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.

Trailers

Trailering More Inside Out from Pixar

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

Pixar is definitely back with Pete Docter’s Inside Out (June 19), already touted as the one to beat for the Oscar. The second trailer delves into the conflict between Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness  (Phyllis Smith) and what happens when a core memory inadvertently gets tampered with.

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Trailering Full Tomorrowland from Brad Bird

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch the full trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), in which George Clooney and Britt Robertson try to save the future from Hugh Laurie. Read more

Trailering More Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

In the latest trailer for Age of Ultron (May 1), the eponymous villain declares his plan for human extinction and we get a glimpse of Paul Bettany’s Vision. Read more

Trailering Frozen Fever

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Watch the new trailer for Disney’s delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Education, Events, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts

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

It’s a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood. Read more

The Secret of GKIDS for Oscar Noms

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GKIDS scored two more animated Oscar noms with Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Will the indie finally get its first win? Read more

Oscar-Nommed Makeup/Hairstyling Secrets Revealed

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Find out how they transformed Tilda Swinton into Madame D.  (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Steve Carell into John du Pont (Foxcatcher), and Marvel aliens into 3-D eye candy (Guardians of the Galaxy). Read more

Clipping Aloha from Cameron Crowe

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Editing, Movies, Music, Production Design, Screenwriting, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Cameron Crowe looks like he’s back in great rom-com form with Aloha (May 29), a very personal movie about second chances that was worth the wait. Read more

Secrets of the 5 Cinematography Oscar Nominees

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

You couldn’t ask for five better examples of state of the art cinematography, all of which convey complex states of mind and are shot in visually compelling ways. There’s the frenzied, “continuous-take” of Birdman, the fairy tale elegance of The Grand Budapest Hotel,  the sublime black-and-white Ida,  the abstract/Impressionism of Mr. Turner and the brutal yet spiritually uplifting Unbroken. Read more