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

Margaret Sixel Talks Editing Mad Max: Fury Road

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Crafts, Editing, How They Did It, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Oscar nominee and ACE winner Margaret Sixel had a major advantage on Mad Max: Fury Road: her candor. Read more

Evaluating the Best Cinematography Oscar Nominees

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All five cinematography contenders explore journeys of love and hate in the most brutal or beautiful environments, and the high-stakes obstacles are both personal and external. Read more

Clipping Spectre Title Sequence for Writing’s on the Wall

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In support of Sam Smith’s Oscar-nominated “Writing’s on the Wall,”  Sony has released the opening title sequence to Spectre. Read more

Clipping The Martian VFX Breakdown

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Watch this VFX breakdown of the Oscar-nominated The Martian by MPC, which includes all the scenes on Mars. Read more

The Big Short Grabs Top PGA Prize

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

The Big Short got a big lift Saturday night from the PGA in the three-way race for the Best Picture Oscar with The Revenant and Spotlight. In fact, when producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner accepted the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Award, Kleiner was so flabbergasted that he said he thought they were just being named as one of the nominees. Read more

Design for Living: Production Design Nominees

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A new twist on George Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland; a frozen wilderness transformed into a haunting dreamscape; space travel and the colonization of Mars; war-torn East Berlin; and a transgender tale defined by art and contrasting cityscapes compete for the Academy Award. Read more

How They Made the Mad Max: Fury Road VFX

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The VFX Oscar nom for Mad Max: Fury Road is a testament to the continuing power of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic storytelling, only more polished and immersive. It’s essentially one long desert chase in the War Rig, with 75 vehicles, captured mostly in camera, utilizing the invaluable Edge camera rig. Read more

How They Scored the Oscar-Nominated Carol

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In his Oscar-contending Carol score, Carter Burwell used a trio of poignant themes to convey the complexity of Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story between the eponymous socialite (Cate Blanchett) and aspiring photographer Therese (Rooney Mara), both Oscar-nominated. Read more

Clipping Anomalisa: 6 Tiny Things Featurettes

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

Paramount continues to offer a wealth of behind the scenes clips for the Oscar-contending Anomalisa stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. Read more

Evaluating the VFX Oscar Nominees

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

Here are the contenders: the return to a galaxy far, far away and the original post-apocalyptic world, an incredible bear, a bronze Mars, and a seductive female android. Read more