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 Frankenweenie ‘Lightning’

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Science teacher Rzykruski (Martin Landau) provides the inspiration for bringing back the dead in this latest “Lightning” clip from Tim Burton’s highly anticipated Frankenweenie (Oct. 5). Read more

Handicapping the Animation Oscar Race

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I recap the animation season thus far and handicap the Oscar race in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Without an early front runner like last year’s Rango, most of the eventual nominees may not have been released, which makes it hard to pin down how strong a year it will be. But that also underscores the current state of the industry: as the technical craft improves and commercial pressures increase, animators and distributors have to fight against complacency. Read more

Pushing Verisimilitude with ParaNorman

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Laika’s ParaNorman opened this week and it’s a breakthrough in naturalistic stop-motion. I discuss the significance of rapid prototyping in color, more expressive acting, and greater overall verisimilitude at the Portland, Oregon, studio in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Siggraph 2012: Massive 5.0 Launched

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Events, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

Massive Software has been quiet the last couple of years during its reorganization, but has dramatically re-emerged just in time for  SIGGRAPH in LA this week with Massive 5.0.  This means new modeless manipulator, scrubbing, 3D lanes, and improved Agent Fields (plus a surprising 3ds Max plug-in). Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012 Preview: Art and Science

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SIGGRAPH has always been about the convergence of art and science. It’s a place to showcase the latest and greatest advancements driving the industry’s blockbuster work in VFX and animation. This year, the 39th edition of the prestigious computer graphics conference returns to the LA Convention Center (Aug. 5-9), proudly proclaiming: “I AM ART” and “I AM SCIENCE.” Read more

Trailering Frankenweenie Homage

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

Tim Burton came to Comic-Con to show off Frankenweenie (Oct.5), his black and white, stop-motion animated feature in 3-D. The latest trailer reveals the inspiration from Frankenstein, Dracula, and Godzilla, among others. Read more

Making a Stop-Motion ParaNorman

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

Watch a quick making of ParaNorman’s lead character, utilizing state of the art 3D printing for face replacement, among other refinements. Read more

Trailering More Frankenweenie

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A more melancholy tone is introduced in the second trailer for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (Oct. 5), the stop-motion feature in black and white and 3-D. Read more

Frankenweenie Gets an Art Exhibit

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

Disney is launching a touring exhibition featuring the art of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the black and white, 3-D, stop-motion, animated feature film coming Oct. 5. The Art of Frankenweenie exhibition will premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, and at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, July 11-15, followed by a visit to the Disneyland area in Anaheim, Sept. 14 – Nov. 5. Read more

Digital Animation Discussed at the Academy

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

Tom Sito hosted a fascinating discussion about the  evolution of digital animation last week at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater as part of the 18th Marc Davis  Celebration of Animation series.  Read more