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

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

Glen Keane Makes Nephtali Short for Paris Opera

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

Watch the latest Glen Keane Nephtali short commissioned by the Paris Opera for its new digital 3rd Stage. 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 Keane About VR at FoST

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

In this new promo, Step into the Page, Glen Keane shares his views on animation and VR for Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in New York in October. 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

Animation Show of Shows Goes Theatrical

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

After a successful crowdsourcing campaign, Acme Filmworks’ 17th Annual Animation Show Of Shows will have its first theatrical distribution, beginning Sept. 24th at the ArchLight Hollywood (full playdates here). Read more

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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