Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken


The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Zamperini was a rebellious trouble

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep


The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep's Witch sing the sorrowful  "Stay with Me." Disney might be playing off of Once Upon a Time and

Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron


Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon's darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, "It's the end -- the end of the path I started us on." SHIELD must regroup to fight

Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken

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The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

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The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more

Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon’s darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, “It’s the end — the end of the path I started us on.” Read more

The Foundry Offers Nuke 9 with Nuke Studio

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The Foundry unveiled Nuke 9, which includes the brand-new addition of Nuke Studio. The new offering brings powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing into a new single studio application, as well as provide core upgrades to the advanced compositing workflows of Nuke and Nukex. Read more

USC 5D Returns with Rilao Science of Fiction

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After last year’s successful “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” USC 5D returns with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival on Saturday, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. Read more

Disney Sets Sail with Moana in 2016

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has set a release date of late 2016 for Moana, the South Pacific animated comedy-adventure directed by Ron Clements and John Musker about a spirited teenager on a mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. Read more

David Ayer Talks World War II Fury

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After End of Watch, David Ayer was naturally drawn to Fury, another intense, day in the life pressure cooker about a tank crew at the end of World War II in the heart of Germany. But his script attracted A-lister Brad Pitt — as well as Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal –a nd looks to score big at the weekend box office. Which is why Warner Bros. has announced that Ayer will next tackle DC’s Suicide Squad for 2016, another trial by fire about a team of imprisoned super-villains who perform secret missions for the government to commute their sentences. Read more

Why Feast Short is the Oscar Frontrunner

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Disney’s latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a winsome dog’s POV, is the Oscar frontrunner for its engaging story and distinctive look (check out the teaser below). It opens with the Oscar-contending Big Hero 6 Marvel mash-up on Nov. 7. Read more

Stitching Birdman Together

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Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu may not want to give away the “continuous take” gag in his extraordinary Birdman, but Oscar buzz continues to mount because he’s achieved the ultimate in POV narrative. And his long-time editors Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione “stitched” Birdman together in a very unique way, compiling an assembly of rehearsal footage before principal photography and cleverly erasing the cuts with the VFX and post teams. Read more

Jorge Gutierrez Feasts on Book of Life

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As an ode to Mexico and animation, The Book of Life is a breakthrough for both Jorge Gutierrez and Reel FX. Experimental yet accessible with a stunning visual look and tactile nature, it reminds us that the most personal stories can also be universal. Read more

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