Disney Sets Sail with Moana in 2016


Walt Disney Animation Studios has set a release date of late 2016 for Moana, the South Pacific animated comedy-adventure directed by Ron Clements and John Musker about a spirited teenager on a mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest. Moana represents the first

David Ayer Talks World War II Fury


After End of Watch, David Ayer was naturally drawn to Fury, another intense, day in the life pressure cooker about a tank crew at the end of World War II in the heart of Germany. But his script attracted A-lister Brad Pitt -- as well as Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman,

Why Feast Short is the Oscar Frontrunner


Disney’s latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a winsome dog’s POV, is the Oscar frontrunner for its engaging story and distinctive look (check out the teaser below). It opens with the Oscar-contending Big

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Tomm Moore Talks Song of the Sea

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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

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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

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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

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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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Clipping Meet the Boxtrolls

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Before seeing The Boxtrolls on Sept. 26,  learn more about Laika’s lovable stop-motion creations in this new featurette, “Meet the Boxtrolls.” Read more

Talking Rocky and Bullwinkle Short

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Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn’t make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy. Read more

Clipping Lava from Pixar

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Watch the first clip from Pixar’s next short, Lava, a Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy, which will play in front of Pete Docter’s highly-anticipated Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, previs, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more

Miller & Rodriguez Talk Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since Sin City.  So much has changed and we’re worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller’s deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, A Dame to Kill For is bolder yet more cohesive and emotionally involving. It’s certainly more immersive in 3-D and it’s all green screen with no sets whatsoever. As a result, this dream-like world where Shock Corridor collides with Kiss Me Deadly seems even more tactile and surreal. Read more

Shotgun Celebrates Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH

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At the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as “Pipeline Heroes,” leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices. Read more