World Builders

World Builders

World Builders is an ongoing series of conversations with the most productive and thoughtful behind-the-scenes craftspeople.

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Willem Dafoe Inside Vasilis Katsoupis

“I’m not interested in Emotion.” Willem Dafoe Takes Us ‘Inside’

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We chat with director┬áVasilis Katsoupis and actor Willem Dafoe about ‘Inside’ and how shooting chronologically emotionally charged the performers.

Aliens Abducted My Parents And Now I Feel Kinda Left Out Sundance

‘Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out’ Is A Lot of Title and Tones

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We chat with Will Forte, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Jake Van Wagoner about the new Sundance indie and why tonal balance only works when collaboration is total.

Emancipation Robert Richardson Cinematography

Robert Richardson Embraced His Fears While Shooting ‘Emancipation’

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We chat with the legendary cinematographer about finding a unique, almost black-and-white image for Antoine Fuqua’s new film. Why did it scare the hell out of him?

Avatar The Way Of Water Pandora

Transforming Jetovators into Ilu for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

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We chat with production designers Dylan Cole and Ben Procter about how they constructed Pandora’s oceanic depths.

Avatar The Way Of Water

DP Russell Carpenter on the Virtual Reality of ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

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We chat with the cinematographer about the challenges of simultaneously shooting live-action and virtual.

Deborah L Scott Avatar The Way Of Water Costume Design

200 Hours Makes One Garment in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

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We chat with costume designer Deborah L. Scott about ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and how virtual fittings differ from practical ones.

Banshees Of Inisherin

Ben Davis and the ‘High Noon’ Cinematography of ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

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We chat with the cinematographer about the Westerns that influenced Martin McDonagh’s psychological slugfest.

Banshees Of Inisherin Donkey

Carter Burwell Brought a Fairy Tale Sound to ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

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We chat with the composer about the challenges director Martin McDonagh initiated and how they arrived at a whimsical sound to counter the film’s dark mood.

RRR K.K. Senthil Kumar

Cinematographer K.K. Senthil Kumar Made Rambos Out of His Actors in ‘RRR’

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We chat with the cinematographer about striking the right balance between fairy tale action and historically accurate drama.