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

Moonbot Snags 2 Emmy Awards for Silent Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Moonbot Studios’ Silent animated short for Dolby Laboratories, in collaboration with CAA, has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday night: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. Read more

Tim Reckart on The Lamb for Sony

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

Oscar-nommed Tim Reckart (Head Over Heels) will make his feature directorial debut with The Lamb for Sony Pictures Animation. Read more

Trailering Pixels and Arcade Madness

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

Sony’s released the first trailer for Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad. It’s inspired by Patrick Jean’s short (watch below with the trailer) and has fun with PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert and Space Invaders. Read more

Lasseter, Catmull Honored by Variety

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Education, Events, Movies, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull shared Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award as part of the trade pub’s inaugural 10 Animators to Watch event Tuesday night at Siren Studios in Hollywood, feted by Variety and Nickelodeon. Dana Lamb of Cal State Fullerton was also presented with the Animation Educator of the Year award. Read more

Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Talk Frozen Fever

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

The gang’s all back for the new Frozen Fever short playing in front of Cinderella, in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) gets a cold while preparing a surprise birthday party for Anna (Kristen Bell). And with Frozen 2 just announced, we got to speculate about potentially expanding the role of Olaf (Josh Gad) as well. Read more

The Dam Keeper Graphic Novel Bound

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Books, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech | Leave a comment

The Oscar-nommed Dam Keeper animated short from Tonko House founders Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi will get the graphic novel treatment by First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, and is also being developed into a feature. Read more

Disney Announces Frozen 2

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

Now that Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger announced that Frozen 2 is in active development at a shareholder’s meeting this morning in San Francisco, will it center on Olaf, the lovable snowman voiced by Josh Gad (who was also present at the announcement)?

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Trailering Frozen Fever

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Music, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Watch the new trailer for Disney’s delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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

VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more