Go Inside Out with Sadness and Disgust


Meet Sadness and Disgust from Pixar's Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Pete Docter goes inside the mind of Riley, who's been uprooted from Minnesota to San Francisco. The inventive and profound premise revolves around her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and

Duet Launches Globally on Moto X


Acclaimed animator Glen Keane’s Duet --  shortlisted for Oscar consideration in the Best Animated Short category -- is now available globally to users of Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices and a wider launch planned for early next year. Animated in

Remembering Film Critic Charles Champlin


The passing on Sunday of Los Angeles Times arts editor/film critic Charles Champlin, 88, is significant to me personally because he was my mentor and therefore had the greatest impact in nurturing my career as a film journalist. I interned for Chuck and the

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Laika/Focus Reteam for Three More Features

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

Laika and Focus Features have renewed their distribution pact, with Focus distributing the next three stop-motion features domestically, and Universal Pictures International handling overseas. This is good news given the regime change at Focus and excellent box office start for The Boxtrolls, the Oscar contender which grossed $17.3 million last weekend, the biggest debut yet for Laika. Read more

DreamWorks Announces Boss Baby

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Alec Baldwin suits up opposite Kevin Spacey for DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby (Fox, March 18, 2016), inspired by Marla Frazee’s award-winning picture book. Read more

Trailering Inside Out from Pixar

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

Pixar may be out of the Oscar race this year, but the first teaser for Pete Docter’s Inside Out (June 19, 2005) is a further proof that it’s the one to beat next season. Read more

Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through The Boxtrolls

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

Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) didn’t hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of The Boxtrolls. He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure “the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic.” Read more

Knight Talks Laika and The Boxtrolls

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

When Laika first began nine years ago, its first two acquisitions wereCoraline and Here Be Monsters!. However, because of the tremendous scope and free-flowing narrative of Alan Snow’s 550-page steampunk opus, it’s taken a lot longer for The Boxtrolls to come together. And while it’s received Laika’s most mixed reviews, it’s surely the riskiest and, arguably, the most brilliant of Laika’s trio of films, which I discuss with CEO/producer/lead artist Travis Knight (view exclusive video below). Read more

Directors Stacchi and Annable Talk The Boxtrolls

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

The Boxtrolls represents Laika’s most elaborate, action-packed stop-motion movie yet. It’s a feast for the eyes — more Hammer than gothic — and the two biggest challenges were the frantic waltz sequence and the Mecha-Drill mayhem. But overall, as director Graham Annable admits, “The growth and maturity of Laika, combined with the Victorian steampunk look, made for such a rich, ornate, detailed setting. It just pushed everybody’s skills to the max.” Read more

World Animation & VFX Summit to Honor Roman and Arnold

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

Animation Magazine’s World Animation & VFX Summit (Nov. 2)  will honor Film Roman founder Phil Roman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 producer Bonnie Arnold at its opening-night gala Nov. 2 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

Atomic Fiction Takes a Walk to Montreal

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

Atomic Fiction is opening a flagship facility in Montreal in preparation of The Walk, Robert Zemickis’ biopic of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph-Gordon Levitt). Read more

Trailering More Big Hero 6

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

Watch the second trailer from Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), which introduces the theme of loss and further develops the kinship with the huggable soft robot, Baymax. Read more

Reel FX Launches VR Division

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Reel FX (The Book of Life, Oct. 17) will have a dedicated VR division that will create cutting edge virtual reality content for such platforms as the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. The division will be primarily focused on client work for major studios and commercial agencies as well as content needs for Reel FX’s original films. Read more