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

Shotgun Gets Flame Integration

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

At IBC 2014, Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 visual effects software Extension 2, with included support for Shotgun Software, a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management platform. Read more

Oscar Contenders to Highlight View Conference

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

Presentations centered on Oscar-contending animation and VFX movies will highlight the View 2014 conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 14-18). Keynoting the conference are Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, and Glen Keane (the Duet short). Read more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

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

For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more

NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera at SIGGRAPH

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

NVIDIA demo’d virtual camera technology at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver that allows a filmmaker, tablet in hand, to walk through a live-action set and record actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot. Read more

21 Considered for Academy Sci-Tech Achievement

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

Tech from Digital Domain, DreamWorks Animation, ILM, Laika, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital is in the running for Academy Sci-Tech achievement. Read more

NVIDIA Unveils New Quadro at SIGGRAPH

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

NVIDIA unveiled its next gen of Quadro GPUs at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver with a lineup delivering up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation to work with more complex models and higher-res images and to incorporate cloud-based resources, and to access work remotely, often on mobile devices. Read more

Found in Los Angeles Art Project Expands

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Fine Artist Ron Barbagallo has launched a website (foundin.la) for his Found in Los Angeles art project, which was on display at the ArcLight Hollywood earlier this summer.

Barbagallo’s art pulls the streets of LA into the theater by way of taking details found outside the ArcLight itself, and extends that visual journey to the sidewalks of Los Feliz, around urban downtown, to the concrete byways of West Hollywood and Venice, and into the swimming pools of the Hollywood Hills. Using these facets, Barbagallo creates “emotional landscapes” that evoke the diverse spiral that is LA. Read more

Maxon Offers Cinema 4D Release 16

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

Maxon unveiled Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next-gen version of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application (which will release in September). In addition to various workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers a modeling PolyPen “super-tool,” a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage, and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity. Read more

Trailering Star Wars Rebels

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Events, Tech, Trailers, TV, VFX | Leave a comment

Coinciding with its Comic-Con activities, Disney/Lucasfilm has released an extended trailer for the animated Star Wars Rebels. Read more

Abrams Shows Off Star Wars X-Wing in Video

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

On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of his movie. Read more