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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Bryan Singer Talks Jack the Giant Slayer

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In my latest TOH/Indiewire column, Bryan Singer discusses gettting kid friendly while embracing virtual production and 3-D for Jack the Giant Slayer. Read more

Pixar Comes to FMX 2013

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Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave and new Blue Umbrella short will be showcased at FMX 2013 in Stuttgart (April 23-26), Europe’s most influential conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia. Read more

Backstage at the 85th Oscars

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, James Bond, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Here’s my Oscar takeaway: Brave winning best animated feature proves you should never underestimate the prestige of the Pixar brand; Paperman taking best animated short proves Disney’s back with a breakthrough hybrid approach in keeping with the legacy; the extraordinary  Life of Pi certainly made its mark with director, cinematography, VFX, and music honors; and Lincoln taking production design along with best actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved the inside/out approach was a powerful match. While the Bond 50th clip tribute left a lot to be desired, Shirley Bassey brought the house down with Goldfinger and Adele provided a stirring performance of her Oscar-winning Skyfall. As for Argo, Hollywood and fact-based heroism were an unbeatable combination when it came to best picture. Read more

Clipping More Oz

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

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8th) shows off colorful eye candy in two clips, “Travel by Bubble” and “Costume and Make-Up.” Read more

Rhythm & Hues Gets $11 Million Emergency Loan

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Judge Neil Bason on Friday approved part of an emergency loan sought by Rhythm & Hues in its preliminary federal bankruptcy court hearing in LA ($11 million out of $17 million being offered by Fox and Universal), reports Deadline. Read more

Letteri Talks More Hobbit at USC

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

Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri and his Oscar-nominated VFX team were at USC’s Institute of Technologies Wednesday night to discuss The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. They also released a new featurette on “Fantastical Creatures & Lands of Epic Beauty & Darkness.” Read more

Rhythm & Hues Files for Bankruptcy

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The situation is getting worse at Rhythm & Hues. Deadline reports that after winning the BAFTA for Life of Pi’s VFX Sunday night, the financially strapped LA studio alerted employees and clients that it was filing for  Chapter ll bankruptcy on Monday and that some jobs have been terminated. According to Variety, this was because the Prime Focus purchase had fallen through. Read more

Life of Pi, Brave Big VES Winners

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Life of Pi clawed its way closer to VFX Oscar gold Tuesday night, powered by Rhythm & Hues and MPC, grabbing four prizes at the 11th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature; Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (R&H’s CG Bengal tiger, Richard Parker); Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (MPC’s Storm of God); and Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture (Storm of God). Read more

Rhythm & Hues Averts Financial Crisis

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Rhythm & Hues, the VFX Oscar frontrunner for Life of Pi, has averted a financial crisis with the help of a $20 million cash infusion from Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. This will help sustain the company through April, according to The Wrap and Variety. Meanwhile, India’s Prime Focus will offer further financial assistance and might wind up purchasing R&H. Read more

Disney Scores Big with Super Bowl Spots

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While the Ravens battled the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII, Disney unveiled new spots for Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8), Iron Man 3 (May 3) , and The Lone Ranger (July 3). There’s lots of cool VFX. Read more