Knight to Direct Samurai Kubo for Laika


Laika goes samurai for its fourth stop-motion feature with Focus Features, Kubo and the Two Strings, marking the directorial debut of studio head Travis Knight (Aug. 19, 2016). The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler

OHMSS Celebrates 45th Anniversary


My favorite Bond film turned 45 on Thursday. I joined a distinguished author's roundtable to reminisce at The Digital Bits with Michael Coate. Michael Coate (The Digital Bits): In what way is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service worthy of celebration on its 45th

Dissecting Five Editing Frontrunners


Like cinematography, editing stands out this awards season for the creative ingenuity of five frontrunners: the "continuous take" of Birdman, the 12-year real-time odyssey of Boyhood, the percussive intensity of Whiplash, the parallel machinations of Gone

Animation

Feast Leads Oscar Shortlist for Shorts

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The good news for Disney is that the buzzy Feast made the Oscar shortlist for animated shorts; however, Pixar’s lovely Lava did not (perceived as too lightweight perhaps given the highest of standards applied). William Joyce, Glen Keane, and Bill Plympton are also in the running  (watch clips and trailers below). Read more

20 Join the Oscar Race for Best Animated Feature

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With 20 titles submitted for Academy consideration, the threshold of 16 or more should be met to qualify 5 nominees in the Oscar race for best animated feature. Read more

Trailering More Sponge Out of Water

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Watch the new trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Feb. 6, 2015), which deftly combines CG with live-action when the Bikini Bottom gang comes to our world to retrieve the  stolen Krabby Patty formula by Burger-Beard the pirate (Antonio Banderas). Read more

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams Talk Big Hero 6

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

Disney is all about simultaneously looking forward and back during the John Lasseter era, and Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), interestingly enough, represents the studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It dares to be different by mashing up animation with a lesser-known Marvel comic, and, at the same time, deals with loss and creating a team of misfit superheroes. Baymax, the huggable, inflatable robot, like Groot, is the larger than life, conscience of the movie, with a message about compassion. The animation continues to improve and expand, inventing the hybrid San Fransokyo world, and incorporating thrilling action/adventure and cool VFX, aided by the new Hyperion global illumination renderer. Read more

Animag Summit Announces Hosts, Presenters

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Animation Magazine announced its line-up of presenters for the award ceremony at the World Animation & VFX Summit, Opening Night Party, on Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel

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

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 visual effects & post-production, maintaining an outside-the-box mentality has been the key to Marvel’s success. Read more

Nicolas Villarreal Talks Oscar-Contending Nieta Short

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

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 previously made the short, Pasteurized, and worked on some animation for Fruitvale Station. Read more

Clipping the Black Hole of Interstellar

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Get a look at the real gravitational science of the black hole in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7) in this new featurette highlighting theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as exec producer and consultant. Read more

Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon’s darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, “It’s the end — the end of the path I started us on.” Read more

The Foundry Offers Nuke 9 with Nuke Studio

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

The Foundry unveiled Nuke 9, which includes the brand-new addition of Nuke Studio. The new offering brings powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing into a new single studio application, as well as provide core upgrades to the advanced compositing workflows of Nuke and Nukex. Read more