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.

TV

Dolby Sound Podcasts Docs with Coll Anderson

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In the third “Conversations with Sound Artists” Podcast series from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Coll Anderson discusses “telling human stories” in docs (listen below). Read more

Clipping Emmy-Nominated Daredevil VFX

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Watch this Daredevil making of video by Shade VFX, which is nominated for an Emmy. Read more

VES Releases New VFX Demo Guidelines

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The VES has released Demo Material Guidelines: a set of recommendations for work-for-hire materials presented as part of a demo reel portfolio by VFX facilities and practitioners. Read more

Getting to Know Dinotrux from DreamWorks/Netflix

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Dinotrux, the new original series from DreamWorks Animation Television and Neflix, launched on Friday. The series is based on Chris Gall’s illustrated children’s book series, which features a fictional prehistoric world inhabited by hybrid characters that are part dinosaur and part mechanical construction vehicle. It centers around Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. The Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a better world and battle the D-Structs, an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Ron Burch & David Kidd are the exec producers and Randy Dormans the supervising producer. I recently spoke with Dormans. Read more

Autodesk Revs Up Workflows at SIGGRAPH 2015

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

Autodesk has new extension releases for Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016, a new set of features for Shotgun 6.3, and unveiled a new 3D marketplace on Creative Market, – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists.  Read more

Exploring Dragons: Race to Edge on Netflix

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

While awaiting How to Train Your Dragon 3 in 2018, there’s a whole new world to explore in DreamWorks Animation’s new Netflix series, Dragons: Race to the Edge (with all 13 episodes premiering Friday and a total of 52 in the works). Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera return to provide the voices of Hiccup and Astrid, along with Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs, and T.J. Miller as Tuffnut. Read more

TCM Movie Camp Geek Out with Moonbot

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I can’t think of anything cooler this summer than William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios hosting TCM’s new Movie Camp show aimed at young adults and future filmmakers, which kicks off Sunday with Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 pm EST. We had fun geeking out this week about the lineup, which includes The Adventures of Robin Hood, Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Duck SoupStrangers on a Train, and Singin’ in the Rain. Talking to the Moonbot guys really is like film school and movie camp rolled into one. Read more

Moonbot Snags 2 Emmy Awards for Silent Short

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Moonbot Studios’ Silent animated short for Dolby Laboratories, in collaboration with CAA, has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday night: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. Read more

FMX Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Tie-Ins

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As part of FMX’s 20th anniversary celebration, there will be several anniversary tie-ins, including Toy Story, ILM and Weta. The FMX 2015 conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia will take place May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany. Read more

The Return of All Hail King Julien on Netflix

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Netflix offered five new episodes of All Hail King Julien from DreamWorks Animation this week, coinciding with five Daytime Emmy Award nominations this week: Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Danny Jacobs), Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special (Ania O’Hare), Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Christo Stromboliev), and Outstanding Original Song/Main Title & Promo (“Who’s Da King”). I spoke with exec producer Mitch Watson about the challenges of putting the spotlight on the wild and crazy lemur (Danny Jacobs). Read more