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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Immersed in Blu-ray: Aladdin Shines Again

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Blu-ray, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, VFX | Leave a comment

Aladdin, the beloved animated feature from ’92, makes its Blu-ray bow this week from Disney Home Ent. (also available on Digital HD and DMA). Aside from its demo-quality picture and sound, the Diamond Edition boasts never-before-seen tributes to the late Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie.” Read more

ILM Celebrates 40th at VIEW

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

ILM takes its 40th presentation to VIEW this month in Turin, Italy, along with Jurassic WorldRead more

Trailering More of The Revenant

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

Watch more of Leonardo DiCaprio going after Tom Hardy in Best Picture contender The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman.

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How Roger Deakins Crossed New Borders with Sicario

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

Call it Prisoners on steroids. That’s because Sicario (referring to a Mexican hitman as well as Jewish zealots who revolted against the Romans) expands its dark psychological themes, pitting idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt against lethal consultant Benicio Del Toro during a secret raid on Mexico’s most powerful drug lord. It’s the perfect backdrop for Roger Deakins to cross new aesthetic borders for his second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve (they are currently prepping the Blade Runner sequel, which starts shooting next summer). Read more

Richard Williams Gets Deeper into Prologue

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Richard Williams discusses his hand-drawn, six-minute short, Prologue, which just completed its  Oscar qualifying run. Its a brutal and balletic peek at the Spartan-Athenian wars through the eyes of a young girl.  It’s gory yet mesmerizing in its composition, movement, and cutting. And its a simple series of drawings. The 82-year-old Williams is now at work on an ambitious feature-length version. Read more

Trailering Prologue Short from Richard Williams

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Events, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Sound, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

 

Fresh from its acclaimed Telluride premiere, Richard Williams’ Prologue short starts its Oscar qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West  LA. Watch the trailer below. Read more

Four Legendary Ladies to Enter ADG Hall of Fame

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Costume, Crafts, Events, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Tech | Leave a comment

Four legendary women will be inducted into the– Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards (Jan. 31, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel): production designer Carmen Dillon, production and costume designer Patricia Norris, art director and set designer Dorothea Holt Redmond, and illustrator Dianne Wager. Read more

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

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Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin. Read more

Academy Considering 20 Sci-Tech Achievements

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Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, the Foundry, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital  are involved with the 20 sci-tech achievements under consideration by the Academy’s Technical Awards committee (including 11 distinct investigations). Read more

Disney, Pixar Through the Looking Glass of D23

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

The biggest animation takeaway from D23 is that it’s all about creative legacy building: honoring the past while staying relevant. Read more