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

Get A Horse! Debuts at Annecy

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On Tuesday, Walt Disney Animation Studios unveiled the mysterious hand-drawn, black-and-white Mickey Mouse short,  Get A Horse!, at the Annecy Animation Festival in France, and here are a few photos. Read more

Francaise Takes SIGGRAPH 2013 Best in Show

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À la Française (from France, naturally) earned the SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival’s Best in Show Award. The Louis XIV parody was directed by Morrigane Boyer, Julien Hazebroucq, Ren Hsien Hsu, Emmanuelle Leleu and William Lorton. Read more

Postering Mickey in Get A Horse! Short

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Here’s a swell poster for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ never-before-seen Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, which debuts next Tuesday at the Annecy Animation Festival. Read more

SIGGRAPH Previews Production Sessions

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The tech behind Pacific Rim, Frozen, Monsters University, and Oz the Great and Powerful will be on display at SIGGRAPH 2013. Held this year in Anaheim on July 21-25, the production sessions are part of the Computer Animation Festival. Read more

The Rise of Triggerfish Animation

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Festivals, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

South-Africa-based Triggerfish Animation has come of age with its first two features, Adventures in Zambezia, about a lavish city of birds, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD (Sony Home Ent.), and Khumba, a zebra in search of its identity, which premieres at Cannes this month. Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest discusses the emergence of his studio as a regional force. Read more

Mysterious Mickey Mouse Short Annecy Bound

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Disney will unveil “a never-before-seen, hand-drawn, black-and-white Mickey Mouse short,”  Get A Horse!, at the Annecy Animation Festival. Read more

World Building and the Science of Fiction

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On Saturday, I participated in a very unique live and interactive festival at USC: “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” sponsored by USC | 5D Institute. The brainchild of production designer and 5D co-founder Alex McDowell (Man of Steel), I collaborated with professionals and students in creating a futuristic LA 2020 and learned more about how and why we build worlds for a more immersive narrative experience. It was “a giant circus trick” creating a new world in a day. Read more

Spaltro to Direct Wake-Up in New York

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Director David Spaltro will follow-up his acclaimed Things I Don’t Understand (2012) with Wake-Up in New York, the final film in his NYC Valentine trilogy that began with …Around (2008). Read more

A ‘Lean, Smart, and Agile’ FMX 2013

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FMX 2013  — Conference on Animation, Effects, Games, and Transmedia (April 23-26 in Stuttgart, Germany) has adopted the slogan “Lean, Smart, and Agile” and will feature smart technologies, adaptive approaches, and flexible strategies for the ongoing paradigm shift. Read more

Irish Furniture Short Takes Sundance Jury Prize

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Sundance Institute gave the jury prize for animated short to Irish Folk Furniture at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented Wednesday at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. Read more