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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Trailering Pacific Rim

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The first Pacific Rim (July 12) trailer has arrived and Guillermo del Toro delivers the mother of all CG monster movies. The VFX by ILM (supervised by Lindy DeQuattro) looks stunning, as humanity responds to the alien invasion by sea with robotic counterattack. Read more

Trailering New Man of Steel

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

In the second trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (June 14), the tone remains somber but the imagery becomes even more Christ-like as Superman (Henry Cavill) grapples with his duality: “The World’s too big, Mom.” Read more

MPC Aids Skyfall VFX

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, James Bond, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX | 1 Comment

Congrats to Skyfall for making the Oscar VFX bake off. Speaking of which, MPC delivered more than 300 shots for Skyfall’s stirring climax, (overseen by VFX supervisor Arundi Asregadoo and VFX producer Philip Greenlow). Read more

10 Shortlisted in VFX Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted 10 movies for VFX Oscar consideration for the 85th Academy Awards, headed by such frontrunners as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and Life of Pi. Two pleasant surprises: John Carter and Skyfall. My predictions: The Avengers, TDKR, The Hobbit, Life of Pi, and Skyfall. Read more

The Hobbit Vlog #9

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

Peter Jackson and the wizards of Weta delve into the down to the wire post-production process on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14) in the latest video blog, commencing with editorial, previs, and VFX. Read more

HP Helps Give Rise to the Guardians

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

HP continues its long association with DreamWorks Animation on Rise of the Guardians with such HP Converged Infrastructure technologies as HP Cloud Services, HP Z Workstations, HP DreamColor displays, HP Networking and HP Proliant server solutions, HP Managed Print Services, and digital rendering resources. Read more

Academy Tech Council Adds 8

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Doug Cooper, Paul Debevec, Ray Feeney, Josh Pines, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Bill Taylor, and Beverly Wood have joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2012–2013 membership roster to 25. Read more

Trailering More Oz the Great and Powerful

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The latest trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (March 9, 2013) is online and we get a greater sense of the hyper-real eye candy and mischievous fun.

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The 48 FPS Hobbit to Screen in 450 Theaters

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Warner Bros. will be playing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 fps/3-D in 450 screens when it opens Dec. 14. Read more

Clipping More Flight

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Robert Zemeckis makes a brilliant return to live-action with Denzel Washington, as witnessed by these three new clips: “Uncontrolled Dive,” “Life in Prison,” and “Harling Visits Whip.” Read more