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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is like a tasty cinematic gumbo: part Mark Twain, part "Where the Wild Things Are," and part neo-realism. And Ben Richardson (who won the best cinematographer award at Sundance) wonderfully captures the unique flavor of the Louisiana bayou through the innocent eyes of Hushpuppy...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 14, 2012 1:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Rick Carter Goes Inside Out with 'Lincoln'

For Rick Carter, "Lincoln" represents the culmination of a decade-long encounter with "the nature of conscience and the Goya-esque disasters of war." It's been a cathartic journey also encompassing "War of the Worlds," "Munich," "Avatar" (for which he won the Academy Award), "Sucker Punch," and "War Horse." But "Lincoln" is special.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 10, 2012 3:13 PM
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Producers Guild Doc Nominees Include Oscar Frontrunners 'Gatekeepers' & 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The Producers Guild of America has nominated five documentaries in their Documentary Motion Picture category. The documentary field is large and competitive this year, so any spotlight will help Oscar voters make tough choices. Never have so many worthy docs been produced and released into the indie marketplace. The Academy doc branch has already submitted their Oscar short list of 15 which should be announced shortly. The IDA awards will be announced on December 7 (stay tuned for our report).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2012 3:54 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Deakins Talks 'Skyfall'

With the record-breaking "Skyfall" (perhaps even the first billion dollar Bond) generating lots of Oscar buzz, is there any doubt that acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins will receive his 10th nomination? Not after turning in the most stunning-looking Bond movie in its illustrious 50-year history.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 28, 2012 2:16 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Argo' with Cinematographer Prieto

Rodrigo Pietro calls "Argo" a "visual tapestry." That's because the bizarre fact-based espionage thriller and best picture Oscar front runner required the cinematographer to craftily piece together various looks to pull off the creative hodgepodge of styles, genres, and locales.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 19, 2012 2:38 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel Talks 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Caleb Deschanel is no stranger to heightened reality, but nothing could prepare the five-time Oscar nominee for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 22, 2012 12:59 PM
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'True Story' to Star Hill & Franco; Plan B Gets New Regency to Finance

New Regency will finance Plan B's production of "True Story," which will star overexposed James Franco and Brad Pitt co-star Jonah Hill. His role in Plan B's "Moneyball" launched him into the big leagues, along with current hit "21 Jump Street." Rupert Goold will make his feature directing debut with Dave Kajganich's adaptation of the well-reviewed truth-is-stranger-than-fiction Michael Finkel memoir.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2012 4:04 PM
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Produced By Conference 2012 Speakers: Grazer, Jacobson, De Luca, Nolan, Phillips & More

The Producer's Guild of America has lined up an impressive Hollywood roster to participate in the fourth annual Produced By Conference, June 8-10 at the Sony Pictures Studio lot. .
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 12:02 PM
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Film Independent Fast Track Applications Due This Monday

Got an idea in your head for a movie but having trouble finding funding for it? If you do, and have you have weekend plans, cancel them: this Monday is the application deadline for Film Independents Fast Track, the financing market/conference for up-and-coming filmmakers that takes place at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 24, 2012 1:50 PM
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PGA Sets 2013 Awards Date

The Producers Guild of America has landed on January 19 2013 for the 24th Annual PGA Awards, which honor excellence in motion picture and television production.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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