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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NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera at SIGGRAPH

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

NVIDIA demo’d virtual camera technology at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver that allows a filmmaker, tablet in hand, to walk through a live-action set and record actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot. Read more

Proof Performs Previs for Guardians of the Galaxy

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Proof provided previs and postvis services on Disney/Marvel’s smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, choreographing and blocking the full CG action. Read more

Story of Frozen TV Special to Air Sept. 2

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

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, an original TV special that ventures behind-the-scenes of the Oscar-winning, top grossing animated movie of all time ($1.2 billion), will air Sept. 2 on ABC (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET). The project is a collaboration between Lincoln Square Prods. and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The program will culminate with a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7) by directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Read more

Framestore Animates Rocket for Guardians

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Framestore animated the badass Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) as well as his arboreal companion, Groot (Vin Diesel), in footage spanning 40 minutes and 633 shots of Disney/Marvel’s box office smash, Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more

Filoni and Kinberg Talk Star Wars Rebels

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

Prior to next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII, we get the animated series Star Wars Rebels as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (premiering in October on Disney Channel as a one-hour special before commencing on Disney XD). I spoke with exec producers Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Simon Kinberg (The X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four) at Comic-Con. Read more

Peter Jackson and George Miller Geek Out at Comic-Con

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

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the The Hobbit finale and the re-imagined Mad Max. Read more

ILM Gets Trippy with Lucy VFX

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Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson’s heady sci-fi actioner, Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity. Read more

MPC Sprouts Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

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

MPC delivered 857 VFX shots for Marvel/Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy, including the lovable Groot. Guardians rocketed with an estimated $37.8 million on Friday night. Read more

Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the most irreverent Marvel departure so far, and, thanks to comedy writer-director James Gunn (Slither, Super), we’re reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What’s old is new again. But even though it wasn’t his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it’s an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads. Read more

Previewing The Book of Life

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

Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage fromThe Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinct design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an animated indie. And it looks like fun, family entertainment that certainly breaks the CG norm, which del Toro emphasized. Read more