Features Series: Beyond Casual Observation

Series: Beyond Casual Observation

A wide-ranging guest column written by BJ from Ancient Shores, mainly covering film but extending into philosophy and aesthetics too. Check out BJ's work on the A389 podcast.

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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winning and Juilliard-trained composer. She was born in New York City. She grew up listening to classical music “by the pound,” as well as enjoying musical theater and film music. She is greatly skilled and immensely talented. In this interview Nora talks about her creative experiences, and the relationships and impressions that have influenced her and her work. She talks about her professional accomplishments, including the inception of VisionIntoArt, a New York City-based non-profit production company she started with Paola Prestini while they attended the Juilliard School. For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation I decided to post only this interview and follow up next time with a special look at a film whose sound ...

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Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

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Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Jeffrey Roy is busy. Check the link for his credits and you will see a vast list of projects. In this edition of “Beyond Casual ...

Ashley Lynch on film editing

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Posted July 11, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation, Ashley Lynch, owner of Burnaby, BC-based Gingerbreadgirl Post—a versatile post-production studio that specializes in genre film-editing, colour ...

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From the archive...
BJ (Ancient Shores) on Heat

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BJ (Ancient Shores) on Heat

Posted June 25, 2014, 1:37 a.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Considering the phrase “making movie history,” one could allude to films with big budgets, big actors, new innovations, or otherwise. For the 1995 film, Heat, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino went head-to-head in a big way. The significance in casting DeNiro and Pacino opposite each other is seen on-screen in rich, powerhouse performances. DeNiro plays Neil McCauley, a career criminal; Pacino the detective tracking him. What readers need to remember is that prior to Heat, these two actors appeared in the same film only once: as father and son in the Godfather Part II (though on separate timelines). Heat would ...

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BJ (Ancient Shores) on Claudio Marino

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Posted Feb. 21, 2016, 3:34 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

For this installment of "Beyond Casual Observation" Claudio Marino of Artax Film and Swedish band Tid took some time to ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on audio production / Shallow Grave (1994)

Regular Columns BJ (Ancient Shores) on audio production / Shallow Grave (1994)

Posted Sept. 6, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
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Jason Alberts is an audio engineer with an extensive career in post-production, along with location sound. His recent work includes ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on sound

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Posted July 5, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
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As young as 14, Jeff King was drumming in bands and in years after would continue writing music and touring ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Nightbreed

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Posted April 17, 2015, 4:39 p.m.
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The story of Nightbreed’s production goes back to the pre-internet days reading fangoria magazine and conversations among those who ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Heat

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Posted June 25, 2014, 1:37 a.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Considering the phrase “making movie history,” one could allude to films with big budgets, big actors, new innovations, or otherwise ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on The Long Good Friday

Regular Columns BJ (Ancient Shores) on The Long Good Friday

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
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For those who have seen The Take (a four-part British mini-series starring Tom Hardy) or for those who appreciate the ...

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