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

Backstage at the Oscars: Birdman Soars, Disney Sweeps

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

Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar winning the VFX prize, and Disney’s surprise animation sweep with Big Hero 6 and Feast, continuing the momentum from last year’s Frozen.

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Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts

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

It’s a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood. Read more

10 Oscar Animation Takeaways from the Nominees

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

This year’s annual round-up of animation Oscar nominees at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater provided a few personal insights into “How They Did it.” Read more

Spinning the Oscar-Nommed A Single Life Short

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

The dark horse Oscar short contender comes from Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Markieke Blaauw: three young partners who run a Netherlands-based design studio (Job, Joris & Marieke). Read more

First Look at Frozen Fever Short

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

Here’s a first look at Disney’s Frozen Fever short, which will play in front of Cinderella on March 13. Read more

Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | 1 Comment

Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. Read more

Joyce and Oldenburg Talk Tall Short Numberlys

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

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios pay homage to Metropolis with their latest short The Numberlys, but for kids. In a world comprised of only numbers and black and white, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 create an alphabet and add a burst of color to their world. Read more

Duet Does Times Square

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

Glen Keane’s interactive Duet short for the Moto X mobile device, just got bigger. Last week it was shown on a Times Square billboard every two hours on 12/23 and 12/24. Read more

Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Looking for some Blu-rays to purchase? Here are six to consider. Read more

Glen Keane Begins Again with Duet

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

For Glen Keane, Duet represents a new beginning after leaving Disney: a family affair that took him back to his childhood roots and the essence of drawing. It’s the third in a series of Google Spotlight Stories available exclusively for Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices, and has been Oscar shortlisted for best animated short. Read more