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.

Oscar

Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton

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Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. Read more

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees

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

After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. Read more

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made

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Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

How Zal and Lenczewski Shot the Sublime Ida

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Get the inside story of the acclaimed black-and-white Ida from its two Oscar-nominated DPs,  Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Wild DP Belanger on Capturing Witherspoon

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Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon can thank cinematographer Yves Belanger for making her an unforgettable presence in The Wild landscape. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more

21 Sci-Tech Achievements to Get Academy Awards

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

ILM will get two awards (the PhysBAM Destruction System and  Shape Sculpting System) along with Weta (Barbershop hair grooming), and DreamWorks Animation (Foliage System) at the Academy’s Sci-Tech on Feb. 7 at the Beverly Wilshire.

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Five Costume Design Contenders

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We break down five costume designs that capture their periods with style. Read more