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

Going Inside Out with Pixar Designer Ralph Eggleston

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

Production Designer Ralph Eggleston has taken us undersea (Finding Nemo) to outer space (WALL·E) and to other imaginative Pixar places, but nothing compares with going inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley in Pete Docter’sInside Out (screening out of competition at Cannes ahead of its June 19th release). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Odd Man Out, Pink Horse

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Criterion brings two post-war noir gems of anxiety from 1947: Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out and Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse.

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Trailering More Tomorrowland Sci-Fi

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Follow Casey (Britt Robertson) more closely in the latest trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), the anti-dystopian fantasy adventure. Read more

Eerie Connection Between Force Awakens, Tomorrowland

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Thursday seemed eerily surreal in Anaheim, between The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration to the new Tomorrowland exhibit in Disneyland. It was like journeying through some inter-dimensional transport much like the one in Tomorrowland. And what was even stranger was discovering some striking similarities between J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot and Brad Bird’s fantasy/adventure. Read more

Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, Ben-Hur

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

Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype’s “share screen” function inspired Unfriended, the horror riff on And Then There Were None, in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend’s Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his Ben-Hur reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. Read more

IMAX and Dolby Play Laser Tag with Rival Projection

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

IMAX launched its next-gen laser projection system at the TCL Chinese last week, while rival Dolby Vision gets Disney on board with Tomorrowland and Inside Out. Read more

How They Did It: The Seduction of True Story

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, Editing, How They Did It, Movies, Tech | Leave a comment

The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in True Story. Director Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen (Moneyball) discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. Read more

Admiral to Screen at Beijing International Fest

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The Dutch action-adventure, Admiral,  has been selected for a Gala screening at the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday in the Grand Oriental Theatre at 9:30 pm.  Read more

How They Did It: Meet Sentient Ava from Ex Machina

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

Artificial intelligence has certainly become a hot genre, as dystopia was, yet Alex Garland (Sunshine28 Days Later) has no idea why besides our own paranoia with privacy. However, he’s made one of the smartest and most compelling sci-fi movies in years with his debut Ex Machina, a cleverly Pinteresque power-play between Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson with the beguiling Alicia Vikander as the sentient object of their desire, Ava. Read more

Going Inside Out with Pete Docter

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

Pixar is back at the top of its game with Inside Out, taking us inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlin Dias), where we explore her five very animated emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader).  I saw the first two-thirds at Pixar early this month, and got the chance to interview Pete Docter and several key collaborators, who I will cover separately in the lead up to the June 19th release. Read more