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What Does a Zombie Gorilla Sound Like?

With a microphone, a laptop, and hundreds of voices in his throat, voice actor Bill Karalius can become anything from a Cajun crawdad to a zombie gorilla to a world-saving ghost hunter.

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Crowd-Funding a Crowd Pleaser: The Feature Future of ‘Cleaning Up’

Crowd funding through Kickstarter or Indiegogo may be trendy, but filmmakers Thomas and Simon Guerrier are taking an atypical approach to funding a feature-length version of Cleaning Up.

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The Way We Watch Television: ‘Sherlock’ By the Numbers

A survey of Sherlock fans supports what broadcasters have long suspected: international viewers won't wait for new episodes on cable when the Internet is oh, so close to home.

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Speedy’s Café:  Starring in ‘Sherlock’ is Part of the Family Business

Now synonymous with BBC hit Sherlock, Speedy’s Café serves a growing fan base everything from hearty omelets to television memorabilia.

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Carole E. and John Barrowman on the Art of Word Painting and Visual Storytelling

Sibling authors Carole E. and John Barrowman likely have been “collaborators” since childhood. Today their grown-up collaboration brings science fiction and adventure stories to life on the page and, perhaps soon, to the screen.

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Finding Uniqueness in the Otherwise Mundane on the Sets of ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Wizard vs. Aliens’

Designing a web site for Sherlock dominatrix Irene Adler, or developing Wizard vs. Aliens’ alien language, is all in a day’s work for artist/designer Dale Jordan Johnson.

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“The Road Goes Ever On and On” for New Zealand’s Cinematic Tourism

Red Carpet Tours bridges the worlds of filmmaking and fandom while ensuring that visitors to New Zealand find far more than Middle-earth landmarks.

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Acting Class, Ohana Style: Sherilyn Robertson Teaches More than the Basics

Hawaii Five-O, LOST, The Descendants, Fifty First Dates, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are just a few movies filmed in Hawaii. Sherilyn Robertson of the Film Actor's Studio teaches ohana (family) to help actors cope in an increasingly competitive industry.

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What Happens When Humans Go a-Hobbiting?

More than 100 “hobbits” journeying from a half dozen countries to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the Middle of Middle-earth (aka Wellington, New Zealand). They developed a unique fan fellowship—and along the way, met Peter Jackson.

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Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

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The Reality of Reality TV: Jillian Hopke’s Sweet Victory in the ‘Cupcake Wars’

A Food Network baking competition may have introduced the world to Jillycakes, but Jillian Hopke has a secret recipe for turning her Cupcake Wars victory into even sweeter success.

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Location, Location, Location: What Sandy Lighterman Knows Best

Tony Stark in Miami? An explosion on the set of Burn Notice? Actors dancing in the street? Filmiami’s Sandy Lighterman knows how to make it happen.

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Fit and Film Ready: Craig Budgen Shapes Up the Movie Industry

How do mild mannered actors turn into Supermen? Celebrity personal trainer Craig Budgen knows their secret.

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Londoners and Time Travelers and Banshees, Oh My! Writing Modern ‘Folklore’

Ever wonder what kind of pickup line a banshee would use with a troll? Why aliens settled in London? How a time traveler’s riddle might save the planet? Scriptwriter Justin Calen Chenn does—and he shares the answers in his latest film, Folklore.

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Animated Inspiration: TV Artist Jean Kang

Like Suzi, the character she drew for Womanthology, Jean Kang tells stories in “her own small way to take a stand against stereotype.”

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Like All Movie Stars, Even ‘War Horse’ Joey Needs Make-up

One of the most challenging aspects for Ali Bannister, head of the equine hair and make-up department on the set of War Horse, was keeping artists safe when applying mud to the rear ends of over 80 horses.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Promoting Indie Films the Q&A Way

We need to talk: Q&As have become very important to independent filmmakers as a way of raising their profile and gaining new audiences.

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The Guerrier Brothers: Learning to Make a Killing in Films

Cleaning Up takes audiences on the job with assassin Mr. Jackson, and teaches Simon and Thomas Guerrier the finer points of making a hit.

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Film Archiving: The Importance of Enlightening Those Audiences Sitting in the Dark

Special programs devoted to cinematic greats like Alfred Hitchcock or Deborah Kerr might be the flashiest part of an archivist’s job, but fiction curator Jo Botting also enjoys tracking down rare films and ensuring the next generation gets to see them.

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Director D. R. Hood and the Dramatic Poetry of ‘Wreckers’

Powerful relationship drama Wreckers takes audiences on a suspenseful trip to the countryside. From London to Palm Springs’ International Film Festival, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for first-time feature director Dictynna Hood.

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Designing Fantasy Worlds the Weta Way

Weta Workshop’s Daniel Falconer has designed creatures and worlds from A (Avatar) to X (Xena: Warrior Princess), but with so many projects in his busy schedule, he doesn’t have time for a lot of Zzzzzzzs.

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How Would You Like It, a Little More Off the Top?

Makeup and special effects artist Genevieve Garner can transform the average beast into a beauty—or vice versa.

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Foreshadowing Producer Sage Scroope’s Supernatural Success

With two festival award-winning shorts, Foreshadowed Films’ co-founder Sage Scroope (The Debt Collector) just might be headed to the Oscars.

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A Film’s Beauty is in the Eye of the Cinematographer

“Stories need to be told,” emphasizes cinematographer Michael Garcia. And he’s just the man to wield the camera.

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Zoë Howerska Dresses (Films) for Success

Creating a gypsy wedding dress, designing costumes holograms for of the far future, dressing actor Robert Carlyle, and finding the perfect prop for Rutger Hauer -- it's all just part of the job for costume designer Zoë Howerska.

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Have You Seen This Man? Or Perhaps This Dalek? John Jenner and the Face of BBC Sci-Fi

Whether audiences see his face or that of a Dalek hybrid or robot, Cardiff-based actor John Jenner has a job to die for.

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Cooking Up Amazing Stories: ‘Third Star’ Director Hattie Dalton

To help ensure the perfect recipe of cinematic ingredients, Third Star director Hattie Dalton goes far beyond shooting beautiful scenery and capturing the actors' performances.

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Lucky Penny Makes Movies in Michigan

Michigan extras have to run for their lives as giant flying robots tried to kill them and buildings exploded around them. Trying to avoid being trampled by Transformers is easy compared to the bigger threat to Michigan’s film industry.

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6 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

The Last Time I Saw Paris

Paris Benjamin is a working actor in Hollywood, a long way from her acting roots in France and the UK. Her recent experiences on the sets of TV series and films shine a spotlight on the US and European entertainment industry.

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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