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 Unfold 2014

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

Autodesk will commence Unfold 2014, a two-day celebration March 26-27 unveiling the latest 3D animation software releases. Festivities will include live and virtual events, where artists can see Autodesk’s newest technology in action, interact with product managers, learn from 3D experts and check out new customer projects. Read more

Pixar Comes to FMX 2013

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

Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave and new Blue Umbrella short will be showcased at FMX 2013 in Stuttgart (April 23-26), Europe’s most influential conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia. Read more

Making of Star Trek The Video Game

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

Get an explosive sneak peek at the immersive co-op Star Trek The Video Game  (April 23) with part one of this making of video. Read more

Life of Pi, Brave Big VES Winners

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

Life of Pi clawed its way closer to VFX Oscar gold Tuesday night, powered by Rhythm & Hues and MPC, grabbing four prizes at the 11th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature; Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (R&H’s CG Bengal tiger, Richard Parker); Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (MPC’s Storm of God); and Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture (Storm of God). Read more

A ‘Lean, Smart, and Agile’ FMX 2013

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

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

SIGGRAPH 2013 Call for Submissions

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Education, Events, Music, performance capture, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

SIGGRAPH 2013 is coming to Anaheim July 21-25 for its 40th year and is asking for your submissions. Read more

Marc Petit Leaves Autodesk

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

Marc Petit, head of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment division, has departed the company to pursue other initiatives. He served as SVP since 2002 after working at Softimage for nearly a decade. Read more

The Force is Now with Disney

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

After purchasing Pixar and Marvel, The Walt Disney Co. has now bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, and will make Star Wars Episode VII for release in 2015 followed by two more in the next trilogy every two to three years . Plus Disney has acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, but Star Wars will be the primary focus, so expect plenty of movies, series, and theme park attractions. Read more

Disney Gets Subversive with Wreck-It Ralph

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Tech, VFX, Videogames | Leave a comment

I revel in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph in my latest TOH/Indiewire column, interviewing director Rich Moore about departing from the studio norm while still embracing the legacy. It’s a brilliant balancing act. 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