Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series


At today's Google ATAP session at Google I/O, acclaimed feature director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films, True Detective, Star Trek 3) will make a special appearance and premiere the newest Spotlight Story, Help. The short tells the story of a young woman who

Reitman to Direct Animated Beekle for DreamWorks


Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who's been up and down with his edgy rom-coms, will write and direct DreamWorks' Beekle, based on Dan Santat's award-winning children's book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.  It's the first feature for

Halon Powers Tomorrowland Previs


Halon worked with Brad Bird to figure out the futuristic architecture and activities of Tomorrowland. The Halon team was headed by Tefft Smith, AJ Briones, Brad Alexander,  and Michael Jackson, helping Bird "invoke childhood memories of what the possibility of the

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Trailering Hotel Transylvania 2

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Watch the new teaser for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25). Drac is back with a grandson issues. Read more

Disney Announces Frozen 2

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

Now that Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger announced that Frozen 2 is in active development at a shareholder’s meeting this morning in San Francisco, will it center on Olaf, the lovable snowman voiced by Josh Gad (who was also present at the announcement)?

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Trailering More Inside Out from Pixar

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

Pixar is definitely back with Pete Docter’s Inside Out (June 19), already touted as the one to beat for the Oscar. The second trailer delves into the conflict between Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness  (Phyllis Smith) and what happens when a core memory inadvertently gets tampered with.

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Trailering Full Tomorrowland from Brad Bird

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Watch the full trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), in which George Clooney and Britt Robertson try to save the future from Hugh Laurie. Read more

How They Did It: Chappie Becomes a ‘Real Gangsta’

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Chappie, the adorable sentient police bot (voiced by Sharlto Copley, who also donned the gray suit on set for “the poor man’s mocap”), represents this year’s Baymax or Groot. And one of the best moments is the “Real Gangsta” scene (watch below), in which he transitions from awkward toddler to cool struttin’ teenager.  VFX supervisor Chris Harvey of Vancouver-based Image Engine explains how they did it. Read more

Talking Legend of The Neverbeast

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

The latest and perhaps the last of the Tinker Bell movies from Disneytoon Studios, Legend of the Neverbeast, arrived last week on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s a very personal story for director Steve Loter (Kim Possible), who was inspired by his daughter’s embrace of big dogs.

Loter grew up without pets and was particularly afraid of large canines until his daughter’s kindness helped him overcome his fear. The movie revolves around the open-hearted Fawn (voiced by Jennifer Goodwin) and her discovery of a beast that is not really so monstrous. But her compassion nearly destroys Pixie Hollow. I recently spoke with Loter and producer Makul Wigert (Secret of the Wings). Read more

Trailering More Avengers: Age of Ultron

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In the latest trailer for Age of Ultron (May 1), the eponymous villain declares his plan for human extinction and we get a glimpse of Paul Bettany’s Vision. Read more

Trailering Frozen Fever

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Watch the new trailer for Disney’s delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more