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Richard Linklater on directing
Last Flag Flying

By Iain Blair

Director Richard Linklater first made a name for himself back in 1991 with the acclaimed and influential independent release Slacker, an experimental narrative revolving around 24 hours in the lives of 100 characters. Since then he’s made the beloved Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Boyhood.

He’s also directed such diverse films as the Western/gangster picture The Newton Boys, the animated feature Waking Life, the real-time drama Tape, the comedy School of Rock and Everybody Wants Some!!

His new film is the timely Last Flag Flying, which deals with war, patriotism and friendship. Set in 2003, it tells the story of three soldiers — former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) and former Marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) — who reunite 30 years after they served together in Vietnam to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo a burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

Linklater co-wrote the screenplay with author Darryl Ponicsan, who wrote his novel Last Flag Flying as a sequel to his book The Last Detail, which was made into the 1973 film starring Jack Nicholson.

I spoke with Linklater — whose other film credits include Suburbia, Bad News Bears (the 2005 version), A Scanner Darkly, Fast Food Nation, Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach, Me and Orson Welles, Bernie and Before Midnight — about making the film, which is getting awards buzz, and why his image as a loose, improv-heavy director is so inaccurate.

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Mixing the sounds of history
for Marshall

By Jennifer Walden

Re-recording mixers Anna Behlmer and Craig Mann handled effects, dialogue and sound for
the Reginald Hudlin film, Marshall.

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Review: GoPro Fusion 360 camera
By Mike McCarthy

Fusion isn't the first 360 camera on the market,
but it brings more pixels and higher frame rates than most, and a software package as well.

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Mercy Christmas director offers
advice for indie filmmakers

By Ryan Nelson

Working in the industry, while waiting for my shot
at directing, taught me that a mastery of the techniques used to tell stories was imperative.

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Behind the Title: Undefined Creative’s Maria Rapetskaya

Stitch edits 200+ hours of footage for TalkTalk spot

FilmLight adds colorist Andy Minuth as workflow specialist

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