When Ray Dolby first walked into Elstree Studios, 14 miles north of London, to demonstrate his new noise-reduction technology to a team of sound mixers in the 1960s, his experiment didn't quite work…
Thanks to Academy rule changes this year, sound editing shed its "special achievement" status and now has the same kind of "annual" juice that best picture and best actor enjoy. Still, the newly…
To celebrate the Golden Globes nominations, the British Academy's Los Angeles affiliate invited its members and guests to sip tea and nibble on scones in the civilized setting of the Park Hyatt in…
As the youngest of BAFTA's overseas affiliates, BAFTA East Coast is what you might call the boutique of the organization. Its main function is to host screenings of award-worthy films for its…
Weather, war, disaster movies and epics generally bring home the gold for sound mixing in the craft awards. But this year might be a little different.
Traditionally a category filled with big action movies, this year's shortlist of sound-editing candidates includes the likes of "The Aviator," "Collateral" and the music-filled "Ray."
Though Bobby Darin's star has faded since his death some 30 years ago, Kevin Spacey's biopic casts the singer in bright lights and bold colors. "Beyond the Sea" uses a film-within-a-film device that…
Designing costumes for biopics requires certain skills of the designer. Skills that are sorely tested when an actor does not easily match the image of a celebrity that is fixed's in the public's mind.
The lush, Gothic and over-the-top look of "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera" reflects the sumptuous look of the worldwide theatrical hit. Directed by Joel Schumacher, whom Lloyd Webber…
Going into "Spider-Man 2," visual effects supervisor John Dykstra knew the pressure was on to top the visual effects of the first film. He rose to the challenge by focusing on the seamless…
In the pulp sci-fi action adventure flick "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," director Kerry Conran for the first time shot an entire movie against bluescreen.