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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Clipping The Peanuts Movie with Dreaming Big

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The Art of Dreaming Big web series from Fox Family Entertainment touts The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6). Read more

VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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

Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

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Academy Considering 20 Sci-Tech Achievements

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Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, the Foundry, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital  are involved with the 20 sci-tech achievements under consideration by the Academy’s Technical Awards committee (including 11 distinct investigations). Read more

D23 and the Power of Legacy Building

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There’s a reason why Disney has become the envy of the industry after buying Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm: chairman/CEO Robert Iger has figured out how to incorporate and expand all of the legacies within the Disney empire. Talk about a shared universe. Last weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (which has truly become a mini Comic-Con), Disney forcefully demonstrated how all of this is falling into place. Read more

Disney, Pixar Through the Looking Glass of D23

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The biggest animation takeaway from D23 is that it’s all about creative legacy building: honoring the past while staying relevant. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more

Production Designer Samuel Michlap Deconstructed

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

Animation layout artist-turned production designer Samuel Michlap has worked at Disney (The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame) and DreamWorks (The Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Rise of the Guardians) and is currently working on his first live-action feature, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017). His first local exhibition is on display at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank through Sept. 13, where he will have a workshop on Aug. 29. A companion book, Cinematic Storytelling Deconstructed, will be available at CTN Expo Nov. 20-22.

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Rabins and Finkelman Cox Join Original Force

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

China’s Original Force has launched a feature division and hired Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox (former heads of Sony Pictures Animation) to serve as co-presidents of a new LA office. They are in production and three animated features and the company plans to produce at least one major CG feature film every 18 months. Read more

Autodesk Revs Up Workflows at SIGGRAPH 2015

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Autodesk has new extension releases for Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016, a new set of features for Shotgun 6.3, and unveiled a new 3D marketplace on Creative Market, – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists.  Read more

Pixar to Open-Source Universal Scene Description

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

Pixar will release its Universal Scene Description software (USD) as an open-source project by summer 2016. USD addresses the ever-growing need in the CG film and game industries for an effective way to describe, assemble, interchange, and modify high-complexity virtual scenes between digital content creation tools employed by studios. Read more