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The A-List: Midnight Special
director Jeff Nichols
By Iain Blair

The acclaimed indie auteur Jeff Nichols made his debut in 2007 with Shotgun Stories, a revenge tale full of menace and foreboding. He followed that up with 2011’s Take Shelter, another dark tale that danced around themes of love, madness and the apocalypse. Then came 2012’s Mud, a coming-of-age story starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive.

Now, after those three ultra-low-budget films, the writer/director has upped the ante with an ambitious new film, the smart sci-fi thriller Midnight Special. A provocative film, as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers (cue the VFX!) that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. And what starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the federal government.

I recently spoke with Nichols about making the film.

What kind of film did you have in mind when you started out?
A sci-fi chase movie, but I knew going in that that would only get me so far, and that at some point this ridiculous concept — and we’ve all seen that construct before — would have to attach itself to my life in a very personal way in order to make it through the whole process. That’s when my sci-fi chase movie became a metaphor for my relationship with my son.

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Quick Chat: Cinematographer
Dejan Georgevich, ASC

By Randi Altman

Long-time cinematographer Dejan Georgevich, ASC, has been working in television, feature film production and commercials for over 35 years. In addition to being on set, Georgevich regularly shares his experience and wisdom as a professor of advanced cinematography at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

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Quick Chat: The Foundation’s Gareth Cook
By  Randi Altman

Not long ago, two industry veterans put their heads together and came up with a plan for a boutique-type post house that would offer clients the technology and workflows required for today’s productions in a comfortable and accommodating atmosphere. 

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Behind the Title: Game Composer Petri Alanko
By Randi Altman

NASA TV UHD executive producer Joel Marsden

Ergonomics from a post perspective (see what I did?)
By Cory Choy

Stitch beefs up staff with editor Gabriel Britz

Technicolor PostWorks leases 50,000 sq. ft. in NYC

VFX supervisor Michael Gregory joins MPC LA

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