Entertainment Tonight has released a video from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction and while there’s no new information on the plot, it’s still packed with material. The video is filled with flipping cars, shooting debris, stampeding crowds, huge explosions, a screaming Michael Bay and three actors (Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz) who almost seem out of breath they’re working so hard. Of course, there are also some slick cars that, with the magic of special effects, will transform into huge robots when the film hits theaters come June 27. Check out the video from the Detroit set below. Read More »
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Gravity has not only some of the best effects of the year, but some of the best effects we’ve seen, particularly with respect to how they’re integrated into the story, and in the way that some of the digital creations are seamlessly integrated with shots of the few actors in the film.
Over the coming months we’ll likely see more and more info that shows how some of the film’s effects were crafted, and here’s one short video breakdown that details the creation of a specific 3D digital space. Read More »
One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.
To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes. Read More »
Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted snippets of new footage from the production of Return of the Jedi. Which is odd considering the film turned 30 years old this year.
In 1983, Lucasfilm was promoting a new edit system called EditDroid, which would have used laserdiscs as the storage media in an early digital editing system. To show off the process to the industry, Lucasfilm put 30 minutes of raw footage of one scene from Return of the Jedi on laserdiscs that could be used during demos at a convention in Las Vegas. That was the first and only time this footage was shown publicly.
The disc then resurfaced, was sold on eBay for almost $700, and after a few snippets appeared online (showing some funny outtakes, and even revealing alternate lines) the entire 30-minute video has now been uploaded to YouTube for the world to enjoy. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Monday, November 4 was a fine day for Tolkien nerds. In addition to releasing details on the extended scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and new posters and a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. also hosted a multi-city fan event attended by Peter Jackson and several cast members.
The director kicked off the proceedings with his latest production diary (which you can see after the jump), followed by a Q&A with fans all across the globe. However, the real centerpiece of the event was in the new footage they showed — six scenes’ worth, totaling roughly twenty minutes. We also got to hear the new theme by Ed Sheeran, “I See Fire.” Hit the jump for highlights from the event plus a footage recap.
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I’d imagine that just about everyone who saw the final Twilight movie wondered why scenes featuring baby Renesmee used a CG infant. I certainly did. Despite being part of a weird film that caps off a weird series, that digital baby seemed way out of place.
That solution to putting the character on screen wasn’t always the plan. Producers commissioned an animatronic baby to use for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and even filmed a few scenes with it. But the thing was so unsettlingly odd that director Bill Condon cut it from the picture. How creepy is the doll? So much so that everyone on set dubbed it “Chuckesmee,” after the demon doll Chucky from the Child’s Play films. See some wonderful footage below. Read More »
There’s always a “how did they do that?” appeal to a film like Borat, or to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. In the age of reality TV and the omnipresent camera, there’s reason to wonder how people can be part of a staged skit and not realize what’s going on.
Some of it is easier than you’d think, as long as a few people can be corralled into a room with the notion that they have a specific task to perform. I can understand not wanting to know how the sausage is made, but seeing the process in action is really pretty cool. Vice went behind the scenes of Bad Grandpa to watch the crew, director Jeff Tremaine, and star Johnny Knoxville shoot some of the film.
You’ll hear how people — or marks — are recruited to be part of a scene, and see how it’s set up to go into motion. Above all else, it’s neat to see Knoxville just working a conversation in the moment, and his immediate understanding when he’s pushed the dialogue out of the realm of comedy. Read More »
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It’s been a little over six months since the Veronica Mars movie was dramatically funded via Kickstarter, and the film has already completed its primary shoot. We’ve seen a bit of footage, and now there’s a new behind the scenes featurette that shows off some footage and fills viewers in on some of the film’s character backstory. In short, this is all about the love triangle between Veronica (Kristen Bell), Logan (Jason Dohring), and Piz (Chris Lowell). Oh, and there’s the fact that one of them is in trouble, which is what kicks off the plot. Read More »