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The A-List: Maggie’s Plan
director
Rebecca Miller
By Iain Blair

Rebecca Miller is a rara avis
in the industry: a female director and screenwriter in what is still essentially a boy’s club. She has written and directed five films, including Sundance Film Festival winners Personal Velocity, Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. She also happens to be daughter of legendary playwright Arthur Miller, and wife of Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (whose knighthood also entitles her to be referred to as Lady Day-Lewis).

In her latest, a romantic comedy titled Maggie’s Plan, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a thirty-something New Yorker working in education, who without success in finding love decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), an anthropology professor and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie’s eccentric and hilarious best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives, and which teaches her that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices.

I recently met up with Miller to talk about making Maggie's Plan, and why there are so few women directors.

Given that you make indie films with limited budgets, what were the main challenges of pulling this together?
It’s always a challenge to stay light on your feet and keep the crew small enough so that you can move quickly, and make sure all the players are very good so you don’t run into problems later with the sound or lighting and so on. Because if you have a problem, it’s a bit of a snowball, and once one thing goes wrong it affects everything, and then you have to fix it all in post, which I really don’t like to do.

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Review: HP’s zBook G3 17-inch
By  Brady Betzel

Desktop workstations have long been considered the highest of the high end and the fastest of the fast. From the Windows-driven HP Z820 powerhouse to Apple's ubiquitous Mac Pro,  multimedia pros, video editors, VFX editors, sound engineers and others are constantly looking for ways to speed up their workflow.

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Quick Chat: Lost Planet editor
Federico Brusilovsky

By Randi Altman

Buenos Aires native Federico Brusilovsky works as an editor at Lost Planet’s Los Angeles office, leading efforts on campaigns for Cadillac, Dodge, Heineken and HP. He joined Lost Planet’s New York studio four years ago as an intern, with production and assistant editorial experience already under his belt.

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Thinkbox addresses
usage-based licensing

Brickyard VFX creates a chocolate world

Colorist Society International names Dale Grahn as Fellow

Michael Kammes takes on VR in his latest 5 Things episode

Nutmeg Post rebrands
as Nutmeg, adds services


Director Justin Harder joins multidisciplinary Golden

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