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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Teasing Big Hero 6 from Disney

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

Check out the teaser for Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), the first animated collaboration between Disney and Marvel. Anime isn’t so easy to translate into CG but this looks marvelous and Disney’s definitely on a roll with its versatility and old school/new school ethos. Read more

Clipping Dawn of the Apes VFX Comparisons

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

Check out the 1:1 comparisons between the actors and their simian avatars in this new Dawn of the Apes (July 11) video. Read more

Trailering More Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Vin Diesel utters “I am Groot” in the new Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1) trailer. Read more

MPC Animates First CG Godzilla

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

For the first CG Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards wanted a more believable and empathetic creature, so MPC was given the animation task, under the VFX supervision of Oscar winner Guillaume Rocheron (Life of Pi). Read more

Trailering Transformers: Age of Extinction

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

Watch the trailer for Michael Bay’s new Transformers reboot (June 27), introducing Mark Wahlberg as struggling mechanic Cade Yeager who helps restore the Transformers after time and technology have passed them by. Read more

Clipping More Maleficent

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

Watch two new clips from Maleficent (May 30), “Light & Dark” and “Finger Prick.”

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Returning to the Nuclear DNA of Godzilla

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

Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has admirably returned to the Toho roots of Godzilla 60 years on and made the Kaiju myth as relevant as ever, even adding a humanistic twist. Drawing on the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster as inspiration (what if it wasn’t a natural disaster?), and utilizing the best that CG animation has to offer, Edwards delivers the thrilling monster goods along with a sense of melancholy. Read more

Trailering Full Interstellar

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

Watch the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s first foray into sci-fi, Interstellar, a celestial field of dreams opening Nov. 7 from Paramount. Read more

Trailering More Dawn of the Apes

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

Watch more of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11), in which director Matt Reeves explores the origins of the fledgling ape world and clash of civilizations before the inevitable battle for the planet. Read more

Clipping More Amazing Spider-Man 2 VFX

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

Watch an electrifying new Electro bolt making of video from Sony Pictures Imageworks. Read more