How They Made the 12-Year Boyhood


Boyhood editor Sandra Adair and director of photography Shane Kelly reveal the secrets behind the making of Richard Linklater's Best Picture frontrunner. Richard Linklater's 12-year odyssey Boyhood is the film to beat in this year's Oscar race, racking up critics

Patti Smith Talks Mercy Is from Noah


After her best original song Golden Globe nomination, Patti Smith is no longer such an improbable Oscar contender for her haunting Noah lullaby, "Mercy Is." But then the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer never ceases to break new barriers, which is why director Darren

Lubezki Talks One-Shot Illusion of Birdman


How did Chivo do it? The Oscar-winning cinematographer walks us through Birdman. The funny thing about  Birdman is that Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki initially resisted shooting the one-shot wonder proposed by director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. The Oscar winner

How They Made the 12-Year Boyhood

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Boyhood editor Sandra Adair and director of photography Shane Kelly reveal the secrets behind the making of Richard Linklater’s Best Picture frontrunner. Read more

Patti Smith Talks Mercy Is from Noah

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After her best original song Golden Globe nomination, Patti Smith is no longer such an improbable Oscar contender for her haunting Noah lullaby, “Mercy Is.” Read more

Lubezki Talks One-Shot Illusion of Birdman

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How did Chivo do it? The Oscar-winning cinematographer walks us through Birdman. Read more

Dissecting the Dragon 2 Cave Scene

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Valka (Cate Blanchett) reveal in the dragon cave is one of the crucial scenes in the Oscar-contending How to Train Your Dragon 2 (watch the clip below). Thematically and visually it embodies everything that’s significant about Dean DeBlois’  ambitious vision for the trilogy, and it couldn’t have been possible without DreamWorks’ new Apollo platform (including Premo animation software and the Torch lighting and renderer).  I discuss the scene in a roundtable discussion with DeBlois, animation supervisor Simon Otto, production designer Pierre-Olivier Vincent, and VFX supervisor Dave Walvoord. Read more

Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

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Looking for some Blu-rays to purchase? Here are six to consider. Read more

Immersed in Movies: Top 10 Films of 2014

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It wasn’t a great year for movies but a good one, and I found it difficult narrowing my picks to 10. In these trying times, we’re still very much concerned about survival, redefining ourselves, and becoming more compassionate and less divisive. The latest twist, of course, was a preponderance of biopics to ground us in reality. Read more

First Look at The Jungle Book from Disney/Favreau

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Get a glimpse of the first concept art from Disney’s hybrid re-imagining of The Jungle Book (Oct. 9, 2015), directed by Jon Favreau (ChefIron ManElf). Read more

Glen Keane Begins Again with Duet

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For Glen Keane, Duet represents a new beginning after leaving Disney: a family affair that took him back to his childhood roots and the essence of drawing. It’s the third in a series of Google Spotlight Stories available exclusively for Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices, and has been Oscar shortlisted for best animated short. Read more

A Look at Five Cinematography Frontrunners

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Will Roger Deakins (Unbroken) finally win his elusive Oscar after 11 nominations? Or will Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Birdman) earn two in a row? Will Dick Pope (Mr. Turner) grab his first Academy Award on the 10th film with Mike Leigh, or will Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl) finally strike gold with David Fincher? Can the very hot Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) take home his first prize as the lone film practitioner (primarily using IMAX)? All of the work is extraordinary as cinematography once again signifies the most exciting of the craft races. Read more

A Second Helping of the Feast Short

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With the help of hand-drawn advice from veteran Dale Baer (watch the exclusive video below) and the new Hyperion ray-tracing renderer, Disney’s Oscar frontrunner, Feast, is a delectable short. Director Patrick Osborne  utilizes a quick-cutting, mockumentary style and a look comprised of warm colors, flat shapes, and shallow depth of field. Brian Scott, the head of animation, walks us through the tech highlights. Read more

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