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

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

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Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Frozen Coming to FMX 2014

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Disney’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, Frozen, will be spotlighted at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

USC Debuts Experimental Leviathan at CES

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts World Building Media Lab debuts Leviathan at the Intel CES 2014 exhibit in Las Vegas. This experimental, hybrid storytelling platform lives on the digital rim of narrative and gameplay. Read more

Singer Donates $5 Million to USC Critical Studies

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USC alum Bryan Singer, who’s currently working on X-Men: Days of Future Past, donated $5 million to the university’s School of Cinematic Arts, which has renamed the Critical Studies division in honor of his gift. Read more

Charles Schwartz Honored at USC

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The late Charles Schwartz (Understanding Digital Cinema: A Professional Handbook), who helped establish the Entertainment Technology Center, the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ (SCA) think tank, was honored with a Chair on Sept 26. Read more

Disney Announces Next Student Inspire Day

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Walt Disney Animation Studios will open its Burbank doors to a select group of student filmmakers for it’s 5th annual “Inspire Day” on Oct. 3. Read more

SIGGRAPH Previews Production Sessions

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The tech behind Pacific Rim, Frozen, Monsters University, and Oz the Great and Powerful will be on display at SIGGRAPH 2013. Held this year in Anaheim on July 21-25, the production sessions are part of the Computer Animation Festival. Read more

World Building and the Science of Fiction

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On Saturday, I participated in a very unique live and interactive festival at USC: “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” sponsored by USC | 5D Institute. The brainchild of production designer and 5D co-founder Alex McDowell (Man of Steel), I collaborated with professionals and students in creating a futuristic LA 2020 and learned more about how and why we build worlds for a more immersive narrative experience. It was “a giant circus trick” creating a new world in a day. Read more

Animation Mentor Offers VFX Fundamentals

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Animation Mentor is now accepting applications for the inaugural Summer 2013 term of its new VFX Fundamentals series of online courses devoted to addressing industry challenges and concerns. Students are encouraged to visit the Registration Portal early to ensure their choice of industry professional instructor and class time. Read more