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.

Costume

Trailering SPECTRE: The Author of Pain

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Costume, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Music, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Judging from the explosive new SPECTRE trailer, the film not only continues the two-part Skyfall journey into James Bond’s upbringing but also links the Daniel Craig era by proclaiming that Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser represents a Machiavellian puppetmaster: “It’s me, James, the author of all your pain,” he sneers (wearing, incidentally, the signature Nehru jacket associated with Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the ’60s). So isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag? Read more

SPECTRE Vlog #4: Bondizing Day of the Dead

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Costume, Crafts, James Bond, Makeup/Hair, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The latest SPECTRE vlog takes us behind the scenes of the elaborate Day of the Dead Bond opener with 1,500 extras in full costume. Read more

Trailering Bridge of Spies from Spielberg/Hanks

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Crafts, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back in Bridge of Spies, the fact-based Cold War drama that raises the tough moral issues we’re grappling with today about freedom, security, and human rights during covert warfare. Read more

ADG Presents An American in Paris

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

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present a screening of An American in Paris (1951), showcasing Oscar-winning Concept Artist/Costume Designer Irene Sharaff, Art Director E. Preston Ames and MGM’’s Supervising Art Director Cedric Gibbons, on May 31 at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood). This will be the ADG Film Society’’s second program of the 2015 “Confessions of a Production Designer” Series, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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

How They Did It: Cinderella Crashes the Ball

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies, Production Design, Tech | Leave a comment

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

How They Did It: Mr. Turner

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Tech | Leave a comment

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

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Five Costume Design Contenders

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

We break down five costume designs that capture their periods with style. Read more