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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Atomic Fiction Takes a Walk to Montreal

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

Atomic Fiction is opening a flagship facility in Montreal in preparation of The Walk, Robert Zemickis’ biopic of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph-Gordon Levitt). Read more

Trailering More Big Hero 6

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

Watch the second trailer from Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), which introduces the theme of loss and further develops the kinship with the huggable soft robot, Baymax. Read more

J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

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

The Visual Effects Society is wasting no time honoring J.J. Abrams with its prestigious Visionary Award in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII (Dec. 18, 2015). The award will be presented at the 13h Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Clipping Popeye Animation Test

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

Watch a nifty animation test for Genndy Tartakovsky’s upcoming Popeye with Sony Pictures Animation. It really captures the essence of the beloved Max Fleischer cartoon by applying what Tartakovsky learned about breaking the CG rules to get more of a hand-drawn aesthetic to his Hotel Transylvania. Read more

Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki’s extraordinary “continuous take” in Alejandro Iñárritu’s  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for Unbroken, the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)? That’s probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year’s below-the-line awards competition. Read more

Going Deeper Into Guardians with MPC

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

MPC goes into more detail about its extensive VFX work on Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (featuring 857 shots and led by VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi). Read more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Goes Blu

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

As good as Captain America was, The Winter Soldier is even better, thanks to the conspiracy thriller component added by the Russo brothers, and the Blu-ray/DVD set from Disney looks and sounds stellar. It’s a wildly fun and exciting mash-up. Read more

Clipping The Boxtrolls and Nature of Creation

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

Enter the world of Laika and watch how they bring the elements to life for The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26) in “The Nature of Creation” featurette. Read more

Clipping Meet the Boxtrolls

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

Before seeing The Boxtrolls on Sept. 26,  learn more about Laika’s lovable stop-motion creations in this new featurette, “Meet the Boxtrolls.” Read more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, previs, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more