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

A Simpsons Couch Gag Game Changer

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Polish animation director Michal Socha takes us inside the body of Homer to kick off Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, “What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting.” Read more

Disney to Have Annecy Feast with New Short

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Feast, a new Disney short from Patrick Osborne, head of animation for the Oscar-winning Paperman, will have its world premiere at Annecy June 10. Read more

Kelsey Mann Talks Party Central Short

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Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. “They always had that manic energy when you got a group of Muppets together. I wanted to get that over the top feeling in this short.” Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Frozen

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Disney’s Oscar-winning, global phenomenon goes Blu from Disney Home Ent. and looks and sounds reference quality. Read more

DreamWorks Unveils Almost Home Short

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Watch a new DreamWorks short directed by Todd Wilderman, Almost Home, currently playing in front of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The short offers a sneak peek of the world-hopping Boov in this standalone promoting the upcoming Home (Nov. 26). Read more

Frozen Coming to FMX 2014

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Disney’s Oscar-winning juggernaut, Frozen, will be spotlighted at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

Backstage at the 86th Academy Awards

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As expected, 12 Years a Slave earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while Gravity dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score. Read more

Autodesk Celebrates Oscar Nominees

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Autodesk once again played a key role in the Oscar-contending movies and was honored by the Academy for Mudbox and FiLMBOX (the foundation of MotionBuilder) with a certificate and a Plaque. Read more

Moonbot Debuts Silent Short Devoted to Sound

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

Oscar-winning Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) unveiled a new short paying homage to sound, Silent, at the recent Sci Tech Academy Awards. It is produced byDolby and Moonbot; was directed by Brandon Oldenburg & Limbert Fabian, and the sound design/mix was done by Oscar-nominated Steve Boeddeker (All is Lost). Read more

Talking Shorts with the Oscar Nominees

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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for Feral (Daniel Sousa), the Annie-winning Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan), Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz), Possessions (Shuhei Morita), and Room on the Broom (Max Lang). We discussed personal connections and challenges. Interestingly, all five of the films explore the theme of adjusting to change in our lives. Read more