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.

Shorts

FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

Frozen Leads Annies with 5 Awards

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The Disney Frozen juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA’s Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad’s Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting). Read more

Adam Green Talks Oscar-Nominated Get A Horse!

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

Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn’t match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!  short wouldn’t have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (FrozenWreck-It RalphTangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney. Read more

Assessing the Animated Oscar Nominees

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Disney, DreamWorks, and Universal/Illumination are the big contenders, while Pixar and the NFB get snubbed. Read more

Oscar Reactions from Nominees

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Here’s a snapshot of what a few VFX and animation pros said about being nominated for an Oscar by the Academy.

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Gravity Grabs 10 Oscar Nominations

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The popular Gravity grabbed 10 Oscar nominations along with American Hustle (including best picture, best director for Alfonso  Cuarón, and best actress for Sandra Bullock), and dominated the crafts (production design, cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing and mixing and original score). Disney’s Frozen and Get A Horse! Micky Mouse short were both nominatedbut Pixar’s Monsters University was shut out for only the second time in its history. Read more

Frozen, MU, DM2, Croods Dominate Annie Noms

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Universal/Illumination’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 led the 41st Annie Award nominations with a total of 11 (nine if you discount the short and commercial nods); however, Disney’s record-breaking Frozen (which bowed with $93.6 million over the Thanksgiving holiday) and Pixar’s Monsters University dominated the movie categories with 10, while DreamWorks’ The Croods also scored nine.

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Eric Goldberg Talks Get A Horse!

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In honor of Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday last Monday, I spoke with the esteemed 2D animator about Disney’s remarkable Oscar-contending short, Get A Horse! , and you can watch a clip of the opening scene. Read more

Watch Aningaaq Short from Gravity

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Remember the remarkable radio conversation in Gravity between Sandra Bullock’s Ryan and an Eskimo? Screenwriter Jonas Cuaron shows us the conversation from his point of view in his Aningaaq short, which will be a bonus feature on the upcoming Warner Home Ent. Blu-ray. Read more

Disney Get A Horse! Short Oscar Shortlisted

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 animated shorts that will advance for the 86th Academy Awards. The NFB led the field with three and Disney’s extraordinary Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, made the cut, but Pixar’s exquisite experiment in photo-realism, The Blue Umbrella, did not. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. Read more

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