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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Clipping Becoming Peter Parker

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2) delves deeper into the mythology of Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, who’s looser and more unpredictable than Toby Maguire. Read more

Frozen Coming to FMX 2014

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Disney’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, Frozen, will be spotlighted at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

Clipping 300: Rise of an Empire

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Coinciding with this weekend’s release of 300: Rise of an Empire,  watch a featurette focusing on the the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy who steals the movie. Read more

Clipping the Ark in Noah

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Watch this new featurette to Find out how they built a real Ark in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (March 28). Read more

Backstage at the 86th Academy Awards

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As expected, 12 Years a Slave earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while Gravity dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score. Read more

Autodesk Celebrates Oscar Nominees

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Autodesk once again played a key role in the Oscar-contending movies and was honored by the Academy for Mudbox and FiLMBOX (the foundation of MotionBuilder) with a certificate and a Plaque. Read more

Trailering Guardians of the Galaxy

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Watch the first trailer for the wacky Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1), the Scooby-Doo of Marvel movies, underscored by B.J. Thomas  singing  ”Hooked on a Feeling” from ’69, the year the comic was introduced. Read more

Gravity, Frozen Big VES Winners

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As expected, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-contending Gravity dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney’s Frozen juggernaut went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio). Read more

Anatomy of a Scene: Gravity Opening

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The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki, production designer Andy Nicholson, VFX supervisor Tim Webber, sound mixer Chris Munro, and editor Mark Sanger. Read more

Crafts Roundup: Talking Cinematography

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

The Oscar nominees for best cinematography are not only filled with indelible images but they’re all constructed around the common theme of survival, disconnect, and rebirth. I discuss the works with all five Oscar nominees: Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Gravity), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska), and 11-time nominee Roger Deakins (Prisoners), who won’t be returning for Bond 24. Read more