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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VES Summit 2013 Offers New Reality

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

The VES has announced its TED-like rountable format for the fifth annual summit,  ”A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution,” Oct. 26, at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Trailering Full Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

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The full trailer for Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit movie (Dec. 13) is online, highlighted by Benedict Cumberbatch’s growling dragon and a cascade of fire.
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Academy to Widen Animation Nominations

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In a continuing effort to be more inclusive of its 6,000 plus membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will expand the nominating process for animated features and shorts, according to THR. Read more

Libreri Talks VFX/Gaming Convergence at BAFTA

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Lucasfilm CTO Kim Libreri spoke last week about the emerging convergence of VFX and gaming at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA in London. Read more

Park Road Wins IBC 2013 Innovation Award

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Park Road Post Production won an IBC 2013 Innovation Award this week for its pioneering high frame rate pipeline work on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Jackson additionally won the International Honor for Excellence. Read more

Avatar Trio of Sequels Planned

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Taking a page out of Peter Jackson’s playbook at Weta, James Cameron will make three Avatar sequels, shooting all of them simultaneously beginning next year with consecutive releases set for December 2016, December 2017, and December 2018. Read more

Sun Innovation Acquires Digital Domain 3.0

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There’s a new wrinkle in the continuing saga of Digital Domain (Oblivion, Iron Man 3): The Oscar-winning and formerly bankrupt 3.0 version of the VFX studio has become a part of Hong Kong-based Sun Innovation, which acquired the parent company of Galloping Horse U.S. (which owned a 70% stake in DD) for $50.5 million for equity shares. Read more

Landau Talks Making Avatar 2 Better for Cameron

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Lightstorm’s Jon Landau discussed the second-gen virtual production process being assembled for Avatar 2 at Autodesk’s User’s Group meeting Tuesday night in Anaheim as part of SIGGRAPH 2013. Read more

VES Offers State of Industry Whitepaper

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The Visual Effects Society (VES) released The State of the Global VFX Industry 2013, a strategic whitepaper as a blueprint for action, analyzing such issues as the California perspective, growing competition, pricing models, tax incentives, and unionization. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oz the Great and Powerful

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful comes to Blu-ray, 3-D Blu-ray, and DVD in a Disney combo pack this week looking and sounding great in the home theater. Personally, I better appreciated the richness of production designer Rob Stromberg’s colorful eye candy even more without the 3-D. Read more