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    Immersed in Movies: Howard Berger Talks 'Hitchcock' Makeup

    While the first glimpse of Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense in "Hitchcock" is startling (how could it be otherwise?), SFX makeup wiz Howard Berger makes us believe in the illusion almost immediately...

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    Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Robert Richardson Unchains 'Django'

    Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer...

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    Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Dennis Gassner Talks 'Skyfall'

    One of the great pleasures of doing a Bond movie for Dennis Gassner is that he gets to be 007 before Daniel Craig. On "Quantum of Solace," his first, the Oscar-winning production designer ("Bugsy") created a pattern language based on the actor's blue eyes and craggy face. But on "Skyfall," he went f...

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    Immersed in Movies: Sound Designer Paul Ottosson Talks 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Sound designer/re-recording mixer Paul Ottosson creates the year's most complex and disturbing soundscape with "Zero Dark Thirty," easily surpassing his work on "The Hurt Locker," which earned him two Oscars. Indeed, his strategy of maximizing audience identification with the obsessive CIA officer, ...

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    Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Don Burgess Talks 'Flight'

    Being reunited with director Robert Zemeckis on "Flight" was just like old times for cinematographer Don Burgess. The last time they worked together was on "The Polar Express" in 2004, Bob Z's first foray into performance capture. But in terms of live action, you have to go back to "Cast Away" in 20...

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    Immersed in Movies: Costume Designer Jany Temime Talks 'Skyfall'

    Jany Temime effortlessly transitioned from dressing Harry Potter to James Bond because 007 has always been a part of her life. Temime knew exactly what she was getting into when she got the call from director Sam Mendes: "When you get to do a Bond, you take with you all that makes Bond," she proclai...

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    Immersed in Movies: Uli Hanisch and Hugh Bateup Talk 'Cloud Atlas' Production Design

    While "Cloud Atlas" may be the most polarizing movie of the year (winding up on both year-end best and worst lists), there's no denying its ambition and beauty: it's the ultimate time travel movie about connecting and reconnecting and grappling with free will and destiny.

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    Immersed in Movies: Joe Letteri Talks 'Hobbit' VFX, Gollum

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" represents a VFX benchmark for just how far the wizards of Weta have come in the last decade since "The Lord of the Rings." This is definitely not a case of been there, done that.

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    Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

    "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is like a tasty cinematic gumbo: part Mark Twain, part "Where the Wild Things Are," and part neo-realism. And Ben Richardson (who won the best cinematographer award at Sundance) wonderfully captures the unique flavor of the Louisiana bayou through the innocent eyes of H...

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    Immersed in Movies: Editor Jay Cassidy Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook'

    While rom-coms seldom win Best Picture, there's something about the eccentric charm, naked truth, and refreshing unpredictability about "Silver Linings Playbook" that makes it worthy of consideration. And while it might not rise to the level of "The Apartment" or "Annie Hall," director David O. Russ...

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