Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

Animation

Laika Celebrates 10th Anniversary at VIEW

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

VIEW 2015 in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) has added a special celebration of Laika’s 10th Anniversary, along with “The Future of Videogames” and the making of Everest. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Aladdin Shines Again

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Blu-ray, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, VFX | Leave a comment

Aladdin, the beloved animated feature from ’92, makes its Blu-ray bow this week from Disney Home Ent. (also available on Digital HD and DMA). Aside from its demo-quality picture and sound, the Diamond Edition boasts never-before-seen tributes to the late Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie.” Read more

Trailering More of The Good Dinosaur

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

The new trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25) encapsulates the danger and intimacy of the journey. Read more

The Return of The Iron Giant

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Events, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Brad Bird finally got his wish: The Iron Giant returned to the big screen this week and you can see it on Sunday in a remastered “Signature Edition” featuring more footage.  The result is that it looks better than ever and further proof that it’s the last great hand-drawn American feature.  Kudos to Warner Bros. for making this happen and to Duncan Studio for doing such outstanding work (maybe now Duncan can get a hand-drawn feature made, but that’s another hurdle). Visit Fathom Events for theater locations and ticket information. Read more

Going to Hell & Back with Adult Stop-Mo

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

After great success with Robot Chicken, ShadowMachine takes the feature plunge with Hell & Back, leveraging its outrageous adult humor in a more ambitious way. While it’s taken a few years to complete and release Hell & Back (through Freestyle), ShadowMachine has expanded its stop-mo TV slate with TripTank and Bojack Horseman, among others, strengthening its brand. From carnival doldrums to the lower depths of danger, Hell & Back offers a slew of misfit demons, an angel hottie, a slacker Orpheus and a horny Devil. Plus a voice cast headlined by Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle and Susan Sarandon. Read more

Tartakovsky Talks Hotel Transylvania 2

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

Genndy Tartakovsky couldn’t make the Popeye he wanted at Sony but he continues his cartoony sensibility in Hotel Transylvania 2 and hopes to make the very ambitious Can You Imagine? The gang’s all back as Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) get married and have a son and Drac (Adam Sandler) adjusts to being a grandpa and a world where monster and human co-exist. There’s even a cameo by Mel Brooks as his dad, Vlad. Read more

Channeling Charles Schulz for The Peanuts Movie

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

Director Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) discussed upholding the look, styling and spirit of “Sparky” Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang (in the coming months, I will dig deeper into the making of this unique hybrid).

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Richard Williams Gets Deeper into Prologue

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Richard Williams discusses his hand-drawn, six-minute short, Prologue, which just completed its  Oscar qualifying run. Its a brutal and balletic peek at the Spartan-Athenian wars through the eyes of a young girl.  It’s gory yet mesmerizing in its composition, movement, and cutting. And its a simple series of drawings. The 82-year-old Williams is now at work on an ambitious feature-length version. Read more

Kung Fu Panda 3 Latest Edition to VIEW Conference

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

The 16th annual VIEW conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) will highlight the latest and greatest in animation and VFX. Here are some of the highlights: Read more

Glen Keane Makes Nephtali Short for Paris Opera

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Watch the latest Glen Keane Nephtali short commissioned by the Paris Opera for its new digital 3rd Stage. Read more