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

Syd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award

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

Visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead will be the next Visionary Award recipient, at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

BBC Polls 100 Greatest American Movies

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

BBC Culture offers a provocative list of the top 100 American movies selected by 62 international critics, with five entries from Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, and Wilder. Lots of surprises and many omissions. Read more

SIGGRAPH 20015 Launches VR Village

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

SIGGRAPH 2015 (Aug. 9-13 in LA) capitalizes on the Virtual Reality craze by introducing the 2015 VR VILLAGE, featuring real-time immersion in the latest virtual and augmented realities, including Nomadic Virtual Reality (VR), Tabletop Augmented Reality (AR), Full-Dome Cinema, and live performances and demonstrations in a 360-degree immersion dome. Read more

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

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

Trailering The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Cinematography, Crafts, Movies, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch the full trailer for The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25), Pixar’s version of a True-Life Adventure. Read more

Peyton Reed Talks Restoring Order with Ant-Man

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

Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up) wanted to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, but finally got his Marvel shot with Ant-Man when Edgar Wright left because of too much micro-management and shared universe-tinkering. Yet Reed insists that the DNA remains intact: it’s still an absurd superhero/heist movie/domestic drama built around father/daughter redemption. Read more

Paul McGuigan On Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock

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At Comic-Con, the director of the Frankenstein re-imagining discussed his fondness for genius sociopaths and twisted friendships. Read more

Talking the Power of 2D at Disney

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

One of the more interesting Comic-Con panels (“Disney Animators: The Power of 2D”) explored the current state of animation at the studio. With the success of Tangled, the Glen Keane legacy is very much alive at Disney with an organic 2D/CG aesthetic. And it’s now a regular part of the workflow to have 2D animators consulting on features to help attain traditional posing and performance, and draw-overs have become systematic. Read more

Osborne and Tindle Get the Google Spotlight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Google Spotlight Stories continues to evolve as an ”on device” experience, luring Patrick Osborne (Pearl) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice), who appeared on a first-time Google panel at Comic-Con. Read more