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The A-List: The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper
This relatively low-budget film is generating a ton of Oscar buzz
By Iain Blair

British director Tom Hooper and The King’s Speech — his film about the true-life story of the stuttering King George VI and his Aussie speech therapist — swept the Oscars in 2011, with the film winning him Best Director, along with Best Picture and a Best Actor Oscar for Colin Firth. Now the Oxford-educated Hooper, who got his start shooting commercials and such hit TV shows as Prime Suspect, East-Enders, Elizabeth I and John Adams, and whose film credits include Les Misérables and Red Dust, is getting more Oscar buzz for his latest movie The Danish Girl.

Starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), The Danish Girl, from Focus Features, tells another real-life story, this time of Lili Elbe, a Danish man who transitioned to a female in the 1920s with the help of his artist wife, played by Alicia Vikander.

I recently spoke with Hooper over lunch about making the film, which was shot with a Red Epic Dragon, and edited on a Media Composer.

Transgender issues are suddenly very much in the zeitgeist, but you must have started working on this quite a while ago?
Yes, and it’s been a long journey, and a real labor of love. I fell in love with the script seven years ago, but it was very hard to finance and risky to do. In fact, a lot of people close to me advised me not to try and make it. But here we are, and I’ll be speaking at The White House on a panel about the film and these issues. So a lot has changed since 2008, and now it’s being embraced, so it’s pretty amazing.

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The 33: Surrounding the audience in 
sound via Atmos
By Jennifer Walden

Few films seem so perfectly suited for a playback system that incorporates overhead speakers as Warner Bros.’ The 33. Director Patricia Riggen’s subterranean story, based on the true account of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days, is a natural fit for the Dolby Atmos system.

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Checking in with Tattersall Sound & Picture’s 
Jane Tattersall
By Randi Altman

Toronto-based audio post house Tattersall Sound & Picture has been a fixture in audio post production since 2003, even though the origins of the studio go back further than that. Tattersall Sound & Picture’s work spans films, documentaries, television series, spots, games and more.

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Fix it in…Prep? panel via Produced By: New York
By Kristine Pregot

Master Key shoots VFX plates in 4K for Heroes Reborn

Assimilate Scratch 8.4 
targets DITs, post workflows

Editor Eve Ashwell now 
at The Assembly Rooms

Media Toaster's efficient QC, post workflow for film, TV
By Mel Lambert

Everyday tips for editors
By Brady Betzel

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