About B Desowitz
Bill Desowitz writes about film for his Immersed in Movies blog (www.billdesowitz.com) and is a regular contributor to Thompson on Hollywood at Indiewire and Animation World Network. He can be contacted at bill.desowitz@yahoo.com.

Oscar-Worthy Film Editors: 2016

February 1, 2016

This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Editing explore the economic collapse of Wall Street in 2008 as a black comedy; return to an iconic post-apocalyptic world, as well as a galaxy, far, far away; go on a metaphysical journey in the frozen wilderness; and provide an inside glimpse of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the Catholic Church sex scandal cover-up. […]

Oscar’s Favorite Sound Editors: 2015

February 1, 2015

This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing transport us to three very distinct war zones (American Sniper, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Unbroken), take us for a roller-coaster ride inside a wormhole and a black hole (Interstellar), and put us in the mindset of a has-been movie star going out of his mind (Birdman). […]

What Does A Wormhole Sound Like?

November 1, 2014

It’s not surprising that director Christopher Nolan drove the sound to a greater extent than ever before on his first space adventure, Interstellar, opening November 7 through Paramount Pictures. That’s because it was pivotal that the organic nature of the aesthetic worked for soundscape and imagery alike.

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John Roesch: MPSE 2013 Career Achievement Award

March 1, 2013

The first Foley artist to receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) Career Achievement Award, Foley artist John Roesch has contributed to over 400 movies in the last four decades, including — to name a very few — Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Back to the Future (1985), Unforgiven (1992), The Matrix (1999) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the latter for which he received two MPSE Golden Reel Awards nominations as part of the film’s sound editing team. He was presented the award acknowledging his career accomplishments at the MPSE’s 60th annual Golden Reel Awards on February 17.
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Thelma Schoonmaker and the Movie Magic of ‘Hugo’

November 1, 2011

There’s a joyous moment in director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, opening November 23 from Paramount Pictures, when Sir Ben Kingsley–– portraying the pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès (1902’s A Trip to the Moon)—performs a magi- cal feat onstage to thunderous applause. It’s but a brief glimpse into a forgotten past. […]

French Twist: Monteuse Francoise Bonnot et ‘La Tempete’

January 1, 2011

After editing all four of Julie Taymor’s films, including the latest, The Tempest, the gender- bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play that opened via Miramax December 10, Françoise Bonnot, A.C.E., has come to believe that the director bridges time by mixing past and present sensibilities and techniques. […]

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