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.

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Trailering More Intense Interstellar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The new trailer for Interstellar  looks more intense and awe-inspiring. See it early Nov. 5 on film in 70mm IMAX, 70mm and 35mm and Nov. 7 in 4K and IMAX digital (The Chinese is being touted as the optimal experience). Read more

Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki’s extraordinary “continuous take” in Alejandro Iñárritu’s  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for Unbroken, the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)? That’s probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year’s below-the-line awards competition. Read more

Trailering Unbroken From Angelina Jolie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Editing, Movies, Music, Production Design, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Watch the first trailer from Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, Unbroken (Christmas Day), which, at first glance, evokes Chariots of Fire and The Bridge on the River Kwai. Read more

Trailering Gone Girl from David Fincher

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Watch the new trailer for Gone Girl (Oct. 3) and enter the chilly grasp of David Fincher once again. Read more

Trailering Fourth and Final Boxtrolls

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Watch the final trailer for Laika’s The Boxtrolls (Focus Features, Sept. 26), which tells us more about the world and plot involving this unusual family. Read more

Ottman Talks Multitasking on Days of Future Past

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It’s hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling X-Men: Days of Future Past offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. “I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on X-Men 2 and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming back to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen allowed us to fulfill that and then expand upon the thing and make it more epic,” he says. Read more

Avid Unveils Artist Suite Updates

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In conjunction with NAB, Avid announced new updates for the Avid Artist Suite video creative solutions, focused on helping media organizations and creative professionals acquire, use, and deploy Media Composer video editing software “in more powerful, efficient, and profitable ways.” Read more

Walter Murch Talks the Physics of Particle Fever

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Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever is the first great doc of the year (and let’s hope it gets remembered next awards season). It’s about the ground-breaking, Nobel Prize-winning experiment that helped unravel the nature of existence. Veteran editor-sound designer Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), who’s always had a fascination for physics, was brought on to “galvanize” the project but ended up spending a year humanizing this compelling work about the collision of science and art. Read more

Backstage at the 86th Academy Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Editing, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Sound, Tech, Uncategorized, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

As expected, 12 Years a Slave earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while Gravity dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score. Read more

Oscar-Nominated Chang Talks Grandmaster Costumes

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William Chang is certainly “The Grandmaster” of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he’s received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can’t separate his contribution to the overall look and editorial style of the movie. Read more