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

Shotgun Gets Flame Integration

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At IBC 2014, Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 visual effects software Extension 2, with included support for Shotgun Software, a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management platform. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

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The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released the 2nd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun and VFX producer Susan Zwerman. Read more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

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For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more

Story of Frozen TV Special to Air Sept. 2

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Home Entertainment, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, an original TV special that ventures behind-the-scenes of the Oscar-winning, top grossing animated movie of all time ($1.2 billion), will air Sept. 2 on ABC (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET). The project is a collaboration between Lincoln Square Prods. and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The program will culminate with a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7) by directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Read more

NVIDIA Unveils New Quadro at SIGGRAPH

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NVIDIA unveiled its next gen of Quadro GPUs at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver with a lineup delivering up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation to work with more complex models and higher-res images and to incorporate cloud-based resources, and to access work remotely, often on mobile devices. Read more

Clipping Opening of Star Wars Rebels

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Last night Disney XD previewed the first seven minutes of Star Wars Rebels after Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars and now you can watch it here. Read more

Filoni and Kinberg Talk Star Wars Rebels

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

Prior to next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII, we get the animated series Star Wars Rebels as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (premiering in October on Disney Channel as a one-hour special before commencing on Disney XD). I spoke with exec producers Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Simon Kinberg (The X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four) at Comic-Con. Read more

Trailering Star Wars Rebels

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Coinciding with its Comic-Con activities, Disney/Lucasfilm has released an extended trailer for the animated Star Wars Rebels. Read more

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