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.

Below the Line

The Terrors of Shooting Everest

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Cinematographer Salvatore Totino (Concussion, Inferno) now has a greater understanding of what the real-life climbers encountered when they were hit with one of the fiercest blizzards during their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest in 1996. He discussed the terrors of shooting Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. 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

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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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Yates Whittle Talks Dialogue Editing & ADR

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In the latest “Conversations with Sound Artists,” two-time Oscar nominee Gwen Yates Whittle (Tron: Legacy, Avatar) discusses the importance of the dialogue process (listen to the clip below). Read more

How Roger Deakins Crossed New Borders with Sicario

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Call it Prisoners on steroids. That’s because Sicario (referring to a Mexican hitman as well as Jewish zealots who revolted against the Romans) expands its dark psychological themes, pitting idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt against lethal consultant Benicio Del Toro during a secret raid on Mexico’s most powerful drug lord. It’s the perfect backdrop for Roger Deakins to cross new aesthetic borders for his second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve (they are currently prepping the Blade Runner sequel, which starts shooting next summer). Read more

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

Anna Behlmer Talks the Art of Sound Mixing

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In the fourth episode of the Dolby/SoundWorks Conversations with Sound Artists podcast, 10-time Oscar nominee Anna Behlmer (Fifty Shades of Grey, Star Trek, Braveheart) discusses being one of the first female mixers in movies, strategies for handling a nervous director, and why you will always find colored Sharpie pens on a mixing stage. Read more

Adelman to Head Production for Dakota Pictures

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Producer Tevin Adelman joins Dakota Pictures as director of production, overseeing current production in both Los Angeles and New York

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Latest Edition to VIEW Conference

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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