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.

Festivals

Oscar Contenders to Highlight View Conference

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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

Tomm Moore Talks Song of the Sea

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Tomm Moore follows up his Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with an even more ambitious Irish folk tale, Song of the Sea, which plays Toronto on Saturday. Produced by the Ireland-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and distributed by Gkids, Song of the Sea (opening Dec. 19th) looks to be a sure Oscar contender for its exquisite hand-drawn beauty and stirring story about the last Seal-child trapped between two worlds. Read more

Trailering The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Watch the trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli co-founder/director Isao Takahata. The Oscar contender from GKids opens Oct. 17 in an English-language version and makes its North American premiere at TIFF.

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Box Wins SIGGRAPH 20014 Best in Show

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

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

Patrick Osborne Talks Disney Feast Short

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

Disney’s latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a dog’s POV, premiered Tuesday at Annecy, but Animation Scoop got an early sneak peek and an exclusive interview with director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on the Oscar-winning Paperman and co-head on the upcoming Big Hero 6 feature). In fact, Feast will fittingly open in front of the Marvel superhero adaptation on Nov. 7. Read more

Gkids Acquires Boy and the World From Annecy

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Now that Gkids has picked up the Brazilian Boy and the World at Annecy, will the indie powerhouse have three hand-drawn Oscar contenders this season? It already has Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli in the running. Read more

Pixar Offers More About Inside Out

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

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

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

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

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

Disney to Have Annecy Feast with New Short

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Feast, a new Disney short from Patrick Osborne, head of animation for the Oscar-winning Paperman, will have its world premiere at Annecy June 10. Read more