Clipping Maleficent: The Legacy


Angelina Jolie gives us a sneak peek of her eponymous role in the upcoming Maleficent (May 30), directed by Oscar-winning VFX supervisor/production designer Rob Stromberg. The link between the original Disney animated classic and the new origin story is stressed by

VES Launches YouTube Channel


Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES) launched its new YouTube channel, providing unique access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them.  The channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from

X-Men: Days of Future Passed Final Trailer


The final trailer for Bryan Singer's trippy X-Men: Days of Future Passed (May 23) has a more playful tone (with a snippet of Led Zep's "Kashmir"). Wolverine is sent 50 years into the past to recruit the younger X-Men to give them the info they need to fight a

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The Oscar Balancing Act: 12 Years a Slave and Gravity

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

Will 12 Years a Slave or Gravity win Best Picture tonight? Either way, history will be made. Read more

Trailering Full Godzilla

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Godzilla, the granddaddy of all monsters, is back (May 16), and the new trailer is a powerful return to his Toho roots. Read more

Autodesk Celebrates Oscar Nominees

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

Autodesk once again played a key role in the Oscar-contending movies and was honored by the Academy for Mudbox and FiLMBOX (the foundation of MotionBuilder) with a certificate and a Plaque. Read more

Anatomy of a Scene: the Oscar-Nominated Shorts

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

What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan (Get A Horse!), Daniel Sousa (Feral), Shuhei Morita (Possessions), Laurent Witz (Mr. Hublot), and Max Lang (Room on the Broom). Read more

CAS Goes for Gravity, Frozen

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With a week to go before the Academy Awards, Gravity and Frozen topped the Cinema Audio Society 50th annual awards Saturday night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Read more

Trailering Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Watch the first trailer for the wacky Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1), the Scooby-Doo of Marvel movies, underscored by B.J. Thomas  singing  ”Hooked on a Feeling” from ’69, the year the comic was introduced. Read more

Moonbot Debuts Silent Short Devoted to Sound

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

Oscar-winning Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) unveiled a new short paying homage to sound, Silent, at the recent Sci Tech Academy Awards. It is produced byDolby and Moonbot; was directed by Brandon Oldenburg & Limbert Fabian, and the sound design/mix was done by Oscar-nominated Steve Boeddeker (All is Lost). Read more

Talking The LEGO Movie with Chris McKay

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

Now that The LEGO Movie is already a hit going into its second weekend and “Everything Is Awesome” (with a likely sequel in the works), let’s chat with Chris McKay, the animation supervisor. He worked with Animal Logic on a particularly fitting stop-motion vibe in CG (what they called seven points of articulation). Read more

Gravity, Frozen Big VES Winners

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

As expected, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-contending Gravity dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney’s Frozen juggernaut went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio). Read more

Anatomy of a Scene: Gravity Opening

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Editing, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki, production designer Andy Nicholson, VFX supervisor Tim Webber, sound mixer Chris Munro, and editor Mark Sanger. Read more