Clipping Meet the Boxtrolls


Before seeing The Boxtrolls on Sept. 26,  learn more about Laika's lovable stop-motion creations in this new featurette, "Meet the Boxtrolls." While directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable explain some of up Laika's hand-crafted technique, we get a glimpse

Talking Rocky and Bullwinkle Short


Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn't make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her

Ben Kingsley Talks Richard Attenborough, Boxtrolls


It was so eerie discussing Lord Richard Attenborough and Gandhi with Sir Ben Kingsley last Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and then hearing of Attenborough's passing on Sunday, just five days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough was the first director I ever

Clipping Meet the Boxtrolls

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Before seeing The Boxtrolls on Sept. 26,  learn more about Laika’s lovable stop-motion creations in this new featurette, “Meet the Boxtrolls.” Read more

Talking Rocky and Bullwinkle Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn’t make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy. Read more

Ben Kingsley Talks Richard Attenborough, Boxtrolls

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It was so eerie discussing Lord Richard Attenborough and Gandhi with Sir Ben Kingsley last Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and then hearing of Attenborough’s passing on Sunday, just five days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough was the first director I ever interviewed as a senior at Cal State Northridge, and I couldn’t resist revisiting the breakthrough, Oscar-winning performance with Kingsley. Read more

Cinematographer Berger Talks The Notebook

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Janos Szasz’s The Notebook, last year’s foreign Oscar film entry from Hungary, explores the dark side of inseparability among innocent yet cruel twin boys. And DP Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who is now busy prepping Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort, By the Sea, which will co-star the newly married Jolie and Brad Pitt, was immediately drawn to the brutal topic. Read more

ADG Expands Final Voting

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The Art Directors Guild (ADG), Local 800 Council and producers of the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards have expanded its final second-phase voting for winners to include all members of the crafts that make up the nearly 2,300-member Guild. Final voting will now include Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators, Storyboard Artist and Matte Artists; and Set Design and Model Makers. The voting expansion change is effective with the upcoming ADG Awards, set for Jan. 31, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Clipping Lava from Pixar

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

Watch the first clip from Pixar’s next short, Lava, a Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy, which will play in front of Pete Docter’s highly-anticipated Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

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For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more

Remembering Lord Richard Attenborough

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By sheer coincidence, I interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday and the first thing we discussed was Gandhi and Lord Richard Attenborough. I explained that he was the first director I interviewed when I was still in college and how lucky I was to start off with this prince among men. Although the interview was ostensibly about Magic,  Sir Richard regaled me with plans for his lifelong pet project, Gandhi, explaining how it starts off with this riveting scene in which the young British-trained lawyer is thrown off a train in South Africa for sitting in a first-class compartment, thus beginning his legendary path as the leader of Indian independence, and how this amazing young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to dazzle us and become a major star. Read more

Miller & Rodriguez Talk Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since Sin City.  So much has changed and we’re worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller’s deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, A Dame to Kill For is bolder yet more cohesive and emotionally involving. It’s certainly more immersive in 3-D and it’s all green screen with no sets whatsoever. As a result, this dream-like world where Shock Corridor collides with Kiss Me Deadly seems even more tactile and surreal. Read more

Shotgun Celebrates Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH

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At the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as “Pipeline Heroes,” leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices. Read more

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