war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we chatted with Andy Serkis and Terry Notary, who play the performance capture Ape lead characters Caesar and Rocket. We learn about the set-up of this third Apes film, how the Apes have evolved through the series leading to this new confrontation, the struggle to get the Academy to recognize motion capture performances, the introduction of Steve Zahn as a Chimpanzee, the difference in the approach of acting for live-action vs. performance capture, and much more. Hit the jump to read our Terry Notary and Andy Serkis War For The Planet of the Apes interview.

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war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we had an extensive sit-down interview with Planet of the Apes series producer Dylan Clark. Clark is the mastermind behind the last three Ape films and has a lot of information and insight to share about the franchise and the upcoming film. Hit the jump to read our Dylan Clark War for the Planet of the Apes interview.

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On January 13th, 2016, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to visit the set of Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. After the jump you’ll be able to read a round-up of everything I learned while on the War for the Planet of the Apes set visit. Elsewhere on this site you can read interviews with some of the producers and stars of the film.

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Transformers The Last Knight Set Visit

We’ve already run through all the new story details and character information from Transformers: The Last Knight in the first part of our report from our visit to the sequel’s set last summer. But that doesn’t convey just what it’s like to be on the set of a movie directed by Michael Bay. The man is known for getting worked up on set and working fast and frenetically, and he demands the best out of his cast and crew, so much that it even sparks them to become more innovative to satisfy his work speed. This is truly something to behold when it’s all happening in front of you. As one of the crew members said, “It’s the Super Bowl every day.”

In the second part of our Transformers The Last Knight set visit report, we discuss what it’s like to watch Michael Bay at work, complete with insight from his crew members that are always kept on their toes while completing 90 setups a day, and some details on the huge action sequences we’re going to see play out in theaters next summer, including some with flares of Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight - Michael Bay's Secret Weapon

There are plenty of movie lovers out there who just don’t like the movies of Michael Bay. But no matter how ridiculous the action is in his movies, or how silly the story may be, you can’t deny that he is one of the most proficient and efficient directors working today. All of the stories you hear about how crazy this man is on movie sets are true. But it’s because of his demand for excellency that the cast and crew respect him, working intensely to ensure that the production is moving quickly and efficiently.

Some might find Michael Bay’s intensity unnecessary and over the top, but it’s his raw, unbridled passion for filmmaking, albeit in his own unique style, that has resulted in one of the most impressively run film sets I have ever seen. In fact, pushing his crew to do such hard, fast work has resulted in one particular innovation that is essentially Michael Bay’s secret weapon to shooting a mega visual effects blockbuster like Transformers: The Last Knight in such a speedy, productive fashion, and it’s not the Bayhem camera that we’ve talked about before.

Find out what Michael Bay’s secret weapon is after the jump. Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight

This past summer, Paramount Pictures gave us the opportunity to visit the set of Transformers: The Last Knight while they were shooting up in Pontiac, Michigan. The experience of being on a Michael Bay movie set is one that I’ll never forget, if only because of the amount of explosions, gunshots and debris myself and other members of the press saw in front of our eyes. We’ll have more about the experience of being on a Michael Bay production soon, but this portion of our set visit is dedicated to the story and characters.

While most moviegoers aren’t necessarily going into a Transformers movie with a lot of concern for the story and character development, that doesn’t mean there aren’t longtime fans of the franchise interested in how the battle of the Autobots and Decepticons continues in Transformers: The Last Knight. That includes the return of some human characters from previous movies, a few new ones and a deep dive into the mythology of Transformers in general. And of course, there are plenty of new Transformers, and one returning Transformer that fans will be happy to see more of.

In this set visit report, we run through everything we learned about the story, including where we find our human characters with regards to their relationship to Transformers. There are plenty of new details here that haven’t been revealed until now, so get the full rundown in our Transformers The Last Knight set visit report below. Read More »

Additional Doctor Strange Scenes - Benedict Cumberbatch

Academy Award-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne has worked on a bunch of the previous Marvel Studio films, but the challenge to adapt Doctor Strange‘s costume for the big screen was harder than even she could have imagined.
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tilda swinton doctor strange interview

Today we continue our coverage from the set of Doctor Strange with our interview with Tilda Swinton, who plays the Ancient One in the comic book movie adaptation. During our on-set chat, Swinton talked to us about how her character is different from the original comic book version, her physical transformation for the role, her character’s relationship with Stephen Strange, what it’s like to play timeless characters,  staying true to the comics even though it seems they are presenting a different vision of this character and much more. Hit the jump to read our Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange interview.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange being trained by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange

When actor Benedict Cumberbatch burst into our room on the set of Doctor Strange, he looked as if he had just come from the North Pole. Specs of snow covered his hair and shoulders, while tiny icicles hung down from his facial hair. He clutched his arms around himself and declared “I bring greetings from Everest. Hello.” We had not stepped on the soundstage yet, so this was the first time we saw Cumberbatch in costume, and it was not what any of us were expecting.

I think maybe we were anticipating the actor to be dressed in his Doctor Strange costume, but they were filming a scene from earlier in the movie when Stephen Strange is conducting his training with The Great One in Kamar-Taj. The doctor has just come back through a portal from Mount Everest.

What follows is our conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch from the set of Doctor Strange earlier this year. We talk about the scene he was filming that day, the costumes and weapons he gets to use, why he wanted to be in this Marvel movie, the pressure of being a very different Marvel film, the evolution of his character and much more. Hit the jump to read our Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange Interview now.

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Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange) and Director Scott Derrickson on set. of Doctor Strange

We continue our on-set Doctor Strange interviews with the director himself, Scott Derrickson. Between filming scenes, Derrickson talked to us briefly about the movie’s possible soundtrack, the adaptation process in a Marvel movie, what its like working in collaboration with Marvel Studios, the struggle to make magic feel different from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, the film as a martial arts based supernatural action movie, the fantastical visual imagery, why Scott loves the character, how the film’s humor is like Captain America: Winter Soldier, how Benedict Cumberbatch brings the humor to the movie, why they chose Kaecilius to be the villain for this story, why they made the changes to Wong and The Ancient One, and more. Hit the jump to read out full Scott Derrickson Doctor Strange interview.

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