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.

VFX

What We Learned This Week About SPECTRE

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

A new action vlog and the release of Sam Smith’s personal (if controversial) theme song provide some more clues about SPECTRE (opening stateside Nov. 6). Read more

The Terrors of Shooting Everest

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

Cinematographer Salvatore Totino (Concussion, Inferno) now has a greater understanding of what the real-life climbers encountered when they were hit with one of the fiercest blizzards during their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest in 1996. He discussed the terrors of shooting Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. Read more

Tartakovsky Talks Hotel Transylvania 2

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

Genndy Tartakovsky couldn’t make the Popeye he wanted at Sony but he continues his cartoony sensibility in Hotel Transylvania 2 and hopes to make the very ambitious Can You Imagine? The gang’s all back as Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) get married and have a son and Drac (Adam Sandler) adjusts to being a grandpa and a world where monster and human co-exist. There’s even a cameo by Mel Brooks as his dad, Vlad. Read more

Channeling Charles Schulz for The Peanuts Movie

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

Director Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) discussed upholding the look, styling and spirit of “Sparky” Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang (in the coming months, I will dig deeper into the making of this unique hybrid).

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Latest Edition to VIEW Conference

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

The 16th annual VIEW conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) will highlight the latest and greatest in animation and VFX. Here are some of the highlights: Read more

Sam Mercer to Head ILM

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Producer Sam Mercer will display his problem solving chops as the new head of Industrial Light & Magic, reporting in to Lucasfilm GM Lynwen Brennan. Read more

Trailering The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau

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

Watch The Jungle Book trailer, Disney’s new live-action/CG hybrid coming April 15, 2016 and revel in a nostalgic re-imagining. Read more

Clipping The Peanuts Movie with Dreaming Big

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

The Art of Dreaming Big web series from Fox Family Entertainment touts The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6). 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

The NFB Comes to LA Shorts Fest

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The NFB has three shorts at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, including the North American premiere of If I Was God (screening Sept. 9 at 3:15 pm) by two-time Oscar nominee Cordell Barker. Read more