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Lone Scherfig on directing Their Finest
By Iain Blair

Lone Scherfig is a respected female director whose films have been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Even more amazingly, the Danish-born Scherfig has managed to do that after making the tricky transition from her native tongue to English.

Her 2009 coming-of-age drama An Education won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for three Oscars and eight BAFTAs. Scherfig has since directed another three English-language films: One Day (2011), The Riot Club (2014) and her latest film, Their Finest, which recently screened at the London Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, Their Finest is a romantic comedy set in wartime London in 1940, when the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

I talked with Scherfig, whose credits also include a range of TV series, such as Taxa (1997), Quiet Waters (1999), Better Times (2004) and, most recently, The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), about making the film, her love of post, and her advice to women wanting to become directors in what is still essentially an all-boys club.

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Review: Blackmagic’s DaVinci
Resolve Mini Panel

By Brady Betzel

Blackmagic is now offering two new color correction panels: the Resolve Micro Panel and Resolve Mini Panel. The Micro is similar in size and functionality to the Avid Artist panel, and the Mini is similar to many high-end color grading panels.

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Creating a sonic world for
The Zookeeper’s Wife
By Jennifer Walden

The Zookeeper’s Wife presents a tale of horror and humanity during WWII. It’s a study of contrasts, and the soundtrack matches that, never losing the thread of emotion among the jarring sounds of bombs and planes.

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The importance of audio
in virtual reality
By Anne Jimkes

Behind the Title: Sounding Sweet engineer Ed Walker

Comprimato takes on large files within Premiere

Rick Anthony named GM
of Light Iron New York

Frame.io 2.0 offers 100 new features, improvements

Ed Koenig back at MPC, growing remote services

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