Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema


The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Considering how Hoytema is such a thinking person's DP and has created

Shooting A Walk Among the Tombstones


For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., A Walk Among the Tombstones, now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they

Trailering Big Eyes from Tim Burton


Watch the initial trailer for Tim Burton's Big Eyes (Christmas Day, TWC), his first Oscar contender since Big Fish. The kitschy, Gothic aesthetic of Big Eyes has been a huge influence on Burton, who produces and directs the biopic scripted by Scott Alexander and

Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema

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The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Read more

Shooting A Walk Among the Tombstones

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

For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., A Walk Among the Tombstones, now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they decided to go for a ’70s gritty, de-saturated look, recalling The French Connection and The Parallax View. But adding to the paranoia is the fact that it takes place during the Y2K craze in 1999. Read more

Trailering Big Eyes from Tim Burton

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design | Leave a comment

Watch the initial trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (Christmas Day, TWC), his first Oscar contender since Big Fish. Read more

Explore Interstellar in New App

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Explore a galaxy of fan-generated solar systems in the Interstellar App inspired by the Christopher Nolan space adventure (Nov. 7) available on the Chrome Store and Google Play for phones and tablets. Create and customize your own unique solar system with planets, moons, asteroids. Read more

Method Makes the Griever for The Maze Runner

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

Method not only did 380 character shots of the Maze and Glade for The Maze Runner, but also the spider-like Griever creature that inhabits the Maze. Read more

Clipping Popeye Animation Test

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Watch a nifty animation test for Genndy Tartakovsky’s upcoming Popeye with Sony Pictures Animation. It really captures the essence of the beloved Max Fleischer cartoon by applying what Tartakovsky learned about breaking the CG rules to get more of a hand-drawn aesthetic to his Hotel Transylvania. Read more

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

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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

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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

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

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