Author Archive: Kylah Magee
Kylah Magee received an MA in film studies from Chapman University and a music degree from Texas State. She has worked with the LA Film Festival and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. She owns and operates Nine Muses Studio where she teaches private voice lessons in Austin, TX.
One of the things Mira Nair has proven so very capable of in her films is an ability to portray tangible, multidimensional characters. She takes us through a great journey: getting to know a character’s situation, beginning to understand them, empathizing with their struggles, doubting their motives, questioning their loyalty to others or fearing what […]
For film and television composer, Joey Newman, writing music for the big and small screens runs in his family. But for Newman, the desire to work as a composer evolved organically, starting with learning both the drums and piano at a very young age, attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, and falling in love […]
The History Channel creates another exciting adventure with their documentary special History of the World in Two Hours. This program provides a thorough chronology of the entire universe, from the infinitesimal flash of the Big Bang to the introduction of the Space Age. While I could have done with a little less emphasis on how […]
Most of the frights in the 2011 film Beneath the Darkness come from Dennis Quaid’s intensely violent character Ely. As the local embalmer who seems to kill people when he’s in a bad mood, Quaid provides a serious level of creepiness that never quite frightened me but instead, left me with a rather uneasy feeling. […]
How do you know when you’re doing the right thing? This question permeates the thoughts of the main character, Rachel, in the 2007 Israeli film The Debt (Ha Hov). The story follows a woman who, in 1965, played a role in the capture and killing of a Nazi war criminal. Rachel and two other Mossad […]
Anyone who thought editing was purely a technical or practical sort of job should be required to read Justin Chang’s new book, Editing. Never have I been so convinced of the detrimental role an editor plays in shaping a story. Emotion, intuition, perception, reaction – these are the key words used most often by the […]