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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Warren Ellis La PanthÈre Des Neiges

Warren Ellis Only Needs 30 Seconds of Footage to Score Your Whole Movie

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We chat with the composer about his latest project, ‘The Velvet Queen,’ and about how he and Nick Cave jam-session their scores into reality.

David Newman West Side Story

How David Newman Protected Leonard Bernstein with ‘West Side Story’

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We chat with the composer about his role in the remake and why he was hired to stand guard over Leonard Bernstein’s music.

Dan Laustsen Nightmare Alley

Cinematographer Dan Laustsen Explains the Murky Noir Aesthetic of ‘Nightmare Alley’

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Also: why his partnership with Guillermo del Toro is a match made in film noir hell.

Red Notice Hiram Garcia

Why We Can’t Dismiss the Star Power in ‘Red Notice’

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We talk to producer Hiram Garcia about the new Netflix action movie. Plus: why we should be super pumped about the Black Adam IP he and Dwayne Johnson are currently crafting.

Maz Makhani The Guilty

How Maz Makhani Shot ‘The Guilty’ in 11 Days Without a Director on Set

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We chatted with the cinematographer about the numerous improvisations required to complete this film under an accelerated schedule.

Stop And Go Covid Comedy

The Covid Comedy ‘Stop and Go’ is Just Two Filmmakers Guessing

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We chat with filmmakers Whitney Call and Mallory Everton about why they’re waiting for the audience to tell them whether they should have made their film or not.

Agent Y The Last Man

Seeking Imperfection for ‘Y: The Last Man’

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We talk with cinematographer Kira Kelly about her intense comic book fandom and why embracing a messy frame was the right move for this adaptation.

What If Character Design Interview

‘What If…?’ Pushed Marvel’s Design Team Into Its Most Daring Arena

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We chat with Ryan Meinerding, the Creative Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, about knowing when to ditch legacy for story.

Ted Lasso Interview Invisible Performance

The Invisible Performers Who Craft ‘Ted Lasso’

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We chat with editors A.J. Catoline and Melissa McCoy and casting director Theo Park about the myriad of unseen choices they make that help shape the vibe of the series.