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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Animag Summit Announces Hosts, Presenters

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

Animation Magazine announced its line-up of presenters for the award ceremony at the World Animation & VFX Summit, Opening Night Party, on Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

Clipping the Black Hole of Interstellar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Get a look at the real gravitational science of the black hole in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7) in this new featurette highlighting theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as exec producer and consultant. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Editing, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more

Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon’s darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, “It’s the end — the end of the path I started us on.” Read more

Why Feast Short is the Oscar Frontrunner

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

Disney’s latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a winsome dog’s POV, is the Oscar frontrunner for its engaging story and distinctive look (check out the teaser below). It opens with the Oscar-contending Big Hero 6 Marvel mash-up on Nov. 7. Read more

Alonso Highlights VES Summit

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

Victoria Alonso described “filling the gap” as the key to storytelling and VFX success at Marvel at yesterday’s 6th annual VES Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, while VFX specialist Ben Grossmann, production designer Bo Welch, and DP Dion Beebe discussed the need for VFX to evolve into a more front-loaded collaborative workflow. Read more

Warner Bros. To Tackle 10 DC Superhero Movies

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

Warner Bros. has suffered Marvel envy long enough and is fighting back with 10 DC superhero movies through 2020 (plus some Batman and Superman standalones, including Man of Steel 2). The ambitious slate announced today by CEO Kevin Tsuijihara also includes a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy for 2016, 2018, and 2020 based on J.K. Rowlings’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (to be scripted by Rowlings and directed by David Yates and a trio of Lego movies. Read more

Bats and Battles of Dracula Untold

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

Dracula Untold (which looks best in IMAX) tells the origin story of Vlad the Impaler. Framestore (under the VFX supervision of Christian Manz) created 710 shots with huge battles and swarms of bats. Read more

Trailering Tomorrowland from Brad Bird

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

Watch the first teaser for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22, 2015) and get a glimpse of his “somewhere in time” sci-fi adventure. Read more

Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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

Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more