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

Talking Adult Appeal of Inside Out

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With next week’s arrival of Inside Out on Blu-ray, it’s a great opportunity to delve into Pixar’s most adult-oriented movie, which has been passionately embraced both critically and commercially and obviously enters the Oscar race as the strongest contender. Inside Out has grossed $355.3 million domestically, making it the third highest grossing movie of the year, the third highest grossing Pixar movie and the seventh highest grossing animated movie of all time. Read more

Clipping Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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Watch the first clip from Pixar’s compelling short, Sanjay’s Super Team, opening in front of The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25).

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Saschka Unseld Talks VR at Oculus Story Studio

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Saschka Unseld (The Blue Umbrella)who left Pixar to become creative director of Passion Pictures and co-founder of Oculus Story Studio, appeared this week at  Future of Storytelling Summit. We discussed  re-imagining the theatrical experience with VR. Read more

Richard Williams Gets Deeper into Prologue

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Richard Williams discusses his hand-drawn, six-minute short, Prologue, which just completed its  Oscar qualifying run. Its a brutal and balletic peek at the Spartan-Athenian wars through the eyes of a young girl.  It’s gory yet mesmerizing in its composition, movement, and cutting. And its a simple series of drawings. The 82-year-old Williams is now at work on an ambitious feature-length version. Read more

Kung Fu Panda 3 Latest Edition to VIEW Conference

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The 16th annual VIEW conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) will highlight the latest and greatest in animation and VFX. Here are some of the highlights: Read more

Glen Keane Makes Nephtali Short for Paris Opera

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Watch the latest Glen Keane Nephtali short commissioned by the Paris Opera for its new digital 3rd Stage. Read more

Clipping Keane About VR at FoST

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In this new promo, Step into the Page, Glen Keane shares his views on animation and VR for Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in New York in October. Read more

Howie Shia Talks TIFF-Bound BAM Short

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Toronto-based animator Howie Shia explores the nature of rage and violence in his latest NFB short, BAM, premiering at TIFF on Sept. 16th and 20th. Inspired in part by his grandfather, a high-ranking police official as well as a poet and calligrapher, the short riffs on Hercules: a young boxer struggles with his shy, bookish nature and a divinely violent temper.

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Trailering Prologue Short from Richard Williams

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Fresh from its acclaimed Telluride premiere, Richard Williams’ Prologue short starts its Oscar qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West  LA. Watch the trailer below. Read more

The NFB Comes to LA Shorts Fest

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The NFB has three shorts at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, including the North American premiere of If I Was God (screening Sept. 9 at 3:15 pm) by two-time Oscar nominee Cordell Barker. Read more