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

Gravity Set for Jan. 17 Re-Release

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, Tech, VES, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Gravity, which has already grabbed $255 million domestically and $670 million worldwide, will get a final Oscar push when Warner Bros. re-releases the space thriller nationwide on Jan. 17, a day after the nominations are announced.

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Gravity Set to Dominate Oscar Craft Nominations

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

As we approach Wednesday’s Oscar voting deadline, at least one thing’s certain: Gravity will dominate the craft nominations. And rightly so for the creative and innovative contributions. We’ve already covered production designcinematography, and VFX in depth, so now let’s look at the corresponding design for sound and music, which was perfect for the immersive Dolby Atmos surround experience, along with the editing of what was essentially an animated movie. Read more

Clipping The Art of IMAX Sound

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There’s a new video about “The Art of IMAX Sound” featuring clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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Frederic Back Passes Away

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Oscar-winning shorts animator Frédéric Back (The Man Who Planted Trees, Crac), 89, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Montreal. Watch The Man Who Planted Trees.

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Holiday Blu-ray Gift Guide: Part Two

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

I wrap up my gift guide recommendations with two from Warner Home Ent.:  James Dean: Ultimate Collector’s Edition and The Right Stuff 30th anniversary edition. Read more

Talking All Is Lost Sound

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In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures Gravity and All Is Lost, but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. So although J.C. Chandor’s remarkable open-water survival thriller (starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone) is virtually dialogue-free, the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.  Read more

Trailering Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Here’s the first trailer for DreamWorks’ CG adaptation of Jay Ward’s beloved cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, directed by Rob Minkoff (March 7. 2014). Read more

Trailering Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The Oscar-contending Robert Redford helps turn up the heat in this trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (March 4, 2014). It offers a compelling fish-out-of-water story, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
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Star Wars: Episode VII Production Team Announced

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

As Episode VII continues pre-production, Starwars.com has announced that Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties, and Michael Arndt has stepped down. Read more

Clipping the Sound of Gravity

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

Gravity is a unique aural experience, which Alfonso Cuaron and  Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay discuss in this informative Dolby Atmos featurette from The SoundWorks Collection. The director also discusses sound in a separate video interview. Read more