How They Did It: Technicolor Talks Birdman


Now that the Academy Awards are over and Birdman won best picture, it can be revealed that Technicolor developed a new DI methodology for carrying out Alejandro González Iñárritu's bold, single-take experiment. This involved layering final color down on top of

New SPECTRE Vlog Hints at Plot Point


Sam Mendes reveals that Bond still hasn't buried his past in the new SPECTRE vlog. Director Sam Mendes chimes in on why he came back for a Skyfall sequel in a new vlog, explaining that SPECTRE is the second part of a story that continues to link James Bond's

Trailering Frozen Fever


Watch the new trailer for Disney's delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). While we wait for a sequel to Disney's Oscar-winning blockbuster, Frozen, enjoy some animated and musical fun as Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf attempt to

Animation

Re-Entering Book of Life: Land of the Remembered

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

Jorge Gutierrez spent considerable effort in designing and animating Manolo’s arrival in the “Land of the Remembered” with Reel FX. It’s one of the highlights of The Book of Life, which is in Oscar and Annie contention. We explore the making of this crucial moment with the first-time director, and you can view four exclusive clips below. Read more

Gwen Stefani Talks Paddington Shine

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I caught up with synthpop star Gwen Stefani last week at a DGA reception for Paddington, the smart and witty movie adaptation of the popular Michael Bond books opening Friday through The Weinstein Co.  Stefani sings the infectious main title song, “Shine,” backed by mentor Pharrell Williams, which is sure to be a contender next awards season. Read more

Digital Domain Does Night at the Museum Finale

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

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was the surprise VFX bakeoff entry. Here’s a rundown of Digital Domain’s work, led by production VFX supervisor Erik Nash. Read more

2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

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

Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters. Read more

Clipping Creating the Bricks from The Lego Movie

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

There’s a new must-see featurette, “Creating the Bricks,” which explains the animation behind The Lego Movie (the fourth highest grosser of 2014 with $257.7 million and the Oscar fronrunner for best animated feature).  Read more

Talking Tadashi is Here from Big Hero 6

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

For the first time, Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams discuss the crucial “Tadashi is Here” scene — one of Disney’s best in years – in which Hiro discovers the video of his late brother documenting his struggle to perfect Baymax. It marks a turning point in Hiro’s misguided attempt to reprogram Baymax into a killer, which runs counter to Tadashi’s vision of Baymax as a healer. Read more

Signe Baumane Talks Rocks in My Pockets

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Getting animated about depression is the subject of Signe Baumane’s acclaimed indie, Rocks in My Pockets, which has qualified for Oscar consideration and will screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (currently running through the 12th). Read more

Clipping ILM VFX from Winter Soldier

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

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the 10 shortlisted movies competing for the VFX Oscar and ILM has released a great new breakdown clip in anticipation of the bakeoff on Jan. 10. Read more

Duet Does Times Square

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

Glen Keane’s interactive Duet short for the Moto X mobile device, just got bigger. Last week it was shown on a Times Square billboard every two hours on 12/23 and 12/24. Read more

Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders

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

Though set in war zones, outer space, and Stephen Sondheim’s mysterious Woods, the sound contenders this awards season share a sense of the natural and sonic intensity. Read more