Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles Available on DVD

Chuck Workman’s documentary, Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles is a look into the remarkable genius of the filmmaker and star.  Orson Welles’s life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25.

In collaboration with Cohen Media Group’s Charles S. Cohen and Calliope Films, Wheelhouse Creative was proud to serve as one of the production facilities for this highly-regarded documentary.  This is Wheelhouse Creative’s second collaboration with Chuck Workman, following What Is Cinema? in 2013.

In addition to creating the trailer, Wheelhouse cinematographer Michael Lisnet shot interviews for the film including Chris Welles, Elvis Mitchell and Julie Taymor. Wheelhouse animation and title designers Ze’ev Gilad and Beverly Rosenzweig’s work can also be seen in the film in the 3D animation and lower third design, respectively.

Continue reading for interviews with the Wheelhouse team, an inside look at creating the trailer and more.

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles is available on Blu-Ray and DVD from Amazon.  More information on the  film can be found on Cohen Media Group‘s website.

SlingShot: An Interview with Director Paul Lazarus

SlingShot is a feature documentary following famed inventor Dean Kamen’s journey into solving the world’s water crisis with his revolutionary water distillation machine. It was released in 2014 and is director Paul Lazarus’ first documentary feature.  Wheelhouse was thrilled to work with Paul on the trailer for this engaging documentary.

Paul Lazarus is a director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles.   He has directed a diverse range of projects in theater, television and film – his work in primetime TV series includes:  “Ugly Betty,”  “Pretty Little Liars,” “Melrose Place” and “Friends.”

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Wheelhouse Teams Up with Doc NYC

The fifth year of America’s largest documentary festival is about to start up this November 13th in Manhattan. This year over 100 different films are being played throughout the city at IFC Center, SVA Theatre, and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.

Wheelhouse partnered with the festival to create a trailer that would give insight to some of the most anticipated films and to showcase the variety of special guest and panels that will be taking place. We’re excited to be participating not only with the people of DOC NYC but also with the filmmakers in the festival.

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Wheelhouse Profile: Karen Altman, Composer of Magical Universe

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This month we’re profiling Karen Altman in honor of the theatrical release of Magical Universe.

Karen Altman is a talented composer from Virginia who has teamed up with Wheelhouse Creative’s Jeremy Workman to compose an original film score for his documentary, Magical Universe. Not unlike the film, Karen’s music is both enchanting and mesmerizing. In an interview with Karen, we got a glimpse into the creative mind behind the music.

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From the Vault: Junebug (2005)

The trailer for Junebug, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, is a Wheelhouse favorite featuring an intimate, perceptive American indie about a favorite son who returns to his family home in North Carolina.  The movie is most known as Amy Adams breakout performance, earning her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Though Junebug was considered an indie sleeper at the time of it’s release it quickly had commercial success after a four-star review from Roger Ebert in which he praises Adams performance and the entire film as “a movie that understands, profoundly and with love and sadness, the world of small towns.” 

Read more after the break for Rob and Jeremy’s take on the movie, and the challenges of creating the trailer.

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Trailer Spotlight: Finding Fela

From Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, Kino Lorber‘s Finding Fela documents the story of Fela Kuti, an African visionary who used his Afrobeat music as a weapon to ignite a revolution against the repressive Nigerian military regime and illuminate his Pan Africanist political beliefs. The film weaves together footage of Fela from the 70’s and 80’s with numbers from the musical adaption of his life as well as interviews with his children, The Roots’ Questlove, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and Paul McCartney among others.

Cutting the trailer for a documentary about this monumental figure in music history was certainly a challenge – for any biographical documentary you need to find the right balance of educating and entertaining.  Read more for insight into the process of creating this trailer.

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From The Vault: American Hardcore (2006)

American Hardcore is a 2006 documentary released by Sony Pictures Classics based on the book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History” and chronicle’s the birth and evolution of hardcore punk rock from 1978 to 1986.

Paul Rachman directed this acclaimed documentary and is one of our favorite directors to work with.  American Hardcore goes back to Rachman’s music video roots (Bad Brains, The Replacements) and showcases his immense background and knowledge of the subject. Rachman has been an active player in the independent filmmaking world – writing, directing and producing innovative films, along with co-founding the popular film festival “Slamdance” in 1995.

We had the chance to pick Paul’s brain about the trailer creation process and his latest ventures.  Click below for the full interview.

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