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

Evaluating the Best Cinematography Oscar Nominees

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

All five cinematography contenders explore journeys of love and hate in the most brutal or beautiful environments, and the high-stakes obstacles are both personal and external. Read more

How DreamWorks Made Kung Fu Panda 3

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

Kung Fu Panda 3 marks a new phase for DreamWorks Animation: the start of a $330 million joint venture in Shanghai with China Media Capital and Shanghai Media Group to expand its global reach in the world’s dominant market. This includes an east/west artistic collaboration through the new Oriental DreamWork studio, which will make movies for both China and a worldwide audience. As a result, KFP3 contains two animated versions and separate casts for American and Chinese consumption. Read more

Trailering The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination

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

Here’s the second trailer for The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination (July 7) about what our pets do when we’re not around. Read more

Trailering Trolls from DreamWorks

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

Watch the first trailer for DreamWorks’ Trolls (Nov. 4) , a musical comedy based on the popular dolls from the ’90s, showing off their colorful hair. Read more

Trailering More Kubo and the Two Strings

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Crafts, Editing, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Screenwriting, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch the first full trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings (Aug. 19 from Focus Features) and witness a glimpse of greater stop-motion supremacy by Laika, embracing samurai and mythic Japan in ornate fashion. Read more

The Big Short Grabs Top PGA Prize

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

The Big Short got a big lift Saturday night from the PGA in the three-way race for the Best Picture Oscar with The Revenant and Spotlight. In fact, when producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner accepted the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Award, Kleiner was so flabbergasted that he said he thought they were just being named as one of the nominees. Read more

Design for Living: Production Design Nominees

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

A new twist on George Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland; a frozen wilderness transformed into a haunting dreamscape; space travel and the colonization of Mars; war-torn East Berlin; and a transgender tale defined by art and contrasting cityscapes compete for the Academy Award. Read more

Halon Provides Previs for The Force Awakens

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

Halon, the sole previs/postvis provider for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, kept the production on schedule. Read more

Getting Practical with Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

In keeping with J.J. Abrams’ mandate for getting practical with Oscar-nominated The Force Awakens effects, Neal Scanlan (Oscar winner for Babe) helped bring to life the adorable BB-8 droid and the semi-mechanical Luggabeast, while special effects coordinator extraordinaire Chris Corbould (Oscar winner for Inception)brought his usual sense of style to the explosive action. Read more

How ILM Created The Revenant Bear VFX

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, How They Did It, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens enters the Academy’s VFX bake-off on Saturday as the obvious frontrunner, everyone wants to know how ILM did the harrowing bear attack in The Revenant. Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse from VFX production supervisor Richard McBride. Read more