Editors: Do You Know Your Fabula from Your Syuzhet?

August 17, 2018

Post-production professionals are regularly asked why they select specific picture cuts or sound transitions. Those with successful careers know how to discuss, and sometimes defend, their choices in language that producers and directors understand quickly. […]

Fear of a Black Planet

August 17, 2018

Over the decade leading to 1973, with the progress achieved by the civil rights movement, a greater awareness emerged in the African-American community of its own history and culture. Despite this growth of self-worth, pride and initiative giving strength to the idea of Black Power, the systemic practice of inequality and oppression of minorities continued to afflict American society. […]

What Our Members Do:
Seth Glennie-Smith

August 1, 2018

For me, the most exciting part of the job is taking music written by the composer and finding sneaky ways to reintegrate it into different parts of the show. This not only establishes thematic continuity, but also helps speed the process along. […]

Alan Meyerson on ‘The Thin Red Line’

July 5, 2018

Meyerson momentarily stopped thinking of scores like songs for one of his most personally significant projects: writer-director Terrence Malick’s World War II drama ‘The Thin Red Line,’ released by 20th Century Fox in December 1998. […]

From Mudbound to Movie Town

June 12, 2018

Igrew up in a little town in the middle of California called Atascadero, which loosely translates to “mud hole.” My hippie parents and I lived on a small ranch where my chores were feeding the sheep, pigs and chickens we raised. This was not a job I enjoyed. […]

Robert “Bubba” Nichols on ‘Top Gun’

June 12, 2018

To hear Robert “Bubba” Nichols describe it, working as a recordist sounds a little like serving as a fighter pilot. Okay, okay — pilots operate under life-and-death pressures in the air, while recordists toil under far less challenging conditions on a re-recording stage. […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

June 12, 2018

As a seven-year-old living in the jungles of Matute, Colombia, I was surrounded by an exotic land. My pets weren’t limited to the three dogs and six cats that roamed but also included a macaw named Ludwina, a howler monkey named Tarzan, several tortoises and an assortment of parrots and parakeets. […]

‘The Piano’ Ain’t Got No Wrong Notes

June 12, 2018

From the age of six, Ada McGrath refuses to speak, yet film audiences first saw and heard how clearly she communicates on May 15, 1993, when Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ premiered at the 45th Cannes International Film Festival. […]

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