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Beginning her new role on Feb. 4, Buckley Kayel will be responsible for creating new marketing strategies that further the organization’s “Real is Rare” motto.
“Kristina’s experience in the fine jewelry sector, along with her comprehensive communications expertise, business acumen and creativity, gives her a unique industry perspective. We are excited to have her join the Diamond Producers Association and work with us to strengthen and build upon our mission in the United States,” DPA chief executive officer Jean-Marc Lieberherr said of the hire.
The DPA was founded in 2015 by seven of the world’s biggest diamond-mining organizations as an industry-saving measure. Lab-grown diamonds are on the rise and Millennials have proven averse to the diamond tradition — weary of their conflict-riddled past and high price tag. Thus, the mining companies sprung to action, looking to reingratiate themselves with younger generations.
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Lacoste Names Louise Trotter As Creative Director

PARIS – Lacoste has named Louise Trotter as creative director.
The former Joseph designer succeeds Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who parted ways with the French heritage sportswear brand in May. Trotter, the first female creative director at the brand, will present her first collection during Paris Fashion Week in February, Lacoste said.
“We are very happy to welcome Louise. Her visionary approach on lines and materials, as well as her expertise in creating highly technical pieces, will be real assets to strengthen the positioning of our collections,” said Lacoste chief excutive officer Thierry Guibert, who wants to refocus the brand on its sports roots.
“I am delighted to join this French brand with such a unique heritage. For 85 years, the modernity of the Lacoste style has resided in this singular fusion of sport and fashion. I am proud to contribute to the writing of a new chapter in its history,” said Trotter.
The designer joined Joseph in 2009 from the British high street label Jigsaw, where she also held the title of creative director. Before Jigsaw, she served as senior vice president, creative director of H Hilfiger. She was previously vice president of product design and development for women’s merchandise at Gap brand.
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Vejas Kruszewski Tapped as Creative Director of New Leather Brand

PARIS — Landing the top designer gig at a heritage fashion house may be the goal for many of the industries’ rising talents, but 21-year-old Canadian wunderkind Vejas Kruszewski has taken another tack by signing on as creative director of Pihakapi, a brand from Italian leather apparel producer Pellemoda.
A by-appointment presentation of the brand’s debut fall collection is set to take place during Paris men’s fashion week later this month.
Kruszewski, who has been working closely with Pellemoda for his own experimental label, Vejas, said accepting the role felt like “a natural progression, or at least a choice that made sense,” adding: “I liked that it was a little unconventional, the fact that a manufacturer wants to have its own brand….What I have always liked about making clothes is all of the processes related to the manufacturing, and they have the breadth of expertise because of the clients that they produce for.”
Founded in 1979, Pellemoda is said to produce leather apparel for brands including Dior, Coach, Céline, Balenciaga and Calvin Klein.
For now the self-taught designer is putting his brand — launched in 2015 at age 18 — on hold. The label counts around 30 wholesale clients including Browns and Harvey Nichols in

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EXCLUSIVE: Mugler Fashion Names U.S. Designer as Artistic Director

PARIS — Score another win for behind-the-scenes talent: Mugler has named little-known American designer Casey Cadwallader as its new artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, succeeding David Koma, who is leaving the house after four years at the helm.
Cadwallader, whose appointment was effective Dec. 1, joins the French fashion house from Acne Studios, where he was head designer of women’s pre-collections.
The 38-year-old studied architecture at Cornell University and has 17 years of experience, including positions as design director of rtw and accessories at Narciso Rodriguez and director of design at J.Mendel. He has also held positions at Loewe and Tse.
“The Clarins Group is very happy to welcome Casey Cadwallader to Mugler,” said Sandrine Groslier, chief executive officer of Clarins Fragrance Group and Mugler fragrances and fashion.
“His determination and unique sensitivity to Mugler’s artistic and experimental heritage will enable us to pursue the renewal of the house in the long term. We are confident that his personal vision and talent will position Mugler among the most sought-after avant-garde fashion brands of today,” she added.
European luxury brands are increasingly tapping second-in-command designers to fill the top job.
In the last year, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Nicolas Ghesquière’s longtime right hand at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, joined Chloé,

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ModCloth Taps Lizz Wasserman as First Fashion Director

ModCloth, the retro-minded e-tailer that in January brought on Matt Kaness as chief executive officer, has just hired its first fashion director.
Lizz Wasserman, who is based in Los Angeles and will work out of ModCloth’s office there, will report to Kaness and co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger, who are both based in the brand’s San Francisco headquarters. Wasserman will create seasonal collections for ModCloth’s line of branded apparel, which was introduced in August.
Wasserman, who studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has spent time at brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters, and was most recently Global Creative Director at 20th Century Fox Film.
“Her expertise will be invaluable as we grow our namesake label into a true ‘collection’ of high-quality pieces that are joyous, whimsical and make you feel your best,” Koger said.
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In this newly created role, Wasserman will “have an immediate impact on our product narratives, visual concepts and overall brand storytelling,” said Kaness, who also spent time at Urban Outfitters (although the two did not work there

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‘Birdman’ Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu Addresses Immigration Reform, Donald Trump In Speech

As Donald Trump gave “Saturday Night Live” viewers a satirical sneak peak at what life in the United States would be like if he became president, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu spoke candidly about what life is actually like for Mexicans living in Mexico and the U.S. today. 

Iñárritu delivered his speech Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he was being honored alongside artist James Turrell as part of the museum’s Art+Film Gala.

Below is a partial transcript of the “Birdman” director’s speech, which was originally published in English and in Spanish on Medium.com.

As a Mexican, I consider the honor I am receiving tonight a recognition to the whole Mexican community for their eminent hard work and vibrant cultural contributions made for years and years to the city of Los Angeles and the United States.

 

I have been extremely fortunate to shoot films around the world; sharing human experiences with different kinds of people, regardless of where we are from.

 

We are the only creatures on planet Earth that want to see ourselves in the mirror. Because we know we are the same, but we are different, we need to share. We need to see ourselves projected in other members of our species to, in turn, understand ourselves. Cinema, is that mirror. It is a bridge between the others and us.

 

Unfortunately, there are currently people proposing we build walls, instead of bridges. I must confess that I debated with myself, if I should bring up this uncomfortable subject tonight. But in light of the constant and relentless xenophobic comments that have been expressed recently against my Mexican fellows, it is inevitable.

 

These comments would be unacceptable if they were targeted against another minority, nevertheless, these millions of people do not have a voice or any rights  — even though they have lived here all of their lives.

 

These sentiments have been widely spread by the media without shame, embraced and cheered by leaders and communities around the U.S. The foundation of all this is so outrageous that it can easily be minimized as an “SNL” sketch, a mere entertainment, a joke.

 

But the words that have been expressed are not a joke. Words have real power; and similar words in the past have both created and triggered enormous suffering for millions of humans beings, especially throughout the last century.

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Days after Alexander Wang’s last runway show for Balenciaga, Kering is expected to announce today that Vetements’s Demna Gvasalia has been named the iconic house’s new artistic director of collections.

Even before today’s news, people couldn’t stop talking about Vetements, the hands-down coolest thing going in Paris fashion right now. The name translates, literally, as “clothes”—and if you’re trying to figure out what’s so captivating about the Vetements point of view, that deadpan approach to branding is a good place to start. Gvasalia, who operates as the collectively designed label’s nominal head, takes inspiration from the stuff people already wear—wardrobe staples such as biker jackets, jeans, and sweats—but reworks them in ways that make you look at those familiar items afresh. Vetements’s must-have jeans, for instance, are collaged from mismatched strips of old denim. Gvasalia and his mostly anonymous co-conspirators are ace recyclers, sprinkling deconstructive magic dust on articles of clothing that seem as though they’ve been rescued from the trash.



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Vetements is up to the old punk trick, in other words. But it has updated it for the post-postmodern fashion era, wherein every look is happening all at once and the hyperactive supply chain spits out so much product that it seems normal for a person to throw out more of her wardrobe than she actually wears. Perhaps the coolest thing about Vetements is that its four collections thus far bespeak more than an attitude; it has politics and a considered philosophy, too. When the model stomped down the dim sum parlor runway Thursday night at Vetements’s latest show, wearing that standout violet velvet dress, the snarl on her face wasn’t a put-on. That was renegade energy happening in real-time, and to judge by all the Vetements apparel on the folks in the front row, the fashion cognoscenti are eager for a piece of it. Apparently, Balenciaga is, too. Gvasalia’s task will be taking that attitude to a global audience.



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‘Fresh Dressed’ Director Sacha Jenkins Working On O.J. Simpson Documentary

(AllHipHop News) Last night (September 3), CNN broadcast Sacha Jenkins’ critically acclaimed Hip Hop documentary Fresh Dressed. The Queens filmmaker/writer has already begun putting together his next project, a look into a former professional football player that was accused of killing his ex-wife.

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Director Sacha Jenkins Talks ‘Fresh Dressed’ Doc, Working With Nas & Hip Hop Fashion]

“I’m currently directing a doc about O.J. Simpson. That’s the main thing I’m in the middle of right now,” Jenkins reveals to AllHipHop.com. “Hopefully, Fresh Dressed will continue to create opportunities, not just for me, but other people like us.”

Simpson was a running back at the University of Southern California and in the NFL. The Heisman Trophy winner was later accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994. He was acquitted of both counts of murder a year later.

Jenkins has been working as a journalist for over two decades. He has contributed to Vibe, ego trip, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Jenkins currently serves as the creator director of Mass Appeal.

Fresh Dressed was Jenkins directorial debut. The documentary was produced in conjunction with CNN Films and Mass Appeal. Celebrated Hip Hop artist Nas serves as a producer as well.

“I interviewed him for the cover of the first issue of Ego Trip which was a magazine me and Elliott Wilson used to publish. So I’ve been interacting with Nas since at least 1994. Later in life, he became a partner in Mass Appeal where I’m a partner too,” says Jenkins. “As a producer, obviously his credibility goes a long way. His insights on and off screen and his relationships were extremely useful.”

Fresh Dressed can be rented or purchased at freshdressedmovie.com. Read Sacha Jenkins’ full AllHipHop.com interview here.

[ALSO READ: Nas Explains What It Means To Be ‘Fresh Dressed’]

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LONDON — Annette Worsley-Taylor, a former creative director of London Fashion Week who helped reignite global interest in British fashion, died this week at the age of 71. The cause of her death was lung cancer, a British Fashion Council spokesman said.
Worsley-Taylor was a driving force in establishing London Fashion Week. After launching the New Wave exhibition at London’s Ritz Hotel in 1974, in order to introduce young British designers to the international market, she went on to found London Designer Collections in 1975. After establishing the collections, the executive went on to win funding from the British government’s Department of Trade and Industry, to support a newly formed British Fashion Council. After that, Worsley-Taylor established the London Designer Show in 1990, which the BFC called a “prototype” for London Fashion Week in its current form.
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In an interview with The Daily Mail, Patrick Couderc, the UK managing director of the fashion line owned by the BCBG Max Azria Group, unloaded a list of types of women he believes shouldn’t wear the bandage dress, a red carpet favorite named for its strips of stretchy material.

His list of offenders includes “voluptuous” women, women with “very prominent hips and a very flat chest” and gay women.

“If you’re a committed lesbian and you are wearing trousers all your life, you won’t want to buy a Leger dress,” he claimed. “Lesbians would want to be rather butch and leisurely.”

The body-shaming, homophobic comments obviously struck a nerve among women sick of companies telling them which types of women can wear their clothes. Comedian Margaret Cho quickly slammed Couderc for his remarks and called for a boycott.

London-based author Kathy Lette, known for her feminist novels, also called out Couderc.

BCBG Max Azria did not immediately return The Huffington Post’s request for comment. 

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Juliana Salazar always loved fashion; she just never saw it as a career. “I always thought of fashion as a pastime,” says Salazar, who studied business at George Washington University instead. “I guess I wasn’t really thinking of my actual future when I should have been, because it got to the point where I hated all my classes and all I was doing was looking at stuff online.” One day, bored in class and particularly smitten with a dress she glimpsed online, Salazar decided to start a blog, Made in Chicistan, to chronicle her passion. When that site started taking off, Salazar realized she might be onto something: Fashion could be more than a hobby. And the rest, as they say, is history—after college, she went on to work for Intermix and eventually landed at luxury store Hirshleifers, where she is social media director. Here, the jill-of-all-trades tells us how she approaches dressing for everything from market appointments to Instagram shoots to Fashion Week after-parties.

Mood Dressing
I’m social media director at Hirshleifers, a specialty luxury store. Within the past year since I started, I think our digital audience has increased by 300 percent. I also help with buying and with creative projects too—ways to up our social presence so we can progress and stay modern. I’m kind of a social brand ambassador—Hirshleifers is a huge business but it’s very tightly run, so going to fashion shows is not something they did before I came on board. It’s funny, people ask me what I do and I never know exactly how to explain it—it doesn’t fit that neatly into a job title.

I dress depending on my mood and what I have going on for the day. Today it’s raining and gross out, so I’m wearing slouchy pants [from Calypso St. Barth] and a slouchy denim button-down [from Current/Elliott] and sneakers [from Saint Laurent]. I feel like I’m in my pajamas. I wear a lot of denim shirts—they’re just easy to throw on. My Canadian tuxedo is like my sweatsuit—like when I don’t want to think about anything but I can’t wear sweatpants to work, that’s what I throw on. I’m all about comfort. I never wear anything where I feel like I can’t breathe, but I don’t like looking like a bum either.

Last week, I was having a terrible week and I thought, I need to do something to change this, so I put on these bright yellow silk wide-leg pants from Rag & Bone—like, hopefully this brings the sunshine in. I wore them with a denim top from Gap and strappy sandals from Dolce Vita. People say dress for the job you want—dress for whatever it is you want—and it’s kind of true. For instance with the yellow pants, I got so many comments on them; even guys on the street were making funny little comments about my bright yellow pants. It’s things like that that can actually help take your mind off of whatever is actually bothering you. Fashion is not a serious thing at all; it should be fun.



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Instagram Style
Hirshleifers is such a hidden gem and my job is to expose it as the jewel that it is. My day-to-day usually involves shooting pieces for our website, Instagram, and blog—I’m also basically the in-house model so there are days when I’m trying on clothes all day. When it comes to our Instagram, I notice that people are really into labels—I’ll post a Louboutin and even when it’s nothing special, that red sole will still get a thousand likes. Same with the Alexander McQueen skull scarves. Whereas then I’ll post a really sick Céline scarf and it won’t even break 100 likes. I guess you have to know your audience, especially if what you’re after is user engagement.

For my personal Instagram, I try not to think about it too much. If I really like what I’m wearing, I’ll post my little selfie in my hallway. But if I think too much about it then I second-guess myself and I feel dumb. Instagram, when it’s personal, has to be done on a whim for me. I’ve actually gotten styling gigs through friends who have seen me on Instagram.

Contrast Is Key
I’m all about contradictions—I love, for example, a really feminine flirty skirt or a little lace dress with sneakers. Or if I’m wearing boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt, I’ll wear really sharp oxfords. I rely a lot on statement accessories. I’m obsessed with these Dries Van Noten shoes that have cowrie shell straps—one strap is red snakeskin-stamped leather, with a wooden sole. They’re such a standout shoe, but I wear them with everything. Another recent go-to is these Sophia Webster heels that are pretty crazy—they’re black and white with pink racing stripes. They look amazing with just a plain white T-shirt and jeans.

During the workweek I wear a pretty big bag because I have to carry my laptop: The bag I’m carrying right now is from Ready-made, a Japanese company that uses all U.S. Army recycled materials. It looks like a Birkin but it’s made from all this vintage army material and in a way, it’s so much cooler—I Googled some of the sayings on mine, and it turned out that it was made from material from a warship in World War II.



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Wearing H&M to Chloé
Then there are days when I’m going to market appointment after market appointment, and there, I’m representing Hirshleifers so I try to wear things that are more current instead of just my favorite shirt from however long ago. During market week recently, I wore this off-the-shoulder blue top that I really love. It’s from H&M, if you can believe it. I was literally stopped at every appointment—I felt so bad, I was in Chloé telling them about my shirt from H&M. But when it’s good, it’s good! I wore it with these Zara wide-leg gaucho pants in a baby-blue denim.

All day I’m surrounded by all these really amazing clothes—but let’s face it, I can’t afford everything. So I’ll do my research and see what’s out there, what my best option is. If anything is too much of a designer knock-off, I won’t buy it.

During Fashion Week I have access to a lot more things that I wouldn’t normally get to wear because brands will lend me: I got to wear this awesome Chanel tweed dress that was my favorite thing ever; and another day I wore a full Céline look. But if you feel comfortable in something it exudes confidence, and sometimes actually just a basic outfit will do that best. Recently during Fashion Week, I had shows all day and then I went to a Kanye West concert, and then to the Stella McCartney after-party. I wore a black blazer, boyfriend jeans, and comfy Chelsea boots—very laid-back. It wasn’t that special, but I felt very cool in it. You know how some clothes you put on and you kind of have a “pimp walk” in them? That makes all the difference.



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The head of “Nosferatu” director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, better known as F.W. Murnau, has been stolen from his grave in Germany, possibly as part of an occult ritual, according to reports. 

Damage to the gravesite was discovered on Monday, and Murnau’s skull was missing from his iron coffin, which sits in a chamber below a marker for the filmmaker and his two brothers at the Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery, about 12 miles from Berlin.

Wax drippings found at the scene have led to speculation in the German media that occultists may have taken the head.

There was a candle … a photo session or a celebration or whatever in the night. It really isn’t clear,” cemetery manager Olaf Ihlefeldt told the Washington Post. 

“We cannot rule out… an occult background,” said a police spokesman, per German broadcaster n-tv.

Ihlefeldt told the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten newspaper, however, that the head may have just been stolen by souvenir seekers, and not occultists. 

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“We have received this news with disbelief,” documentary film director Ernst Szebedits, managing director of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, told NBC News. “It doesn’t make sense.”

Murnau’s grave has been disturbed several times, and his iron coffin has been damaged in the past. 

The coffins of his two brothers, which share the chamber, were reportedly opened but the bodies undisturbed in the recent break-in. Authorities believe it took place between July 4 and 12, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that the cemetery is considering either sealing the chamber permanently or burying the remains to prevent further disturbances. 

Murnau, who died after a car accident in California in 1931 at the age of 42, was an early pioneer of silent film.

He was known for his dramatic use of camera angles long before other filmmakers embraced such techniques. 

“To me the camera represents the eye of a person, through whose mind one is watching the events on the screen,” he wrote in 1928. “It must whirl and peep and move from place to place as swiftly as thought itself.” 

Yet for all his mastery, only 12 of his 21 films have survived the years and many are incomplete or damaged.   

One of those missing movies, “4 Devils,” is considered one of the greatest “lost” films of all time.

His silent film “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” won three Academy Awards in 1929, the first time the honors were presented, including one for “Unique and Artistic Picture,” the only time the award was given out.   

It’s also included in the National Film Registry.

Murnau, however, is best remembered for his 1922 vampire film”Nosferatu,” an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which led to a lawsuit from the author’s widow.

She won, and all prints of the film were ordered destroyed. But some bootleg copies survived, and it remains one of the most influential silent films and iconic horror movies of all time. 

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Ebert said the film doesn’t use any of the modern tricks that make audiences jump or scream, but it didn’t need them. 

“It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us,” he wrote. “It shows not that vampires can jump out of shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death.”

 

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Azeroth comes to San Diego this weekend as Legendary Pictures and effects company Weta Workshop reveal two major character sculpts and weaponry from director Duncan Jones’ anticipated fantasy epic Warcraft at San Diego Comic-Con.

And we joined Jones for a walkthrough and exclusive look at the characters of Ogrim Doomhammer and King Llane of the Alliance before the sculpts were revealed to the public on Wednesday’s Preview Night.

Based in the fantasy realm of Azeroth, the June 2016 epic Warcraft — based on Blizzard Entertainment’s video game franchise — revolves around the early encounters between humans and orcs. But when attendees enter the convention hall, the world of fantasy and motion capture special effects won’t seen so far away.

Instead, the massive, battle-scarred and toothy Ogrim looks ready to throttle anyone brave enough to come close to him at the Legendary booth. He is perched on a shelving of rocks and vanquished enemies, clasping his hammer in his right hand, while the left looks ready to snatch up a human-sized snack. Meanwhile, Llane is flanked by soldiers, appearing regal in glinting steel armor, ready for battle at the Weta booth (appropriate since Weta was behind most of the physical costumes, armor, and weaponry seen in the film).

Meanwhile, Duncan Jones looks downright giddy; he has a good reason to be.

Not only is this the first time he had seen the Comic-Con sculpts, beyond concept art as it came together, but the director of Moon and Source Code is putting the finishing touches on his film. After joining the project in 2013, and directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt, he said he has about eight or nine effects left to work on, but that there is a pretty complete film — one which is getting a big push at Saturday’s Legendary panel at SDCC.

In the following interview, Jones spoke about seeing the Weta creations in person, as well as his mindset heading into the con with Warcraft, and what attendees in the hallowed nerdy ground of Hall H might witness on Saturday.

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What was your initial thought upon seeing these Warcraft sculpts?

It’s so cool because we’ve been working on this film for a while now, and the VFX shots have been coming in all the time. They look exquisite and amazing, but to actually see him in person – the physical presence of Ogrim and how thick and huge he is — is really cool.

The sculpts from Weta are stunning. There is also King Llane and a whole troop of soldiers, which is magnificent. And that’s the armor we used in the film. It is an amazing installation.

Do you think this will serve as a way for fans to get into this movie?

Absolutely. This will give people a great sense of the scale of these heroic characters. Ogrim is a pretty large dude, and Llane is very impressive I his armor. I think they’re getting to see an awful lot of stuff, some of which was actually used in the movie as well. It is more than just an exhibition of the style; a lot of this is from the film.

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As a fan of the Warcraft games and sci-fi, talk about how this kind of installation impacts you when you’re bringing a film to the con.

I think the sculpts themselves are icing on the cake. Just the fact you get to go down to Comic-Con, there with a film, makes it a ridiculously exciting experience. I used to go down to the con before I had films involved, so going from just being a fan seeing other people’s stuff to going down with something of your own ramps up the excitement level even more.

How important is Comic-Con for a film’s unveiling?

It is an exponentially growing event for genre films. There is a pretty huge spectrum — from science fiction to super heroes to fantasy and beyond — and we certainly have something where we want to promote this new world. And stake a claim for the fantasy territory that used to be pretty exclusively for the Lord of the Rings films and Tolkien. We have a whole new take on fantasy that we want to show to that audience.

In May Wired ran an interview with you where you said you still had about 50 out of 1,000 effects shots left to work on. So how close is the film to completion?

That number is down to about eight or nine shots left. Our scoring is done, and we’re doing some final mixing. We are doing tweaks to the color grade, but we pretty much have a complete film now. I think everyone is feeling pretty strongly that we have something we can be proud of. The release date is exceptional for us. It is going to be the same release date as Jurassic World was this year, and that’s a good place to be.

So you can pop open that bottle of champagne and celebrate at the con?

Maybe, but not just yet. I don’t want to tempt fate. But I am feeling really good about the film. I’ve shown it to a few people I really trust who are more than happy to be blunt and honest, and they said good things.

You’re working with Industrial Light and Magic for the digital effects, but also with Weta for costumes, weapons, etc. Will you discuss your working relationship with these two giant houses?

Weta has both the digital side and the physical side to the work they do. We used them for a vast amount of the physical side of creating assets, and sculpts for photomatching on set. Weta did a huge amount with us to realize this world. They are phenomenal at what they do. We have also, obviously, been able to work with ILM on the postproduction on the CG side. Their work has also been outstanding. They’re bar has been raised in order to compete with the work Weta Digital does. I think there is a fantastic battle going on between two titans, as far as Weta and ILM trying to one up each other with each film. Right now I think ILM has done an extraordinary job with our film.

This is the very best place you can be in. You want competition and want skilled people wanting to show what they can do in competition with each other. Right now Weta and ILM are doing the best work.

What can we expect from the panel at the con?

There is an awful lot of stuff going on. I am very unsure how much I can talk about. They want to make the reveals as surprising as possible. We do have the panel with most of our main cast there, and we are going to be showing … something that should be a great taster of what to expect from the film. We are doing so much stuff I’m hoping I’ll be given time to actually enjoy the con.

What do you want to take home from the booth?

Actually, there is something that I really want to take home. Over by the Ogrim sculpt, there is a small window that has Garona’s Dagger. That’s very important in the film, and I’d love to get that.

Finally, what is a suggested photo op pose when fans see the sculpts?

I think the thing to do is be realistic. You’re going to get your ass kicked by either Llane or Ogrim, so you should probably be in a death pose.

If you have a chance to see that Ogrim sculpt, you’re really in a perfect place to be pummeled. Maybe you don’t do a death pose, because it looks like he’s about to do the first hit. But I don’t think you’ll survive it. So: Fear! Fear is the thing you want to channel.

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Get out your white collarless shirt from Fred Segal: Next month, Clueless turns twenty years old. Amy Heckerling’s film about a group of precocious teenagers has become a cultural phenomenon since its release—last year, Iggy Azalea turned her song of the summer into a shot-by-shot homage, and now there’s even a Broadway production in the works. But what’s really remarkable about the Clueless success story is not its enduring popularity, it’s that everyone thought it was going to fail. “Everybody passed on it. Everybody said no,” writer and director Amy Heckerling told us by phone.

After being unceremoniously dropped by Fox, the film eventually landed at Paramount—and even the studio didn’t realize what they had on their hands. The sleeper hit would go on to inform the world about totally important designers, “Rollin’ with My Homies,” and launch the careers of several nineties darlings, including Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd. And two decades later, we’re still totally, butt-crazy in love with Clueless. “It’s weird, when it came out, I don’t think I had anybody interested in talking to us,” Heckerling said. “I don’t even know if we had a publicity day for Clueless. Now, without the studio even doing anything, every day someone’s calling about it.” With the valley girl comedy officially entering its twenties, we spoke to Heckerling about the myths and legends surrounding the perma-popular film. Below, fifteen things you never knew about Clueless.

 

Alicia Silverstone didn’t have to audition for the role.

“I loved her from [the Aerosmith videos] and when I met her I had these feelings, like, I just want to watch her. I want to take care of her. I think men and women will like her. She’s so pretty, she’s so sensual, and she’s also somebody that you seem to care for.”








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Alicia Silverstone really didn’t know how to pronounce Haitians.

“She had the script and she was doing her lines and as soon as I said ‘cut,’ the script woman and everyone in the crew started to walk up to her to tell her the right pronunciation and I had to run interference and go, ‘Step away from the actress. Stand clear of Alicia Silverstone.’ Because I didn’t want her to know that she had it wrong, I wanted that assurance without her thinking this is funny or a joke—which changes how you say things. There’s something you do when you’re completely confident that just can’t be replicated when you know you’re doing something wrong.”

 

Fox, who originally had the rights to the film, wanted Josh to be Cher’s neighbor.

Heckerling explained that Fox had a very different romantic plan for the pair: “They thought that Josh should be her neighbor, and that his mother liked her father,” Heckerling said. “He was next door and that’s why she never thought about him because he was under her nose.”

 

Fox was also very worried about having a female protagonist.

“Here we go again with the female shit,” Heckerling said. “They wanted me to have it be much more about the boys. And I thought, ‘This is inside a female’s head. How are we going to be in a boy’s room?’”

 

The film eventually ended up with Paramount—but they didn’t even really promote the film.

“At the time, when the studio sent out their DVD set of their movies to consider for the Academy Awards, we weren’t even included. And then it got nominated for a Writers Guild award and then they sent it out.”



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On Cher’s report card, her name is listed as “Hamilton,” which was not—as previously thought—a reference to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

“I never really had anybody in the script say her last name. And then the prop guys must have said, ‘Give us a last name.’”

 

In fact, Mr. Hall ad-libbed Cher’s unofficial surname.

“In one scene, Wallace [Shawn] was taking attendance and he sort of ad-libbed Horowitz. He just ad-libbed a last name. It’s not used anyplace else. In my script, she’s Cher.”

 

Miss Geist (Twink Caplan) served as a producer on Clueless and Heckerling wrote the role with her in mind.

“She’s a buddy of mine and she was working with me and so I wrote the part for her.”

 

Originally, Heckerling wanted Dave Chappelle to play the role of Murray.

“I never read him, but I met with Dave Chappelle because I just loved him in Men in Tights. I was thinking of him for Murray. But once I saw Donald . . . he had such a little kid, puppy-like quality that was so perfect. And Dave is such a strong, manly, edgy person—I’m sure he could act like a puppy kind of guy—but Dave Chappelle wasn’t a little kid.”








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The freeway scene was inspired by Heckerling’s own fear of driving.

“Any time I wind up in the lane where you can’t quickly turn off of it and it’s turning into the freeway, I just start screaming until I’m off of it.”

 

Paul Rudd’s haircut almost cost him the role of Josh.

“Josh was the role I was having the most trouble with. Because that’s the one you fall in love with. He was so definitely the leading contender, but I still had more actors to see. Then I ran into him at a coffee shop kind of place and he had cut his hair. And I said, ‘What did you do?’ And he said, ‘Well, I didn’t hear from you.’”

 

Alanna Ubach was a serious contender for the role of Tai.

“I thought she was really good. But once I saw Brittany, I was like, oh my god, I love Brittany.”








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The clog that hits Brittany Murphy in the head at the Val party was fake.

“The clog was problematic because we were going to hit Brittany in the head with the shoe, but you couldn’t really do that with one of the real wooden shoes—or even with a rubber bottom. So we made a lightweight foam clog. And it looked fine but it went by too fast—when you throw something at somebody, or kick a shoe off—you know, it happens in so few frames that you can totally not see it. So we slowed its trajectory down and we made it bigger and darker.”

 

Heckerling not only sat in on classes at Beverly Hills High, a teacher from the school makes a cameo in the movie.

“The principal in the movie who comes and introduces Brittany Murphy is the drama teacher and also teaches debate classes at Beverly Hills High. I sat in on his classes, his name is Mr. Hall, I named the character after him and he’s a great guy.”








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Costume designer Mona May struggled with choosing Cher’s most iconic outfit.

“She was losing sleep. And then the yellow plaid came to her, and then she was able to sleep.”

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by HAYLEY PHELAN | edited by ANNY CHOI

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Photo: Cedric Bihr

When it comes to building her wardrobe, Aï Bihr certainly has a lot of options. As Steven Alan’s creative director, Bihr has a whole store’s worth of goodies right at her fingertips — and is in the enviable position of being able to actually create exactly the kind of garment she’d like to wear. And if that wasn’t enough to make you wish you were in her shoes, Bihr speaks multiple languages, has lived in Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, holds degrees in both neuroscience and pattern-making. Here, she gives us the scoop on what she wears to work.

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Test Market

On a work day, I try to wear mostly Steven Alan because it’s good for me to wear what we’ve made; if we need to improve something or if something’s not working great, then I know it. I love to wear a big Steven Alan shirt — I usually get something a bit oversize. So I’ll wear a men’s extra-large reverse seam in white, with a pair of jeans we’ve made. I also have a lot of old Levi’s because I collect a lot of denim. I love a 501, but I like to buy a big men’s size and then cut the legs so they’re kind of wide and cropped. I go to a lot of vintage stores to hunt for them; when I lived in Paris I went every weekend to look at the flea markets. I’m also a big vintage eyewear collector and have really loved designing the Steven Alan Optical collection.

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Rag & Bone Clara denim bucket hat, $ 39; intermixonline.com; Steven Alan Optical Wentworth glasses in light stripe tortoise, $ 195; stevenalanoptical.com; Levi’s 501 CT jeans, $ 80; mrporter.com; Steven Alan x Beauty & Youth Loose Turkey cotton crewneck tee, $ 98; stevenalan.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of Intermixo; Courtesy of stevenalanoptical.com; Courtesy of mrporter.com; Courtesy of stevenalan.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Aï Bihr

On my feet, I usually have sneakers or oxfords. Or like, a penny loafer. My whole team knows I’m addicted to these Japanese high tops called Shoes Like Pottery. I wear them constantly, year round. I don’t want to be boring, but I always look the same! Even if there’s a corporate event or I have to make a presentation, I always look the same. I try to stay very consistent and have been very consistent for a long time. I’ve always worn a lot of jumpsuits–whatever brand I go to, I make jumpsuits for them. They’re kind of great because they’re so versatile. You can even tie the sleeves at the waist and they make really great pants that way. I have a nice collection of vintage jumpsuits, some from the Yves Saint Laurent Safari collection, and I’ll wear those tied at the waist or zip them up and belt them. And if I’m wearing a jumpsuit like that I might add a little heeled sandal. Maryam Nassir Zadeh makes beautiful shoes. If I do go to a party and I feel like wearing something a little bit different I’ll put on sandals from Maryam. One of my best friends, Mona, designs A Détacher and she makes really beautiful skirts and dresses. I recently bought an indigo skirt/culotte thing from her. It’s the perfect length and so good for summer parties.

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Steven Alan sleeveless crossover shirt, $ 178; stevenalan.com; Acne Studios Avon drawstring safari jacket, $ 354; matchesfashion.com; Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sophie suede sandal, $ 368; nastygal.com; A Détacher Sissy shorts, $ 450; lagarconne.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of stevenalan.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com

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Dress for the Seasons

When the weather is this hot and humid, I love to wear linen and cotton poplin. We have these really great cotton poplin wide trousers from Steven Alan called the Picnic Pant. When you wear a wide-leg trouser like that, it’s nice to wear something small on top. You can’t wear something too big, or else you look like a tent. It’s also a great pant to wear with a linen T-shirt.

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Steven Alan Picnic pant, $ 255; stevenalan.com; Mango cropped linen top, $ 50; for information: mango.com; Manolo Blahnik Vazca penny loafers, $ 745; barneys.com

Photo: (Clockwise from left) Courtesy of Steven Alan; Courtesy of Mango; Courtesy of Barneys

In the fall, I’m usually in a suit. I’ll wear a suit jacket and a pair of trousers, with a T-shirt and sneakers. I have a few different jacket styles that I really like–one is a schoolboy that’s a bit smaller; The Row makes a really nice one every year. And then I like a boyfriend notched lapel in tropical wool; it’s actually the first jacket I made for Steven Alan when I joined the company and it’s still my go-to. I also always love to have a peak lapel double-breasted blazer. I think the key to pulling off a suit is–well, first of all you just really have to find the right suit for you. But then you also have to have a more casual element in your accessories or what you’re wearing the suit with, like a T-shirt and sneakers.

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The Row Maguire double-breasted shantung blazer, $ 1,554; net-a-porter.com; Isabel Marant Étoile Kiliann Lima tee, price upon request; otteny.com; Reed Krakoff cotton-blend tapered pants, $ 483; net-a-porter.com; Shoes Like Pottery low-top canvas shoe, $ 155; stevenalan.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of otteny.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of Steven Alan

Quality Control

When I’m shopping for myself, I always look at the finishing of the garment. I’m looking on the inside, not just the outside, examining the fabric, rubbing it on my neck and doing all the crazy things that designers do. You want to make sure there’s a clean finish–basically, that you don’t see all this thread wrapped around the seam–so that it doesn’t look like things are going to snag. It’s good to pay attention to these kinds of things, because they’re going to dictate the longevity of the garment. And really touch the fabric. Customers aren’t stupid, they know when they’re feeling good fabric. This is why we choose to use really good fabric at Steven Alan, because our customers are smart. They know they’re not getting garbage from us. That’s one thing I’m really proud of: There’s no room for poor quality. I’m really proud to say that more than 90 percent of the things I make are made in New York. And if it’s not made here, it’s made at the best factory in Japan.

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Photo: Courtesy of Aï Bihr

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A Conversation with Girish Malik, Bickram Gosh & Sonu Nigam

Mike Ragogna: Gentlemen, hello. The film Jal has gotten a lot of attention, lately, among the Oscar crowd where it’s on a long list of current nominees. How did this project and all of your involvements begin?

Girish Malik: It started as an idea for a short film about migratory birds and the environmental factors affecting them which evolved in to a human story over the years. During my many visits to Kutch for research along with Rakesh with whom I have co-written this film, I was fascinated with the place and the people, the nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes that keep moving and yet call this hostile desert home, pretty much like the flamingos. I felt so close and motivated to tell this story and to showcase this world. The music had a huge part to play in the narrative of the film. From the very beginning I was very clear about how I wanted the film to look, but I was still searching for the right sounds. During my research I came across, Bickram’s “Primal” track from his album Kingdom of Rhythm and that struck a chord with me. I had a meeting with him and we connected. Sonu I knew separately and we had earlier discussed other projects but I had never worked with him. During my conversations, I found out that they were collaborating on an album. From there the idea formed of both of them collaborating on JAL.

Bickram Ghosh: This is first film that Sonu Nigam and myself composed together for! Mr. Nigam is India’s singing superstar and he and I had been working together on an album, The Music Room. Mr. Girish Malik had been speaking separately with Mr. Nigam and me regarding his film only to discover we had already starting working as a duo! Mr. Malik had heard much of my previous work on audio albums and some of my tracks were already part of his soundtrack references.

When the three of us sat together we realized that there was a palpable chemistry and we were even able to create the song “Jal De” in record time which then was used to create a reference mood by Mr. Malik when he started shooting.

Sonu Nigam: It’s simply bliss to find ourselves in this elite list with some of the most celebrated composers in the world, and that too in our very first outing as a composer duo.  It so happened that I took a year’s sabbatical from Mumbai and moved to LA in 2009. Something happened and my musical sensibilities changed as a result of the unlearning that transpired in isolation there. Upon my return, myself and Mr. Bickram Ghosh, one of the finest percussionists in the world, decided on a musical collaboration couple of years back. In a chance meeting with director and old friend Girish Malik, Girish proposed I do the music for Jal. I proposed Bickram Gosh to join hands. And thus began the journey called Jal.

MR: Briefly, what are each of your creative histories?

GM: I have been creatively inclined since childhood and explored many mediums. I was a state level gymnast and was doing contemporary dancing and ballet. But later gravitated towards semi-classical and folk dancing specializing in Chau – an Indian tribal martial dance. I performed in India and internationally at many prestigious festivals as a dancer. This was in my final years of school and college. During college days, I got involved in theater where I spent many years acting with the most reputed personalities of Delhi Theater. Theatre led to television in Mumbai where I worked as a lead actor for seven years in some of the most popular shows. At the peak of my acting career, I felt stagnated because of the kind of work that was happening in Indian television and turned to production, direction and writing and set up a successful television and advertising production company. I produced, written and directed over 1000 hours of TV shows & many ad films. I have also worked as a creative consultant for top Indian and International broadcasters. JAL is my first feature film as a producer/director.

BG: I’ve played pure Indian classical music for many years, accompanied Ravi Shankar on the tabla for over a decade. I performed with him on his Grammy awarded album “Full Circle” in 2002. I played on the title track of George Harrison’s Brainwashed, which won a Grammy nomination. I played on two albums with Anoushka Shankar both of which got Grammy nominations. I have subsequently travelled the world with my Indo-fusion band Rhythmscape. I’ve collaborated with artists across the globe be it Africa, America, Japan, Israel, Australia, Europe etc. I often hear sounds in combination, cultures juxtaposed – that is what really marks my compositional faculties. I like working with a huge gamut of instruments. Of course, percussions are my first love.

SN: Having begun my career as a singer in my childhood 37 years back, I have been fortunate to have experienced unfathomable love and accolades worldwide. Music and songs play the most important part in Indian films – sometimes more pivotal than the script. And Indian film industry rules entertainment in the entire subcontinent. The past 23 years have given me thousands of songs, both film and non-film, thousands of concerts worldwide, besides opportunities like hosting the biggest, most respected and first ever talent show Saregama for 6 years on TV way back in 1995. I also judged the first two seasons of Indian Idol and then The X Factor eventually, besides various other major television series and events. Internationally, the only tribute to the great Michael Jackson by his blood line is in collaboration with me. Jermaine Jackson sang a song written and composed by me, which was inaugurated in the most prestigious IIFA Awards in Toronto in 2011. Besides, there are collaborations with Avicii for his song “Levels” and Britney Spears in “I Wanna Go.” Kylie Minogue’s only Indian film song is a duet with me.

MR: Bickram, you’re a world-renowned tabla player whose history includes playing with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. What do you think your musical and life experiences affected what you brought to the project?

BG: I think like Mr. Shankar, who used Indian instruments and Indian musicality as his core language of communication, I too do the same. I may use western instruments or oriental sounds, but my core emotional content is brought from India, her rich tapestry of sounds and the ability of Indian instruments to strike a deep intimate chord with the human heart.

My life has been textured with rich emotional experiences honed through a huge amount of travel. I see the human predicament as the same, whichever part of the world you may be from. Therefore, I like using a single instrument and weaving a variety of sounds around it, thereby putting the basic instrument into a larger context. Kind of like what classic literature or film often does. Elevating one man’s story into a metaphor for the human predicament.

MR: Sonu, to you, how closely did the final music of the film express what you were envisioning?
 
SN: When I first penned the first 4 lines of the title song, I narrated it to my late mother, who had just been diagnosed with cancer and was getting treated then. I truly believe she blessed and initiated the creative process of Jal. Me and Bickram Ghosh then sat in my studio to design the core sound for the track that would in due course decide the core ethos of the film, which was yet to be shot. I would like to now mention our director Girish Malik for having the clarity of vision, the dignity of not succumbing to mediocrity and giving us complete freehand to musically express Jal.

MR: What do you think the state of Indian films are at this point in time? Do you see them being even more widely embraced than they are now?

GM: I really hope so. A lot of the emerging filmmakers from India are making films that are essentially Indian and yet very global. They are trying to make real, heartfelt stories that go beyond the formula. In India they form a niche but in a country like India, niche is also big. As for international recognition, there are a lot of pre-conceived notions about Indian cinema that we have to deal with. What’s great is that now there are more avenues and more awareness so, a lot of independent expression is coming out of the country. Earlier it was tougher to make those kind of films.

BG: I think the fact that some films like Jal are breaking free from the clichés that have plagued Indian cinema for long, is an excellent sign. Like Satyajit Ray who showed a real India, Girish Malik, through Jal, shows a side of India hitherto rarely seen on the screen. The fact that our film deals with the universal issue of water makes it a microcosm of a global issue. This kind of cinema will make Indian films much more relevant globally.

SN: The Indian Film Industry is a monster of an industry in its own capacity. We make all kinds of Cinema. Jal, and its music getting recognition in the mainstream category of Oscar, on its own merit, is a huge morale booster for not just the team involved, but the entire industry. Even a remote association with it, can change an entire culture of thought process of a film industry anywhere in the world. Such is the credibility of an Oscar.

MR: Girish, Jal already has received an Indian National Film Award for Best Visual Affects. What do you think it is about the film that’s resonating on the world stage?

GM: I am happy that the various aspects of the film are being recognized on different platforms. The subject of the film is of course very universal and so are the emotions associated. The film was first recognized at Busan International Film Festival in Korea where it was featured in competition and received critical and audience appreciation for its cinematography, story and of course the music. A lot of research and detailed work has been done on every element of the film keeping in mind the mood and narrative of the film. A lot of heart and soul and years of hard work has gone into the making of Jal.

MR: This may seem like a superficial question but how has Bollywood hurt or helped the cause for getting appreciation of Indian films and filmmakers?
 
GM: An Oscar nomination or win is huge, of course! It’s a wonderful validation of your hard work and talent. Being recognized on this huge platform by the biggest and the best also means that the film gets exposure all over the world. And if that happens it just makes it easier for us to continue doing the work we believe in. Jal is my first and it has been a huge struggle to make this film. If a nomination or win happens, it will make the road ahead easier.

BG: I feel the clichéd side of Bollywood which emanated from vaudeville – like format spilled over to the screen from the stage has run its course. It has helped primarily through gifting the world a huge treasury of songs and music which has been loved and appreciated widely. But the clichéd format has often clouded the minds of the world audience and they have unfortunately missed some gems from India in the process. This has been detrimental to getting appreciation.

SN: First of all I shun the word Bollywood. I find it to be a very tacky nomenclature for an entertainment industry as unique as Indian Film Industry. The dominance of Music, song and dance in 99% of the films here, coupling with some of the world’s most fanatic fan following, gives it a character unheard and unseen anywhere in the world. Ironically that trait itself isolates it from world platforms. Jal perhaps, is in this celebrated race predominantly due to its unique musical approach and its clever usage of music confirming to International norms. With all humility, no piece of the music of Jal, can be used in any of the other films in contention in the list, it is that unique!

MR: In your opinion, which scenes marry the music to the visuals best in the film?

GM: Honestly, I think all of it is very important. The work that happened on the music and background score of the film was very extensive, over almost a year. Each and every sound was worked upon with a lot of thought, keeping in mind the space and emotions of the film. Cinema is an audio-visual experience. And that is how we worked on and edited this film from the very beginning. I do have a few favorite sequences, of course. One is where Bakka is completely shattered and is hallucinating just before the twister. Then in the end when Bakka is being dragged through the desert… Also the sequence where Kim is being chased by Kesar with a dagger. Sounds are as important in invoking an emotion or conveying something as the visuals.

BG: The opening scene where the camera moves over the parched land and a frame drum played over it. The sounds created from dead skin – on the frame drum – almost sound a death- knell for life in the water afflicted area. The oboe that serves as Bakka’s theme is next. Bakka’s is a water diviner and seems to have supernatural powers. It was important to use a sound that was alien to the terrain so that Bakka was connected to something beyond his immediate surroundings. It breaks the familiarity of the character from his surroundings. I also like the impassioned drumming – using a huge variety of drums – during the water ritual.  The distinctive drum sounds used here are very different from the much used tympanies and other orchestral drums normally used in films. The exotic cry of the song “Jal De” (give me water ), the romance of the song “Ankhiyan Tihari” (your eyes) and the final climax where the chanting is used to denote a much larger force in action are also some of my favorites. I think the soundscape of Jal has a unique character and that is what is drawing people to it. It is a tapestry of fresh new sounds that put the visuals in a more pointed context.

SN: For me, the opening scene sets the tone of the soul of the movie and its music.

MR: What advice do you have for new musical artists and filmmakers?

GM: Musically, like I said, cinema is an audio-visual medium. Maybe because of my background as a classical dancer and in theater, my vision and thought process is always an amalgamation of sound and visuals. In fact even when I am writing a film, I start collecting sounds and make notes. Sometimes I write my scenes with an audio reference. I even pre-recorded some references to be used while shooting important sequences to get that mood and rhythm. Also, editing is not just editing the visuals, how you edit your sound will make a tremendous difference. I also completely believe in research and detailing. Shooting is just one part of the process. A lot of how the film turns out depends on your homework before the shoot and during writing and in the post-production. The key is in details. The rest, I think the safest thing to do is to take a chance and follow your heart!

BG: Learn your craft first. Then proceed through life with sincerity and passion. As you grow richer as a person, your work becomes deeper and more meaningful.

SN: I see a lot of creative artistes, singers, composers, directors, and writers etc., wasting their precious time criticizing other people’s work. Analyzing is imperative. Being a cynic, is anti-God. We close the doors to our creative and learning faculties when we are too critical in life. I have done that in my ignorance in my initial days too. But I got the point soon. Everyone around, is a guru, teaching you two things. What to do and what not to do. Listen!

MR: Will you all be working together again in the future?

GM: We have connected creatively during Jal and my kind of cinema matches their world of music. For every project of mine, I know how I want my sounds to be like and that is always the pre-requisite for who I need to associate with to give me that world.

BG: Of course, this is just the beginning!

Sonu Nigam: I would certainly want this bonding to bear more fruits for a long time to come.

MR: What do you picture reaction being to an Oscar nomination or win? In the long run, does it matter?

GM: An Oscar nomination or win is huge of course! It’s a wonderful validation of your hard work and talent. Being recognized on this huge platform by the biggest and the best also means that the film gets exposure all over the world. And if that happens it just makes it easier for us to continue doing the work we believe in. Jal is my first and it has been a huge struggle to make this film. If a nomination or win happens, it will make the road ahead easier.

BG: The Oscar is the biggest validation to cinema- related work in the world! Of course it matters! We believe we have a very special distinctive sound which is the result of life-long research, sincerity and experimentation. A recognition as huge as the Oscar can inspire us to work harder and can be a window to future opportunities which can then showcase our talent.

SN: Over the years having been bestowed with the most respected awards worldwide, I have come to believe that awards are like gifts. You love it when you receive it. But you shouldn’t complain when you don’t. I haven’t received one yet but I can assume that an Oscar must leave a lifelong impact on the receiver.

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I’ve done both. I always find my way into a movie by re-writing it, whether I’ve written it or not. I found it a lot harder to direct something I wrote, which I did with 'Get Him to the Greek (2010 movie),' and I co-wrote 'The Five-Year Engagement (2012 movie).'
 
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Acting in an ensemble film is great. When we were shooting some of the scenes in Neighbors, specifically in the frat house, you have so many different ingredients. You have Jerrod Carmichael, who is an amazing comedian. You have Dave Franco who is an amazing actor. You have Seth Rogen who is an amazing writer. So you have all of these different points of view blending together. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and sometimes it does. Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver really put together a funny and different group of people. We had the young, old, stand-up, sketch, etc.

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Neighbors was my first movie. I’m lucky to have worked with such an amazing cast and on a film where people didn’t compromise the integrity of the film just to get attention. The film was planned with the common goal to make something funny and to make something the audiences would love. The public loses interest if you don’t have a camaraderie amongst the people you’re working with.
 
You have these moments on set where you improve and learn a lot. Throughout filming we would all feed each other ideas that seemed to come from nowhere, but that worked really well. Luckily we had great writers with fast minds, so we all worked together like one well-oiled machine.

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