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

Autodesk Unveils 2015 Animation Software

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Autodesk stresses further ease of use and introduces Bitfrost to its the 2015 versions of 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage.  Read more

Frozen Coming to FMX 2014

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Disney’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, Frozen, will be spotlighted at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

Academy Announces Sci-Tech Recipients

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ILM’s Plume and Zeno, Weta Digital’s spherical harmonics-based lighting, the Mudbox sculpting software, and Rhythm & Hues’ Voodoo character animation software are among the 19 sci-tech achievements that will be honored at the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Feb. 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Read more

USC Debuts Experimental Leviathan at CES

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts World Building Media Lab debuts Leviathan at the Intel CES 2014 exhibit in Las Vegas. This experimental, hybrid storytelling platform lives on the digital rim of narrative and gameplay. Read more

AiSolve to Showcase Immersive Tech at IAAPA

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AiSolve, a leading British developer of interactive, immersive and augmented reality technology, will be exhibiting for the first time in North America at IAAPA 2013 in Orlando, Florida from Nov. 18th-22nd. Read more

Kaytis & Reilly to Direct Angry Birds Feature

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Former Disney vet Clay Kaytis and Sony’s Fergal Reilly will co-direct the Angry Birds CG-animated feature being made at Rovio Ent. for Sony Pictures.

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Moonbot Creates The Scarecrow for Chipotle

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Clips, Movies, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Bill Joyce’s Oscar-winning Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA, has another hit following Morris LessmoreThe Scarecrow short/iOS game for Chipotle (they’ve also done a Metropolis-inspired Numberlys app and upcoming book for kids and are hard at work on a Golem game). But The Scarecrow short is both stunning and stirring, bolstered by Fiona Apple’s mournful rendition of “Pure Imagination.” Read more

Trailering Need for Speed

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Talk about a rush: watch the first teaser for Need for Speed (March 14, 2014), based on the EA video game phenomenon, which has plenty of fast driving and fiery action with Aaron Paul bent on revenge but in need of redemption. Read more

Libreri Talks VFX/Gaming Convergence at BAFTA

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Lucasfilm CTO Kim Libreri spoke last week about the emerging convergence of VFX and gaming at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA in London. Read more