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.

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Production Designer Samuel Michlap Deconstructed

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

Animation layout artist-turned production designer Samuel Michlap has worked at Disney (The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame) and DreamWorks (The Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Rise of the Guardians) and is currently working on his first live-action feature, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017). His first local exhibition is on display at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank through Sept. 13, where he will have a workshop on Aug. 29. A companion book, Cinematic Storytelling Deconstructed, will be available at CTN Expo Nov. 20-22.

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Animation Highlights from D23

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

Here’s a snapshot of the highlights and announcements from D23, which I explore in greater detail tomorrow. Read more

Rabins and Finkelman Cox Join Original Force

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

China’s Original Force has launched a feature division and hired Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox (former heads of Sony Pictures Animation) to serve as co-presidents of a new LA office. They are in production and three animated features and the company plans to produce at least one major CG feature film every 18 months. Read more

Trailering The Hateful Eight from Tarantino

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

Watch the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s  Roadshow-like 70mm Civil War western opening Christmas Day. Read more

Getting to Know Dinotrux from DreamWorks/Netflix

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

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

Retrofitting Pan for the Harry Potter Generation

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

Director Joe Wright appeared with Pan newcomer Levi Miller last week at LA’s London Hotel and showed clips and explained how he’s reworked the J.M. Barrie classic. Read more

Meet SPECTRE Women Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci

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Daniel Craig’s 007 hooks up with an icy blond and fiery Italian in his mission to uncover SPECTRE in the latest vlog. 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

Pixar to Open-Source Universal Scene Description

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

Pixar will release its Universal Scene Description software (USD) as an open-source project by summer 2016. USD addresses the ever-growing need in the CG film and game industries for an effective way to describe, assemble, interchange, and modify high-complexity virtual scenes between digital content creation tools employed by studios. Read more

Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

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

Join the global celebration by wishing Charles Schulz’s beloved beagle Happy B-Day (#HappyBirthdaySnoopy). Read more