Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel


At last week's 6th annual Visual Effects Society Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Marvel's Victoria Alonso stressed the importance of "filling the gaps," in her keynote, whether it's related to storytelling or VFX. In fact, according to the exec producer/exec VP of

Nicolas Villarreal Talks Oscar-Contending Nieta Short


With Nieta, Nicolas Villarreal colorfully depicts childhood memories of a grandfather using a storm as the transcendent light force for a young girl. The short qualified for Oscar consideration at Cannes and I recently spoke with the Argentinian director, who

Immersed in Blu-ray: Dr. Caligari and The Innocents


Just in time for Halloween, we have the psychological horror of two masterpieces to experience in digitally-restored Blu-ray: Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Eureka's Masters of Cinema, and Jack Clayton's The Innocents from Criterion. The Cabinet

Animation

Going Deeper Into Guardians with MPC

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

MPC goes into more detail about its extensive VFX work on Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (featuring 857 shots and led by VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi). Read more

Clipping Two More Boxtrolls Featurettes

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

Laika and Focus Features  have rolled out two new featurettes from The Boxtrolls: “Trolls Off the Tongue” and “Winnie Takes Charge.” Read more

Oscar Contenders to Highlight View Conference

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

Presentations centered on Oscar-contending animation and VFX movies will highlight the View 2014 conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 14-18). Keynoting the conference are Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, and Glen Keane (the Duet short). Read more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Goes Blu

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

As good as Captain America was, The Winter Soldier is even better, thanks to the conspiracy thriller component added by the Russo brothers, and the Blu-ray/DVD set from Disney looks and sounds stellar. It’s a wildly fun and exciting mash-up. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

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

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released the 2nd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun and VFX producer Susan Zwerman. Read more

Sneaking Big Hero 6 From Disney

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

The timing for Big Hero 6 couldn’t be better for Disney. It’s not only completely different from Frozen but also captures the holy grail for animation in tapping the superhero genre. In fact, it shares a common theme with Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy: the loss of a loved one as social misfits team up to thwart a mysterious baddie. This should resonate strongly as Disney flexes some new animation muscles. Read more

Tomm Moore Talks Song of the Sea

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Tomm Moore follows up his Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with an even more ambitious Irish folk tale, Song of the Sea, which plays Toronto on Saturday. Produced by the Ireland-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and distributed by Gkids, Song of the Sea (opening Dec. 19th) looks to be a sure Oscar contender for its exquisite hand-drawn beauty and stirring story about the last Seal-child trapped between two worlds. Read more

Clipping The Boxtrolls and Nature of Creation

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

Enter the world of Laika and watch how they bring the elements to life for The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26) in “The Nature of Creation” featurette. Read more

Clipping More Big Hero 6

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

Watch a new clip from Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), introducing the soft, hilarious, Pooh-like robot, Baymax. Read more

Frozen Returns with a Fever Short

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

While there’s no feature sequel yet for Frozen, the gang will return in the Frozen Fever short, which will debut spring 2015.

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