Category Archives: SpotLite

Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux, the United States’ first prominent Black filmmaker, directed and produced 44 films throughout his career. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Micheaux depicted contemporary Black life and complex characters in his films, countering the negative on-screen portrayal of Blacks at the time. Depicting realistic relationships between Black and white people, the […]

Lanny Smoot

Lanny Smoot, is an electrical engineer, inventor, scientist, and theatrical technology creator. With over 100 patents, he is Disney’s most prolific inventor and one of the most prolific Black inventors. He has developed interactive attractions, special effects, new concepts for ride vehicles, and numerous other technological advancements for Disney’s theme parks, attractions, resort hotels and […]

Lewis Howard Latimer

Let there be incandescent light. Lewis Latimer was an inventor, draftsman, engineer, scientist, poet, author, artist, flautist and philanthropist. Among his achievements, Latimer (along with his assistant Joseph Nichols) was the first person to receive a patent for the direct forerunner to todays commonly used light bulb. The new light bulb invented by Latimer and […]

Studio Installations – A Discussion with Hammer Grip and Lighting’s Derek Hammer

Derek Hammer is the president of Hammer Grip & Lighting– Indiana’s largest and most complete lighting and grip equipment rental company–and one of the largest in the Midwest. They specialize in providing grip trucks, dollies, lighting, generators, and grip equipment for commercials, documentaries  independent films, industrial videos, corporate events, or still photo shoots. What type of studio […]

Behind the Scenes: Westworld season 3

We recently caught up with the veteran Fixtures Foreman, Damon Liebowitz and discussed his work on Westworld season 3. Liebowitz has worked on several notable television shows and motion picture films such as Homecoming, A Wrinkle in Time, The Cloverfield Paradox, Baywatch, and Gone Girl. Liebowitz is no stranger to the ever-expanding Westworld universe. He, […]

Q & A with After the Wedding DP Julio Macat, ASC

We recently caught up with the veteran DP and discussed his journey into the film industry, as well as his work on After the Wedding. Macat has worked on several notable films and TV shows such as Life of the Party, Daddy’s Home Two, The Boss, Daddy’s Home, Horrible Bosses 2, Blended, Pitch Perfect, Wedding […]

Glass: Behind the Scenes with Ryan “Sparky” Lynch

The Veteran Gaffer Entered Familiar Waters as he Dove into the Latest UnbreakableInstallment, Glass When Chief Lighting Technician Ryan Lynch was asked to come back for the follow up to 2017’s Split, he jumped at the opportunity and was thrilled to reunite with Director M. Night Shyamalan and DP Mike Gioulakis. Being his second rodeo […]

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