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.

Clips

Clipping The Martian VFX Breakdown

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Watch this VFX breakdown of the Oscar-nominated The Martian by MPC, which includes all the scenes on Mars. Read more

How They Made the Mad Max: Fury Road VFX

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The VFX Oscar nom for Mad Max: Fury Road is a testament to the continuing power of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic storytelling, only more polished and immersive. It’s essentially one long desert chase in the War Rig, with 75 vehicles, captured mostly in camera, utilizing the invaluable Edge camera rig. Read more

How They Scored the Oscar-Nominated Carol

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In his Oscar-contending Carol score, Carter Burwell used a trio of poignant themes to convey the complexity of Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story between the eponymous socialite (Cate Blanchett) and aspiring photographer Therese (Rooney Mara), both Oscar-nominated. Read more

Sneak Peeking the Design of Zootopia

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In conjunction with the creation of more than 1,000 distinctive animals of all shapes and sizes (gnus to shrews, lemmings to leopards, rabbits to rhinos) the Zootopia design team built a mammal metropolis with the necessary scale and climate conditions. There are zones such as Sahara Square, Tundra Town, Little Rodentia, Rainforest District and Bunny Burroughs, divided by a climate wall. But what’s unique about Zootopia is that it’s a global city built by animals for animals. Read more

Clipping Anomalisa: 6 Tiny Things Featurettes

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Paramount continues to offer a wealth of behind the scenes clips for the Oscar-contending Anomalisa stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. Read more

Evaluating the VFX Oscar Nominees

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Here are the contenders: the return to a galaxy far, far away and the original post-apocalyptic world, an incredible bear, a bronze Mars, and a seductive female android. Read more

How They Found The Big Short Rhythm

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Oscar nominee Hank Corwin had two great editorial challenges with Adam McKay’s dense black comedy, The Big Short: how to make sense of the complicated economics surrounding the 2008 housing collapse, and how to humanize the competing groups of brokers that profited from it. (Watch the making of featurette below.) Read more

Why Animation Needs Anomalisa

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Although Anomalisa got nominated for best animated feature, the acclaimed Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson stop-motion drama faced resistance from the animation community.  Read more

How ILM Created The Revenant Bear VFX

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While Star Wars: The Force Awakens enters the Academy’s VFX bake-off on Saturday as the obvious frontrunner, everyone wants to know how ILM did the harrowing bear attack in The Revenant. Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse from VFX production supervisor Richard McBride. Read more

How They Created The Hateful Eight Western Vibe

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is a Western version of And Then There Were None with period detail that pops, thanks to the large-format, widescreen splendor of Ultra Panavision 70. As a result, it should garner several craft Oscar nominations next week. Read more