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American Cinematheque Announces Inaugural ‘Tribute To The Crafts’ Film Honorees: ‘Dune’, ‘No Time To Die’, ‘West Side Story’, And More

American Cinematheque Announces Inaugural ‘Tribute To The Crafts’ Film Honorees: ‘Dune’, ‘No Time To Die’, ‘West Side Story’, And More
In the ever-growing list of awards shows, American Cinematheque is throwing its clout behind a new one they call Tribute to the Crafts, an in-person celebration of the artisans behind the scenes who don’t get nearly the attention during the season that their above-the-line colleagues seem to. The ceremony, which will try to rectify this oversight, is set for Wednesday January 26, at the Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

The new show will “honor those who are at the very heart of filmmaking, and have exhibited extraordinary work behind the camera, over the past year.” The evening will celebrate individuals in fourteen categories covering all aspects of filmmaking and will showcase clips from each of their respective films. The audience for this invitation-only event will be composed of members from AMPAS, PGA, WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, BAFTA and Critics Choice.

“Tribute to the Crafts is the perfect complement to
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‘House of Gucci,’ ‘The Power Of The Dog,’ ‘West Side Story’ to Be Honored at American Cinematheque’s Inaugural Crafts Tribute

‘House of Gucci,’ ‘The Power Of The Dog,’ ‘West Side Story’  to Be Honored at American Cinematheque’s Inaugural Crafts Tribute
The American Cinematheque announced today the honorees for the inaugural Tribute to the Crafts, which will take place in-person on Jan. 26, at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif.

Tribute to The Crafts will honor those who are at the very heart of filmmaking and have exhibited extraordinary work behind the camera, over the past year. Among the artisans being honored are “The Power of the Dog” cinematographer Ari Wegner, “Cruella” costume designer Jenny Beavan, “Dune” editor Joe Walker, composer Nicholas Britell for “Don’t Look Up” and the hair and makeup team behind “House of Gucci” — Jana Carboni, Giuliano Mariano, Göran Lundström, Sarah Tanno and Frederic Aspiras.

“Tribute to the Crafts is the perfect complement to our year-round programming of panels featuring creative talent in front of and behind the camera. Acknowledging these individuals who made these extraordinary films, during the often challenging circumstances over this past year is a true testament to their art,
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Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Event Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Event Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
The Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event dedicated to fostering fresh Arab film fare through high-caliber mentorships and curated networking with a select group of top industry executives has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

“Although this is an extremely important event for our community and participants, the wellbeing of the residents and visitors to Qatar remains our first priority,” organizers announced on Tuesday in a statement.

“The 46 selected projects remain a priority for the Dfi this year,” the statement added.

“We will work internally to find solutions to best support them through this period of new challenges and will inform you of opportunities where you can contribute to the success of this year’s selected projects,” it said.

Directors Claire Denis, James Gray, and Jessica Hausner, as well as Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and sound designer Mark A. Mangini had been slated to attend Qumra’s 2020 edition that was
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Claire Denis and Phedon Papamichael Join Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Lineup

Claire Denis and Phedon Papamichael Join Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Lineup
The Doha Film Institute has added French auteur Claire Denis and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”) to the lineup of star talent who will act as mentors for the Qumra Masters program during its upcoming Qumra event dedicated to fostering fresh Arab film fare that is opening up to TV projects.

They join previously announced directors James Gray and Jessica Hausner and sound designer Mark A. Mangini (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) for the 2020 edition that will run March 20-25 in the Qatari capital.

Mangini will be the first sound designer to attend the unique event conceived by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, who is Qumra’s creative director.

Qumra, which is an Arab word believed to be the origin of the word “camera,” is dedicated to supporting and shepherding first and second works mostly by Arab directors. The mentors, through one-on-one meetings and master classes, will nurture the talent attached to
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David White details the pressures on sound professionals

Gregg Rudloff.

Oscar-winning sound designer David White has written an open letter to his colleagues after reports that the death of renowned re-recording mixer Gregg Rudloff is being treated as a suicide.

Rudloff, who won best sound Academy Awards for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, shared with Chris Jenkins and Ben Osmo; The Matrix, shared with John T. Reitz, David E. Campbell and David Lee; and Glory, shared with Donald O. Mitchell, Elliot Tyson and Russell Williams II, died in Los Angeles, aged 63.

White, who won an Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road, shared with Mark A. Mangini, hailed Rudloff as “an understated colossal giant of the film sound community.”

Miller told If: “Only those privileged to work closely with Gregg Rudloff would know the mastery and brilliance of his work. All who encountered him, however, got to know the brightness of his mind and the elegance of his soul.
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Vale Gregg Rudloff, Oscar-winning sound maven

David White with Gregg Rudloff at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Gregg Rudloff, a multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer who worked on Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie and The Matrix franchise, has died in Los Angeles. He was 63.

The Us-born sound guru followed in the footsteps of his father Tex Rudloff, an Oscar nominee for The Buddy Holly Story in 1978.

Among his most recent credits were The Other Side of the Wind, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Foreigner, Molly’s Game, Death Note and Fences.

He won best sound Academy Awards for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, shared with Chris Jenkins and Ben Osmo; The Matrix, shared with John T. Reitz, David E. Campbell and David Lee; and Glory, shared with Donald O. Mitchell, Elliot Tyson and Russell Williams II.

Miller tells If: “Only those privileged to work closely with Gregg Rudloff would know the mastery and brilliance of his work.
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Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director and The Shape Of Water Wins Best Picture at The Oscars!

The 90th Academy Awards has concluded and I think a lot of movie geeks are happy with the way things played out! I couldn't be more excited to see Guillermo del Toro win Best Director and his film The Shape of Water win Best Picture of the year!

We also saw Gary Oldman win Best Actor, which he definitely deserved! Frances McDormand, took home the Best Actress Award and Sam Rockwell won for Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Then there was Jordan Peele, who won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, which so freakin' cool!

Personally, the one film that I didn't think should have won was Call Me By Your Name for Best Adapted Screenplay. Molly's Game, Logan, Mudbound, and The Disaster Artist were all better films with better scripts!

Below you'll find a full list of the nominees with the winners bolded. Are you happy with the winners?
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Oscars 2018: Full list of winners

The Shape Of Water wins four awards at 90th Academy Awards.

Fox Searchlight’s The Shape Of Water won best picture, best director for Guillermo del Toro, best score for Alexandre Desplat, and best production design for Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau.

Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won best lead actress for Frances McDormand, and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman was named best lead actor for Focus Features’ Darkest Hour, while Allison Janney was named best supporting actress for I, Tonya, distributed in the Us by Neon and 30West.

Spc’s A Fantastic Woman
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Mark A. Mangini and Theo Green (‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound editors) on immersing the audience in their ‘subversive’ sound [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mark A. Mangini and Theo Green (‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound editors) on immersing the audience in their ‘subversive’ sound [Exclusive Video Interview]
Sound editor Mark A. Mangini reveals that while he was inspired by the original “Blade Runner” (1982) for his work on Denis Villeneuve‘s followup, “Blade Runner 2049,” he didn’t want to copy it. “One of our early tasks was to understand what made the first film so rich and interesting sonically, and then find a way to deconstruct it and make it our own,” he explains. “We wanted to honor it in the way that it was so effective and so subversive in its use of sound.” By opening themselves up to a more musical and expressionistic style, Mangini and Theo Green reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Editing. Watch our exclusive video interview with the duo above.

See ‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

According to Green, Villeneuve wanted “a return to that universe,” but not a slavish reproduction.
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Oscars 2018: ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Boast Groundbreaking Sound Design

Oscars 2018: ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Boast Groundbreaking Sound Design
To help convey the “visceral realism” of “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan oversaw an intense soundscape covering land, sea, and air timelines for the legendary evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied troops under German bombardment. And for “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve spearheaded a musical blurring of sound and score that carried both emotional and atmospheric weight in driving the “more human than human” narrative.

Thus, in each case, sound works both overtly and subliminally to immerse us in war and dystopia, sharing equal importance with the stunning visuals provided by Hoyte van Hoytema and Roger Deakins, respectively. In the end, it makes no difference if we can’t distinguish sound from music, as they merge into a singular experience.

The Sounds of Survival

Chris wanted a sense of velocity and everything’s happening so fast with the enemy approaching at their own speed, so there’s a time limit,” said Richard King,
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing
The sound in “Dunkirk” is crucial for this almost-silent, radically structured action movie. And “War for the Planet of the Apes” is also relatively dialogue light–except when Woody Harrelson’s Kurtz-like Colonel and Andy Serkis as Caesar explode in a dramatic face-off. And each time Ryan Gosling’s K in “Blade Runner,” Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Ansel Elgort’s Baby Driver enters a new landscape, the sound design clues us into what’s going on.

Here are our current predictions in alphabetical order. No movie will be deemed a frontrunner until I see it.

Frontrunners:

Will Files (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Richard King (“Dunkirk”)

Mark Mangini (“Blade Runner 2049”)

James Mather (“Wonder Woman”)

Julian Slater (“Baby Driver”)

Contenders:

Craig Berkey (“Darkest Hour”)

Richard Hymns (“The Post”)

Eric A. Norris, Steven Ticknor (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Warren Shaw (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Donald Sylvester (“Logan”)

Matthew Wood
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How Editing Created Its Challenging and Uncompromising Dreamscape

‘Blade Runner 2049’: How Editing Created Its Challenging and Uncompromising Dreamscape
Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel honored and expanded the world of Ridley Scott’s original, with no small help from the narrative skills of Joe Walker, his go-to editor since “Sicario” and “Arrival.” The sequel is more complex than its predecessor; at 163 minutes, it’s a long, slow, and poetic journey, which didn’t connect with enough moviegoers in its opening weekend ($32.7 million). For those with the patience, the payoff makes it all worthwhile.

Creating a Dreamscape

“Denis often said to me that the movie should be like a dream,” said Walker (who earned an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave”). “There’s something in the unconventional pacing of the film that tries to do that. Tension is maintained, but it’s stretched, allowing time for the audience to really immerse in these landscapes, not to let events pass mechanically by.

“This is a world that is like a
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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Oscar winner David White talks issues facing sound post

David White.

Documentaries are often made on tight budgets and with limited crew. Along with the pressure of capturing footage as it unfolds, this can often mean sound quality is .a bit of an afterthought., according to sound mixer and editor David White.

"The capturing of sound on location for documentaries is extremely difficult," White tells If.

.I know from firsthand experience having tried to shoot documentaries myself. Trying to capture the story that.s going on in front of the camera occupies a lot of your headspace..

However, the quality of the sound that is captured on location has large implications for the time and procedures required in post-production, he says. White will discuss the consequences of poor sound for post, as well as solutions, at the Ozdox Documentary Forum's "Listen Up! A Masterclass on Sound" tomorrow evening. One issue that White says is commonplace in documentary is "wild
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Supercut Highlights The Visceral, Oscar Winning Sound In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

There’s plenty to love about George Miller’s masterful “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but the film’s captivating visual presentation often takes precedent. A movie printed on storyboards instead of a fully-formed script, it’s an exhilarating, eye-popping spectacle in every sense of the word — from John Seale’s amazing cinematography, to Jacinta Leong and Shira Hockman’s massively-inspired art direction, to the radiant orange and teal-heavy color palette, to the incredible stunt work and motorcar-fueled mayhem. With all that visual stimulation, it can be easy to forget how much Mark A. Mangini and David White’s impeccable, Oscar winning sound editing also played into the never-ending excitement of Miller’s latest. So, thankfully, Vimeo user Zackery Ramos-Taylor is here to give them their full due (beyond, you know, their Oscars) with his latest supercut, “Hearing Mad Max: Fury Road.” Read More: Watch: Video Essay Explores The Rhythm Of
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2016 Academy Awards: The Show, The Winners

Kicking off another stellar year of star-studded goodness, the 2016 Oscars got underway last night (February 28) in Los Angeles.

And with so many deserving nominees, the competition for each and every one of the twenty-four trophies was nothing short of fierce.

Furthermore, viewers were treated to musical performances from top artists like The Weeknd, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith, as well as hilarious commentary from host Chris Rock.

The 2016 Oscars winners are:

Best Picture

Spotlight

Best Director

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress

Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Original Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short

Best Animated Feature Film

Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film

Son Of Saul

Best Documentary – Feature

Amy

Best Documentary – Short Subject
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2016 Academy Awards: The Winners, The Show

Kicking off another stellar year of star-studded goodness, the 2016 Oscars got underway last night (February 28) in Los Angeles.

And with so many deserving nominees, the competition for each and every one of the twenty-four trophies was nothing short of fierce.

Furthermore, viewers were treated to musical performances from top artists like The Weeknd, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith, as well as hilarious commentary from host Chris Rock.

The 2016 Oscars winners are:

Best Picture

Spotlight

Best Director

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress

Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Original Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short

Best Animated Feature Film

Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film

Son Of Saul

Best Documentary – Feature

Amy

Best Documentary – Short Subject
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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Wins Big at Oscars 2016

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Wins Big at Oscars 2016
Shortly after Mad Max: Fury Road's release in May, many fans started wondering if this blockbuster would have any shot at winning Best Picture at The 88th Annual Academy Awards, which were handed out last night. As it turns out, Mad Max: Fury Road did end up taking home the most Oscars, winning six, but it was largely shut out of the major categories, such as Best Picture and Best Director, for George Miller's work behind the camera. Mad Max: Fury Road was actually one of just three movies that ended up taking home multiple awards last night.

Mad Max: Fury Road's wins were largely in technical categories, taking home Oscars for Best Costume Design (Jenny Bevan), Best Production Design (Colin Gibson; Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega), Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Sound Editing (Mark Mangini, David White
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Oscars 2016: report

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Oscars 2016: report
Open Road / Participant Media’s journalism procedural prevailed in one of the most closely fought contests in years to claim the best picture prize at the finale of the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday.

In two of the most widely predicted wins of the night, Leo DiCaprio was named best actor for The Revenant and Brie Larson scooped the best lead actress prize for Room.

Earlier, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G Innaritu made it back-to-back wins when he claimed the best directing prize for The Revenant after his triumph last year for Birdman. Inarritu was the frontrunner in the category after prevailing in the DGA awards.

Earlier in the night George Miller’s wildly popular dystopian adventure burst out of the blocks at the 88th Academy Awards, earning six awards including best editing and sound editing.

Margaret Sixel took the editing award after a three-in-a-row crafts triumph that saw Mad Max: Fury Road pick up statuettes for costume
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