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.

Virtual Production

Trailering Latest Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika

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

There’s more exquisite beauty and stop-mo complexity in the latest trailer for Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings (Aug. 19, Focus Features). Read more

Talking Crafts with The Mirisch Agency

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The Mirisch Agency, founded in 1992 by agent Larry Mirisch as a below the line boutique, is dedicated to “the client, the work and people realizing their stated goals.” It therefore tailors representation to each person. Therefore, when a job query comes in, Mirisch and his colleagues examine the list of available clients to see who matches the specified requirements and is interested in “stretching into that” to avoid any pigeonholing.  Mirisch reps editors, cinematographers, production designers, line producers, VFX Supervisors, VFX producers, producers and costume designers. Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: The Good Dinosaur

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

Pixar’s underrated The Good Dinosaur (which took VFX prizes at the VES and Annies) was released on Blu-ray last week from Disney with a treasure trove of informative bonus features about the studio’s first prehistoric buddy comedy/adventure. Read more

Oscar Wrap-Up: The Outsiders Get the Spotlight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Editing, Events, James Bond, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Score, Screenwriting, Shorts, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Turns out there was a great deal of surprising diversity among last night’s Oscar winners. And it was all about championing the outsider. Read more

FMX 2016 Called Blending Realities

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The upcoming FMX conference in Stuttgart (April 26-29) will be devoted to “Blending Realities.” I look forward to participating once again. Read more

Why Inside Out Means So Much to Pixar

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

It isn’t merely about winning another Oscar for Pixar – Inside Out represents a new milestone for the studio and for Pete Docter. It’s their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Spectre is Back

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Spectre arrived on Blu-ray this week from Fox, the second-best Bond grosser ever, looking and sounding demo quality. Read more

Trailering On Ice From Google Spotlight Stories

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

Watch the trailer for the On Ice VR short from Annie-nominated Shannon Tindle. Read more

Inside Out Tops Annies with 10 Wins

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Crafts, Events, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar’s Inside Out, which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. The Good Dinosaur, which dominated VES animator on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep. Read more

Why The Force Awakens Should Win the VFX Oscar

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

Who ever thought you’d have to make the case for Star Wars winning the VFX Oscar? But with all the buzz surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant bear, which earned three additional VES awards for ILM, there are no guarantees. And that’s the point: ILM has done such outstanding photo-real work on the J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking Star Wars reboot — zeroing in on $2 billion worldwide at the box office — that there might be a tendency to take the work for granted. Read more

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