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

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

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In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

Trailering Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

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Watch the full trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (July 31), which is about “the anti-IMF.” Read more

How They Did It: Catching Up with the Insurgent Train

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Cinematographer Florian Ballhaus discusses achieving a bigger and trippier Divergent sequel with director Robert Schwentke. Read more

How They Did It: Cinderella Crashes the Ball

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Director Kenneth Branagh and Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti explain how they executed the grand ballroom scene in Disney’s retro-fitted Cinderella (watch the clip below along with an IMAX featurette, the best way to see it). Read more

Backstage at the Oscars: Birdman Soars, Disney Sweeps

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

Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar winning the VFX prize, and Disney’s surprise animation sweep with Big Hero 6 and Feast, continuing the momentum from last year’s Frozen.

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Watch Exclusive Birdman Featurette

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Go behind-the-scenes of a handheld, single take shot in Birdman. Read more

How They Did It: Mr. Turner

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The four Oscar-nominated crafts team reveals the secrets behind the most ambitious scene in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed movie about J.M.W. Turner: “Varnishing Day” at the Royal Academy. Read more

Clipping Aloha from Cameron Crowe

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Cameron Crowe looks like he’s back in great rom-com form with Aloha (May 29), a very personal movie about second chances that was worth the wait. Read more

Boyhood Takes International Online Film Critics Poll

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The International Online Film Critics’ Poll announced winners for the 4th biannual awards, with Boyhood earning best picture honors. Read more

Secrets of the 5 Cinematography Oscar Nominees

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You couldn’t ask for five better examples of state of the art cinematography, all of which convey complex states of mind and are shot in visually compelling ways. There’s the frenzied, “continuous-take” of Birdman, the fairy tale elegance of The Grand Budapest Hotel,  the sublime black-and-white Ida,  the abstract/Impressionism of Mr. Turner and the brutal yet spiritually uplifting Unbroken. Read more