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

Creating Those Good Vibrations for Love & Mercy

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The making of The Beach Boys’ ground-breaking Pet Sounds album in Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy necessitated a soul-searching exploration of Brian Wilson’s musical genius. It began with Atticus Ross’ use of score, which aesthetically crossed over into sound design. Read more

Going Inside the Crime World of Black Mass

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From the makeup and hairstyling to costumes, cinematography, and score, it all revolves around Johnny Depp’s dead-on portrayal of crime lord Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Read more

Going Between Two Worlds in Brooklyn

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Production designer Francois Seguin, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux and cinematographer Yves Belanger take us behind the scenes of the Oscar contending Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by John Crowley. Read more

Ren Klyce Talks Inside Out Sound Design

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To complement the imaginative animation for Pixar’s Inside Out, sound designer Ren Klyce of Skywalker Sound was recruited to create an experimental soundscape. Known primarily for his brilliant work with David Fincher (nine features, from Se7en to Gone Girl), Klyce, who also worked on The Boxtrolls at Laika and the Lava short at Pixar, discusses some of his sonic secrets for Riley’s emotions and core memories. Read more

How They Designed The Force Awakens

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Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter divulges the Zen of Star Wars, the character arc of Han Solo and the inspiration for the Yoda-like Maz Kanata. (SPOILER ALERT!)

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Ranking the 6 Best Editing Oscar Contenders

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Among the year’s editorial achievements: a metaphysical journey, the economic collapse as black comedy, a massive Catholic Church cover-up, post-apocalyptic adventure, one man’s colonization of Mars and LA’s “reality rap” story. Read more

How They Puppeteered Anomalisa

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

With Oscar-contending Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, stop-motion studio Starburns Industries blurs the line between animation and live-action. Caroline Kastelic, the puppet supervisor, tells us how they did it, 3D-printing 1,261 faces to go along with more than 150 puppets. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Moving Image is currently presenting “The World of Anomalisa,” an installation of two sets and puppets through March 27, 2016. Read more

10 VFX Contenders Chosen for Oscar Bake-Off

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The Academy’s Visual Effects branch executive committee determined a shortlist for the bake-off that includes two blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World) and two surprises (Ex-Machina and The Revenant). Read more

Recreating The Twin Towers for The Walk

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The Walk, which recreates Philippe Petit’s amazing high-wire act across the World Trade Center Twin Towers in 1974, has been shortlisted for the VFX Oscar. And on Tuesday, it was the subject of a special case study on virtual production held at Sony for a joint tech committee comprised of the ASC, ADG, VES, the Previs Society, the PGA and the ICG. Read more

The 6 Best Score Oscar Contenders

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It’s an awards season full of musical riches: the rousing update of a legendary score, the return of an iconic composer at home with the Western, a chamber piece for a journalism triumph, the fascination of forbidden love and a sublime animated tour-de-force. Read more