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

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Apes, BH6, Boxtrolls Lead VES Noms

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

Weta Digital’s extraordinary performance-capture work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grabbed five VES noms along with Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Laika’s The Boxtrolls. The VES Awards will be held on Feb. 4th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Read more

Gwen Stefani Talks Paddington Shine

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

I caught up with synthpop star Gwen Stefani last week at a DGA reception for Paddington, the smart and witty movie adaptation of the popular Michael Bond books opening Friday through The Weinstein Co.  Stefani sings the infectious main title song, “Shine,” backed by mentor Pharrell Williams, which is sure to be a contender next awards season. Read more

Knight to Direct Samurai Kubo for Laika

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Laika goes samurai for its fourth stop-motion feature with Focus Features, Kubo and the Two Strings, marking the directorial debut of studio head Travis Knight (Aug. 19, 2016).

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Birdman Tops 72nd Golden Globes Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, Movies, Music, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Birdman led the way with seven Golden Globe film nominations, followed by Boyhood and Imitation Game with five. Animation nods went to Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and The Lego Movie.

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Oscar VFX Shortlist Announced

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

The Academy released the 10 VFX movies shortlisted for Oscar consideration. Edge of TomorrowThe Adventures of Spider-Man 2, Lucy, and Exodus: Gods and Kings were MIA but Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb made the cut.

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The Boxtrolls Grabs 13 Annie Nominations

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

Laika’s stop-motion The Boxtrolls led ASIFA-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards with 13 nominations, bolstering its chances for an Oscar nom, followed by DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 10 noms (both will compete for best animated feature). The winners will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31st, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall at 7:00 pm. Read more

Feast Leads Oscar Shortlist for Shorts

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

The good news for Disney is that the buzzy Feast made the Oscar shortlist for animated shorts; however, Pixar’s lovely Lava did not (perceived as too lightweight perhaps given the highest of standards applied). William Joyce, Glen Keane, and Bill Plympton are also in the running  (watch clips and trailers below). Read more

20 Join the Oscar Race for Best Animated Feature

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

With 20 titles submitted for Academy consideration, the threshold of 16 or more should be met to qualify 5 nominees in the Oscar race for best animated feature. Read more

Animag Summit Announces Hosts, Presenters

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, Festivals, Movies, previs, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Animation Magazine announced its line-up of presenters for the award ceremony at the World Animation & VFX Summit, Opening Night Party, on Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more