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Carolyn Giardina

Tech Editor

THR's Tech Editor Carolyn Giardina is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. Carolyn leads Behind the Screen coverage of the creative arts including cinematography, editing, animation, sound and VFX, as well as entertainment technology. This ranges from the tools and techniques for production and post, to immersive media and theatrical exhibition. Carolyn’s been honored with American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Lumiere Award.

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Oscar Sound Contenders Bring the Chaos of Battle, the Tones of Unseen Strategy to the Screen

Killers of the Flower Moon “I’m the first [listener], so I always pay attention to how the performances, the transitions, the arc will be experienced by the audience,” says veteran production sound mixer Mark Ulano. In the case of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon for Apple/Paramount — about a series of murders that […]

How VFX Pros Transformed Worlds and Faces With Visual Effects

Without a juggernaut such as Avatar: The Way of Water in the running — and schedule changes that pushed big tentpoles, notably Dune 2, back to 2024 — this season’s visual effects Oscar race is shaping up to be a competitive one. The road to a nomination begins with a committee of branch members who […]

Creative Fusion on an Extra-Large Scale: Jennifer Lame on Editing ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘Postcard From Earth’

Editor Jennifer Lame’s work has appeared on many of the world’s largest screens this year. Over the summer, her second movie with director Christopher Nolan, his historical epic Oppenheimer, for Universal, had moviegoers scrambling for tickets to Imax’s large-format theaters. And in October, the Lame-edited Postcard From Earth, from director Darren Aronofsky, became the first […]

Walter Murch, Kate Amend to Receive ACE Editors Career Achievement Awards (Exclusive)

Renowned three-time Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch — known for films including Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II and The English Patient — and respected documentary editor Kate Amend—who cut Academy Award-winning docs Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home — will receive Career Achievement Awards at the 74th American Cinema Editors Eddie […]

“We Wanted to Paint With the Light and Write With the Camera”: The THR Cinematographer Roundtable

“I think it was a voice from the wider audience telling us that people wanted to go to the cinemas again and people wanted to join in with an event,” says Oppenheimer cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema of the summer’s Barbenheimer phenomenon. Rodrigo Prieto, who lensed Greta Gerwig’s Barbie as well as Martin Scorsese’s Killers of […]

Talent Behind ‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ Among American Cinematheque Crafts Honorees 

Talent behind movies including Barbie, Oppenheimer and Maestro are among the honorees for the American Cinematheque’s third annual “Tribute to the Crafts,” which will be held Jan. 19 at the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The event — which will be co-hosted by producers and American Cinematheque board members Franklin Leonard and Paula Wagner […]

‘Oppenheimer’ Live in Concert Coming to UCLA’s Royce Hall

Oppenheimer: Live in Concert featuring a 53-piece orchestra under the direction of the film’s Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, conducted by Anthony Parnther, is coming to UCLA’s Royce Hall on Jan. 10. The event, presented by Universal Pictures and Syncopy, will include an introduction by writer, director and producer Christopher Nolan. The awards hopeful has been […]

David Barber Named Motion Picture Sound Editors President

Supervising sound editor and rerecording mixer David Barber has been elected to a two-year term as president of Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), the organization that puts on the annual Golden Reel Awards for sound editing. He succeeds Mark Lanza, who reached his term limit after four years as president. Miguel Araujo was reelected secretary, […]

‘Kung Fu Panda 4′ Trailer Unveils Jack Black’s Po’s New Nemesis: Viola Davis’ Villain Chameleon

A newly-released trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 features the return of Jack Black’s eponymous panda Po, and introduction of his new foe, the sorceress Chameleon, voiced by Viola Davis, a tiny lizard who can shapeshift into any creature. Chameleon is after Po’s Staff of Wisdom, which would give her the power to re-summon all […]

How ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ Inspired Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, photographed by DP Robbie Ryan, received an enthusiastic ovation as it opened the 31st EnergaCamerimage cinematography film festival Nov. 11. A familiar face at the annual event and an Oscar nominee for Lanthimos’ The Favourite, Ryan used an inventive range of film stocks and lenses to support the absurdist story (an adaptation […]

“It Was Less About the Action and More About the Reflection”: ‘THR Presents Live’ at EnergaCamerimage With the ’Society of the Snow’ Filmmakers

In director J.A. Bayona and cinematographer Pedro Luque’s new film Society of the Snow, the filmmakers set out to create an ambitious adaptation of a book (of the same name) about the 1972 Uruguayan Andes flight disaster. The nonfiction book, which was written 40 years after the crash, documents the accounts of the 16 survivors […]

Hayao Miyazaki Receives First Golden Globe Nomination

Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, at age 82, earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination on the strength of his semi-autobiographical fantasy film The Boy and the Heron, capping a big week for the film that this weekend opened to a record-breaking $12.8 million, becoming the first original anime title in history to top the North […]