Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards


The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki's extraordinary "continuous take" in Alejandro Iñárritu's  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger

Shotgun Gets Flame Integration


At IBC 2014, Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 visual effects software Extension 2, with included support for Shotgun Software, a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management platform. Just last month at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Shotgun, recently acquired by

Going Deeper Into Guardians with MPC


MPC goes into more detail about its extensive VFX work on Marvel's latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (featuring 857 shots and led by VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi). Key sequences included the development and animation of the extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like

Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki’s extraordinary “continuous take” in Alejandro Iñárritu’s  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for Unbroken, the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)? That’s probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year’s below-the-line awards competition. Read more

Shotgun Gets Flame Integration

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

At IBC 2014, Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 visual effects software Extension 2, with included support for Shotgun Software, a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management platform. Read more

Going Deeper Into Guardians with MPC

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

MPC goes into more detail about its extensive VFX work on Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (featuring 857 shots and led by VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi). Read more

Clipping Two More Boxtrolls Featurettes

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

Laika and Focus Features  have rolled out two new featurettes from The Boxtrolls: “Trolls Off the Tongue” and “Winnie Takes Charge.” Read more

Oscar Contenders to Highlight View Conference

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

Presentations centered on Oscar-contending animation and VFX movies will highlight the View 2014 conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 14-18). Keynoting the conference are Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation (The Penguins of Madagascar), Pixar-co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, and Glen Keane (the Duet short). Read more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Goes Blu

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

As good as Captain America was, The Winter Soldier is even better, thanks to the conspiracy thriller component added by the Russo brothers, and the Blu-ray/DVD set from Disney looks and sounds stellar. It’s a wildly fun and exciting mash-up. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

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

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released the 2nd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun and VFX producer Susan Zwerman. Read more

ADG Announces New Rule Changes

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Production Design, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Art Directors Guild (ADG), IATSE Local 800 has set new rule changes for its Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The rule changes will be in effect for the upcoming ADG Awards, set for Jan. 31, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Sneaking Big Hero 6 From Disney

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

The timing for Big Hero 6 couldn’t be better for Disney. It’s not only completely different from Frozen but also captures the holy grail for animation in tapping the superhero genre. In fact, it shares a common theme with Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy: the loss of a loved one as social misfits team up to thwart a mysterious baddie. This should resonate strongly as Disney flexes some new animation muscles. Read more

Tomm Moore Talks Song of the Sea

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Tomm Moore follows up his Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with an even more ambitious Irish folk tale, Song of the Sea, which plays Toronto on Saturday. Produced by the Ireland-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and distributed by Gkids, Song of the Sea (opening Dec. 19th) looks to be a sure Oscar contender for its exquisite hand-drawn beauty and stirring story about the last Seal-child trapped between two worlds. Read more

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