Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

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Trailering Latest Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika

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

There’s more exquisite beauty and stop-mo complexity in the latest trailer for Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings (Aug. 19, Focus Features). Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: The Good Dinosaur

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Pixar’s underrated The Good Dinosaur (which took VFX prizes at the VES and Annies) was released on Blu-ray last week from Disney with a treasure trove of informative bonus features about the studio’s first prehistoric buddy comedy/adventure. Read more

FMX 2016 Called Blending Realities

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, previs, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, TV, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production, VR | Leave a comment

The upcoming FMX conference in Stuttgart (April 26-29) will be devoted to “Blending Realities.” I look forward to participating once again. Read more

Why Inside Out Means So Much to Pixar

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

It isn’t merely about winning another Oscar for Pixar – Inside Out represents a new milestone for the studio and for Pete Docter. It’s their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic. Read more

Inside Out Tops Annies with 10 Wins

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Crafts, Events, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar’s Inside Out, which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. The Good Dinosaur, which dominated VES animator on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep. Read more

Why The Force Awakens Should Win the VFX Oscar

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

Who ever thought you’d have to make the case for Star Wars winning the VFX Oscar? But with all the buzz surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant bear, which earned three additional VES awards for ILM, there are no guarantees. And that’s the point: ILM has done such outstanding photo-real work on the J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking Star Wars reboot — zeroing in on $2 billion worldwide at the box office — that there might be a tendency to take the work for granted. Read more

Getting Animated with the Feature Oscar Nominees

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Here are the highlights of my interviews with the Oscar-nominated animated feature directors: Pete Docter (Pixar’s Inside Out), Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson (Starburns Industries’ Anomalisa), Mark Burton & Richard Starzak (Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie), Alê Abreu (Boy and the World from Gkids) and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, also from Gkids). What you come away with is a group of contenders grappling with family, identity and greater self-awareness. Read more

Clipping Anomalisa Landing for the Oscar Contender

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, Editing, Movies, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

This “Anomalisa Landing” clip demonstrates the sophisticated storytelling and aesthetics behind the stop-motion Oscar contender from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. Read more

How DreamWorks Made Kung Fu Panda 3

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

Kung Fu Panda 3 marks a new phase for DreamWorks Animation: the start of a $330 million joint venture in Shanghai with China Media Capital and Shanghai Media Group to expand its global reach in the world’s dominant market. This includes an east/west artistic collaboration through the new Oriental DreamWork studio, which will make movies for both China and a worldwide audience. As a result, KFP3 contains two animated versions and separate casts for American and Chinese consumption. Read more

Trailering The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination

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

Here’s the second trailer for The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination (July 7) about what our pets do when we’re not around. Read more

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