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: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more

The Disney Science Behind the Hyperion Renderer

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The Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology team created this helpful, 1950s classroom-style tutorial on the new Hyperion renderer (which made the complexity possible for the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6). It’s now doing wonders with next year’s Zootopia, among others. Read more

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

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Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

Talking the Power of 2D at Disney

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One of the more interesting Comic-Con panels (“Disney Animators: The Power of 2D”) explored the current state of animation at the studio. With the success of Tangled, the Glen Keane legacy is very much alive at Disney with an organic 2D/CG aesthetic. And it’s now a regular part of the workflow to have 2D animators consulting on features to help attain traditional posing and performance, and draw-overs have become systematic. Read more

Osborne and Tindle Get the Google Spotlight

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Google Spotlight Stories continues to evolve as an ”on device” experience, luring Patrick Osborne (Pearl) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice), who appeared on a first-time Google panel at Comic-Con. Read more

Patel Talks Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Paradis Grindle presented Pixar’s latest at Comic-Con and then discussed the love letter to his father with me afterward. Read more

Trailering The Revenant from Iñárritu

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio battle Tom Hardy in The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman. Read more

Darren Gilford Talks Force Awakens Back-to-Basics

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Hot production designer Darren Gilford appeared on an ADG-sponsored Comic-Con panel, discussing how the team achieved a seamless continuity between the first trilogy and J.J. Abrams’ reboot. Read more

Cinesite, Image Engine Join Forces

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Consolidation is one way to stave off VFX competition, as UK-based Cinesite (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Vancouver-based Image Engine (Chappie) announced a merger. Read more

Animation Show of Shows Hits Kickstarter Goal

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

The Animation Show of Shows achieved its Kickstarter campaign ”stretch” goal by raising $107,528. This will allow it to match ASIFA Hollywood’s $7,000 grant to restore Hangman (1964), directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Read more