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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Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

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

Join the global celebration by wishing Charles Schulz’s beloved beagle Happy B-Day (#HappyBirthdaySnoopy). Read more

Pixar Licenses NVIDIA Tech

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

To accelerate production of its features and shorts, Pixar is licensing a suite of NVIDIA technologies related to image rendering. Read more

Dean Devlin to Keynote VES 2015 Summit

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

 

Filmmaker and Electric Ent. president Dean Devlin (Geostorm, Independence Day) will keynote the VES 7th annual Summit, “Visualization to Virtualization: Storytelling Expands,” on Oct. 17th at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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The Disney Science Behind the Hyperion Renderer

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

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology team created this helpful, 1950s classroom-style tutorial on the new Hyperion renderer (which made the complexity possible for the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6). It’s now doing wonders with next year’s Zootopia, among others. Read more

Henry Offers Empathy-Generating VR

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

Oculus premiered its second Virtual Reality short on Tuesday about a huggable hedgehog, upping the emotional factor. Read more

Hollis-Leick Talks Performance Capture and Training

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

Oliver Hollis-Leick, founder of The Mocap Vaults (an educational resource with online tutorials and live workshops), is a 13-year performance capture/mocap acting vet (GodzillaHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), who discusses the particular acting craft and how software such as the markerless iPi Motion Capture from iPi Soft is helping change the profession. Read more

Syd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award

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

Visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead will be the next Visionary Award recipient, at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

SIGGRAPH 20015 Launches VR Village

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SIGGRAPH 2015 (Aug. 9-13 in LA) capitalizes on the Virtual Reality craze by introducing the 2015 VR VILLAGE, featuring real-time immersion in the latest virtual and augmented realities, including Nomadic Virtual Reality (VR), Tabletop Augmented Reality (AR), Full-Dome Cinema, and live performances and demonstrations in a 360-degree immersion dome. Read more

Talking the Power of 2D at Disney

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One of the more interesting Comic-Con panels (“Disney Animators: The Power of 2D”) explored the current state of animation at the studio. With the success of Tangled, the Glen Keane legacy is very much alive at Disney with an organic 2D/CG aesthetic. And it’s now a regular part of the workflow to have 2D animators consulting on features to help attain traditional posing and performance, and draw-overs have become systematic. Read more

Patel Talks Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Paradis Grindle presented Pixar’s latest at Comic-Con and then discussed the love letter to his father with me afterward. Read more