Check Out Rival Newman, McQueen Racing Docs


Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were not only acting rivals but also avid speed racers. And there are two new revealing docs about their passion for racing: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, which opens this weekend theatrically and VOD, and Steve McQueen: The

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser 2


Director Genndy Tartakovsky shares his insight on the specially made animation for the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser. Drac saves Dennis in the teaser and Tartakovsky discusses tailoring the poses of the characters along with the tower falling. It looks like they have

Brad Bird and Claudio Miranda Talk Tomorrowland


The secret to Tomorrowland for Brad Bird is that it's more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it's such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it's not at all what

Check Out Rival Newman, McQueen Racing Docs

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Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were not only acting rivals but also avid speed racers. And there are two new revealing docs about their passion for racing: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, which opens this weekend theatrically and VOD, and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, which premiered last week at Cannes. Newman’s is upbeat while McQueen’s is downbeat. Both deserve our attention. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser 2

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky shares his insight on the specially made animation for the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser. Read more

Brad Bird and Claudio Miranda Talk Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, How They Did It, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The secret to Tomorrowland for Brad Bird is that it’s more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it’s such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it’s not at all what it seems and there are no simple answers. Yet Bird and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof still consider it more of a fun popcorn movie than a preachy, good-for-the-soul tonic. Read more

Yonebayashi Talks When Marnie Was There

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With When Marnie Was There (opening this weekend in LA and NY from Gkids in an English-language version), Studio Ghibli fittingly concludes its remarkable production run during this hiatus on a mysterious and meditative note. It’s based on Joan G. Robinson’s popular YA novel (one of Miyazaki’s favorites) and explores the magic and melancholy of adolescence with shy, artistic Anna encountering strange, empathetic Marnie in the marshes of a seaside town. The English voicecast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arriety) discussed his second feature, which is somewhat of a visual departure for Ghibli, via email. Read more

Roel Reine Talks Admiral as Guerilla Filmmaking

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Dutch director-cinematographer Roel Reiné (Death Race 2 & 3)  has made a dazzling epic portraying one of the most important events in his country’s history: the 17th century Anglo Dutch wars. Admiral stars Frank Lammers as beloved Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, who commanded the Dutch fleet when the Netherlands was attacked by England, France, and Germany. Read more

20 Years of Toy Story at FMX 2015

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It just so happens that FMX and Toy Story converged 20 years ago, so it was great timing to have a Pixar reunion honoring the first CG-animated feature a couple of weeks ago in Stuttgart, Germany. Illuminator Christophe Hery (who hosted his own presentation on a new lighting path for Finding Dory) moderated a wonderful discussion with Bill Reeves (supervising technical director), Eben Ostby (director of technical artists) and Ralph Eggleston (the production designer who just completed Inside Out). Read more

Plympton & Lujan Team on Revengeance

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Bill Plympton finally took notice of LA underground cartoonist/animator Jim Lujan and they’ve struck up a dynamic collaboration on Revengeance, which we should be viewing this time next year. And with four days left in their Kickstarter campaign, they’ve raised more than $62,000 in their goal to secure $80,000 (with a few select $1,500 contributors becoming animated extras). Read more

Rock Opera Meets Vertigo for Fury Road Score

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Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), the founder of NERVE and part of a new breed of film composers that merges electronic with symphonic (Divergent, 300: Rise of an Empire), found the perfect blend for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Think rock opera meets Vertigo. It’s this high-octane, retro revitalization that has also landed him Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (he’s scoring the Dark Knight in contrast to Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel) and the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s iconic Point Break thriller. Read more

George Miller & John Seale Go Inside Fury Road

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The great thing about Mad Max: Fury Road is that George Miller comes full circle in a surprisingly powerful way, reminding us what was so brilliant about his post-apocalyptic vision in the first place while stepping it up with even greater visual and visceral force. Good thing, too, that he lured veteran cinematographer John Seale out of retirement because it was an invigorating journey for both of them. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser

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Sony Pictures Animation just launched the first video in a three-part series dissecting what went into the making of the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer. Read more

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