January 11, 2013 |
American Cinema Editors announced its nominees for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards Friday morning. The Eddies recognize outstanding editing in nine categories in film, TV and documentaries. Nominated for best-edited film are William Goldenberg for "Argo," Tim Squyres for "Life of Pi," Michael Kahn for "Lincoln," Stuart Baird for "Skyfall" and Dylan Tichenor for "Zero Dark Thirty. " Vying for best-edited feature film (comedy or musical) are Chris Gill for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens for "Les Miserables," Andrew Weisblum for "Moonrise Kingdom," Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Jeff Freeman for "Ted.
April 13, 2012 |
Since nearly every dance-related film and television project in this century has involved a contest or competition, however bogus, it was a good idea to make a documentary about the Youth America Grand Prix, a genuine, internationally recognized event where ballet hopefuls in a various age groups can win trophies, scholarships and contracts. But Bess Kargman's 90-minute “First Position” not only shows hundreds of dancers battling for recognition, it focuses on the professional ambitions and personal lives of seven participants, giving the film what we can call “Glee” appeal.
December 16, 2010 |
It's a scene that gives the phrase "getting shelled at Fenway" a whole new meaning. In the crime thriller "The Town," a local heist crew attempts one of the riskiest jobs in recent memory: taking down the cash room at Fenway Park, home of Boston's beloved Red Sox baseball team. After FBI agents are tipped off to the caper, automatic weapons bark as violence spills from the stadium's bowels out onto the city's historic streets. The action sequence's well-known location certainly heightens the stakes of the heist (isn't it a cardinal sin to loot the Cathedral of Boston?
December 7, 2010 |
If God is in the details, then technical crafts are what make movies divine: exceptional art direction, editing, music, effects, sound mixing and makeup. These categories may seem boring on Oscar night, but pay careful attention and keep count. Movies with the most nominations and wins here tend to claim the best picture top prize. FOR THE RECORD: Gold Derby: The Gold Derby column in the Dec. 7 Envelope section said that if songwriter Diane Warren should be nominated and then lose, she would become Oscar's most nominated woman without a win with seven nods.
November 14, 2010 |
Edgar Andres caught the movie bug when he was 16 years old, after a filmmaker came to his high school to talk about the craft. Soon after, the teen joined a couple of programs, the Urban Oasis Film Academy and Inner City Filmmakers, which teach urban youth the basics of filmmaking. For Andres, who prefers classics such as "Casablanca" and "The Godfather," the programs were a chance to see how movies were put together. He was so eager to get started on his career that when he graduated from Santa Monica High in 2009 he decided to look for work immediately.
March 8, 2010
Film editing "The Hurt Locker" Bob Murawski and Chris Innis The prize for best editing went to the husband-and-wife team of Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for their work on the whiplash tense "The Hurt Locker." It was the first nomination for both. "Thank you to the academy for giving this award to a movie that was made without compromise," Murawski said. "We didn't have any preview screenings or focus groups or studio notes. Everybody made the movie we wanted to make."