TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume II

Posted by · 11:01 am · November 5th, 2009

When I first addressed the race for Best Art Direction in August, I spoke of how the branch tends to favor period pieces and fantasy films. Considering the research involved in the former and the often showy creativity on display in the latter, this is hardly surprising. That said, I often feel badly for exceptional […]

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Below-the-line ‘Basterds’

Posted by · 2:29 pm · August 24th, 2009

It does my heart good to see more and more outlets giving the proper consideration to below-the-line talent when it comes to film publicity.  As you know, we’ve made it a rather concentrated effort to spotlight these individuals in Gerard’s weekly Tech Support columns and have been at it for the last three years. A […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume I

Posted by · 12:30 pm · August 20th, 2009

Sets and props can create a time period, an era or simply the feel of a scene.  And the individuals involved in this process are awarded by the Academy in the category of Best Art Direction. Ironically, the art director of a film is not recognized here. Rather, the production designer – the art department […]

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REVIEW: “Inglourious Basterds” (**1/2)

Posted by · 12:06 pm · August 5th, 2009

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” isn’t as indulgent as “Death Proof” or “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” but it doesn’t have the filmmaking panache and wit of the moving image to forgive it its sins like “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” either.  It’s a slightly more contained bout of silliness, but it’s silliness nevertheless. The film is trademark […]

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