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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Dawn of the Apes, Big Hero 6 Dominate VES Awards

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

 

The top VFX prize for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a Big Hero 6 sweep provide Oscar boosts at 13th annual Visual Effects Society confab.  And J.J. Abrams talked Star Wars: The Force Awakens backstage. Read more

Tibbitt Talks Sponge Out of Water

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since the first SpongeBob Movie, but it’s been worth the wait as creator Stephen Hillenburg and show writer/exec producer Paul Tibbitt have come up with a fresh and funny mixed-media extravaganza as well as a timely superhero parody. Tibbitt, who directs the sequel, tells us about his experiences, including transforming the beloved 2D characters into CG. Read more

First Look at Frozen Fever Short

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

Here’s a first look at Disney’s Frozen Fever short, which will play in front of Cinderella on March 13. Read more

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made

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Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more

Digital Domain Does Night at the Museum Finale

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

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was the surprise VFX bakeoff entry. Here’s a rundown of Digital Domain’s work, led by production VFX supervisor Erik Nash. Read more

2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

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

Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters. Read more

Clipping Creating the Bricks from The Lego Movie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Videogames | Leave a comment

There’s a new must-see featurette, “Creating the Bricks,” which explains the animation behind The Lego Movie (the fourth highest grosser of 2014 with $257.7 million and the Oscar fronrunner for best animated feature).  Read more