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Immersed in Movies: The Return of Abel Gance's 'Napoleon'

Never mind about 3-D and IMAX and higher frame rates and immersive design and "The Artist" and "Hugo": Abel Gance's monumental silent, "Napoleon" (1927), is back and fully restored and better than ever. It boasts more than half-an-hour of additional footage discovered by tireless Oscar-winning British author/director/preservationist Kevin Brownlow.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 23, 2012 2:07 PM
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Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2012 11:51 PM
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Oscar Watch: William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Oscar Winner 'Fantastic Flying Books' UPDATED

William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Fantastic Flying Books
Who says high and low tech can't come together in animation and publishing?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 21, 2011 12:04 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Spielberg Talks Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta
The moment Steven Spielberg stepped onto the motion capture stage in LA and watched James Cameron shooting "Avatar" with the virtual camera, he knew he had found the right medium for "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2011 1:44 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Lifts Kung Fu Panda 2

Of all the sequels competing for the best animated feature Oscar, "Kung Fu Panda 2" was really the only one with unfinished business. It begged the question: How did Po wind up living in the same house with his father goose?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 7, 2011 10:39 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting Hollywood's Silent Golden Age with The Artist

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 23, 2011 4:22 PM
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Spielberg, Tintin, and the Race for Oscar

If the animated Oscar competition comes down to originality and boldness, then you can't rule out a potential horse race between "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Make no mistake: despite the outcry from traditionalists, "Tintin" is nothing if not animated, and definitely a performance capture game-changer: a unique hybrid of the caricature and photoreal, thanks to the wizards of Weta, who've struck again after their "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" coup. The rendering of skin, eyes, mouth, and hair is so tactile, and there's a more believable sense of weight and movement.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 11, 2011 11:41 AM
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Pixar Launches Legacy Start Up in Vancouver, Air Mater Short Takes Flight

It’s been a great week for Pixar, writes TOH columnist Bill Desowitz in this week’s Immersed in Movies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 6, 2011 1:33 PM
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Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer

Several animation directors are trying their hand at live action of late, most notably Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who talks to Bill Desowitz about Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which boasts a new trailer and featurettes starring daredevil Tom Cruise (below).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 27, 2011 12:11 PM
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