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The A-List: Director Stephen Frears on Lance Armstrong film, The Program
By Iain Blair

At first glance, the long film career of acclaimed British director Stephen Frears might look a little schizophrenic. He’s made big Hollywood studio pictures and high-profile films with big stars, such as The Queen (his second Oscar nom), Mary Reilly, Hero, The Grifters (his first Oscar nom) and Dangerous Liaisons. But he’s probably better known for such smaller, grittier, non-star vehicles as My Beautiful Laundrette, The Snapper and The Van, films that provide a rich palette for Frears to explore stories with a strong social and political conscience.

Either way, Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He cut his teeth at the BBC, where he first honed his abilities to work with tight budgets and schedules, and made his name in TV drama, working almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career. In the mid-1980s he turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit, starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big screen audiences and altered the course of his career.

He’s also a director who’s happiest when he’s on location, and he got plenty of fresh air shooting his latest film. The Program is the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history — Lance Armstrong, the notorious seven-time Tour de France champion.

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Quick Chat: VFX Legion’s James Hattin
discusses his visual effects collective

By Randi Altman

While VFX Legion does have a brick-and-mortar location in Burbank, California, their team of 50 visual effects artists is spread around the world. Started in 2012 by co-founder and VFX supervisor James Hattin and six others, who were weary of the old VFX house model — including large overhead and long hours away from family — the virtual studio was set up to allow artists to work where they live, instead of having to move to where the work is.

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Review: Fayteq’s FayIN Planar Tracker
By Brady Betzel

Tracking has become a hobby/obsession of mine lately, mainly because it’s not easy to do well. Personally, I’m a fan of Imagineer’s Mocha Pro, but for some Mocha is either too hard, too time consuming or too pricey. 

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Quick Chat: Aardman Nathan Love director/animator Sean McClintock

Animator and director Sean McClintock has joined NYC-based animation house Aardman Nathan Love. With nearly 20 years of experience in design, directing, illustration and animation under his belt, he brings a rich resume. McClintock has spent time at production companies such as Psyop, Brand New School, The Mill, Hush and Buck, working with big-name brands including Nike, Google, Twitter, Coke Zero and Viacom.

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