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

ILMxLab Poised to Push VR Boundaries

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

For years, John Gaeta (The Matrix trilogy) has been preaching and incubating the total immersive entertainment experience, tapping Silicon Valley and Hollywood (watch our conversation below), and now he’s making it a reality as creative director of the new ILM Experience Lab (ILMxLab).

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Animation Show of Shows to Expand

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

Producer Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks/AWN) will be turning his annual shorts showcase, The Animation Show of Shows, into a non-profit organization to preserve and promote animated shorts. Read more

Patrick Lin Talks Shooting Inside Out

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

Inside Out is all about the visual contrast between Riley’s inner and outer worlds. This allowed Patrick Lin (DOP for layout) to explore different camera techniques to shoot the two worlds. “From the very beginning, we wanted to design a visual language that could clearly define each world but at the same time contrast them and keep them separate,” explained Lin, who collaborated with Kim White, DOP for lighting. Read more

James Ford Murphy Talks Pixar Lava Short

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

The lovely Lava short, which was overlooked last year by the Academy, will soon be screening in front of Inside Out. It’s a soft and sweet love story between a lonely old volcano (patterned after Jackie Gleason, the bulldog from Feed the Kitty and Kuana Torres Kahele, who voices the character) and a young one (voiced by Napua Greig). It nicely captures the environment and spirit of Hawaii, wrapped around the song, “I Lava You,” and utilizing helicopter physics and speed. When I was recently up at Pixar, I chatted with director James Ford Murphy about his personal inspiration and storytelling choices. Read more

Going Inside Out with Jonas Rivera

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

Jonas Rivera, who’s been at Pixar since 1994, beginning as a production office assistant on Toy Story, has found a real kindred spirit in Pete Docter. He’s just as sweet and soft spoken, too. They first collaborated on Up in 2009 and now they await the release of the even more ambitious Inside Out, which drew raves in Cannes.  During my recent Pixar visit, we discussed the tough journey and what it’s like protecting Docter’s vision. 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

TCM Movie Camp Geek Out with Moonbot

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

I can’t think of anything cooler this summer than William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios hosting TCM’s new Movie Camp show aimed at young adults and future filmmakers, which kicks off Sunday with Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 pm EST. We had fun geeking out this week about the lineup, which includes The Adventures of Robin Hood, Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Duck SoupStrangers on a Train, and Singin’ in the Rain. Talking to the Moonbot guys really is like film school and movie camp rolled into one. Read more

Clipping Pizza from Inside Out

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Watch the new “Pizza” clip from Inside Out (June 19), which marvelously contrasts Riley’s outside and inside worlds. Read more

Teasing The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Catch the first peek of The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s pre-historic adventure (Nov. 25). Read more

Clipping New Featurettes for Jurassic World

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

“A New World/A New Vision” and “A Look Inside” provide sneak peeks of what’s in store in Jurassic World (June 12). Read more