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.

Trailering Finding Dory from Pixar

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

Watch the teaser for Finding Dory (June 17, 2016) and get immersed in the underwater world once again. Read more

Completing the Bond Origin Story in Spectre

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

No one ever thought it would take four films to complete the James Bond origin story, but then no one counted on the return of Blofeld and Spectre, either. That’s what you get with the dynamic duo of Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes: it remains personal for this Bond, and what better way of tying up all of the loose ends than with the introduction of his nemesis as a doppelganger? Read more

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors Leonardo DiCaprio

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Thursday night’s 30th celebration of the SAG Foundation (appropriately renamed the SAG-AFTRA Foundation) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was all about giving back and supporting actors in need. It was a compassionate and confessional awards season kick-off honoring Leonardo DiCaprio, producer Megan Ellison, and directors Lee Daniels and Rob Marshall. If only more awards shows were as sensitive and forthright. Read more

Retrofitting The Peanuts Movie for CG

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

Very early on, a Peppermint Patty pencil test laid the groundwork for“finding the line” and implementing the Charles Schulz signature comic strip style in The Peanuts Movie. The result is an animation breakthrough at Blue Sky as 2D dictates form and function in creating a different CG aesthetic. Read more

The Painterly Reality of The Good Dinosaur

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

There’s a wonderful simplicity to The Good Dinosaur. The epic landscape beautifully complements the intimate story between Arlo, the Apatosaurus, and the human boy, Spot. And it takes its time, keeping dialogue to a minimum and allowing us to revel in the exquisite visual details while being viscerally immersed in the danger. Read more

Trailering More of The Hateful Eight

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Watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Christmas roadshow, Jan. 8th digital), boasting more breathtaking imagery in Ultra Panavision 70. Read more

16 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Race

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

Sixteen animated features have been submitted for consideration for Oscar consideration, with three surprises (Moomins on the Riviera, the Finnish comic strip adaptation; Regular Show from Cartoon Network; and The Laws of the Universe – Part 0). Read more

Autodesk Offers New Subscription for Flame

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

Autodesk announced new subscription pricing for Flame starting at $750 per month and can be accessed annually for as low as $500 per month. Autodesk also announced Flame support for OS X as part of the Autodesk Flame Extension 2 release, available later this month. Autodesk Flare and Autodesk Flame Assist software are now available as standalone products with monthly subscription prices, starting at $400. Read more

Trailering Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman

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

Watch the first trailer for Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30) and see how Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction. Read more

How They Dressed Authentically in Suffragette

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

The fight for women’s equality in early 20th century Britain offered a different kind of costume design aesthetic in Oscar contender Suffragette. Looking to ordinary people for inspiration, designer Jane Petrie conveyed dressing for survival and empowerment in the gritty drama of factory worker-turned activist Maud (Carey Mulligan). Read more