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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Halon Powers Tomorrowland Previs

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Halon worked with Brad Bird to figure out the futuristic architecture and activities of Tomorrowland. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser 2

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky shares his insight on the specially made animation for the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser. Read more

Brad Bird and Claudio Miranda Talk Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, How They Did It, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The secret to Tomorrowland for Brad Bird is that it’s more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it’s such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it’s not at all what it seems and there are no simple answers. Yet Bird and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof still consider it more of a fun popcorn movie than a preachy, good-for-the-soul tonic. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser

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

Sony Pictures Animation just launched the first video in a three-part series dissecting what went into the making of the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer. Read more

What You Should Know About the Future of VR

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

Virtual Reality is definitely real now that the tech has arrived, the investment is pouring in and the entertainment industry is jumping in. So VR was the hot topic last week at the 20th FMX confab in Stuttgart, Germany, following all the tech trade shows this year and Sundance, where young filmmakers admitted they were more interested in VR than in movies. Read more

How James Spader and Ultron Become One

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ILM makes its most elaborate robot yet for the Avengers sequel, modeled after James Spader’s inspired performance. Read more

Trailering More Tomorrowland Sci-Fi

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Follow Casey (Britt Robertson) more closely in the latest trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), the anti-dystopian fantasy adventure. Read more

Eerie Connection Between Force Awakens, Tomorrowland

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Thursday seemed eerily surreal in Anaheim, between The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration to the new Tomorrowland exhibit in Disneyland. It was like journeying through some inter-dimensional transport much like the one in Tomorrowland. And what was even stranger was discovering some striking similarities between J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot and Brad Bird’s fantasy/adventure. Read more

Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, Ben-Hur

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

Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype’s “share screen” function inspired Unfriended, the horror riff on And Then There Were None, in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend’s Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his Ben-Hur reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. Read more

IMAX and Dolby Play Laser Tag with Rival Projection

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

IMAX launched its next-gen laser projection system at the TCL Chinese last week, while rival Dolby Vision gets Disney on board with Tomorrowland and Inside Out. Read more