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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Clipping the Immersive Gravity Experience

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

With Gravity opening next week and getting rave reviews and Oscar buzz, here’s an enticing featurette with Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock, and others about the immersive experience. Read more

Trailering More Frozen

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

The first full Frozen trailer is online and Disney’s latest (Nov. 27) from directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee looks more and more like the one to beat for the Oscar. Read more

FOST Adds Perlmutter Evolution of Cinema Video

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Books, Clips, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, Videogames | Leave a comment

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) will host its second annual summit in New York City on Oct. 3, exploring how technology is making storytelling more interactive, and one its participants, Tom Perlmutter, chairperson, National Film Board of Canada and Government Film Commissioner, has created a video presentation on the “Evolution of Cinema and the Birth of a New Art Form,” which you can view below. Read more

MacMullan Talks Mickey Mouse and Get A Horse!

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Now that the secret’s finally out about Get A Horse! being a brand new Mickey Mouse short and not some rediscovered lost gem, we can better appreciate its remarkable achievement, which I discussed with director Lauren MacMullan in her first in-depth interview. Read more

Backstage at the 85th Oscars

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

Here’s my Oscar takeaway: Brave winning best animated feature proves you should never underestimate the prestige of the Pixar brand; Paperman taking best animated short proves Disney’s back with a breakthrough hybrid approach in keeping with the legacy; the extraordinary  Life of Pi certainly made its mark with director, cinematography, VFX, and music honors; and Lincoln taking production design along with best actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved the inside/out approach was a powerful match. While the Bond 50th clip tribute left a lot to be desired, Shirley Bassey brought the house down with Goldfinger and Adele provided a stirring performance of her Oscar-winning Skyfall. As for Argo, Hollywood and fact-based heroism were an unbeatable combination when it came to best picture. Read more

Brave Wins Editing, First-Time Sound Mixing Honors

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Editing, Movies, Sound, Tech | Leave a comment

Pixar’s Brave racked up major editing and sound mixing awards Saturday night: taking Best Edited Feature Film (Animated) at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton, while grabbing a first-time animation award for sound mixing at the 49th annual CAS Awards at the Millennium Biltmore. Read more

Life of Pi, Brave Earn BAFTA Honors

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, James Bond, Movies, Music, Production Design, Shorts, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

While Argo and Ben Affleck unsurprisingly took the top prizes for best film and director today at the BAFTA Awards in London,  Pixar’s Scottish-flavored Brave won for best animated feature and Life of Pi for VFX  (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer). Life of Pi’s Claudio Miranda also scored the cinematography award; The Making of Longbird and Swimmer earned honors for best animated and live-action short, respectively. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Jazz Singer

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Blu-ray, Cinematography, Movies, Shorts, Sound, Tech | Leave a comment

With the Academy Awards right around the corner, it’s a great time to revisit the landmark Warner Bros. “talkie,”  The Jazz Singer (Warner Home Video), currently available on Blu-ray in a lavish three-disc set that also includes vintage shorts on two DVDs, the informative doc, The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk, and expert commentary from  Ron Hutchinson (co-founder of the Vitaphone Project) and Vince Giordano (Nighthawks orchestra leader);  sound designers Ben Burtt and Dane A. Davis; historians Leonard Maltin, Rudy Behlmer, and Scott Eyman; and restorer Robert Gitt. Read more

DreamWorks Animation Gets TEC Award

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

DreamWorks Animation was recognized Friday at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in Anaheim, taking home an award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Read more

CAS Announces Sound Mixing Nominations

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, James Bond, Movies, Sound, stop-motion, Tech | Leave a comment

The Cinema Audio Society announced the nominees for the 49th annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2012, with The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty leading in live action and Disney getting three animated nominees. The winners will be announced Feb. 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Read more