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.

Events

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

Keane Debuts Duet Short at Google I/O Conference

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Legendary animator Glen Keane has returned to his hand-drawn roots with a celebration of life in an innovative new mobile short, Duet (watch below), produced by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP).  Keane unveiled a first-look on Thursday at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.  We might even see a non-interactive version of Duet qualify for Oscar consideration. Read more

Hogarth and Blanchard Launch Conduit Seminars

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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

Pixar Announces New RIS RenderMan

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Pixar has created a new modular rendering architecture for RenderMan that brings raytracing to the Academy Award-winning software in version 19 (where they will be coding everything in C++ directly, not in shading language). Read more

Pixar Offers More About Inside Out

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Pete Docter will be offering a sneak peek of Inside Out (June 19, 2015) at Annecy next month, but in the meantime we have a more detailed plot synopsis. Read more

Disney Parks Offers 24-Hour Celebration

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Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” at three Disney theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney CaliforniaAdventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Read more

UFOTOG Trumbull Short to Premiere in Seattle

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Doug Trumbull will premiere his 3-D/HFR UFOTOG short on May 11 at the Seattle Cinerama Theater as part of the annual Science Fiction Film Festival. This will be in conjunction with special screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In addition, Trumbull will introduce Brainstorm (May 9), which marked the beginning of his quest for immersive cinema. Read more

Serkis Talks Dawn of the Apes at FMX

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Andy Serkis came to Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday and Europe’s premier computer graphics conference, FMX, finally got a taste of star power after nearly 20 years. It probably could’ve done without the heavy security, though, as Fox took every precaution to prevent online piracy. The performance capture guru showed the same footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that was glimpsed at WonderCon last week, and discussed the continuing evolution of his digital craft. Read more

Scott Peterson Talks Dragon 2 VFX at FMX

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Scott Peterson of DreamWorks provided a VFX sneak peek of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at FMX in Stuttgart on Tuesday, and showed the first five minutes, which you can watch below. Read more

VES Launches YouTube Channel

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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

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