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. ┬áBeginning 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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Immersed in Oscars 2013: Animation and VFX Nominees

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The big Oscar nomination surprises in terms of animation and VFX were that Sony/Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits beat out DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians, (which means that all three stop-motion contenders were honored), and that Snow White and the Huntsman upended The Dark Knight Rises. 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

The Hobbit Grabs 7 VES Nominations

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, performance capture, stop-motion, Tech, VES, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 11th annual VES Awards, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leading the way with seven, followed closely by The Avengers and Life of Pi with six. Meanwhile, ParaNorman grabbed five nominations in the animation category. The biggest surprise was that the under-performing Battleship was a nominee for ILM in the Outstanding Visual Effects-Driven category for movies. Read more

CTN Animation Expo Returns to Burbank

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Education, Events, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech | Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Talent Network Animation Expo (CTN EXPO) is back Nov. 16-18, highlighted by Glen Keane and Brenda Chapman offering talks along with a host of creative talent and special events for professional artists, art students and industry executives. Read more

10 Shortlisted for Animated Shorts Oscar Race

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted 10 animated short films for the 85th Academy Awards consideration. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. Read more

21 in Running for Animated Feature Oscar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

No worries: There will be five nominees in the crowded race for best animated feature, as the Academy announced the 21 qualifiers. Will there be five studio nominees (Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, and Wreck-It Ralph)? Or will one or two indies slip into the mix? View all the trailers below: Read more

John August Talks Frankenweenie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

John August voices his joy with Frankenweenie and his general frustration with the industry in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Will Frankenweenie Win Burton His First Oscar?

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

I speak with Tim Burton and some of his colleagues about the personal quality that makes Frankenweenie so special in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Is the best animated feature Oscar Burton’s to lose? We’ll see as the race heats up with two more tantalizing retro movies yet to come: Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph (Nov. 2) and DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians (Nov. 21). Read more

Laika Passes on Selick Project

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

It turns out that Laika (ParaNorman) has passed on making Henry Selick’s stop-motion feature that was shut down by Disney. Last week I disclosed at TOH/Indiewire that the director was in discussions with his former studio, where he made the hit, Coraline. Read more

Clipping More Frankenweenie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

Joy and anxiety are on display in the latest clips from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: “Sparky is Alive” and “Edgar Knows.” Read more