Alex McDowell Brings Rilao Worldbuilding to FMX


Production Designer Alex McDowell of the USC Worldbuilding Institute takes his adventurous "Rilao Project" to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (May 8, Room Heilbronn, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm). The Transmedia workshop will have a maximum of 50 participants. Worldbuilding is

Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Hawks in Age of Ultron


If Joss Whedon echoes Ultron in saying, "Everyone creates the thing they dread," it's because he bit off more than he could creatively chew with his "Avengers" sequel. Apart from extraordinarily high expectations and financial pressure that inevitably pushed back, he

Moonbot Snags 2 Emmy Awards for Silent Short


Moonbot Studios' Silent animated short for Dolby Laboratories, in collaboration with CAA, has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday night: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program.The awards were

Alex McDowell Brings Rilao Worldbuilding to FMX

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Production Designer Alex McDowell of the USC Worldbuilding Institute takes his adventurous “Rilao Project” to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (May 8, Room Heilbronn, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm). The Transmedia workshop will have a maximum of 50 participants. Read more

Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Hawks in Age of Ultron

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

If Joss Whedon echoes Ultron in saying, “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” it’s because he bit off more than he could creatively chew with his “Avengers” sequel. Apart from extraordinarily high expectations and financial pressure that inevitably pushed back, he ambitiously attempted a better movie. Read more

Moonbot Snags 2 Emmy Awards for Silent Short

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Moonbot Studios’ Silent animated short for Dolby Laboratories, in collaboration with CAA, has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday night: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. Read more

Going Inside Out with Pixar Designer Ralph Eggleston

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Production Designer Ralph Eggleston has taken us undersea (Finding Nemo) to outer space (WALL·E) and to other imaginative Pixar places, but nothing compares with going inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley in Pete Docter’sInside Out (screening out of competition at Cannes ahead of its June 19th release). Read more

Clipping Deleted Animation from Tomorrowland

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Watch cut animation from Tomorrowland in the style of Walt Disney’s educational films from the ’40s and ’50s. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Odd Man Out, Pink Horse

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Criterion brings two post-war noir gems of anxiety from 1947: Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out and Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse.

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Sara Mishara Shines a Light on Felix & Meira

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The unconventional romance from Oscilloscope Laboratories about a Hasidic Jew and secular loner opens Friday in LA, exquisitely shot by Sara Mishara. Read more

Trailering More Tomorrowland Sci-Fi

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Follow Casey (Britt Robertson) more closely in the latest trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), the anti-dystopian fantasy adventure. Read more

Eerie Connection Between Force Awakens, Tomorrowland

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Thursday seemed eerily surreal in Anaheim, between The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration to the new Tomorrowland exhibit in Disneyland. It was like journeying through some inter-dimensional transport much like the one in Tomorrowland. And what was even stranger was discovering some striking similarities between J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot and Brad Bird’s fantasy/adventure. Read more

Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, Ben-Hur

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Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype’s “share screen” function inspired Unfriended, the horror riff on And Then There Were None, in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend’s Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his Ben-Hur reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. Read more

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