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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Rhythm & Hues Wears Prana

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

An affiliate of LA-based and Indian-owned Prana Studios (Disney’s upcoming Planes), 34×118 Holdings Inc.,  won the intense bidding war on Friday for Rhythm & Hues at a cost of $17 million, according to Variety. Backup bidder is Brave Vision (a Chinese company led China Lion’s largest shareholder Jiang Yanming). Prime Focus came in third.

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Autodesk Unfolds 2014 Creation Suite

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In conjunction with Autodesk’s Unfold conference this week, they’ve launched the Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 with the latest versions of Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and Sketchbook Designer. They offer new workflow enhancements to handle complicated data sets more quickly and efficiently. Read more

Trailering More World War Z

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

There’s a second trailer for World War Z (June 21), the zombie invasion/political conspiracy thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Life of Pi

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Ang Lee’s multiple Oscar-winning Life of Pi goes Blu (Fox Home Ent.) and looks spectacular. Even viewed flat, I’m still entranced by the spirituality of the storytelling and the seduction of the imagery. And the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio offers a thrilling soundscape. It truly is the 2001 of our time. Read more

Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending Set for Summer 2014

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

The Wachowski’s next movie, Jupiter Ascending, has just landed a July 25, 2014 release date from Warner Bros., which means another smart, genre-bending experience from Andy and Lana, who are obviously unfazed by the lackluster box office response to Cloud Atlas. Read more

Clipping the Organic Oblivion

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

Before you complain about dystopian fatigue, take a closer look at Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (April 19), his follow-up to Tron Legacy, in this new featurette. Read more

Life of Rhythm & Hues

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On Monday, just as my Life of Pi Blu-ray arrived, there was further news about the continuing saga of Rhythm & Hues. According to Variety’s intrepid David Cohen, South Korea’s JS Communications, which received court approval last Friday for its stalking horse bid, intends to keep Rhythm & Hues thriving.  But what does that mean for R&H and the beleaguered VFX industry? Read more

VFX Wizardry in Oz the Great and Powerful

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

Yes, Sam Raimi’s return to Oz is a bumpy ride, but in my latest TOH/Indiewire column, I discuss how Robert Stromberg’s imaginative production design and the VFX wizardry by Sony Pictures Imageworks shine in Oz the Great and Powerful. Read more

Autodesk Unveils Unfold 2014

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Autodesk will commence Unfold 2014, a two-day celebration March 26-27 unveiling the latest 3D animation software releases. Festivities will include live and virtual events, where artists can see Autodesk’s newest technology in action, interact with product managers, learn from 3D experts and check out new customer projects. Read more

Trailering More Iron Man 3

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

In the third trailer for Iron Man 3 (May 3), Tony Stark has definitely met his match when The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) unleashes unparalleled terror and the motivation is very personal. Read more