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.

Videogames

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

Warner Bros. To Tackle 10 DC Superhero Movies

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Warner Bros. has suffered Marvel envy long enough and is fighting back with 10 DC superhero movies through 2020 (plus some Batman and Superman standalones, including Man of Steel 2). The ambitious slate announced today by CEO Kevin Tsuijihara also includes a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy for 2016, 2018, and 2020 based on J.K. Rowlings’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (to be scripted by Rowlings and directed by David Yates and a trio of Lego movies. 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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NVIDIA Ships Visual Computing Appliance

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NVIDIA’s Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is now available, dramatically accelerating ray tracing and enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. Read more

Box Wins SIGGRAPH 20014 Best in Show

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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

Autodesk Acquires Shotgun Software

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Autodesk has acquired Shotgun Software, the popular developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management for film TV, and gaming. Read more

Hogarth and Blanchard Launch Conduit Seminars

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Industry insiders Pam Hogarth and Debra Blanchard Knight have launched Conduit Seminars to help production professionals find jobs and enhance their skills. The first session,  ”Job Hunting in Creative Industries,” will take place on Saturday, July 26th,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Otis College of Art and Design (9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles). Read more

Maya LT 2015 Gets Some Steam

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Autodesk Maya LT 2015 is coming to Steam, Valve’s popular entertainment platform, helping more than 65 million gamers, developers, and artists to personalize their games and bring them into popular Steam titles such as Defense of the Ancients 2 (DoTA 2). Read more

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

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Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Updated FMX 2014 Lineup

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Lego Movie have been added to the FMX 2014 conference in Stuttgart (April 22-25). Read more