A huge part of what makes Starz's "Da Vinci's Demons" so captivating is its setting: 15th-century Italy. Starz created a featurette for the show's upcoming DVD that sheds light on what it takes to build the show's intricate and large-scale sets titled "Constructing Da Vinci." TheWrap has the exclusive first look at the featurette. See video: 'Da Vinci's Demons' Preview: Leonardo's Sexuality on Trial (Exclusive Video) It includes show creator David S. Goyer, production designer Edward Thomas and the cast explaining how a former auto plant, among other locations, were transformed into the epic settings »
- Jethro Nededog
An enlightened, scientific man in barbaric, medieval times, the Leonardo Da Vinci of David S. Goyer’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” recalls an earlier variation on Sherlock Holmes — William of Baskerville, the sleuthing friar played by Sean Connery in “The Name of the Rose.” Granted, Tom Riley’s anachronistic Da Vinci feels as much like a Silicon Valley eccentric as a 15th-century artist/inventor, but the show is still a good deal of fun, while indulging in all the lusty debauchery one has come to expect from period cable dramas. For Starz, it’s a welcome reinforcement as longtime staple “Spartacus” breathes its last.
(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)
Goyer (whose credits include “The Dark Knight” and “Blade” movies, as well as the genre TV series “Flash Forward” and “Threshold”) presents Da Vinci as a tortured genius, one who smokes opium because, “I need to dull my thoughts, »
- Brian Lowry
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
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