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

CTN Animation Expo Returns to Burbank

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Education, Events, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech | Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Talent Network Animation Expo (CTN EXPO) is back Nov. 16-18, highlighted by Glen Keane and Brenda Chapman offering talks along with a host of creative talent and special events for professional artists, art students and industry executives. Read more

Otomo to Get Platform Life Achievement Award

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Events, Festivals, Movies, Shorts | Leave a comment

The Platform International Animation Festival will present renowned Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 27  at 9:30 pm at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT, 631 West 2nd St.,  Los Angeles). The evening will begin with an exclusive screening of Otomo’s new short film, Combustible, a sure Oscar contender, followed by a conversation with animation historian Jerry Beck and the award ceremony. Read more

Trailering Hitchcock

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Festivals, Movies, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

The Hitchcock trailer has just been released and it wonderfully captures the tense behind-the-scenes drama of making Psycho. Read more

Talking the Future of Cinema at Palo Alto

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

I will be returning to the second annual Palo Alto International Film Festival this weekend, moderating “The Future of Cinema: Extended and Experiential.” Joining me tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Talenthouse will be filmmaker/technologists John Gaeta (creative director/founder, Float Hybrid), Kim Libreri (VFX supervisor at ILM), Rudy Poat (creative director, Microsoft Studios), and Habib Zargarpour (creative director, Microsoft Studios). Read more

Silver Linings Playbook and Other Festival Faves

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Trailers | Leave a comment

So far, David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook (Nov. 21) has emerged as the surprise of Toronto: the best rom-com in ages that has Jeff Wells in a state of euphoria, comparing it to The Apartment, among others, and predicting it’s a lock for a Best Picture nom. Read more

The Future of Cinema at the Palo Alto Film Fest

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

I will be returning to the second annual Palo Alto International Film Festival (Sept. 27-30), moderating “The Future of Cinema: Extended and Experiential.” Joining me on Sept. 29 at 1:00 pm at Talenthouse will be filmmaker/technologists John Gaeta (creative director/founder, Float Hybrid), Kim Libreri (VFX supervisor at ILM), Rudy Poat (creative director, Microsoft Studios), and Habib Zargarpour (creative director, Microsoft Studios). Read more

Rare Hungry Hobos with Oswald Graced Telluride

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, Tech | Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) debuted a newly restored digital print of the once-thought-lost 1928 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit animated short, Hungry Hobos, at the Telluride Film Festival last Sunday. Read more

Guardians to Receive Hollywood Animation Award

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

Bolstering its Oscar campaign, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award” at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards (presented by The Los Angeles Times) on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Five of the past six recipients have gone on to win the Academy Award for best animated feature: Rango, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. Read more

Final Trailering of The Master

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Festivals, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

There’s more sex, violence,  gun play, and melancholy in the final trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (Sept. 14) on the eve of its festival run at Venice and Toronto. Read more

SIGGRAPH Announces 2012 Computer Animation Winners

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

SIGGRAPH 2012 (Aug. 5-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center), announced the Computer Animation Festival’s Best in Show, Jury Award, Best Student Project, and Well Told Fable Prize recipients. A total of 94 films will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. Nominees were chosen by an expert panel of jury members from 601 submissions representing 43 countries. Last year’s winner, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, won the Oscar for best animated short. Read more