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November 2014

Linda Romanello
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'Interstellar': Space crafts, robots & science
Published: November 25, 2014

In the November issue of Post, we speak with VFX supervisor Paul Franklin of Double Negative about how he and his team worked closely with Christopher Nolan ( Batman, Inception) on the director’s latest sci-fi epic,  Interstellar. For the film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Franklin tells us how he and his crew created a number of planetary environments, such as an ice planet, a water planet, and teamed with Nolan’s DPs on creating incredible dust storms on our dying planet, Earth.
'Fury': Editor Dody Dorn on working with director David Ayer
Published: November 19, 2014

Director David Ayer’s most recent offering, Fury, brings audiences behind enemy lines of a Nazi Germany WWII battle, for what is believed to be a suicide mission for war-weary army sergeant “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt), his four-man band of brothers, and their M4 Sherman tank. In this Sony release, Ayer focuses on the heroic efforts of Wardaddy and his crew, who faced overwhelming odds. The film features a number of emotionally-charged and compelling scenes.  Fury   was shot in London on 35mm film over the course of several months, and features a very specific rhythm that editor Dody Dorn adhered to during the editing process. Here, Dorn speaks with   Post  about the year-long project, her editing process, and her ongoing working relationship with the director.
VFX: 'Interstellar'
Published: November 10, 2014

Even before its nationwide opening on November 7th, there was lots of buzz surrounding director Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic, Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. On board the Endurance starship, a group of space explorers travel to a distant solar system in search of new planet that can sustain human life, thus saving humanity. This is in response to our dying planet, Earth, plagued by drought, famine and radical climate change. Paramount Pictures’  Interstellar, headed by an award-winning cast, takes on wormholes, black holes, space/time, love, family and human extinction, and is seemingly a serious contender for some of Oscar’s top prizes.
Primetime: BBC America's 'Orphan Black'
Published: September 8, 2014

BBC America pleasantly surprised viewers when it introduced them to street-wise hustler Sarah Manning (played by actress Tatiana Maslany), in its original series Orphan Black, and threw in a suspense/sci-fi twist when Manning discovers a mind-blowing secret that she is one of a series of genetically-identical individuals — otherwise known as clones. Following that premise, the show requires numerous scenes where Maslany portrays not only Manning, but any number of her clones; essentially acting with herself.
Special Report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Published: September 8, 2014

As summer 2014 comes to an end, we need to acknowledge not only the number of blockbusters released in theaters, but also the huge role visual effects played in so many of this year’s films. From Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and  Edge of Tomorrow to  Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and  Into The Storm, the post production industry raised the bar with some outstanding and truly-noteworthy VFX.
In The Mix: 'Jersey Boys'
Published: July 10, 2014

One of this summer’s most anticipated productions is the latest directorial contribution from Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood, in the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. Like the play, the film is a musical biography that traces the success of the 50’s-70’s singing group, the Four Seasons, lead by front man Frankie Valli. It follows the friends from their early days in New Jersey and how the bonds they formed early in their career helped them through a number of challenges, as they continued their rise to fame. At the center of the film, and key to telling the Four Seasons’ story on-screen are the performances of the group’s signature songs by the film’s stars. 
Primetime: Managing workflow for NBC's 'The Voice'
Published: June 5, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — The Emmy-Award winning competitive reality show The Voice, which airs weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC, pits vocalists from across the country against one another in a competition that spans several weeks. The show recently wrapped its sixth season in May by crowning soulful singer Josh Kaufman as “the voice,” with musicians Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher returning as coaches, and Carson Daly as host.
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