On the bustling first day of Comic-Con 2019, excited fans gathered to hear the secrets of creative experts on the “Hollywood Game Changers: A Conversation with the Creative Women Behind Popular Films and TV Projects” panel.
The conversation featured a panel of Emmy-winners and established creatives including sound designer Paula Fairfield (Game of Thrones), composer Anna Drubich (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark), costume designer Mona May (Enchanted, Santa Clarita), animation director Anna Hollingsworth (Unikitty!, BoJack Horseman), costume designer Meghan Kasperlik (The OA Part II, Watchmen), production designer Judy Rhee (Better Call Saul), and costume designer Melissa Bruning (Space Jam 2, War for the Planet of the Apes). The panel was moderated by partner and director at Neer Motion, Chandra Feltus, and cinematographer Fiorella Occhipinti.
To kick off the panel, Paula Fairfield talked about pulling from personal experiences to create her art, “I lost a number of people I love when I started working on Game of Thrones. The first thing I did was to express my story through my sound design. I had people hearing my story through beautiful dragons. I put my heart and soul into the dragon sounds and in return they sounded as I was feeling and it felt like people were hearing my story.”
Discussing the iconic costumes on Clueless, Mona May commented, “Clueless married the two loves of mine, which are costume design and film and the rest was history. You start with a great script and the outfits come from there.”
Speaking about translating a character’s personality to the costume design, Melissa Bruning spoke about Regina Hall’s character on Black Monday, stating “The amazing thing about Regina is that she comes with such internal power. We hit the right tone based on the time period, but also made it feminine enough that she was known as the woman in the office.”
Sharing her wisdom on how to succeed in animation with the audience, Anna Hollingsworth suggested, “As a mom can you have it all when you have a strong support structure. It always helps having a support system, but it is still hard to balance both. However it does make you a great multitasker!”
Judy Rhee shared her experience about being a woman of color in the entertainment industry, “There were very few people of color when I started, but now there are more women than ever, especially of color. As a production designer I am grateful for the people that believed in me from the beginning. We have made progress and I believe it is changing.”
The conversation then transitioned to further discussion on specific highlights on the creatives’ respective shows. Meghan Kasperlik reflected on her Emmy-nominated work on HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, discussing “I researched about firefighters all around the world. I wanted to make sure that the fire reflected off of the jackets when used at night. The textile artist would rewax them every day or week based on the amount of heat that hit the jackets.”
Talking about her work on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, composer Anna Drubich commented, “On the one hand we wanted a good traditional orchestral score. But there are all these different textures, which we wanted to use to inform the story. So we came up with the idea that every horror sequence was going to have its own sound center to elevate the individual monster stories.”
The panelists closed the panel reflecting on the future of storytelling. Ultimately, they all agreed that female creatives are dominating all over the industry, and are continuing to succeed and grow. Comic-Con attendees left the panel with a newfound appreciation for these fantastic group of trailblazers and female Game Changers, eager and excited to continue their day.
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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.
Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2
A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!
It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.
Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.
Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.
Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!
Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!
If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one!
Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive!
So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise.
Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party.
The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe!
Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now!