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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Handicapping the Animation Oscar Race

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

I recap the animation season thus far and handicap the Oscar race in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Without an early front runner like last year’s Rango, most of the eventual nominees may not have been released, which makes it hard to pin down how strong a year it will be. But that also underscores the current state of the industry: as the technical craft improves and commercial pressures increase, animators and distributors have to fight against complacency. Read more

Halon Partners with Minimo on New Previs Process

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

Previs boutique Halon Entertainment (The Hunger Games, Prometheus, Life of Pi) has formed a partnership with Minimo Vfx of Barcelona that will usher in a new “build it once” philosophy for CG creatures during pre-production. This will avoid the duplication of making them again later on during VFX. The two companies are currently working together on Dome, directed by VFXer Brandon Fayette. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Talking Virtual Production, Higher Frame Rates

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

Virtual production and higher frame rates dominated the conversation at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference in LA, just as they did at FMX earlier in the year. Despite Warner Bros. scaling back on the number of screens that it will play The Hobbit  at 48 fps on Dec. 14, the two go hand in hand with 3-D in paving the way for a more immersive and lifelike theatrical movie going experience. I cover the highlights and speak with Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri and ILM’s Dennis Muren in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Previewing Wreck-It Ralph

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

I got a glimpse of Disney’s upcoming Wreck-It Ralph this week, which I discuss in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. It leverages the momentum from Tangled by layering hand-drawn sensibilities over the CG to give it warmth and snap. Read more

NewTek Launches LightWave 3D Group

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

NewTek has formed a new LightWave 3D Group, powered by newly appointed president Rob Powers, former head of 3D development, with Dominick Spina jumping from NVIDIA to become VP of worldwide sales and marketing. Read more

New Skyfall Trailers: Bond Resurrection

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, James Bond, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

After some nice explosive teasing, we finally get two full-blown Skyfall trailers — one international and one domestic all about “resurrection.” You only live twice, Mr. Bond? Read more

The Hobbit Gets a Trilogy

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

Peter Jackson believes there’s enough story to warrant a Hobbit trilogy and New Line, Warner Bros., and MGM couldn’t be happier.  Looks like Jackson’s Tintin will have to wait. Or can he still squeeze in the performance capture shoot? Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012 Preview: Art and Science

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Education, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

SIGGRAPH has always been about the convergence of art and science. It’s a place to showcase the latest and greatest advancements driving the industry’s blockbuster work in VFX and animation. This year, the 39th edition of the prestigious computer graphics conference returns to the LA Convention Center (Aug. 5-9), proudly proclaiming: “I AM ART” and “I AM SCIENCE.” Read more

Trailering Man of Steel

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

A somber Man of Steel (June 14, 2013) teaser trailer has been unveiled in two variations — homespun but heroic in a grounded, Right Stuff sort of way. Read more

The Dark Knight Rises from Inception

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

Christopher Nolan recently discussed the importance of mythmaking in The Dark Knight Rises, which I use as a starting point in my analysis in the latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more