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

Game of Thrones Comes to FMX 2015

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, TV, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The HBO flagship Game of Thrones will be one of the highlights at FMX 2015, the conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia (May 5-8), which celebrates its 20th anniversary in Stuttgart, Germany. Read more

Lasseter, Catmull Honored by Variety

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

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

Art of Laika Auction Generates More Than $1 Million

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Laika should raise its brand recognition as a result of its breakout auction this week of masterfully engineered puppets, props, and other artwork with Heritage Auctions. Read more

Dawn of the Apes, Big Hero 6 Dominate VES Awards

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The top VFX prize for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a Big Hero 6 sweep provide Oscar boosts at 13th annual Visual Effects Society confab.  And J.J. Abrams talked Star Wars: The Force Awakens backstage. Read more

Boyhood, Grand Budapest, Lego Get ACE Awards

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Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the big winners at Friday night’s 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Richard Linklater’s Oscar favorite topped rivals American Sniper, The Imitation Game and Whiplash for drama, while Wes Anderson’s artsy romp beat Birdman for comedy/musical. Read more

Dragon 2 Grabs 6 Annies

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

How to Train Your Dragon 2  followed up its Golden Globe win with ASIFA Hollywood’s top prize at the 42nd annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Oscar contender from beleaguered DreamWorks Animation won six Annies (also for director Dean DeBlois, character animation, editing, storyboarding and music by John Powell and Jonsi). Read more

Dave Walvoord Talks Dragon 2 VFX

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Go behind-the-scenes of the VFX in DreamWorks’ Annie winner (watch three exclusive making of videos below). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Wild DP Belanger on Capturing Witherspoon

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon can thank cinematographer Yves Belanger for making her an unforgettable presence in The Wild landscape. Read more