There are endurance tests, and then there is Wang Bing's nearly four-hour plunge into the daily tedium and long-term despair of life in a mainland Chinese mental hospital.
The late-year steering committee meeting of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's visual effects branch is always a long night. This past November, though, things got heated as well.
The famous call may be "lights, camera, action!" but for Hollywood equipment rental houses, things are a bit reversed these days. It's lights that are providing the action, and those who paid…
Current books by staffers include Cynthia Littleton's examination of the Hollywood writers strike, Robert Hofler's study of film's sexual revolution, Jon Burlingame's celebration of the music of…
German vet helmer Volker Schlondorff's wartime drama "Calm at Sea" has been acquired by Pennsylvania-based Corinth Films for North American distribution.
A while back former Variety topper Peter Bart did a radio interview in which he recalled how different it was to be a studio executive back in the 1970s. "In those days," he said, "you could make a…
With the unveiling of the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and the release of Pixar's "Brave" tomorrow, pros and the public are getting their first ears-ful of Dolby's new sound format, Atmos.
Dailies have been part of the filmmaking process since the dawn of the industry.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the flap that followed the Cinemacon preview of footage from "The Hobbit" shown at 48 frames per second. I predicted 60 frames per second will eventually become the…
The media freakout over the mixed reaction to Tuesday's CinemaCon preview of "The Hobbit" footage with high-frame-rate 3D had me rolling my eyes.
While the switch to digital production in the movie industry has been much ballyhooed -- and indeed, both Panavision and Arri have stopped manufacturing film cameras -- it could easily still be…