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Forming Thematic and Visual Language in the Cutting Room: Pietro Scalia, ACE

Forming Thematic and Visual Language in the Cutting Room: Pietro Scalia, ACE

Scalia is a prolific and highly regarded editor whose work has been recognized with two Academy Awards® (“Black Hawk Down,” “JFK”), two BAFTA Awards (“Gladiator”, “JFK”), a Satellite Award (“American Gangster”), and ACE Eddies (“Black Hawk Down,” “JFK,” and “Gladiator”). For over twenty-five years, Scalia has been an integral collaborator …

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Restructuring and Moving Scenes as a Storytelling Solution: Nancy Morrison, ACE

Restructuring and Moving Scenes as a Storytelling Solution: Nancy Morrison, ACE

Nancy grew up in the film industry relocating with her studio executive father from New York to Los Angeles when she was 6 years old. While studying film at Boston University, she quickly learned that she hated production but loved editing. She started her career as a film traffic apprentice …

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Cutting Comedies with Michael L. Sale, ACE

Cutting Comedies with Michael L. Sale, ACE

Mike Sale, ACE most recently edited “Spenser Confidential” for director Peter Berg. He previously edited “Skyscraper” and the comedies, “We’re the Millers” and “Central Intelligence” with director Rawson Marshall Thurber. His additional recent credits include director Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II” and Paul Feig’s blockbuster hit, “Bridesmaids,” for which he earned a 2012 Eddie Award nomination from the American Cinema Editors.   Sale also served …

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Kyra Gardner Directs Animatronics and Puppet Magic in Award-Winning Student Film,  "Phoebe"

Kyra Gardner Directs Animatronics and Puppet Magic in Award-Winning Student Film, “Phoebe”

Kyra Gardner Directs Animatronics and Puppet Magic Behind the Scenes of Award-Winning Student Film,  “Phoebe”   With a dad in special effects makeup, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra at a young age. Combat nursing was her first goal, but she soon discovered that real blood is way …

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Caroline Friend Directs Award-Winning Student Film, "Under Darkness"

Caroline Friend Directs Award-Winning Student Film, “Under Darkness”

Above behind-the-scenes photo taken by Lynne Chai.   Adaptation of True Holocaust Survivor Story Caroline Friend Directs Award-Winning Student Film, “Under Darkness”   StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Your award-winning short film, “Under Darkness,” is based on a true story. Can you tell us more about how you adapted the story, as well …

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Art, Dance, and Capturing the Quality of Movement

Art, Dance, and Capturing the Quality of Movement

“Out of Ordinary,” 2020 Student Academy Award Finalist, Alternative/Experimental Category Art, Dance, and Capturing the Quality of Movement with Alicja Pahl StudentFilmmakers Magazine: How did you approach directing this short film as a team, with choreographer Luca Signoretti and fellow cinematographer Tobias Buchmann? Alicja Pahl: The Project, “Out of Ordinary,” …

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A Conversation with Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC: Leading Your Audience's Eye

A Conversation with Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC: Leading Your Audience’s Eye

A Conversation with Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC Leading Your Audience’s Eye StudentFilmmakers Magazine: You’re known for your ominous, beautiful dark cinematography and playing with shadows and contrast. Where did your style for lighting come from? Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC: Cinematography is all about guiding the story and the …

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"SIMULACRA," 2020 Student Academy Award Winner, Alternative/Experimental Category

“SIMULACRA,” 2020 Student Academy Award Winner, Alternative/Experimental Category

A Conversation with Curry Sicong Tian, Jumai Yusuf, and Alexa Velasquez “SIMULACRA” is a multiple-immersion experience that incorporates live action shooting/motion capture/3D scan and 3D motion digital art. It is about an elderly Buddhist woman recalls a ritual from her past, undertaking a journey of duality expressed through her many …

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