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.

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David Spaltrow Goes … In the Dark

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Movies, Music, Oscar, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Award-winning indie director David Spaltrow (Things I Don’t Understand, …Around) has just completed the horror film, …In the Dark, a new spin on the haunted house trope, a joint production with Seven Oaks Films and Intimation Prods., exec produced by Sital Sal Jain, produced by Jesse R. Tendler, and line produced by Lee Gillentine. Read more

Trailering Kung Fu Panda 3 from DreamWorks

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

Get the first glimpse of Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jan. 29, 2016), DreamWorks Animation’s first co-production in China (where a third of the work is animated). Read more

IMAX and Dolby Play Laser Tag with Rival Projection

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Clips, Crafts, Movies, previs, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

IMAX launched its next-gen laser projection system at the TCL Chinese last week, while rival Dolby Vision gets Disney on board with Tomorrowland and Inside Out. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

How They Did It: Interstellar Docking

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Sound, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

There is no greater showcase of  Interstellar’s VFX and sonic excellence than in the “emergency docking” scene. The Oscar-nominated VFX involves both full CG and practical, as well as a combination of the two, while the Oscar-contending sound editing and mixing immerse us in the action in a most visceral way. (Watch the scene below.) Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

21 Sci-Tech Achievements to Get Academy Awards

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

ILM will get two awards (the PhysBAM Destruction System and  Shape Sculpting System) along with Weta (Barbershop hair grooming), and DreamWorks Animation (Foliage System) at the Academy’s Sci-Tech on Feb. 7 at the Beverly Wilshire.

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Inside Editing American Sniper

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Editing, Movies, Oscar, Sound, Tech | Leave a comment

The Oscar-contending editing force behind American Sniper talks about the challenges of working with Eastwood, and balancing worlds both at war and at home. Read more

Inside Editing Jazzy Whiplash

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Editing, Movies, Music, Oscar, Sound, Tech | Leave a comment

Damien Chazelle’s very hot Whiplash has the most powerful cutting style of any of this year’s editing Oscar contenders, with a very visceral jazz vibe. Read more