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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Man of Steel Goes Viral With General Zod

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

A clever Man of Steel (June 14) viral campaign this weekend (which included the use of L.A. billboards) has culminated on the movie’s site with a static video message from General Zod (Michael Shannon) that begins:  “You Are Not Alone.” Read more

Jerry Beck Launches Animation Scoop

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Blu-ray, Books, performance capture, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Videogames | Leave a comment

Animation historian Jerry Beck (formerly co-owner of Cartoon Brew) has launched Animation Scoop, which will be part of the Indiewire blog network, where I will serve as contributing editor, writing about animated features with interviews and behind the scenes pieces. Read more

Disney Shutters LucasArts

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

After buying Lucasfilm 154 days ago, Disney has closed LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. This is on the heels of cancelling The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network and laying off animators at Lucasfilm. This means we will not be seeing the darker and edgier next-gen shooter game, Star Wars 1313, featuring higher quality performance-captured animation from Lucasfilm Animation and VFX from Industrial Light & Magic. Read more

Marvel Offers Phase 2 Preview

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Clips, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Get a glimpse of the Marvel plan for Phase 2 in a post Avengers world, focusing on Tony Stark’s existential journey in Iron Man 3 (May 3) while also sneaking Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more

Sneaking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Blu-ray, Clips, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Last week Peter Jackson hosted a live sneak peek of some footage for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13) as a treat for fans that bought the Blu-ray or DVD of An Unexpected Journey. Now you can view the six-minute excerpt. Read more

Rhythm & Hues Wears Prana

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

An affiliate of LA-based and Indian-owned Prana Studios (Disney’s upcoming Planes), 34×118 Holdings Inc.,  won the intense bidding war on Friday for Rhythm & Hues at a cost of $17 million, according to Variety. Backup bidder is Brave Vision (a Chinese company led China Lion’s largest shareholder Jiang Yanming). Prime Focus came in third.

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Autodesk Unfolds 2014 Creation Suite

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In conjunction with Autodesk’s Unfold conference this week, they’ve launched the Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 with the latest versions of Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and Sketchbook Designer. They offer new workflow enhancements to handle complicated data sets more quickly and efficiently. Read more

Autodesk Unveils Unfold 2014

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Autodesk will commence Unfold 2014, a two-day celebration March 26-27 unveiling the latest 3D animation software releases. Festivities will include live and virtual events, where artists can see Autodesk’s newest technology in action, interact with product managers, learn from 3D experts and check out new customer projects. Read more

Bryan Singer Talks Jack the Giant Slayer

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In my latest TOH/Indiewire column, Bryan Singer discusses gettting kid friendly while embracing virtual production and 3-D for Jack the Giant Slayer. Read more

Pixar Comes to FMX 2013

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave and new Blue Umbrella short will be showcased at FMX 2013 in Stuttgart (April 23-26), Europe’s most influential conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia. Read more

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