Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel


At last week's 6th annual Visual Effects Society Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Marvel's Victoria Alonso stressed the importance of "filling the gaps," in her keynote, whether it's related to storytelling or VFX. In fact, according to the exec producer/exec VP of

Nicolas Villarreal Talks Oscar-Contending Nieta Short


With Nieta, Nicolas Villarreal colorfully depicts childhood memories of a grandfather using a storm as the transcendent light force for a young girl. The short qualified for Oscar consideration at Cannes and I recently spoke with the Argentinian director, who

Immersed in Blu-ray: Dr. Caligari and The Innocents


Just in time for Halloween, we have the psychological horror of two masterpieces to experience in digitally-restored Blu-ray: Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Eureka's Masters of Cinema, and Jack Clayton's The Innocents from Criterion. The Cabinet

Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel

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At last week’s 6th annual Visual Effects Society Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Marvel’s Victoria Alonso stressed the importance of “filling the gaps,” in her keynote, whether it’s related to storytelling or VFX. In fact, according to the exec producer/exec VP of visual effects & post-production, maintaining an outside-the-box mentality has been the key to Marvel’s success. Read more

Nicolas Villarreal Talks Oscar-Contending Nieta Short

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

With Nieta, Nicolas Villarreal colorfully depicts childhood memories of a grandfather using a storm as the transcendent light force for a young girl. The short qualified for Oscar consideration at Cannes and I recently spoke with the Argentinian director, who previously made the short, Pasteurized, and worked on some animation for Fruitvale Station. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Dr. Caligari and The Innocents

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Production Design, Screenwriting, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween, we have the psychological horror of two masterpieces to experience in digitally-restored Blu-ray: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema, and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from Criterion. Read more

Clipping the Black Hole of Interstellar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Get a look at the real gravitational science of the black hole in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7) in this new featurette highlighting theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as exec producer and consultant. Read more

Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken

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The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

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The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more

Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon’s darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, “It’s the end — the end of the path I started us on.” Read more

The Foundry Offers Nuke 9 with Nuke Studio

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

The Foundry unveiled Nuke 9, which includes the brand-new addition of Nuke Studio. The new offering brings powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing into a new single studio application, as well as provide core upgrades to the advanced compositing workflows of Nuke and Nukex. Read more

USC 5D Returns with Rilao Science of Fiction

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After last year’s successful “The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” USC 5D returns with “The Rilao Project” at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival on Saturday, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Alex McDowell. Read more

Disney Sets Sail with Moana in 2016

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has set a release date of late 2016 for Moana, the South Pacific animated comedy-adventure directed by Ron Clements and John Musker about a spirited teenager on a mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. Read more

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