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

DP Cronenweth Talks Gone Girl

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The cinematographer talks color palettes, lighting, Rosamund Pike and, yes, “that scene.” SPOILER alert! Read more

Inside Editing American Sniper

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The Oscar-contending editing force behind American Sniper talks about the challenges of working with Eastwood, and balancing worlds both at war and at home. Read more

Inside Editing Jazzy Whiplash

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Damien Chazelle’s very hot Whiplash has the most powerful cutting style of any of this year’s editing Oscar contenders, with a very visceral jazz vibe. Read more

Talking Dragon 2 Sound and Score

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In keeping with Dean DeBlois’ ambitious vision for How to Train Your Dragon 2, both the sound design by Randy Thom and score by John Powell were more adventurous as well. For the Oscar-winning Thom (The IncrediblesThe Right Stuff), that entailed crafting a more elaborate soundscape. And for Powell, who received an Oscar nomination for the firstDragon score, that meant composing a more complex score. Read more

Re-Entering Book of Life: Land of the Remembered

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Jorge Gutierrez spent considerable effort in designing and animating Manolo’s arrival in the “Land of the Remembered” with Reel FX. It’s one of the highlights of The Book of Life, which is in Oscar and Annie contention. We explore the making of this crucial moment with the first-time director, and you can view four exclusive clips below. Read more

Digital Domain Does Night at the Museum Finale

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

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was the surprise VFX bakeoff entry. Here’s a rundown of Digital Domain’s work, led by production VFX supervisor Erik Nash. Read more

2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

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Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters. Read more

Clipping Creating the Bricks from The Lego Movie

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There’s a new must-see featurette, “Creating the Bricks,” which explains the animation behind The Lego Movie (the fourth highest grosser of 2014 with $257.7 million and the Oscar fronrunner for best animated feature).  Read more

Faura and Yeoman Score First ASC Nominations

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Cinematographers Óscar Faura (The Imitation Game) and Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel) got their first ASC nominations and will vie for the top prize at the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards (Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza). Read more

Five Scores That Got Under Our Skin

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The scores of LA Film Critics winner Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game),Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything), and Marco Beltrami (The Homesman) got under our skin in the best possible ways.
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