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.

Sound

Yates Whittle Talks Dialogue Editing & ADR

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In the latest “Conversations with Sound Artists,” two-time Oscar nominee Gwen Yates Whittle (Tron: Legacy, Avatar) discusses the importance of the dialogue process (listen to the clip below). Read more

Anna Behlmer Talks the Art of Sound Mixing

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In the fourth episode of the Dolby/SoundWorks Conversations with Sound Artists podcast, 10-time Oscar nominee Anna Behlmer (Fifty Shades of Grey, Star Trek, Braveheart) discusses being one of the first female mixers in movies, strategies for handling a nervous director, and why you will always find colored Sharpie pens on a mixing stage. Read more

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

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

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Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin. Read more

VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

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Dolby Sound Podcasts Gaming with Naughty Dog

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In the second “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcast from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Rob Krekel & Phillip Kovats of Naughty Dog Studios discuss the challenges of the upcoming Uncharted 4 (listen to a clip below). Read more

Dolby Sound Podcasts Launch with Randy Thom

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The Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have launched a series of 10 “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcasts, kicking off this week with Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design. Thom discusses what makes great soundscapes with the Dolby Institute’s Glenn Kiser and the influence of Apocalypse Now on modern sound design (listen to a clip below). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more

Going Silent with Shaun the Sheep Movie

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With Shaun the Sheep Movie, Aardman’s back doing what it does best with the purest form of stop-motion and British whimsy. Summer boredom turns into a wild adventure from the farm to the Big City, as Aardman takes the hit series to the big screen, helmed by Mark Burton (a scribe on the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and Richard (Golly) Starzak (Creature Comforts series 2). And best of all: “It’s an adult film you can take your kids to.”  I spoke to Starzak, who worked on the series, about adapting Shaun into a feature. Read more

Trailering The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Watch the full trailer for The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25), Pixar’s version of a True-Life Adventure. Read more