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.

Education

Khan Academy Launches Pixar in a Box

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

Pixar in a Box, a free online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, goes live on KhanAcademy.org. The first year will focus on math, to be followed by science, computer science, arts, and humanities. Read more

Lasseter, Catmull Honored by Variety

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Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull shared Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award as part of the trade pub’s inaugural 10 Animators to Watch event Tuesday night at Siren Studios in Hollywood, feted by Variety and Nickelodeon. Dana Lamb of Cal State Fullerton was also presented with the Animation Educator of the Year award. Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

World Building The Rilao Project at USC

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Education, Events, Festivals, Movies, Music, Production Design, Tech, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

USC 5D returned last Saturday with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. I participated in the international one-day investigation, creating the fictional city of Rilao, a world build based on a mash-up of the DNA of Los Angeles and Rio. Read more

USC 5D Returns with Rilao Science of Fiction

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After last year’s successful “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” USC 5D returns with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival on Saturday, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. Read more

Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Enter Autodesk-Sponsored VES Student Award

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

Autodesk Inc.is once again supporting the Steven Spielberg-inspired award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” for the 7th year in a row. Read more

Box Wins SIGGRAPH 20014 Best in Show

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Box (directed by Tarik Abdel-Gawad) from Bot & Dolly (Gravity) took the Best in Show award as SIGGRAPH 2014 announced the 41st annual Computer Animation Festival recipients. Read more

Hogarth and Blanchard Launch Conduit Seminars

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Education, Events, Movies, previs, Tech, VES, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Industry insiders Pam Hogarth and Debra Blanchard Knight have launched Conduit Seminars to help production professionals find jobs and enhance their skills. The first session,  ”Job Hunting in Creative Industries,” will take place on Saturday, July 26th,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Otis College of Art and Design (9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles). Read more

VES Launches YouTube Channel

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

Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES) launched its new YouTube channel, providing unique access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them.  The channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, insights from leading practitioners and original content from VES signature events, workshops and forums.  The VES YouTube Channel is now live with an initial 100+ videos. Read more