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

Talking Dragon 2 Sound and Score

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In keeping with Dean DeBlois’ ambitious vision for How to Train Your Dragon 2, both the sound design by Randy Thom and score by John Powell were more adventurous as well. For the Oscar-winning Thom (The IncrediblesThe Right Stuff), that entailed crafting a more elaborate soundscape. And for Powell, who received an Oscar nomination for the firstDragon score, that meant composing a more complex score. Read more

Turning Into the Woods into a Post-9/11 Metaphor

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

Into the Woods should score several key craft noms, with production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood the favorites to win again. Read more

Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders

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Though set in war zones, outer space, and Stephen Sondheim’s mysterious Woods, the sound contenders this awards season share a sense of the natural and sonic intensity. Read more

Craft-Talking the A-List Team for Unbroken

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Angelina Jolie lined up an A-list crafts team who delivered their best work on Unbroken. Read more

Trailering More Inside Out from Pixar

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Go deeper into next year’s most anticipated animated feature: Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2005) from director Pete Docter. Read more

Lensing and Scoring the Brutal Homesman

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Tommy Lee Jones hauntingly turns the Western upside down in The Homesman, an exploration of harsh frontier life for women in 19th century Nebraska. The brutal winds were enough to make anyone go insane. Hilary Swank and Jones come together for the oddest of journeys, brilliantly photographed by Rodrigo Prieto with an innovative score by Marco Beltrami. Read more

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar

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Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey to life. Read more

Clipping the Black Hole of Interstellar

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Get a look at the real gravitational science of the black hole in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7) in this new featurette highlighting theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as exec producer and consultant. Read more

Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken

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The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Editing, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more