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

Completing the Bond Origin Story in Spectre

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

No one ever thought it would take four films to complete the James Bond origin story, but then no one counted on the return of Blofeld and Spectre, either. That’s what you get with the dynamic duo of Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes: it remains personal for this Bond, and what better way of tying up all of the loose ends than with the introduction of his nemesis as a doppelganger? Read more

The Painterly Reality of The Good Dinosaur

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

There’s a wonderful simplicity to The Good Dinosaur. The epic landscape beautifully complements the intimate story between Arlo, the Apatosaurus, and the human boy, Spot. And it takes its time, keeping dialogue to a minimum and allowing us to revel in the exquisite visual details while being viscerally immersed in the danger. Read more

Trailering More of The Hateful Eight

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Watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Christmas roadshow, Jan. 8th digital), boasting more breathtaking imagery in Ultra Panavision 70. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Kwaidan from Criterion

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Costume, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween comes Masaki Kobayashi’s rapturous quartet of ghost stories, Kwaidan, making its Blu-ray debut from Criterion in glorious TohoScope. Read more

VES Summit Highlights: VR Rules

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, TV, VES | Leave a comment

Dean Devlin emphasized breaking up the layers between VFX and the rest of production in his VES Summit keynote last Saturday at the W Hotel in Hollywood, and Virtual Reality took center stage as the new frontier. Read more

Final Trailering of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

Watch Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger from the desert planet of Jakku, go up against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), commander of the First Order, who wants to finish what Darth Vader started. It’s 30 years later but what’s old is new again. Read more

How They Shot Crimson Peak as Gothic Throwback

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

Guillermo del Toro has always been great at morphing genres into his own deliciously baroque stew, and, with Crimson Peak, he magnificently turns the Gothic romance and haunted ghost story on their heads in classical fashion. For Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen, who last worked with del Toro on The Mimic, it was a refreshing return to a brightly-colored palette after a string of desaturated movies (including Brotherhood of the Wolf). Read more

How They Shot Steve Jobs from Inside Out

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Cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler discusses the bold choice for visualizing this unique biopic about the legendary Apple co-founder. Read more

Trailering Final SPECTRE: A Matter of Perspective

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, James Bond, Movies, Music, Sound, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

The final glimpse of SPECTRE before opening in a month (Nov. 6 stateside)  includes plenty of action as well as a memorable confrontation between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser. Read more

Trailering More of The Revenant

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch more of Leonardo DiCaprio going after Tom Hardy in Best Picture contender The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman.

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