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

SIGGRAPH 2013 Call for Submissions

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SIGGRAPH 2013 is coming to Anaheim July 21-25 for its 40th year and is asking for your submissions. Read more

Animation Mentor Launches AMP Studio Pipeline

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Animation Mentor is taking a more holistic approach to its venerable online school of animation and VFX with the creation of the AMP studio production pipeline along with the addition of a VFX curriculum and restructured animation program. After consulting with animation and VFX studios, it was decided to better train students in more of a hands-on, battle tested environment to better prepare them for professional careers. Read more

CTN Animation Expo Returns to Burbank

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Creative Talent Network Animation Expo (CTN EXPO) is back Nov. 16-18, highlighted by Glen Keane and Brenda Chapman offering talks along with a host of creative talent and special events for professional artists, art students and industry executives. Read more

Trailering ToyTalk Launch

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Education, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Former Pixar execs Oren Jacob, Martin Reddy, and Bobby Podesta have formed a new Northern California-based family entertainment company, ToyTalk, that turns the Toy Story premise on its head by having toys talk to kids.  Remember Teddy from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence? Well, imagine a talking teddy bear on the iPad that uses artificial intelligence and scripted voices. Watch the company teaser trailer to glimpse more. Read more

Animation Mentor Offers Lighting Workshop

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Education, Events, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Animation Mentor announces the launch of a new workshop designed specifically for animators interested in using light from a filmmaker’s perspective:

Lighting Your Shot

Six-Week Workshop | $499

Accepting Registrations for Winter 2013 Term Read more

5D to Explore The City and the Book

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Books, Education, Events, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Immersive design consortium 5D Institute will explore the dynamic world of storytelling in interactive, virtual spaces during the next summit, The City and the Book, Sept. 20 and 21 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Talking Croods VFX

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

Markus Manninen, the VFX supervisor on DreamWorks’ The Croods, appeared with two of his colleagues on a SIGGRAPH panel to discuss the role of VFX at the animation powerhouse. He gave me a sneak peek of the sophisticated naturalism coming March 22, 2013. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Talking Hotel T with Tartakovsky

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky went under the hood of Sony’s upcoming Hotel Transylvania (Sept. 28) with animation supervisor James Crossley and VFX supervisor Daniel Kramer. They explained that the process was like “digital excavation,” as they had a year to pull it all together on the fly. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Going Deeper into Paperman

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Clips, Education, Events, Movies, Shorts, Tech | Leave a comment

I knew SIGGRAPH would be the perfect venue for Disney’s hybrid breakthrough Paperman short. The confluence of art and technology was a natural and the crowd was very appreciative. Director John Kahrs led a discussion about the making of the short that included art director Jeff Turley, animation supervisor Patrick Osborne, animator Amol Sathe, and programmer Brian Whited. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Talking Virtual Production, Higher Frame Rates

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Blu-ray, Education, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Virtual production and higher frame rates dominated the conversation at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference in LA, just as they did at FMX earlier in the year. Despite Warner Bros. scaling back on the number of screens that it will play The Hobbit  at 48 fps on Dec. 14, the two go hand in hand with 3-D in paving the way for a more immersive and lifelike theatrical movie going experience. I cover the highlights and speak with Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri and ILM’s Dennis Muren in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more