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

Patel Talks Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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

Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Paradis Grindle presented Pixar’s latest at Comic-Con and then discussed the love letter to his father with me afterward. Read more

Darren Gilford Talks Force Awakens Back-to-Basics

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

Hot production designer Darren Gilford appeared on an ADG-sponsored Comic-Con panel, discussing how the team achieved a seamless continuity between the first trilogy and J.J. Abrams’ reboot. Read more

Chris Miller & Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Standalone

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The LEGO Movie, Jump Street duo will direct the next Star Wars anthology movie, which will be released May 25, 2018. Read more

Clipping Ant-Man Trial by Fire

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

Watch the new Ant-Man clip, “Trial by Fire,” in which Paul Rudd tests his new suit and we glimpse the VFX macro unit in action. Read more

Alan Taylor on Terminator Genisys: Family Dysfunction

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

Alan Taylor’s definitely drawn to dysfunctional families, which were a staple of his acclaimed TV work (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos), and that’s what attracted him to Terminator Genisys. Beneath the sci-fi, time travel, political tyranny, man vs. machine, shoot-em-up action lies a very trippy story of lovers and parents and guardians trapped in a continuous loop. Read more

Cinesite, Image Engine Join Forces

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

Consolidation is one way to stave off VFX competition, as UK-based Cinesite (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Vancouver-based Image Engine (Chappie) announced a merger. Read more

Roger Allers Talks The Prophet

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

Roger Allers chuckled when I suggested that Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a philosophical Fantasia. It’s what he had in mind: an exquisite tapestry of different looks and moods based on the acclaimed book by the Lebanese poet, featuring segments from Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Bill Plympton (Cheatin’), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“Firebird Suite” in Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick), and Mohammed Harib (Freej). Read more

Animation Show of Shows Hits Kickstarter Goal

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

The Animation Show of Shows achieved its Kickstarter campaign ”stretch” goal by raising $107,528. This will allow it to match ASIFA Hollywood’s $7,000 grant to restore Hangman (1964), directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Read more

10 Things You Might Not Know About Inside Out

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

After 20 years, Pixar is still one of the industry’s biggest success stories, and Inside Out, the biggest original box office opener in history, certainly belongs in the top-tier of the studio’s animated features. Pete Docter explores childhood and emotions and memories and growing up, but from an adult perspective. He even proclaims that it’s not only okay to be sad, but that it’s essential to our maturity and emotional well-being. Read more

Remembering Film Composer James Horner

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James Horner, who died at 61 in a plane crash Monday, was drawn to movies about exploration and imagination, which is why he bonded so creatively with Ron Howard and James Cameron. Read more