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

Star Wars: Episode VII Production Team Announced

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

As Episode VII continues pre-production, Starwars.com has announced that Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties, and Michael Arndt has stepped down. Read more

Watch Dazzling Telescope Short

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

Here’s a trippy new time travel Telescope short to check out, co-directed by Northwestern grads Matt Litwiller & Collin Davis and featuring VFX by Matt Ball (The Maze Runner, Ruin). Read more

Sean Bobbitt Talks 12 Years a Slave

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There’s a good reason why Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is the early consensus Oscar frontrunner for best picture: Solomon Northup’s harrowing story is both real and relatable in these precarious times. And for cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, who also shot McQueen’s Hunger and Shame, this represents the culmination of a visual simplicity built around the award-contending performances of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o. Read more

Clipping New 6K Red Epic Dragon

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The latest and greatest from Red is available, the Red Dragon, offering 9x greater resolution and cleaner and less noisy images. David Fincher is using it on Gone Girl and likes how well it captures sunlight, and cinematographer Mark Toia has shot some footage that you can watch below. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Croods

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

The Croods goes Blu (Fox Home Ent/DreamWorks Home Ent.) and looks and sounds spectacular in HD. The DreamWorks Animation hit and Oscar contender (the only original) got a head start on the survival theme that has defined the year. Read more

Clipping the Immersive Gravity Experience

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

With Gravity opening next week and getting rave reviews and Oscar buzz, here’s an enticing featurette with Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock, and others about the immersive experience. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Earrings of Madame de…

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies | Leave a comment

Max Ophüls’ luminous and sublime The Earrings of Madame de… (1953) is now a must-own Blu-ray from Criterion. Read more

Trailering Nebraska

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The first trailer for Alexander Payne’s black-and-white Nebraska (Nov. 15) reveals why Bruce Dern is an Oscar contender for best actor. Read more

Dod Mantle Talks Rush, In the Heart of the Sea

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

Versatile director Ron Howard has forged a collaboration with Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) in pushing his vision in new creative directions. And he couldn’t find two more disparate fact-based movies about obsession than the racing biopic Rush and the survivalist, high-seas drama, In the Heart of the Sea, both written by Peter Morgan and starring Chris Hemsworth, which they started shooting this month in England. Read more

Disney Starts Shooting Into the Woods

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Costume, Movies, Music, Production Design, Tech | Leave a comment

Under Alan Horn’s leadership, Disney is delving further into its fairy tale heritage. While Kenneth Branagh is currently making Cinderella in England (March 2015), Rob Marshall has started production this week in the UK on Stephen Sondheim’s much darker Into the Woods musical, slated for a Christmas 2014 release.

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