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

Yates Whittle Talks Dialogue Editing & ADR

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In the latest “Conversations with Sound Artists,” two-time Oscar nominee Gwen Yates Whittle (Tron: Legacy, Avatar) discusses the importance of the dialogue process (listen to the clip below). Read more

How Roger Deakins Crossed New Borders with Sicario

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, How They Did It, Movies, Oscar, Tech | Leave a comment

Call it Prisoners on steroids. That’s because Sicario (referring to a Mexican hitman as well as Jewish zealots who revolted against the Romans) expands its dark psychological themes, pitting idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt against lethal consultant Benicio Del Toro during a secret raid on Mexico’s most powerful drug lord. It’s the perfect backdrop for Roger Deakins to cross new aesthetic borders for his second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve (they are currently prepping the Blade Runner sequel, which starts shooting next summer). Read more

Anna Behlmer Talks the Art of Sound Mixing

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In the fourth episode of the Dolby/SoundWorks Conversations with Sound Artists podcast, 10-time Oscar nominee Anna Behlmer (Fifty Shades of Grey, Star Trek, Braveheart) discusses being one of the first female mixers in movies, strategies for handling a nervous director, and why you will always find colored Sharpie pens on a mixing stage. Read more

Glen Keane Makes Nephtali Short for Paris Opera

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Watch the latest Glen Keane Nephtali short commissioned by the Paris Opera for its new digital 3rd Stage. Read more

Clipping Keane About VR at FoST

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

In this new promo, Step into the Page, Glen Keane shares his views on animation and VR for Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in New York in October. Read more

Dolby Sound Podcasts Docs with Coll Anderson

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In the third “Conversations with Sound Artists” Podcast series from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Coll Anderson discusses “telling human stories” in docs (listen below). Read more

Clipping The Peanuts Movie with Dreaming Big

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The Art of Dreaming Big web series from Fox Family Entertainment touts The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6). Read more

What Daniel Craig Divulged About SPECTRE

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It was a busy week for Bond talk: Daniel Craig told Esquire that he might not return, yet he’s just been named co-producer of SPECTRE  (a first for a Bond actor) with the arrival of the new poster; author Anthony Horowitz called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond and then apologized; and a UK bookie is placing his bet on Tom Hardy as the next 007. Read more

Clipping Emmy-Nominated Daredevil VFX

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Watch this Daredevil making of video by Shade VFX, which is nominated for an Emmy. Read more

The NFB Comes to LA Shorts Fest

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

The NFB has three shorts at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, including the North American premiere of If I Was God (screening Sept. 9 at 3:15 pm) by two-time Oscar nominee Cordell Barker. Read more