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

Why Animation Needs Anomalisa

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

Although Anomalisa got nominated for best animated feature, the acclaimed Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson stop-motion drama faced resistance from the animation community.  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

Sci-Tech Winners Announced by Academy

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

LAIKA has been singled out by the Academy for its pioneering rapid prototyping system for enhanced character animation in stop-motion along with advancements from ILM (Geometry Tracker), DreamWorks Animation (Media Review), Sony Picture Imageworks (Itvie), Rhythm & Hues (Global DDR), The Foundry (MARI 3D texture painting) and Tweak Software (RV system). Read more

Ren Klyce Talks Inside Out Sound Design

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

To complement the imaginative animation for Pixar’s Inside Out, sound designer Ren Klyce of Skywalker Sound was recruited to create an experimental soundscape. Known primarily for his brilliant work with David Fincher (nine features, from Se7en to Gone Girl), Klyce, who also worked on The Boxtrolls at Laika and the Lava short at Pixar, discusses some of his sonic secrets for Riley’s emotions and core memories. Read more

Trailering More Zootopia with Shakira

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

Celebrate Zoo Year’s Eve with the new trailer for Disney’s Zootopia  featuring the original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy-winning  Shakira. The single will be available everywhere Jan. 8th. Read more

Clipping Anomalisa: Meet Michael and Lisa

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

Watch two new featurettes from Anomalisa, the Oscar-contending adult stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, which opens this week in LA and NY from Paramount. Read more

Creating the VFX for The Force Awakens

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

Industrial Light & Magic has always been at its best with Star Wars, and the VFX powerhouse that George Lucas launched 40 years ago certainly upped its game for the return of the signature franchise, and is also the Oscar frontrunner. Read more

How They Puppeteered Anomalisa

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

With Oscar-contending Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, stop-motion studio Starburns Industries blurs the line between animation and live-action. Caroline Kastelic, the puppet supervisor, tells us how they did it, 3D-printing 1,261 faces to go along with more than 150 puppets. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Moving Image is currently presenting “The World of Anomalisa,” an installation of two sets and puppets through March 27, 2016. Read more