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.

Crafts

Trailering Zootopia Sloth from Disney

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

Watch the new trailer for Zootopia (March 4, 2016) featuring the hilarious Sloth scene. Read more

Editing Spotlight as a Journo Procedural

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

Tom McCarthy certainly made the right decision to make the buzzy Oscar contender Spotlight a procedural. It turned out to be the most authentic and involving way to explore the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Catholic sex abuse scandal by the Boston Globe’s special investigative unit. But such structural complexity required clarity to navigate the web of conflict and deception. That’s where Tom McArdle’s invaluable editing skills elevated Spotlight, the duo’s fifth collaboration. Read more

Elevating Youth with A Simple Song

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After cherry picking David Lang’s “I Lie” and “Maya Beiser” for the soundtrack to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino approached the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (the little match girl passion) to conjure a song for Youth. A tall order considering that the song summarizes the life of a retired conductor (Michael Caine at his most sensitive) forced to confront his mortality at a Fellini-esque Swiss spa. Read more

Designing Confined Spaces in 6 Oscar Contenders

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There’s an interesting production design trend this awards season, as films explore character from the inside out in confined spaces and iconic neighborhoods. Read more

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson Talk Anomalisa

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Music, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With the Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30), Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction. Inspirational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis) suffers a nervous breakdown while preparing for a lecture in a strange hotel in Cincinnati. That is, until he meets homely Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with a heavenly voice and has a glimmer of hope. Read more

Framestore Gets a Grip on Spectre Main Titles

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

Designer Daniel Kleinman and Framestore tackled the Octopus in Spectre’s main title sequence. Read more

Academy Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts

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

The Academy announced the 10 shortlisted animated features, ranging from Sanjay’s Super Team to Prologue to World of Tomorrow to a pair from the NFB (Carface, If I Was God). Read more

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

Ranking the Impactful 8 VFX Oscar Contenders

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Find out why The Impactful 8 have the best chance at snagging Oscar noms. 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

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