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

How They Pulled Off The Spectre Opening

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, How They Did It, James Bond, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

ILM London tackled the celebrated Day of the Dead opening of Spectre as part of its first Bond mission. Read more

Ralph Bakshi Talks Last Days of Coney Island

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Movies, Shorts, Tech | Leave a comment

Ralph Bakshi has been animation’s most outspoken maverick and he’s back with Last Days of Coney Island, his magnum opus, available exclusively on Vimeo on Demand. The 77-year-old displays a newfound creative energy and sense of purpose about the ’60s using Coney Island as a metaphor for the corruption, decay and violence of the era. Read more

Clipping The Big Short About Financial Collapse

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Watch the video for The Big Short,  the AFI Fest closer last week, and find out why it could be the Network of our time. Read more

Retrofitting The Peanuts Movie for CG

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

Very early on, a Peppermint Patty pencil test laid the groundwork for“finding the line” and implementing the Charles Schulz signature comic strip style in The Peanuts Movie. The result is an animation breakthrough at Blue Sky as 2D dictates form and function in creating a different CG aesthetic. 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

How They Dressed Authentically in Suffragette

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

The fight for women’s equality in early 20th century Britain offered a different kind of costume design aesthetic in Oscar contender Suffragette. Looking to ordinary people for inspiration, designer Jane Petrie conveyed dressing for survival and empowerment in the gritty drama of factory worker-turned activist Maud (Carey Mulligan). Read more

Talking Adult Appeal of Inside Out

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With next week’s arrival of Inside Out on Blu-ray, it’s a great opportunity to delve into Pixar’s most adult-oriented movie, which has been passionately embraced both critically and commercially and obviously enters the Oscar race as the strongest contender. Inside Out has grossed $355.3 million domestically, making it the third highest grossing movie of the year, the third highest grossing Pixar movie and the seventh highest grossing animated movie of all time. Read more

Shotgun 6.3 Released with New Media App

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

Shotgun Software released Shotgun 6.3 with a new set of features and updates that will make it easier for teams to review, share and provide feedback on creative projects (view video below). Read more

Ridley Scott to Receive VES Life Achievement Award

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Books, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, previs, Tech, VES, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Ridley Scott, whose The Martian is Oscar buzzy and a box office hit, will receive Life Achievement recognition at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: Tomorrowland

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

Brad Bird’s fascinating, if under performing, Tomorrowland arrives on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack from Disney. It’s worth taking a second look at anti-dystopian fantasy starring George Clooney. Read more