Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6


Disney's Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition from Disney Home Ent.Disney Animation expanded its horizons with the first Marvel superhero adaptation that features an action-packed, poignant story of loss and

Backstage at the Oscars: Birdman Soars, Disney Sweeps


Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar winning the VFX

Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts


It's a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood. 1. The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees): Jacobs learned how to

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more

Backstage at the Oscars: Birdman Soars, Disney Sweeps

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

Here are some of the craft and animation highlights backstage last night at the Oscars, topped by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki taking home his second consecutive cinematography award for the single-take Birdman experiment, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar winning the VFX prize, and Disney’s surprise animation sweep with Big Hero 6 and Feast, continuing the momentum from last year’s Frozen.

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Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts

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It’s a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood. Read more

10 Oscar Animation Takeaways from the Nominees

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This year’s annual round-up of animation Oscar nominees at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater provided a few personal insights into “How They Did it.” Read more

Spinning the Oscar-Nommed A Single Life Short

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The dark horse Oscar short contender comes from Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Markieke Blaauw: three young partners who run a Netherlands-based design studio (Job, Joris & Marieke). Read more

Jorge Gutierrez Talks Untitled Kung Fu Space Western

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It’s great news that Reel FX and Jorge Gutierrez are continuing their partnership after The Book of Life with the Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which concerns a charming outlaw teaming up with a funny, ragtag crew of rebel bandits to save their galaxy. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: 101 Dalmatians

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Disney’s beloved 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians looks dazzling in a new diamond Blu-ray combo pack, currently available from Disney Home Ent., featuring an all-new animated short, The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt. Read more

Reel FX/Gutierrez to Make Kung Fu Space Western

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The Book of Life was such a good partnership for Reel FX Animation Studios and Jorge Gutierrez that they’ve signed a multi-picture deal. The first will be the Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which Gutierrez will direct from a script he is writing with Douglas Langdale. Reel FX’s Brad Booker will produce the film. Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC will also produce alongside Booker. Sandra Equihua will oversee the character design. Gutierrez has moved to Dallas to work on the project out of Reel FX’s studio. Read more

Watch Exclusive Dragon 2 Cast Featurette

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We’re coming down to the wire with Tuesday’s Oscar voting deadline, and DreamWorks Animation has given us an exclusive featurette touting the impressive voice cast of How to Train Your Dragon 2  (watch below): Read more

Meet the Oscar-Nommed Animation Directors

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I played Inside the Animation Studio with Don Hall and Chris Williams of Big Hero 6, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable of The Boxtrolls, Dean DeBlois of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Tomm Moore of Song of the Sea, and Isao Takahata of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The questions were simple and more personal and the responses were engaging and insightful. Read more

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