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

Sneak Peeking Zootopia with Howard & Moore

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

Zootopia (March 4, 2016), from directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph), represents Disney’s first anthropomorphic feature “designed for animals by animals.” Rookie bunny cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) teams up with sly fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to solve a disappearance that could tear Zootopia apart. It’s about overcoming bias and Grammy-winning Shakira will voice pop star Gazelle and sing the anthem, “Try Everything.” Read more

How They Shot Mad Max: Fury Road

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

Fury Road was a reinvigorating adventure for veteran cinematographer John Seale, who came out of retirement to collaborate once again with George Miller. Only this was no Lorenzo’s Oil, the last film he shot for Miller. Read more

Getting Animated About the Oscar Contenders

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

Here are the five likely nominees for best animated feature: Pixar at its most abstract, Blue Sky’s masterpiece, two very different stop-motion triumphs and the hand-drawn Brazilian tapestry distributed by GKIDS. Read more

Revisiting Shaun the Sheep Movie from Aardman

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

Last week’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack arrival of Shaun the Sheep Movie from Lionsgate offered another opportunity to speak with directors Mark Burton & Richard Starzak about Aardman’s Oscar contender, which has racked up $100 million internationally and sparked a sequel from Studiocanal. Stop-motion without dialogue and exploring good vs. bad parenting during its rollicking adventure provided lots of new tricks, even for Aardman. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Ant-Man from Marvel

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

Marvel’s Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas arrives Dec. 8th on Blu-ray/DVD from Disney as an absurd superhero/heist movie. Read more

Trailering Zootopia Sloth from Disney

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

Watch the new trailer for Zootopia (March 4, 2016) featuring the hilarious Sloth scene. Read more

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson Talk Anomalisa

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Music, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With the Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30), Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction. Inspirational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis) suffers a nervous breakdown while preparing for a lecture in a strange hotel in Cincinnati. That is, until he meets homely Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with a heavenly voice and has a glimmer of hope. Read more

Academy Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts

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

The Academy announced the 10 shortlisted animated features, ranging from Sanjay’s Super Team to Prologue to World of Tomorrow to a pair from the NFB (Carface, If I Was God). Read more

How They Pulled Off The Spectre Opening

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, How They Did It, James Bond, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

ILM London tackled the celebrated Day of the Dead opening of Spectre as part of its first Bond mission. Read more

Ranking the Impactful 8 VFX Oscar Contenders

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

Find out why The Impactful 8 have the best chance at snagging Oscar noms. Read more