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

Saschka Unseld Talks VR at Oculus Story Studio

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

Saschka Unseld (The Blue Umbrella)who left Pixar to become creative director of Passion Pictures and co-founder of Oculus Story Studio, appeared this week at  Future of Storytelling Summit. We discussed  re-imagining the theatrical experience with VR. Read more

Laika Celebrates 10th Anniversary at VIEW

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

VIEW 2015 in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) has added a special celebration of Laika’s 10th Anniversary, along with “The Future of Videogames” and the making of Everest. Read more

Trailering More of The Good Dinosaur

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The new trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25) encapsulates the danger and intimacy of the journey. Read more

Framestore Crafts The Martian VFX

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Framestore follows up its Oscar-winning Gravity with Ridley Scott’s The Martian, featuring 338 shots and significant input from NASA. Read more

Zemeckis Talks The Walk as Career-Defining

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The Walk, which fittingly opened the New York Film Festival last week, couldn’t have happened without Bob Zemeckis’ pioneering (if controversial) performance capture work (The Polar Express) in IMAX 3D and his previous tech wizardry on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. Read more

Going to Hell & Back with Adult Stop-Mo

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

After great success with Robot Chicken, ShadowMachine takes the feature plunge with Hell & Back, leveraging its outrageous adult humor in a more ambitious way. While it’s taken a few years to complete and release Hell & Back (through Freestyle), ShadowMachine has expanded its stop-mo TV slate with TripTank and Bojack Horseman, among others, strengthening its brand. From carnival doldrums to the lower depths of danger, Hell & Back offers a slew of misfit demons, an angel hottie, a slacker Orpheus and a horny Devil. Plus a voice cast headlined by Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle and Susan Sarandon. Read more

ILM Celebrates 40th at VIEW

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ILM takes its 40th presentation to VIEW this month in Turin, Italy, along with Jurassic WorldRead more

Trailering More of The Revenant

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Watch more of Leonardo DiCaprio going after Tom Hardy in Best Picture contender The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman.

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The Terrors of Shooting Everest

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

Cinematographer Salvatore Totino (Concussion, Inferno) now has a greater understanding of what the real-life climbers encountered when they were hit with one of the fiercest blizzards during their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest in 1996. He discussed the terrors of shooting Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. Read more

Tartakovsky Talks Hotel Transylvania 2

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

Genndy Tartakovsky couldn’t make the Popeye he wanted at Sony but he continues his cartoony sensibility in Hotel Transylvania 2 and hopes to make the very ambitious Can You Imagine? The gang’s all back as Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) get married and have a son and Drac (Adam Sandler) adjusts to being a grandpa and a world where monster and human co-exist. There’s even a cameo by Mel Brooks as his dad, Vlad. Read more