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 Trolls from DreamWorks

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

Watch the first trailer for DreamWorks’ Trolls (Nov. 4) , a musical comedy based on the popular dolls from the ’90s, showing off their colorful hair. Read more

Trailering More Kubo and the Two Strings

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

Watch the first full trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings (Aug. 19 from Focus Features) and witness a glimpse of greater stop-motion supremacy by Laika, embracing samurai and mythic Japan in ornate fashion. Read more

Clipping The Martian VFX Breakdown

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

Watch this VFX breakdown of the Oscar-nominated The Martian by MPC, which includes all the scenes on Mars. Read more

Sneak Peeking the Design of Zootopia

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

In conjunction with the creation of more than 1,000 distinctive animals of all shapes and sizes (gnus to shrews, lemmings to leopards, rabbits to rhinos) the Zootopia design team built a mammal metropolis with the necessary scale and climate conditions. There are zones such as Sahara Square, Tundra Town, Little Rodentia, Rainforest District and Bunny Burroughs, divided by a climate wall. But what’s unique about Zootopia is that it’s a global city built by animals for animals. Read more

Halon Provides Previs for The Force Awakens

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

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

Evaluating the VFX Oscar Nominees

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

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. Read more

Getting Practical with Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

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. Read more

The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road Dominate Oscar Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Cinematography, Costume, Crafts, documentary, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Screenwriting, Shorts, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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. Read more

The Force Awakens, Peanuts Dominate VES Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Events, Movies, performance capture, stop-motion, Tech, TV, VES, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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. Read more

How They Animated Anomalisa

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, How They Did It, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Animation supervisor Dan Driscoll of Robot Chicken fame discusses the challenges of making Anomalisa, one of the most lifelike, adult, stop-motion movies ever made. Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson and made at Starburns Industries, it’s a study in great performance, with spot-on attention to detail. Just the act of lighting a cigarette becomes a dramatic accomplishment. And then there’s the sex scene… Read more