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'Behind the Ballot' series delves into sound mixing and editing

Oscar votes are in, so there are only a few days left to learn everything you can about this year’s nominated films before the winners are named.

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, EW’s Geoff Boucher chats with a panel of experts about Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

“The sound editor would be the person who gathers the elements and presents them to the mixer to organize, as a cinematographer would hand their shots to the editor to compile into a completed film,” said Mark Mangini, who worked on Star Trek, The Fifth Element and Die Hard: With a Vengeance.
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'Behind the Ballot': Film editors weigh in on their craft -- VIDEO

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, former EW writer Adam B. Vary sits down with four successful film editors to talk about how cuts and transitions — what one refers to as “the final rewrite” of a film — can make or break its awards season potential.

“I think your mind kind of works like a puzzle,” says Pamela Martin, who has edited films like Hitchcock, The Fighter, and Little Miss Sunshine. “It’s [about] finding the right pieces of performances and weaving all the elements together to make it seamless.”

Watch the full interview with Martin, Lynzee Klingman (Man on the Moon), Mark Goldblatt (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Virginia Katz (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) over at Oscar.com — or download the official Oscars app — to watch more interviews by EW editors with Academy Awards experts.

And if you want to prove your Oscars expertise, fill out our interactive Oscar ballot and compete with your Facebook friends to predict this year’s winners. And don’t forget to join us at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 24, for our live blog of this year’s Academy Awards.

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‘Behind the Ballot’: Production design
‘Behind the Ballot’: Oscar makeup and hairstyles
‘Behind the Ballot’: Video series launches

'Behind the Ballot': Production design -- VIDEO

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, EW’s Anthony Breznican sits down with several production designers to talk about creating environments on film.

What exactly is good production design? “I think when you see a movie and you can’t imagine that movie looking any other way than it did, that’s really good design,” says Scott Chambliss, who has worked on Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible III.

Watch the full interview below and then click over to Oscars.com — or download the official Oscars app — to watch more interviews by EW staffers with Academy Awards experts. READ FULL STORY

'Behind the Ballot': Oscar makeup and hairstyles

In the second episode of ABC’s video series “Behind the Ballot,” EW’s Anthony Breznican sits down with several makeup artists to discuss the tricks of their trade — and just how hard it is to get a wig to look natural.

Watch the full interview below and then click over to Oscars.com — or download the official Oscars app — to watch more interviews by EW staffers with Academy Awards experts.

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'Behind the Ballot' video series launches

Want to know even more about all of the Oscar movies? Well today is your lucky day! ‘Behind the Ballot,’ ABC’s new video series that delves into the inner-workings of the Academy Awards, has launched.

In the first video, EW’s Adam Vary talks to cinematographers about listening to the director’s vision, creating an atmosphere, and building drama through camera angles. He also answers the most important question: What exactly is cinematography? READ FULL STORY

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