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

World Building The Rilao Project at USC

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USC 5D returned last Saturday with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. I participated in the international one-day investigation, creating the fictional city of Rilao, a world build based on a mash-up of the DNA of Los Angeles and Rio. Read more

Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel

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At last week’s 6th annual Visual Effects Society Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Marvel’s Victoria Alonso stressed the importance of “filling the gaps,” in her keynote, whether it’s related to storytelling or VFX. In fact, according to the exec producer/exec VP of visual effects & post-production, maintaining an outside-the-box mentality has been the key to Marvel’s success. Read more

USC 5D Returns with Rilao Science of Fiction

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After last year’s successful “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” USC 5D returns with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival on Saturday, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. Read more

Alonso Highlights VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso described “filling the gap” as the key to storytelling and VFX success at Marvel at yesterday’s 6th annual VES Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, while VFX specialist Ben Grossmann, production designer Bo Welch, and DP Dion Beebe discussed the need for VFX to evolve into a more front-loaded collaborative workflow. Read more

Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Enter Autodesk-Sponsored VES Student Award

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Autodesk Inc.is once again supporting the Steven Spielberg-inspired award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” for the 7th year in a row. Read more

VES Taking Awards Submissions

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The Visual Effects Society is currently accepting submissions for the 13th Annual VES Awards (Feb. 4, 2015) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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World Animation & VFX Summit to Honor Roman and Arnold

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Animation Magazine’s World Animation & VFX Summit (Nov. 2)  will honor Film Roman founder Phil Roman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 producer Bonnie Arnold at its opening-night gala Nov. 2 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

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

The Visual Effects Society is wasting no time honoring J.J. Abrams with its prestigious Visionary Award in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII (Dec. 18, 2015). The award will be presented at the 13h Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki’s extraordinary “continuous take” in Alejandro Iñárritu’s  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for Unbroken, the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)? That’s probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year’s below-the-line awards competition. Read more