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2020 Student Academy Award Finalist, Rodrigo Chapoy, on Animation Short Film, “Bear With Me”

STUDENTFILMMAKERS: Can you tell us about the development and pre-production stages? Rodrigo Chapoy: The pre-production stages were really rough and messy. “Bear With Me” was born out of the need to tell a story that would be personal, and that I cared for. I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for …

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2020 Student Academy Award Finalist, Di Lu, on her animation “Super Generic”

Di Lu is an animator who graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2020. By studying the whole animation pipeline, she rediscovered her passion for animation, modeling, visual development and problem solving in animation. Her thesis film, “Super Generic,” was a finalist in the 2020 Student Academy Awards, …

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Simona Migliotti Auerbach Creates Film Worlds Using the Tools of Production Design

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of your most favorite movies that you designed and why? Simona Migliotti Auerbach: One of my most favorite movies that I designed was the beautiful period movie, “Incantato” aka “Il Cuore Altrove” by Director Avati. Using Rome as an evocative city location, through soundstage sets …

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Tips for Makeup Artists and Visual Storytellers by Christine Sciortino

Exclusive Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are some of the most important skills every makeup artist needs to succeed? Christine Sciortino: Every makeup artist must be able to work with every single skin tone, age, and gender identity.  There are no excuses here.  We live in a diverse …

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What Does a Production Designer Do for Film Production? | A complex job description revealed.

by Tushar Unadkat   It’s easy to identify the job of a cinematographer or a fashion designer, as the titles are obvious. A cinematographer may be a man with the camera and the fashion designer would take care of the fashion commonly in the clothing industry. However, the title of …

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Dressing the Hordes in a Moment’s Notice: Working On the Set of “A Man Called Horse II” and “Rambo III”

by Richard La Motte I used to work with a friend and fellow costumer named Robert Labansat. Bob taught me a lot of things. His first approach to anything was: The solution to any question has to exist – the only real question is – do you have the experience …

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NEW BOOK SPOTLIGHT | Production Design: Visual Design for Film and Television, 1st Edition

Production Design Visual Design for Film and Television, 1st Edition By Peg McClellan Publisher: Routledge 224 pages | 264 Color Illus. Paperback; ISBN: 9781138185425 Description Production Design: Visual Design for Film and Television is a hands-on guide to the craft of production design and art direction. Author Peg McClellan gives …

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Safety First: Working with Mechanical and Makeup FX on Set: The End Never Justifies the Means by Myrl A. Schreibman

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, August 2007. Safety First: Working with Mechanical and Makeup FX on Set: The End Never Justifies the Means by Myrl A. Schreibman  Pages 38 & 39. The end does not justify the means when it comes to directing a movie. With today’s ease and mobility in production …

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Special Make-up Effects for HD: What HD Won’t Hide by Todd DebreceniIt’s

Reference: StudentFilmmakers Magazine, January 2007. Special Make-up Effects for HD: What HD Won’t Hide by Todd Debrecenilt’s. Pages 34 – 36. High Definition Television is not going to go away, and may someday even replace the use of film at all (I hope not). The first question that comes to …

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