Will Packer set to produce 2022 Academy Awards

Emmy-nominated producer Will Packer will produce the 94th Oscars, Academy president David Rubin announced. It will be his first involvement with the Oscars, which will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022. “Will is a powerhouse producer who has enjoyed success across all movie genres.  He’s already bringing a … Read more

The Academy Museum opening gala raises over $11 million for the museum

On September 25, 2021, as part of a week of celebrations culminating in the museum’s public opening on September 30, 2021, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures hosted an Opening Gala co-chaired by Jason Blum, Ava Duvernay, and Ryan Murphy. The celebratory evening included the presentation of the inaugural Vantage Award to Haile Gerima, for … Read more

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures dedicates grand lobby to Sir Sidney L. Poitier

Bill Kramer, director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, has announced that the new museum, opening in Los Angeles on September 30, is naming its 10,000-square-foot lobby in honour of the legendary actor, film director, producer, and humanitarian Sir Sidney L. Poitier. The naming of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby was made … Read more

Academy Museum launches publishing program with books on Miyazaki, Spike Lee, and Almodóvar

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced its plans for the publication of three debut catalogues on the work of legendary moviemakers Hayao Miyazaki, Spike Lee, and Pedro Almodóvar, whose careers will be celebrated when the museum opens its inaugural exhibitions to the public on September 30, 2021. The three volumes will be co-published … Read more

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces inaugural in-person programming schedule

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced its schedule of inaugural in-person screenings and public programs, which will begin on September 30 when the museum opens. The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. During the first three months of … Read more

The Academy announces 2021 Film Scholars grant recipients

Samantha N. Sheppard and J.E. Smyth have been named 2021 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The annual grant is given to established scholars whose projects are focused on some aspect of filmmaking and the film industry. Their respective books are titled ‘A Black W/hole: Phantom Cinemas and the … Read more

Oscars: Academy announces nearly 400 new members including 11 cinematographers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the latest members for 2021. This included 395 members in 50 countries across many roles within the film industry, from casting directors to actors. The 11 cinematographers are as follows: Manuel Alberto Claro Hope Melancholia Christine A. Maier Quo Vadis, Aida? Life Guidance Tobie Marier-Robitaille … Read more

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces inaugural programming

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles announced a slate of programs it will offer to the public beginning September 30, 2021, when it will celebrate its grand opening. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “We have been hard at work preparing the Academy Museum and are … Read more

April 2021: Slow motion and tuxes

“Life in slow motion,” Dame Cleo Laine once sang, “suits me fine.” Of course, we’ve been bifurcated between a blur of ceaseless events – pandemics, putsches, elections, vaccines and variants – contrasted with a year spent mostly… at home. It is that latter “quarantine” mode that lends itself to the seemingly endless “slow motion” of … Read more

Sixth Oscar win for visual effects company DNEG with Tenet

This latest honour is the fifth Academy Award in the last seven years for visual effects leader. Acclaimed global visual effects  and animation company DNEG was recognised at the 93rd Academy Awards with the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for its work on Tenet, directed by long-term collaborator Christopher Nolan.  DNEG’s VFX team, led by overall … Read more

James Friend

Alien Friend Meet the New Wave / James Friend Alien Friend Meet the New Wave / James Friend Filmography (so far): The Liability (2012), Papadopoulos & Sons (2011), Piggy (2011), Turnout (2010), Ghosted (2010), The Academy (TV).   When did you discover you wanted to be a cinematographer? I always wanted to be a filmmaker … Read more

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