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.

Animation

Patrick Lin Talks Shooting Inside Out

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

Inside Out is all about the visual contrast between Riley’s inner and outer worlds. This allowed Patrick Lin (DOP for layout) to explore different camera techniques to shoot the two worlds. “From the very beginning, we wanted to design a visual language that could clearly define each world but at the same time contrast them and keep them separate,” explained Lin, who collaborated with Kim White, DOP for lighting. Read more

James Ford Murphy Talks Pixar Lava Short

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

The lovely Lava short, which was overlooked last year by the Academy, will soon be screening in front of Inside Out. It’s a soft and sweet love story between a lonely old volcano (patterned after Jackie Gleason, the bulldog from Feed the Kitty and Kuana Torres Kahele, who voices the character) and a young one (voiced by Napua Greig). It nicely captures the environment and spirit of Hawaii, wrapped around the song, “I Lava You,” and utilizing helicopter physics and speed. When I was recently up at Pixar, I chatted with director James Ford Murphy about his personal inspiration and storytelling choices. Read more

Going Inside Out with Jonas Rivera

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

Jonas Rivera, who’s been at Pixar since 1994, beginning as a production office assistant on Toy Story, has found a real kindred spirit in Pete Docter. He’s just as sweet and soft spoken, too. They first collaborated on Up in 2009 and now they await the release of the even more ambitious Inside Out, which drew raves in Cannes.  During my recent Pixar visit, we discussed the tough journey and what it’s like protecting Docter’s vision. Read more

TCM Movie Camp Geek Out with Moonbot

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, Tech, TV, VFX | Leave a comment

I can’t think of anything cooler this summer than William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios hosting TCM’s new Movie Camp show aimed at young adults and future filmmakers, which kicks off Sunday with Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 pm EST. We had fun geeking out this week about the lineup, which includes The Adventures of Robin Hood, Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Duck SoupStrangers on a Train, and Singin’ in the Rain. Talking to the Moonbot guys really is like film school and movie camp rolled into one. Read more

Clipping Pizza from Inside Out

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Watch the new “Pizza” clip from Inside Out (June 19), which marvelously contrasts Riley’s outside and inside worlds. Read more

Teasing The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Catch the first peek of The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s pre-historic adventure (Nov. 25). Read more

Clipping New Featurettes for Jurassic World

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“A New World/A New Vision” and “A Look Inside” provide sneak peeks of what’s in store in Jurassic World (June 12). Read more

The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel

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

This weekend concludes Mike Gabriel’s first solo art exhibition, “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel,” at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, with more than 50 originals and hundreds of prints on display and for sale, presented by The Creative Talent Network. I can’t recommend it enough. The companion book published by CTN is also a must and features a comprehensive selection of Disney’s Oscar-nominated art director (Lorenzo) along with shout outs from Lorelay Bovè, Chris Buck, Ralph Eggleston, Paul Felix, Glen Keane, and John Musker, among others. Read more

Pixar Lights Joy from Inside Out

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There might not be any holy grails left for Pixar to conquer but there are still major tech hurdles. A new kind of lighting approach was needed for  Pete Docter’s Inside Out given the nature of the five key emotions personified by energy particles, particularly Joy (Amy Poehler). She’s not only the main character but also the shining light. Indeed, she’s a direct source of light. As a result,  Angelique Reisch, the character lighting lead, had to create a special model to illuminate Joy, who’s comprised of glowing particles and possesses her very own luminescence. Read more

Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

At Friday’s Google ATAP session at Google I/O, acclaimed feature director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films, True Detective, Star Trek 3) will make a special appearance and premiere the newest Spotlight Story, Help. The short tells the story of a young woman who investigates what appears to be a meteor that has crashed into a downtown Los Angeles street and eventually finds an unexpected surprise inside. Read more