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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Ranking the Editing Oscar Nominees

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

It’s all about capturing the rhythm of the movie and these five contenders are all editorial gems: American Sniper is a ticking bomb about to explode simultaneously on the war front and home front; Boyhood, the frontrunner, is a unique 12-year journey of adolescence told in real-time and patched together like a fine quilt; The Grand Budapest Hotel is a prism that spins wild pre-war and post-war memories; The Imitation Game captures the inner turmoil of a mathematical genius trying to break the Enigma code; and Whiplash is a war between instructor and student that builds to a frenzied drum solo. Read more

Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | 1 Comment

Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. Read more

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees

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

After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. Read more

Wild DP Belanger on Capturing Witherspoon

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Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon can thank cinematographer Yves Belanger for making her an unforgettable presence in The Wild landscape. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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

It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more

DP Cronenweth Talks Gone Girl

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The cinematographer talks color palettes, lighting, Rosamund Pike and, yes, “that scene.” SPOILER alert! Read more

Digital Domain Does Night at the Museum Finale

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

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was the surprise VFX bakeoff entry. Here’s a rundown of Digital Domain’s work, led by production VFX supervisor Erik Nash. Read more

2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

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

Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters. Read more

Faura and Yeoman Score First ASC Nominations

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Cinematographers Óscar Faura (The Imitation Game) and Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel) got their first ASC nominations and will vie for the top prize at the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards (Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza). Read more

DP Bradford Young Talks Selma, Violent Year

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

It was a great year for cinematographer Bradford Young, who’s risen to the top of his craft with two Oscar contenders about the turbulent ’60s (Selma) and the decaying ’80s (A Most Violent Year). Read more