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

Dolby Sound Podcasts Gaming with Naughty Dog

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In the second “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcast from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Rob Krekel & Phillip Kovats of Naughty Dog Studios discuss the challenges of the upcoming Uncharted 4 (listen to a clip below). Read more

Dolby Sound Podcasts Launch with Randy Thom

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The Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have launched a series of 10 “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcasts, kicking off this week with Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design. Thom discusses what makes great soundscapes with the Dolby Institute’s Glenn Kiser and the influence of Apocalypse Now on modern sound design (listen to a clip below). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more

Production Designer Samuel Michlap Deconstructed

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Animation layout artist-turned production designer Samuel Michlap has worked at Disney (The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame) and DreamWorks (The Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Rise of the Guardians) and is currently working on his first live-action feature, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017). His first local exhibition is on display at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank through Sept. 13, where he will have a workshop on Aug. 29. A companion book, Cinematic Storytelling Deconstructed, will be available at CTN Expo Nov. 20-22.

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Animation Highlights from D23

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Here’s a snapshot of the highlights and announcements from D23, which I explore in greater detail tomorrow. Read more

Scoring The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Intrigue

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Director Guy Ritchie wanted to avoid any ’60s cliches in his Cold War rendering of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (starring Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin), and composer Daniel Pemberton was happy to oblige. In fact, there are as many musical twists and turns as you’ll find in the plot to save the world from nuclear war. Pemberton called it a “kaleidoscope of international color” because of its dense, unpredictable blend of styles.

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Getting to Know Dinotrux from DreamWorks/Netflix

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Dinotrux, the new original series from DreamWorks Animation Television and Neflix, launched on Friday. The series is based on Chris Gall’s illustrated children’s book series, which features a fictional prehistoric world inhabited by hybrid characters that are part dinosaur and part mechanical construction vehicle. It centers around Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. The Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a better world and battle the D-Structs, an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Ron Burch & David Kidd are the exec producers and Randy Dormans the supervising producer. I recently spoke with Dormans. Read more

Meet SPECTRE Women Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci

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Daniel Craig’s 007 hooks up with an icy blond and fiery Italian in his mission to uncover SPECTRE in the latest vlog. Read more

The Disney Science Behind the Hyperion Renderer

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The Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology team created this helpful, 1950s classroom-style tutorial on the new Hyperion renderer (which made the complexity possible for the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6). It’s now doing wonders with next year’s Zootopia, among others. Read more

Hollis-Leick Talks Performance Capture and Training

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Oliver Hollis-Leick, founder of The Mocap Vaults (an educational resource with online tutorials and live workshops), is a 13-year performance capture/mocap acting vet (GodzillaHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), who discusses the particular acting craft and how software such as the markerless iPi Motion Capture from iPi Soft is helping change the profession. Read more