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

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

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

Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin. Read more

VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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

Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

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Richardson Talks Ultra Panavision 70 for The Hateful Eight

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

The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight.

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Khan Academy Launches Pixar in a Box

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Education, Movies, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Pixar in a Box, a free online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, goes live on KhanAcademy.org. The first year will focus on math, to be followed by science, computer science, arts, and humanities. Read more

Academy Considering 20 Sci-Tech Achievements

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

Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, the Foundry, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital  are involved with the 20 sci-tech achievements under consideration by the Academy’s Technical Awards committee (including 11 distinct investigations). Read more

Trailering More of The Martian from Ridley Scott

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Watch a longer trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian (Oct. 2) and find out why it’s a must-see adventure. Read more

D23 and the Power of Legacy Building

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

There’s a reason why Disney has become the envy of the industry after buying Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm: chairman/CEO Robert Iger has figured out how to incorporate and expand all of the legacies within the Disney empire. Talk about a shared universe. Last weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (which has truly become a mini Comic-Con), Disney forcefully demonstrated how all of this is falling into place. Read more

Disney, Pixar Through the Looking Glass of D23

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

The biggest animation takeaway from D23 is that it’s all about creative legacy building: honoring the past while staying relevant. Read more

VES Releases New VFX Demo Guidelines

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Movies, Tech, TV, Uncategorized, VES, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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

An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more