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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Scanline VFX Attacks Iron Man 3

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With Iron Man 3 , Scanline has grown considerably with a full VFX arsenal, delivering 250 shots out of its L.A. and Vancouver offices, including the first major effects sequence: the Stark mansion House Attack. The sequence involves Mandarin’s armed helicopters launching a missile attack on Tony Stark’s mansion, sending both the mansion and Tony plummeting into the ocean below. Read more

A Spiritual Man of Steel UK Spot

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The Christ metaphor is further accentuated in the latest UK TV spot for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (June 14). Read more

Catherine Martin Talks Designing Gatsby in 3-D

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Star Wars: Episode VII Shooting in the UK

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It’s no surprise, given tax breaks and tradition, that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the UK. This is also in keeping with an earlier report about ILM considering doing the VFX in London. The installation of fiber optic cable in a London office would also allow the work to still be overseen at the Presidio headquarters in San Francisco. Read more

Trailering and Explaining Gravity

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We get our first glimpse of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (Oct. 4) in a breathtaking teaser with astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney lost in space after a satellite disaster. Read more

Trailering Ender’s Game

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Summit has released the exciting first trailer for the eagerly-awaited Ender’s Game (Nov. 1, including IMAX), based on Orson Scott Card’s acclaimed sci-fi novel.  On the surface, it’s Star Wars meets The Matrix meets The Last Airbender, with Asa Butterfield reunited with his Hugo pal, Ben Kingsley. Read more

The Third Floor Talks Iron Man 3 Previs/Postvis

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The Third Floor had some new tech challenges and opportunities for the blockbuster Iron Man 3, which had the second highest opening ever last weekend ($175.3 million). I spoke with previs supervisor Todd Constantine and postvis supervisor Gerardo Ramirez about raising their game to keep up with Tony Stark’s new arsenal of suits and the latest terrorist mayhem. Read more

Real-Time Star Wars Demo Blows Away FMX

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Kim Libreri, Lucasfilm’s chief strategic officer, played a reel showing mocap and real-time rendering of C-3P0, R2-D2, and stormtroopers in a desert setting that dazzled the FMX 2013 crowd two weeks ago in Stuttgart, reports fxguide. The way virtual production is evolving with VFX coming in earlier and previs becoming more integral, the new slogan is : “Fix it in pre.” Read more

The Academy Salutes Mattes and Environmental VFX

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The Academy continued its informative “VFX Convergence” series last Tuesday at the Dunn Theater with “From Matte Paintings to Full Environments and Set Extensions,” which took us full circle from Méliès to Hugo and beyond. Read more

Clipping Star Trek Into Darkness

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Check out the colorful skin-tight uniforms and panic-stricken Enterprise crew in the first clip released from J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (IMAX 3D May 15, wide May 17). Read more