What’s the point of showing up on a talk show if you don’t have a movie, tv show or music album to promote? It seems like almost everything these days is timed for the sole purpose of spiking the social shares and trying to create an explosion of buzz in the real world. Movie promotion usually comes in two waves, with the release of a film theatrically, and then later around the home video release. After that, we usually don’t see more material from a film because film studios believe there isn’t a point. But now in the world of cinematic universes and not just franchises but brands that stretch into the far reaches, maybe they see a reason?
I recently discovered that Universal Pictures has been updating the Jurassic Park youtube account with new content on almost a daily basis. The new content is anything from featurettes that originally appeared on the home video release, to behind the scenes b-roll footage, to rough-cut dailies, previs and more. Now I know you might not be as big of a fan of Jurassic World as I am, but I think you might be able to find some enjoyment in the wealth of content that has been released. I’ve always found it frustrating how much footage is captured during the making of a film, yet only a small percentage of it makes it to the home video release. I hope more movie studios can learn from this.
Hit the jump to check out some of the highlights from the Jurassic World behind the scenes footage.
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Production on the new Jumanji is underway over in the jungles of Hawaii. Kevin Hart just recently posted a first look at our main characters played by himself, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. Now it’s Hart’s Central Intelligence co-star’s turn to share a behind-the-scenes look at the movie that was initially thought to be reboot, but is actually a sequel. In fact, it sounds like it’s more of a legacy-quel since the movie will pay tribute to Robin Williams’ character in some capacity.
In addition, Jumanji 2 has added some new cast members, including Flight of the Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows star Rhys Darby, and Karen Gillan revealed a tease about why her character is so scantily clad in the dangerous jungle. See all that and Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji 2 set video after the jump. Read More »
What happened when filmmaker Michael Bay read an article about “The World’s Loneliest Dog?” The action director decided to give her a role in his latest film, Transformers: The Last Knight. The homeless epileptic Staffordshire Bull Terrier named “Freya” had been passed over for adoption at the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre more than 18,000 times over six years, despite being a “very loving dog.” See the video of Freya making her big screen debut alongside Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins after the jump.
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When you’re dealing with the end of the world, things can get deadly serious. But as you will see on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, even in the face of grave danger, the cast makes plenty of time to get wacky. Bloopers are always an amusing part of the filmmaking process, but when then outtakes feature characters in full superhero wardrobe, they’re just that much more entertaining.
If you ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac dance in the creaky Apocalypse suit, Michael Fassbender flirt with James McAvoy, or Jennifer Lawrence elbow someone in the face, you can see all that and more in the X-Men Apocalypse bloopers reel after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’m a sucker for visual effects breakdown reels in general, but I’m really a sucker for Game of Thrones visual effects breakdown reels because they showcase just how much of HBO’s fantasy drama is quietly enhanced by intelligent, often invisible special effects. Sure, everyone knows those dragons are CGI, but your eyes don’t always catch the numerous set extensions. You probably don’t even realize that the sky has been replaced and the lightning digitally modified in many scenes.
And as one VFX reel reveals, a great deal of the violence is brought to life through some surprisingly effective trickery, combining digital and practical elements in a seamless fashion.
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There is no doubt that Mad Max: Fury Road was not only one of the best blockbusters of last year, but one of the best films of 2015 in general. George Miller crafted a sequel that was simple yet riveting, seamlessly combining digital and practical effects to create some of the best action the big screen has ever seen. And what’s truly impressive is that even without the visual effects to enhance the film, the footage from production is still absolutely epic.
A new video has surfaced online featuring a slew of raw footage from pre-production and behind the scenes shows that the action from Mad Max: Fury Road still rivals most blockbusters even when it’s not finished. In the footage after the jump, there are no digital enhancements or computer generated effects used at all. Watch the footage from Mad Max Fury Road without visual effects and try not to get too pumped. Read More »
You’d be hard-pressed to find a casual filmgoer who could name you any visual effects company other than Industrial Light & Magic. Thanks to the company’s relationship with the Star Wars saga, the special effects creators easily the most recognizable name in their business, followed closely by Weta Workshop, due to their ties to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Now the special effects house has released a visual effects reel showing off the incredibly detailed and extensive work they did on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Yes, even though plenty of behind the scenes videos and interviews leading up to the release of The Force Awakens showed off all the practical setpieces, aliens, vehicles and more, there were still plenty of digital effects needed to bring the Star Wars sequel to life. Check out The Force Awakens visual effects reel after the jump and be wowed by the work ILM did for this movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man didn’t get a ton of screentime in Captain America: Civil War, but he made the most of what he got and left us wanting more. Naturally, Marvel is more than happy to step up and fill that need. The Civil War Blu-ray includes tons of behind-the-scenes footage including mmore of Holland as Spidey, sometimes in his full suit and sometimes in a mo-cap outfit.
And of course, that’s just the start of it, as we’ll get to see even more of the character when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters next year, Unsurprisingly, the studio is playing coy with plot details for Spidey’s first solo outing; equally unsurprisingly, set photos have started to drop some intriguing hints about what we can expect. Specifically, a new batch of photos reveals what looks like yet another villain for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Read More »
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Just last week, director Michael Bay provided the internet with a look at his custom RED camera affectionately known as “Bayhem.” However, it didn’t really show how helpful the camera is on a traditional Michael Bay set since he was just using it for some Victoria’s Secret commercial. But thanks to a new video from the set of Transformers: The Last Knight in the United Kingdom, we get to see what Michael Bay does with his custom camera in the middle of one of his explosive movie sets.
Check out the Transformers The Last Knight set video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Much has been made of Luke Cage‘s hip-hop influences. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has talked up the “musicality” of the series, comparing the 13 episodes of season one to tracks on an album and promising big-name guest stars from Faith Evans to Charles Bradley. So ahead of the series’ fall debut, Netflix has released a Luke Cage featurette that digs into this particularly unusual element of their next Marvel show.
Coker and his star Mike Colter make appearances as talking heads, of course, and they’re joined by Method Man and A$AP Ferg and Luke Cage music supervisors Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Watch the Luke Cage music featurette below. Read More »