Clipping Anomalisa: 6 Tiny Things Featurettes

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Paramount continues to offer a wealth of behind the scenes clips for the Oscar-contending Anomalisa stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson.

Halon Provides Previs for The Force Awakens

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Halon, the sole previs/postvis provider for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, kept the production on schedule.

Evaluating the VFX Oscar Nominees

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Here are the contenders: the return to a galaxy far, far away and the original post-apocalyptic world, an incredible bear, a bronze Mars, and a seductive female android.

Getting Practical with Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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In keeping with J.J. Abrams’ mandate for getting practical with Oscar-nominated The Force Awakens effects, Neal Scanlan (Oscar winner for Babe) helped bring to life the adorable BB-8 droid and the semi-mechanical Luggabeast, while special effects coordinator extraordinaire Chris Corbould (Oscar winner for Inception)brought his usual sense of style to the explosive action.

How They Found The Big Short Rhythm

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Oscar nominee Hank Corwin had two great editorial challenges with Adam McKay’s dense black comedy, The Big Short: how to make sense of the complicated economics surrounding the 2008 housing collapse, and how to humanize the competing groups of brokers that profited from it. (Watch the making of featurette below.)

Why Animation Needs Anomalisa

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Although Anomalisa got nominated for best animated feature, the acclaimed Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson stop-motion drama faced resistance from the animation community. 

The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road Dominate Oscar Noms

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The Oscar race is on with The Revenant grabbing 12 noms, Mad Max: Fury Road snagging 10 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking five. Pixar front-runner Inside Out led an animation field (while also earning an original script nod for Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) that now embraces more indies.

The Force Awakens, Peanuts Dominate VES Noms

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The race is on for the 14th VES Awards, Star Wars: The Force Awakens grabbed seven noms while The Peanuts Movie led animation contenders with five.

6 Best Sound Oscar Contenders

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These sound editing/mixing Oscar contenders get real, surreal, and fantastical, bringing us closer to the storytelling.

Making The Revenant into a Transcendent Journey

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The metaphysical description keeps popping up in regard to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s vision for The Revenant. It’s not merely a man-versus-nature struggle, but also a death-and-rebirth journey for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass. Production designer Jack Fisk finds the filmmaker more physical than Terrence Malick: like a wrestler who puts everyone in his powerful grip.