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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Serkis Talks Dawn of the Apes at FMX

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

Andy Serkis came to Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday and Europe’s premier computer graphics conference, FMX, finally got a taste of star power after nearly 20 years. It probably could’ve done without the heavy security, though, as Fox took every precaution to prevent online piracy. The performance capture guru showed the same footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that was glimpsed at WonderCon last week, and discussed the continuing evolution of his digital craft. Read more

Landau Talks Avatar Sequels at FMX

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Producer Jon Landau gave a sneak peek behind the tech of the upcoming Avatar sequels on Wednesday at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. James Cameron is currently working with three teams of writers while Weta Digital has been improving its pipeline. The trio of films is set for release with Fox on December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018. Read more

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Education, Events, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Andy Serkis Coming to FMX 2014

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

Andy Serkis will deliver a keynote and show a sneak peek of Weta Digital’s performance capture work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany).

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Frozen Breaks All-Time Animation Record

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Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie ever, with $1,072.4 billion worldwide ($398.4 million domestic and $674 million internationally), and has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. Read more

Updated FMX 2014 Lineup

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Lego Movie have been added to the FMX 2014 conference in Stuttgart (April 22-25). Read more

Autodesk Unveils 2015 Animation Software

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Autodesk stresses further ease of use and introduces Bitfrost to its the 2015 versions of 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage.  Read more

Frozen Coming to FMX 2014

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Disney’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, Frozen, will be spotlighted at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

Adam Green Talks Oscar-Nominated Get A Horse!

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

Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn’t match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!  short wouldn’t have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (FrozenWreck-It RalphTangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney. Read more