Abrams Shows Off Star Wars X-Wing in Video


On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of his movie. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119

Clipping the Spiritual Awakening of I Origins


Watch these videos and trailer from Mike Cahill's sublime I Origins, opening this weekend, the first winner of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In I Origins, a molecular biologist (Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire)

Previewing The Book of Life


Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage fromThe Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinct design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an

Abrams Shows Off Star Wars X-Wing in Video

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On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of his movie. Read more

Clipping the Spiritual Awakening of I Origins

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch these videos and trailer from Mike Cahill’s sublime I Origins, opening this weekend, the first winner of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Previewing The Book of Life

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

Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage fromThe Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinct design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an animated indie. And it looks like fun, family entertainment that certainly breaks the CG norm, which del Toro emphasized. Read more

DreamWorks Demos New Apollo Platform

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

DreamWorks Animation unveiled its new Apollo software platform with How to Train Your Dragon 2, and I got an in-depth presentation last month at the Redwood City campus. Taking advantage of Intel’s multi-core technology and its own hybrid cloud computing resources, DreamWorks has come up with a next-gen platform for visual computing from data center to chip set. Harnessing more power out of the CPU, it is intuitive, interactive, fully scalable, and makes computing a powerful animation and enterprise tool. Read more

Talking Planes: Fire & Rescue with DisneyToon

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Planes: Fire & Rescue, which is about second chances with Dusty (Dane Cook) struggling with a new career as a fire fighter, is a lot more ambitious than its predecessor. Along with a larger variety of vehicles and the creation of the vast Piston Peak National Park, there were a lot of technical challenges, too. But the details about fire fighting had to be spot-on, so that’s where research and consultation with Cal Fire were vital. Read more

Clipping Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy

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Watch “Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette: Peter Quill” and find out more about the star of the upcoming Disney/Marvel superhero movie (Aug. 1). Read more

A Summer’s Tale by Rohmer Opens in LA

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Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale (Conte d’été), newly restored in HD, gets its first US theatrical release, opening at the Royal in LA this weekend from Big World Pictures. It screened last month in New York. Read more

Trailering Big Hero 6 from Disney

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

Check out the domestic and Japanese trailers for Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), the first animated collaboration between Disney and Marvel. Disney’s definitely on a roll with its versatility and old school/new school ethos. Read more

17 Minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy Previewed

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

After viewing 17 minutes of new footage Monday evening from Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D, it’s now clear that Marvel has fashioned the ultimate Star Wars riff. The ’70s sci-fi grunge, the rag-tag underdogs, the sarcastic chemistry, the serial action and the improbable success are wrapped around the ”Hooked on a Feeling” anthem. Judging from the enthusiastic response at the TCL Chinese, director James Gunn pushed all the right buttons and Disney/Marvel should have a late summer hit. Read more

Serkis and Weta Talk Dawn Performance Capture

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From the outset, with that tight close-up of Caesar’s face, it’s clear that Andy Serkis and Weta Digital have taken performance capture to a whole new realm of photo-reality. The detail and emotional intensity are extraordinary. We’re not even aware that Caesar is CG anymore. We are totally immersed in the moment and from there it just gets better as we witness the complexity of Caesar’s epic struggle. Read more

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