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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Trailering New Boxtrolls from Laika

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

Watch the first full trailer for The Boxtrolls (Sept. 262014), which is part testament to Laika’s hand-made stop-motion craft (“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”) and the Victorian reverie of the tale. Read more

Disney Get A Horse! Short Oscar Shortlisted

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 animated shorts that will advance for the 86th Academy Awards. The NFB led the field with three and Disney’s extraordinary Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, made the cut, but Pixar’s exquisite experiment in photo-realism, The Blue Umbrella, did not. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. Read more

Academy to Widen Animation Nominations

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

In a continuing effort to be more inclusive of its 6,000 plus membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will expand the nominating process for animated features and shorts, according to THR. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2013: Watch Animation Keynote

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

View the complete SIGGRAPH keynote from Monday night in Anaheim (in conjunction with the Academy’s Marc Davis series). Read more

Academy Goes to SIGGRAPH 2013

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing its Marc Davis Lecture series to SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim on July 22. “Giants’ First Steps” will consist of eight distinguished animation directors sharing their paths to success (including clips from their student films). Read more

SIGGRAPH Previews Production Sessions

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

The tech behind Pacific Rim, Frozen, Monsters University, and Oz the Great and Powerful will be on display at SIGGRAPH 2013. Held this year in Anaheim on July 21-25, the production sessions are part of the Computer Animation Festival. Read more

Ray Harryhausen Passes Away

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

Stop-motion and VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away Tuesday in London at the age of 92, according to an announcement on the official Facebook page of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. The multi-award winner best-known for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans, became a cultural legend and an inspiration to every filmmaker that has worked in animation and live-action VFX movies for the last half century, (including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Phil Tippett, Nick Park, and John Lasseter). Read more

IBM Makes Atomic-Size Stop-Motion Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech | 2 Comments

IBM Research entered the Guinness Book of World Records with the tiniest stop-motion movie ever made (45 nanometers x 25 nanometers) about an atomic boy having fun playing with a single atom. Read more

Jerry Beck Launches Animation Scoop

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Blu-ray, Books, performance capture, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Videogames | Leave a comment

Animation historian Jerry Beck (formerly co-owner of Cartoon Brew) has launched Animation Scoop, which will be part of the Indiewire blog network, where I will serve as contributing editor, writing about animated features with interviews and behind the scenes pieces. Read more

Tippett Announces Layoffs

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

In a further sign of the turbulent VFX times, 30-year-old Tippett Studio (Ted) has laid off 40% of its work force Friday, according  to The Hollywood Reporter, with the possibility of more pink slips to come. Read more