The Lighthouse’s Eerie Soundtrack

Robert Egger’s The Lighthouse showcased some of 2019’s best acting. This psychological horror film also showcased some very eerie music. The soundtrack, alone, is eerie and unsettling–just like the film. But, how does one compose a soundtrack and use such strange sounds to create haunting score? Mark Korven is a Canadian musician and composer active for the past few decades in post television and film. He’s … Continue reading The Lighthouse’s Eerie Soundtrack

Behind the Scenes of SNL’s Grouch (Joker Parody)

Saturday Night Live is known for their funny sketches with celebrity guests in shows they put out once a week on Saturday Night. But, did you know the skits that are not filmed in the studio are written, filmed, edited, and seen on TV all in one week? Mainly they are filmed on Friday and edited through the night and all of Saturday with VFX, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of SNL’s Grouch (Joker Parody)

The Irishman’s New Tech

If you’re like me and hunkered down for over 3 hours to watch The Irishman, you probably enjoyed the hell out of it-especially as a Scorsese fan. Over the last decade, the ‘de-aging’ tech/vfx used in cinema has gotten better and better. Martin Scorsese wanted to use real lighting, no mo cap suits, no tracking dots, and allow the actors the freedom to improvise and … Continue reading The Irishman’s New Tech

What sounds make up Baby Yoda?

Are you obsessed with Baby Yoda like the rest of the internet (sorry places outside of the U.S.)? Have you wondered what makes up its adorable little noises? Turns out, it’s not just baby coo’s. Well, Supervising Sound Editor for The Mandalorian, Matthew Wood posted on Twitter the real answer. A “combination of baby samples, bat-eared foxes, kinkajous, and the sound design vocal talents of … Continue reading What sounds make up Baby Yoda?

Knives Out’s ‘Subtle Art’

Have you ever noticed a white square or light reflected in actor’s glasses or sunglasses? To some, it’s distracting. According to Steve Yedlin (Knives Out Cinematographer) on Twitter, Key Grip Matt Mania decided to change it up a bit. Neat! Also, I highly recommend this movie especially if you’re a fan of those old fashioned whodunnits, Agatha Christie, and Clue. Continue reading Knives Out’s ‘Subtle Art’

What Keeps You Motivated?

I spoke to some film freshman from my old college, today and a student asked: “What keeps you motivated in a profession that fluctuates so much? Where you’re working job to job with long gaps between them?” Oof, hitting hard with those questions at 7:30AM. For me, it’s hard to put into words. I love films. I love watching them, I love making them, the … Continue reading What Keeps You Motivated?

Academy VFX Bake-Off

Saturday, January 5th, I had the pleasure of watching the Academy’s VFX Bake-Off at ILM/Lucasfilm! This was their first year live-streaming to three places (San Francisco, London, and New Zealand); it’s usually in a big theater down in LA where everyone from the VFX branch comes to watch before and after reels and VFX reels for each of the 10 shortlisted movies. They were: Ant … Continue reading Academy VFX Bake-Off