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.

Cinematography

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

Cinematographer Berger Talks The Notebook

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Janos Szasz’s The Notebook, last year’s foreign Oscar film entry from Hungary, explores the dark side of inseparability among innocent yet cruel twin boys. And DP Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who is now busy prepping Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort, By the Sea, which will co-star the newly married Jolie and Brad Pitt, was immediately drawn to the brutal topic. Read more

NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera at SIGGRAPH

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NVIDIA demo’d virtual camera technology at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver that allows a filmmaker, tablet in hand, to walk through a live-action set and record actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot. Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: Criterion, Disney, WB, Twilight

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There’s plenty of movie watching on Blu-ray this summer from our good friends at Criterion, Disney, Warner Bros., and Twilight Time. Read more

Hallstrom Talks Spicing Up The Hundred-Foot Journey

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In light of Kodak’s decision to continue producing film stock and the vigorous support by Martin Scorsese and a host of other prominent directors, it’s ironic that Lasse Hallstrom had to be forced into using film again for The Hundred-Foot Journey. What’s stranger is that it took Steven Spielberg, the film’s producer, to pair Hallstrom up with Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren (American Hustle), who insisted they shoot on film. Read more

Dowdle Brothers Talk As Above, So Below

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The found-footage sub-genre has really come of age, and the Dowdle Brothers (Quarantine) give it their own supernatural spin with “As Above, So Below” (Aug. 29). But although they were playing with an Indiana Jones-like archaeological bit of horror, John Erick and Drew told me at Comic-Con after the Legendary panel in Hall H that the project didn’t coalesce until Legendary producer Thomas Tull pitched them the Paris catacombs concept. Read more

Clipping the Spiritual Awakening of I Origins

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Watch these videos and trailer from Mike Cahill’s sublime I Origins, opening this weekend, the first winner of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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A Summer’s Tale by Rohmer Opens in LA

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Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale (Conte d’été), newly restored in HD, gets its first US theatrical release, opening at the Royal in LA this weekend from Big World Pictures. It screened last month in New York. Read more

Immersed in the Laika Boxtrolls Set Visit

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

With The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26), Laika tackles its first period piece — Victorian Steampunk — as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan boy, Eggs, raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors. The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling. And judging by my set visit last year in Portland and footage screened last month, The Boxtrolls is sure to be one of the year’s best animated features and a prime Oscar contender. Read more

Trailering Unbroken From Angelina Jolie

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Watch the first trailer from Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, Unbroken (Christmas Day), which, at first glance, evokes Chariots of Fire and The Bridge on the River Kwai. Read more