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.

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The Dam Keeper Graphic Novel Bound

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The Oscar-nommed Dam Keeper animated short from Tonko House founders Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi will get the graphic novel treatment by First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, and is also being developed into a feature. Read more

Disney Announces Frozen 2

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Now that Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger announced that Frozen 2 is in active development at a shareholder’s meeting this morning in San Francisco, will it center on Olaf, the lovable snowman voiced by Josh Gad (who was also present at the announcement)?

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Trailering More Inside Out from Pixar

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

Pixar is definitely back with Pete Docter’s Inside Out (June 19), already touted as the one to beat for the Oscar. The second trailer delves into the conflict between Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness  (Phyllis Smith) and what happens when a core memory inadvertently gets tampered with.

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How They Did It: Technicolor Talks Birdman

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Now that the Academy Awards are over and Birdman won best picture, it can be revealed that Technicolor developed a new DI methodology for carrying out Alejandro González Iñárritu’s bold, single-take experiment. Read more

Trailering Frozen Fever

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Music, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Watch the new trailer for Disney’s delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more

Backstage at the Oscars: Birdman Soars, Disney Sweeps

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Editing, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar winning the VFX prize, and Disney’s surprise animation sweep with Big Hero 6 and Feast, continuing the momentum from last year’s Frozen.

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Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

It’s a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood. Read more

10 Oscar Animation Takeaways from the Nominees

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

This year’s annual round-up of animation Oscar nominees at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater provided a few personal insights into “How They Did it.” Read more

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