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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Patrick Lin Talks Shooting Inside Out

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

Inside Out is all about the visual contrast between Riley’s inner and outer worlds. This allowed Patrick Lin (DOP for layout) to explore different camera techniques to shoot the two worlds. “From the very beginning, we wanted to design a visual language that could clearly define each world but at the same time contrast them and keep them separate,” explained Lin, who collaborated with Kim White, DOP for lighting. Read more

Going Inside Out with Jonas Rivera

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

Jonas Rivera, who’s been at Pixar since 1994, beginning as a production office assistant on Toy Story, has found a real kindred spirit in Pete Docter. He’s just as sweet and soft spoken, too. They first collaborated on Up in 2009 and now they await the release of the even more ambitious Inside Out, which drew raves in Cannes.  During my recent Pixar visit, we discussed the tough journey and what it’s like protecting Docter’s vision. Read more

Trailering Bridge of Spies from Spielberg/Hanks

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

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back in Bridge of Spies, the fact-based Cold War drama that raises the tough moral issues we’re grappling with today about freedom, security, and human rights during covert warfare. Read more

Trailering The Walk #2 from Zemeckis

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

Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire act between the Twin Towers could be a towering 3-D achievement from Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, putting us up there with him. Read more

Clipping Pizza from Inside Out

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Watch the new “Pizza” clip from Inside Out (June 19), which marvelously contrasts Riley’s outside and inside worlds. Read more

Teasing The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Catch the first peek of The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s pre-historic adventure (Nov. 25). Read more

Clipping New Featurettes for Jurassic World

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“A New World/A New Vision” and “A Look Inside” provide sneak peeks of what’s in store in Jurassic World (June 12). Read more

Pixar Lights Joy from Inside Out

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, How They Did It, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

There might not be any holy grails left for Pixar to conquer but there are still major tech hurdles. A new kind of lighting approach was needed for  Pete Docter’s Inside Out given the nature of the five key emotions personified by energy particles, particularly Joy (Amy Poehler). She’s not only the main character but also the shining light. Indeed, she’s a direct source of light. As a result,  Angelique Reisch, the character lighting lead, had to create a special model to illuminate Joy, who’s comprised of glowing particles and possesses her very own luminescence. Read more

Inside the Toxic Storm of Mad Max: Fury Road

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Crafts, How They Did It, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

There’s definitely a strange and scary beauty to the Toxic Storm from Mad Max: Fury Road,  the movie’s biggest VFX sequence. The cataclysmic event goes beyond the random havoc George Miller wanted overall, sweeping up vehicles into the sky. It achieves an otherworldly spectacle, courtesy of the magnificent fluid sim work by Australia-based Iloura. Read more

Reitman to Direct Animated Beekle for DreamWorks

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

Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who’s been up and down with his edgy rom-coms, will write and direct DreamWorks’ Beekle, based on Dan Santat’s award-winning children’s book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.  It’s the first feature for co-presidents Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria and definitely the kind of offbeat buddy comedy that Jeffrey Katzenberg likes best. Read more