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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FMX 2013 Offers Iron Man 3 and Oblivion

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FMX 2013 is happening next week Tuesday through Friday in Stuttgart, Germany. Unfortunately, I’m unable to attend but the latest conference on nimation, effects, games, and transmedia will be touting Iron Man 3 (May 3) and Oblivion, among other new and upcoming treats. Read more

Honoring Previs at the Academy

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Previs got its props April 15 at the Academy’s “VFX Convergence” presentation (“Pre-and Post-Visualization: Beyond Storyboarding”). Hosted by editor Michael Tronick at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Previs continues to get more expansive and sophisticated-looking, thanks mainly to machine speed and procedural pipelines that allow for enhanced realism. Read more

Trailering Third Man of Steel

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After the eerie General Zod video warning comes the third and most emotional Man of Steel trailer: an existential journey to define the heart and soul of Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and his role as outsider/savior. Read more

Final Trailering of Star Trek Into Darkness

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The third and final trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (May 15 for IMAX 3D and May 17 wide) continues the focus on Captain Kirk’s emotional journey and emphasizes his test of wills with Benedict Cumberbatch’s taunting baddie. Read more

Man of Steel Goes Viral With General Zod

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A clever Man of Steel (June 14) viral campaign this weekend (which included the use of L.A. billboards) has culminated on the movie’s site with a static video message from General Zod (Michael Shannon) that begins:¬† “You Are Not Alone.” Read more

Blomkamp Talks Elysium

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At a Comic-Con-style presentation Monday morning at The Grove, we finally caught a glimpse of Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium (August 9) with a trailer and 10 minutes of footage. There’s lots of action, robotics, and politically infused sci-fi. It’s a big leap forward after District 9 but no less personal. Read more

Disney Shutters LucasArts

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

After buying Lucasfilm 154 days ago, Disney has closed LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. This is on the heels of cancelling The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network and laying off animators at Lucasfilm. This means we will not be seeing the darker and edgier next-gen shooter game, Star Wars 1313, featuring higher quality performance-captured animation from Lucasfilm Animation and VFX from Industrial Light & Magic. Read more

Marvel Offers Phase 2 Preview

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Get a glimpse of the Marvel plan for Phase 2 in a post Avengers world, focusing on Tony Stark’s existential journey in Iron Man 3 (May 3) while also sneaking Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more

Sneaking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Last week Peter Jackson hosted a live sneak peek of some footage for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13) as a treat for fans that bought the Blu-ray or DVD of An Unexpected Journey. Now you can view the six-minute excerpt. Read more

Stepping Up VFX for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (under the balletic direction of Jon Chu from the Step Up franchise) required its own VFX Joes for support from Digital Domain, Industrial Light & Magic, and Method Studios. But other than the obvious CG explosions and a brief bit of creepy morphing, the result is invisible VFX at its most proficient (under the overall supervision of James Madigan).

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