Almost all modern films rely heavily on sound to make an impact. With Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, however, the things we don’t hear are just as important as those we do. Taking place entirely in space, with scenes set in the vacuum between spacecraft and within those crafts themselves, the film features a more realistic type of sound design than we’ve seen in most space-based films.
So while we hear dialogue transmitted through suit audio and some sounds of interaction channeled as vibrations through space suits worn by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, some of the big events in the film go down without the typical booming movie sound effects. Seeing spacecraft disintegrate in near-silence turns out to be far more effective in some ways than the same scene would be with standard effects — could we see Gravity effecting any big change in how certain films are soundtracked? Here’s hoping.
Regardless, there’s a lot to talk about with respect to the creation of sound effects in Gravity. The great Soundworks Collection has a ten-minute video on the subject, which you can enjoy below. Read More »
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Years ago the animation studio Imagi, which created the last TMNT film, was working on a couple different project based on classic Japanese sci-fi and television. One was Gatchaman, which would have been a CG-animated update of the Japanese anime show about five “science ninjas” who wear bird-themed costumes and end up fighting to protect humanity from a terrorist organization led by “a shape-shifting mutant hermaphrodite who acts on the orders of an alien superior.” (The story was softened and changed when imported to the US under the titles Battle of the Planets and G-Force.)
But Imagi struggled as a studio and ultimately closed in 2010, and with it the Gatchaman movie died on the vine. There’s a new live-action movie out of Japan now, just to create a sense of confusion, but every once in a while we get to see a bit of footage from the animated Gatchaman that never was. We’ve seen a couple of teasers, but now two videos are available that show the creation of a chase sequence, from pre-vis to nearly final animation. Read More »
By now the story of Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing is well-known. On a break from post-production for The Avengers, which would go on to gross $1.5 billion worldwide, the writer/director grabbed a bunch of friends and over 12 days shot a modernized version of the classic Shakespeare play at his own house. The resulting film, released in June, didn’t make as much as The Avengers – in fact, it made just .3% as much – but the passion in it is likely on a similar level.
Next week, Titan Books is releasing a book for Much Ado About Nothing that includes Whedon’s full screenplay, an exclusive interview, and never before seen images from the production of the film, such as the one above.
After the jump, see four more exclusive images as well as some special excerpts from the script and the interview. Read More »
Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.
This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »
There are few theatrical experiences as intense as seeing Gravity on a giant screen in 3D. Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, opening October 4, is one of the most visually and sonically impressive films in recent memory as the two elements work in beautiful tandem to enthrall the audience. It’s a must-see in 3D because the third dimension is used very specifically to enhance the tension and sense of fear. You feel as if you’re right there, floating in space with two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who are about to have a very bad day.
Below, watch a featurette which explains how Cuaron and company used 3D as a main character. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just can’t wait for the October release of Machete Kills? Check out 10 minutes of B-roll footage right here. Also after the jump:
- Uwe Boll plans to make Postal 2 really offensive
- Eli Roth has an update on the Green Inferno sequel
- Take a peek at a clip from I Spit on Your Grave 2
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Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:
- Atlas Shrugged: Part III turns to Kickstarter
- Independence Day might not become a trilogy
- Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
- Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
- Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
- Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans
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Even people who didn’t adore Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim as a whole still tended to love the film’s prologue. That two-minute sequence set up a world unlike any other. A futuristic world where giant monsters have begun to invade Earth and humans develop huge robots called Jaegers to battle them. A real life company called Mirada, co-founded by del Toro along with his Pac Rim DP Guillermo Navarro, and Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez, conceived and created the sequence, comprised over over 80 special effects shots.
They’ve now released a video called “Before and Afters” which shows how the entire sequence came together. It’s pretty excellent. Read More »