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Carolyn Giardina

Tech Editor

THR's Tech Editor Carolyn Giardina is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. Carolyn leads Behind the Screen coverage of the creative arts including cinematography, editing, animation, sound and VFX, as well as entertainment technology. This ranges from the tools and techniques for production and post, to immersive media and theatrical exhibition. Carolyn’s been honored with American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Lumiere Award.

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‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter, Which Had Been Lost for Decades, Sells for Record $3.1 Million at Auction

An original 20-inch model of an X-wing starfighter used in the climatic space battle in 1977’s Star Wars sold for a record-setting $3.135 million at a Heritage Auction in Dallas. The X-wing — part of the collection of late Oscar-nominated modelmaker Greg Jein, which was auctioned this weekend — had been thought to have been […]

VFX Labor Issues Addressed at Honors Event: “Without Collective Bargaining, There Will Be No Progress”

Following the recent votes by VFX workers at Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel to unionize with IATSE, a call for collective bargaining received enthusiastic applause during an intimate Visual Effects Society Honors ceremony and reception Friday at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center. Referencing the SAG-AFTRA strike and recently ended WGA strike, honoree Bob Coleman, a […]

Viral Disney Clip Sparks Ridicule for Something Hollywood Has Done For Years

When the rom-com Prom Pact arrived on Disney platforms in late March, it debuted to positive reviews and the modest level of fanfare one would expect for a TV film aimed at teenagers. But seven months later, it has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. On Thursday, a clip from the film’s opening pep […]

‘The Matrix’ “Bullet Time” VFX Innovators to Receive Engineering Society’s Progress Medal

A pair of VFX pros behind 1999’s groundbreaking sci-fi thriller The Matrix will receive the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s highest honor, the Progress Medal, next week at the SMPTE awards gala that will conclude its annual Media Technology Summit. John Christopher Gaeta and Kim Libreri will be recognized for their contributions to […]

Adobe Unwraps AI-Driven Tools, Promises “Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency”

As Adobe rolled out a string of new generative AI-driven tools, CEO Shantanu Narayan promised “accountability, responsibility and transparency” in his opening keynote at the company’s annual Max confab, which is taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He went on to describe AI as a “creative co-pilot” to speed up productivity […]

Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Solid Rocket Motors Arrive at California Science Center

Eleven years after Space Shuttle Endeavour made its 12-mile journey across the streets of Los Angeles, two huge solid rocket motors (SRMs) arrived Wednesday at the California Science Center, following a trek from the Mojave Air and Space port where they were being stored. Crowds of schoolchildren, residents and guests — cheering and chanting “Shuttle! Shuttle!” —lined […]

Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’ Set to Open Camerimage

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things will be the opening night film at the 31st edition of EnergaCamerimage, the international cinematography film festival.  At Camerimage, Poor Things will also screen as part of the main competition. The film, which received the Golden Lion last month at the Venice Film Festival, stars Emma Stone (who also produced), Willem Dafoe […]

SoFi Stadium Aims to Enhance Concerts With Its 70,000-Square-Foot Samsung Infinity Screen

Alongside the launch of Las Vegas’ Sphere, there may be a growing number of recording artists and venues looking to enhance entertainment experiences like concerts with the latest tech. That includes Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium, which is highlighted by its massive Samsung Infinity Screen. The Infinity Screen is a bespoke oval 70,000 square foot, dual-sided 4K […]

Darren Aronofsky Describes His Journey to Creating the First Movie for the Las Vegas Sphere

Following the exhilarating Sept. 29 launch of Sphere with U2’s residency, on Friday, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s transportive Postcard from Earth became the first movie to premiere at the new Las Vegas entertainment venue. A sort of narrative and doc, it immerses viewers in a range of experiences, for instance allowing them to feel as though […]

‘The Creator’ Filmmaker Gareth Edwards: “I Don’t Think AI Wants Our Jobs”

There’s a scene in 20th Century Studios’ The Creator during which AIs wreak havoc on Los Angeles as a TV journalist warns that they are after jobs. But that’s not what director Gareth Edwards, who co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Weitz, actually believes. “I don’t think AI wants our jobs at all,” Edwards says in […]

Society of Camera Operators Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees

The Society of Camera Operators has revealed the recipients of its SOC Lifetime Achievement awards, which will be presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony. Lifetime Achievement awards will be accepted by camera operator Larry McConkey, whose latest work as an “a” camera operator was on Showtime drama Billions and whose Steadicam work has appeared in […]

‘Barbie’ Leads HPA Awards Feature Competition With Three Nominations

Barbie leads the feature competition of the annual HPA Awards, whose nominations in features, TV, documentaries, commercials and restoration were announced Tuesday. The postproduction community nominated Greta Gerwig’s hit film for outstanding color grading, editing and sound. Close behind with two nominations apiece in the feature categories are Oppenheimer (color grading and editing), Guillermo del […]