Paul Franklin to Discuss Interstellar at FMX 2015


I will host a Q&A on the making of Interstellar with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin at FMX  (May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany). The discussion/presentation will take place on May 7th, as Franklin will take the audience through the development, filming,

Tim Johnson Talks Home as My Dinner with Andre


DreamWorks is back doing what it does best with Home -- cultural satire with heart. Jim Parsons and Rihanna team up as Oh and Tip in a buddy comedy that pokes fun at xenophobia in its adaptation of Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday (I wish they kept the

TCM Film Fest: Restoring Sound of Music, 1776


This weekend's annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about "History, According to Hollywood," and you couldn't find two more diverse musical examples than The Sound of Music (which kicked things off Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX) and 1776 (screening

Animation

Tibbitt Talks Sponge Out of Water

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since the first SpongeBob Movie, but it’s been worth the wait as creator Stephen Hillenburg and show writer/exec producer Paul Tibbitt have come up with a fresh and funny mixed-media extravaganza as well as a timely superhero parody. Tibbitt, who directs the sequel, tells us about his experiences, including transforming the beloved 2D characters into CG. Read more

First Look at Frozen Fever Short

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Here’s a first look at Disney’s Frozen Fever short, which will play in front of Cinderella on March 13. Read more

Dragon 2 Grabs 6 Annies

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How to Train Your Dragon 2  followed up its Golden Globe win with ASIFA Hollywood’s top prize at the 42nd annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Oscar contender from beleaguered DreamWorks Animation won six Annies (also for director Dean DeBlois, character animation, editing, storyboarding and music by John Powell and Jonsi). Read more

Dave Walvoord Talks Dragon 2 VFX

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Go behind-the-scenes of the VFX in DreamWorks’ Annie winner (watch three exclusive making of videos below). Read more

Going Into the Big Hero 6 Portal

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Interstellar isn’t the only Oscar contender with a wormhole. Big Hero 6 has a pretty cool one, too, which is nominated for a VES award. In fact, BH6 has five VFX noms at Wednesday’s 13th annual VES Awards. We get the lowdown on “Into the Portal” for the first time with directors Don Hall and Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli. We also have four exclusive images as well. Disney’s lighting and effects team wanted to create a time portal unlike any seen before. They turned to nature and fractals for inspiration in their design, looking to push the complexity and color palette of the environment. Read more

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees

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After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. Read more

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made

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Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

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The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

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A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more