We’ve run quite a few behind the scenes videos about the creation of Laika’s new stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, but that’s because the creation of films such as this one is an impressive process. Personally, I rarely tire of seeing these animators in action; bringing a film like ParaNorman to life requires a combination of brute force effort and unique ingenuity that is unlike the effort required for other filmmaking efforts.
In this case, the video This Little Light shows the process of creating one of the smallest elements of the film: a desktop lamp. Many disciplines are involved in making just one tiny, incidental part of the film’s world: design, modeling, glassblowing, painting, electrical assembly, and so on. I doubt that anyone thinks all the stuff around the chracters in ParaNorman just springs to life without effort, but this video, which you can see below, is a lovely demonstration of how much effort it takes to make a world. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Halloween’s still a couple months off, but Laika’s getting the spooky season started early this weekend with ParaNorman. Focus Features has just unveiled the final trailer for the 3D stop-motion animation, which features tiny bits of scenes under some unsettling percussion and an entertainingly creepy voiceover by John Goodman.
Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, ParaNorman centers around a boy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who can speak to the dead. When an old witch’s curse puts his entire town in jeopardy, however, he becomes the only person who can save the day. Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Tucker Albrizzi also lend their voices to the cast. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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As David Cronenberg does the US press rounds for his new film Cosmopolis, which opens limited this Friday the 17th and expands starting the week after, he’s fielding some questions about his next film. The director often has several projects percolating, and the current time is no different. But one long-mooted film is apparently not going to happen after all, as Cronenberg says that the sequel to the 2007 Eastern Promises is no longer backed by Focus Features, and thus may not happen at all. Read More »
ParaNorman is stop-motion animated zombie horror movie for families. Can you imagine a subject more ripe for different artistic interpretations? It makes perfect sense, then, that the team at Laika, who also did Coraline, would team up with Mondo to do a series of posters for their highly-buzzed about film, which opens August 17. After the jump, check out six different Mondo posters for ParaNorman. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Plenty of high-profile actors and filmmakers have devoted time to deflecting Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumors in recent months, but one industry figure who’s made no secret of his burning desire to bring the S&M novel to life is Bret Easton Ellis. The American Psycho author has been pushing hard for the screenwriting job over the past couple of months, calling lead character Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and floating casting ideas via Twitter.
Alas, it seems this particular dream is out of reach for Ellis. A shortlist of possible scribes for the Universal and Focus Features adaptation has just been revealed, and Ellis’ name is nowhere to be seen. What’s more surprising may be the writers that are. Producers are reportedly eyeing writers behind Cars 2, The Killing, and Saving Mr. Banks. More details after the jump.
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The film ParaNorman, in which a spiritually-inclined boy named Norman has to rally some unusual friends to save his town from an attack by the undead, is the latest stop-motion animated film from production company Laika.
We’ve seen quite a few trailers and clips, and the animation has looked wonderful in every view we’ve had of the film. Now a new featurette shows how some of the film’s tricks were achieved, and for those who like seeing the process of animation this is a wonderful glimpse into Laika’s methods, and a good compliment to the short video showcasing the creation of Norman. Read More »
The first tease of the spiritual sequel to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is now online. Universal just officially green-lit The World’s End, the Edgar Wright directed, Simon Pegg co-written and starring, Nick Frost co-starring third film in the Cornetta trilogy and released a teaser poster along with the announcement. After the jump, check out the poster for Wright and Pegg’s latest and read all about it. Read More »
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The fanfiction turned supermarket porn megahit novel Fifty Shades of Grey is coming to screens eventually (maybe) and after a few months of working with the property Universal and Focus Features have announced the producers for the film. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who collaborated on David Fincher’s The Social Network, will oversee the project.
That means they have the herculean task of making sure that the movie pleases the book’s many fans at the same time as it will likely dial back the explicit S&M flavored sex. But without that, the film will have to pay attention to the book’s main characters, the young inexperienced virgin Anastasia Steele (seriously, that’s the character’s name) and her first paramour, the domineering, damaged billionaire Christian Grey. Read More »