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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MPC Conjures VFX World of Maleficent

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

MPC created a host of animated creatures and fairy world environments for Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut, Maleficent, under the supervision of Adam Valdez and Seth Maury, completing 875 shots. Read more

The Third Floor Previsualizes Summer Tentpoles

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

The Third Floor has been instrumental in providing previs and postvis for Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2,  X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Maleficent. Read more

Robert Stromberg Talks Maleficent

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

The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland). And after re-imagining Disney’s iconic Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent, he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor and Maleficent production designer Dylan Cole) so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion. Read more

Sony Imageworks Relocates HQ to Vancouver

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

Sony Pictures Imageworks will be moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver as a result of the growing base of talented VFX workers and provincial tax breaks.  Read more

Trailering The Book of Life

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

Watch the exciting first trailer for The Book of Life (Fox, Oct. 17) and get a glimpse of why Reel FX comes of age with this passion project by director Jorge Gutierrez. Read more

Pixar Offers More About Inside Out

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

Pete Docter will be offering a sneak peek of Inside Out (June 19, 2015) at Annecy next month, but in the meantime we have a more detailed plot synopsis. Read more

Gareth Edwards to Direct Star Wars Spinoff

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

Gareth Edwards has made the ultimate fanboy leap from Godzilla to Star Wars, as Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Edwards would direct the initial standalone (from a script by Book of Eli’s Gary Whitta to be released Dec. 16, 2016). Read more

Clipping How to Train Your Dragon 2

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

After taking Cannes by storm, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is, quite simply, the best DreamWorks movie ever. Watch a new clip, “Dragon Races.”

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Stammers Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past VFX

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

Richard Stammers, production VFX supervisor from MPC, discusses highlights and advancements from Bryan Singer’s acclaimed return with X-Men: Days of Future Past.  MPC handled the full CG future Sentinels and interaction with the Mutant cast; Digital Domain was largely responsible for ’73, including the early Sentinels and Washington destruction; Rhythm & Hues did the Beast transformations and airplane mayhem; and Rising Sun handled the Quicksilver speed effects. Read more

Ottman Talks Multitasking on Days of Future Past

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

It’s hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling X-Men: Days of Future Past offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. “I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on X-Men 2 and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming back to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen allowed us to fulfill that and then expand upon the thing and make it more epic,” he says. Read more