Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton


Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. It's about three sisters growing up with unconventional parents in the '60s and the stir they cause when asking for

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees


After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. 1. Dragon's Hiccup is thrust into the unwitting role of heroic leader of his

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made


Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 1. One of the most gripping moments occurs when Toby Kebbell's Koba slyly disarms two drunken humans before shockingly gunning them down. "Matt [Reeves] and

Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton

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Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. Read more

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees

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After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. Read more

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made

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Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

How Zal and Lenczewski Shot the Sublime Ida

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Get the inside story of the acclaimed black-and-white Ida from its two Oscar-nominated DPs,  Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Wild DP Belanger on Capturing Witherspoon

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Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon can thank cinematographer Yves Belanger for making her an unforgettable presence in The Wild landscape. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

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A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Rick Heinrichs Talks Big Eyes Design

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The BAFTA-nominated production designer had fun recreating San Francisco on the cultural cusp in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more

Joyce and Oldenburg Talk Tall Short Numberlys

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William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios pay homage to Metropolis with their latest short The Numberlys, but for kids. In a world comprised of only numbers and black and white, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 create an alphabet and add a burst of color to their world. Read more

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