First Look at The Jungle Book from Disney/Favreau


Get a glimpse of the first concept art from Disney's hybrid re-imagining of The Jungle Book (Oct. 9, 2015), directed by Jon Favreau (Chef, Iron Man, Elf). Rob Legato (Hugo, Avatar) serves as VFX supervisor (MPC is the primary studio), Christopher Glass and Alex

Glen Keane Begins Again with Duet


For Glen Keane, Duet represents a new beginning after leaving Disney: a family affair that took him back to his childhood roots and the essence of drawing. It's the third in a series of Google Spotlight Stories available exclusively for Motorola's new line of Moto X

A Look at Five Cinematography Frontrunners


Will Roger Deakins (Unbroken) finally win his elusive Oscar after 11 nominations? Or will Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki (Birdman) earn two in a row? Will Dick Pope (Mr. Turner) grab his first Academy Award on the 10th film with Mike Leigh, or will Jeff Cronenweth (Gone

First Look at The Jungle Book from Disney/Favreau

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Get a glimpse of the first concept art from Disney’s hybrid re-imagining of The Jungle Book (Oct. 9, 2015), directed by Jon Favreau (ChefIron ManElf). Read more

Glen Keane Begins Again with Duet

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

For Glen Keane, Duet represents a new beginning after leaving Disney: a family affair that took him back to his childhood roots and the essence of drawing. It’s the third in a series of Google Spotlight Stories available exclusively for Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices, and has been Oscar shortlisted for best animated short. Read more

A Look at Five Cinematography Frontrunners

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

Will Roger Deakins (Unbroken) finally win his elusive Oscar after 11 nominations? Or will Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Birdman) earn two in a row? Will Dick Pope (Mr. Turner) grab his first Academy Award on the 10th film with Mike Leigh, or will Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl) finally strike gold with David Fincher? Can the very hot Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) take home his first prize as the lone film practitioner (primarily using IMAX)? All of the work is extraordinary as cinematography once again signifies the most exciting of the craft races. Read more

A Second Helping of the Feast Short

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

With the help of hand-drawn advice from veteran Dale Baer (watch the exclusive video below) and the new Hyperion ray-tracing renderer, Disney’s Oscar frontrunner, Feast, is a delectable short. Director Patrick Osborne  utilizes a quick-cutting, mockumentary style and a look comprised of warm colors, flat shapes, and shallow depth of field. Brian Scott, the head of animation, walks us through the tech highlights. Read more

The Making of the Interstellar Tesseract

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Christopher Nolan certainly likes puzzles and the most ingenious one in Interstellar appears inside the black hole. Read more

Roger Deakins Talks Unbroken

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Roger Deakins, the 11-time Oscar nominee and the guru of naturalism, provides his most beautiful work for Angelina Jolie’s powerful Unbroken, the biopic about Olympic runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell).

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What We Learned About SPECTRE from Sony Hackers

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Sonygate has struck James Bond just as SPECTRE started production this week at Pinewood in London. Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy Goes Blu

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

The number one hit of the year, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, arrived in a reference quality Blu-ray this week from Disney Home Ent. Read more

Birdman Tops 72nd Golden Globes Noms

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Birdman led the way with seven Golden Globe film nominations, followed by Boyhood and Imitation Game with five. Animation nods went to Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and The Lego Movie.

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Trailering More Inside Out from Pixar

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Go deeper into next year’s most anticipated animated feature: Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2005) from director Pete Docter. Read more

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