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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ParaNorman Auction for Children

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Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California is hosting the online auction of two props used in the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman from Laika and Focus Features through March 4. Read more

Meet the Animated Oscar Shorts Nominees

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On the eve of the Academy Awards on Sunday, here are my exclusive interviews with Minkyu Lee (Adam and Dog), PES (Fresh Guacamole), Tim Reckart (Head over Heels), David Silverman (Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare), and John Kahrs (Paperman).  View a few of the shorts below. Read more

Watch Complete Head over Heels Short

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Fresh from his Annie win last week for best student film, Timothy Reckart’s stop-motion Oscar contender, Head over Heels, is now available online. It joins Paperman, Adam and Dog, and Fresh Guacamole. Meanwhile, Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare is back in theaters this weekend in 3-D with Life of Pi. Read more

Selick Revives Stop-Motion Shadow King

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Henry Selick’s next stop-motion feature, The Shadow King, is well into pre-production after being shut down by Disney. Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is producing with Sara Serata, and K5 International will be handling world sales and pitching potential buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next week. Read more

Laika Announces Steampunk Boxtrolls for 2014

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Laika and Focus Features will follow-up the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman with The Boxtrolls (Oct. 17, 2014), a stop-motion/3-D adaptation of Alan Snow’s steampunk novel, Here Be Monsters, directed by Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Laika president/CEO/lead artist Travis Knight. Read more

Download ParaNorman Digital Booklet

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

Laika’s Oscar-nominated stop-motion ParaNorman, which captured two Annies Saturday night for character animation (Travis Knight) and character design (Heidi Smith), and has earned 15 best animated feature film awards, now has an interactive booklet you can download. Read more

Wreck-It Ralph Tops 40th Annies

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

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which many consider the Oscar frontrunner, took home the top prize for best animated feature at the 40th annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Ralph won four additional Annies for directing (Rich Moore), writing (Phil Johnson and Jennifer Lee), music (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), and voice acting (Alan Tudyk as the Ed Wynn-inspired King Candy). Disney also scored the best short prize with John Kahr’s innovative black and white hybrid, Paperman.

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A ‘Lean, Smart, and Agile’ FMX 2013

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

FMX 2013  — Conference on Animation, Effects, Games, and Transmedia (April 23-26 in Stuttgart, Germany) has adopted the slogan “Lean, Smart, and Agile” and will feature smart technologies, adaptive approaches, and flexible strategies for the ongoing paradigm shift. Read more

Irish Furniture Short Takes Sundance Jury Prize

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Sundance Institute gave the jury prize for animated short to Irish Folk Furniture at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented Wednesday at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Frankenweenie

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Disney’s Frankenweenie came out on Blu-ray this week in a glorious four-disc combo (including immersive 3-D), touting Tim Burton’s stop-motion Oscar nominee in all its black and white, retro glory. It looks gorgeous with great contrast and inky blacks, and the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sounds crisp and dynamic. And there are some terrific bonus features, including a fun home movie short, “Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers,” along with an intimate tour of the London studio. Read more