Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. The film tells the story of a young boy’s childhood from age 5 to age 18. You’ve probably also heard that the movie was filmed over the course of 12 years using the same actors. But it is an independent film which I understand is a hard sell for some of you. Easier to get your friends together to see a bunch of big transforming robots and explosions… The movie begins to rollout in major cities on July 11th, so I have listed 107 reasons why you need to Boyhood when it comes to your town.
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There’s a new Guillermo del Toro project hitting soon, and a lot of people don’t seem to know much about it. We’re talking about The Strain, the FX series adaptation of the vampire novels co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The show’s pilot was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and the overall aesthetic very much bears his signature.
The show follows events that begin with the landing of a plane at a New York airport. Nearly everyone on the plane seems to be dead, and the circumstances of the situation that led to the mass slaughter are difficult to pin down. But soon there are pale figures running around NYC, and a couple CDC-based scientists (Corey Stoll of House of Cards and Midnight in Paris and Mía Maestro of Breaking Dawn) are stuck trying to uncover source of the new plague while containing the breadth of its infection.
Below, watch a featurette focusing on the world-building done for the show. Read More »
We’re still a year out from the release of Jurassic World, but the team behind the film knows there is a good deal of interest in the film already. And so the producers and PR team have been dropping little bits of info here and there. We had a great interview with director Colin Trevorrow, and then the first batch of images went online. Now the latest look at the movie is a short Jurassic World behind the scenes glimpse, via the Today Show.
Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, have hit the Today Show to talk about the movie. In two video clips we see some behind the scenes crowd shots, and Trevorrow has a good line about working with Steven Spielberg. Read More »
In a couple weeks we’ll see what director Matt Reeves and the huge effects team at WETA pulled off in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but in the meantime Fox is showing off some more of their work in short form. The studio has already released one little video that gave us some side-by-side glimpses at the original actors on set and the final rendered apes. This new featurette is more about the scope of the effects as a whole. There is some info about performance capture here — specifically in how many small cameras were used in large locations, to capture all the actors’ movements. But there’s a lot more about other aspects of the film. Watch this new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes effects reel below.
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A lot can happen in 25 years. When Warner Bros. was pushing Tim Burton‘s Batman, released on this day in 1989, changed the landscape for superhero movies. But at the time, the studio had to convince many people that there was good reason to make a Batman movie. More to the point, Warner Bros. put in a lot of effort to convince people that a serious take on Batman was a good idea, rather than a continuation of the Adam West concept for the character.
One tool used to make the case for this new Batman was a 20-minute documentary feature showing the history of the character, and detailing the thought and work that went into Burton’s film. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary that doc has been dropped onto YouTube, and you can watch it below. Read More »
We get to see a lot of computer generated special effects breakdowns these days, but nothing like this. Today I came across a video showing the before and after shots from Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park. While the film is known as one of the first blockbuster films to extensively employ computer generated effects, there are actually only 15 minutes of dinosaurs in the film: 9 minutes of which are Stan Winston’s animatronics, and only 6 minutes of ILM’s computer animated versions. But those six minutes are quite impressive for a film released over 20 years ago (1993). After the jump you can watch a six minute video which breaks down the Jurassic Park special effects showing how the computer generated dinosaurs were added to shots in post production.
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Today is the 21st anniversary of the release of Jurassic Park, which hit theaters on June 11, 1993. With those twenty-one years in the rear view mirror, it can be difficult to remember just how groundbreaking the film was at the time.
In ’93 there were only a few films that used digital effects, and not even a handful that used them as extensively as audiences saw in Jurassic Park. Now, when digital effects are used so pervasively that they can be impossible to distinguish from “real” images, it is good to mentally return to the days when a few seconds of animated T-Rex footage could blow the minds of some of the movie industry’s most powerful figures.
A ten-minute installment of ‘Moments That Changed the Movies,’ produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, helps us turn back the clock to the dawn of the digital effects era. Watch after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits involves the sea floor-dwelling creatures of Bikini Bottom, the high-flying dragon riders of Berk, and everyone in between. After the jump:
- Is China getting sick of effects-heavy Hollywood sequels?
- Rumor has it Jurassic World will feature pterodactyl riders
- Insurgent casts a couple more Dauntless characters
- Paul Walker‘s brother may be in future Fast movies
- Ernie Hudson says Ghostbusters 3 will shoot soon
- Brittany Snow tweets from the set of Pitch Perfect 2
- Get ready for lots and lots of Sharknado tie-in merchandise
- SpongeBob has a Coppertone moment in a new poster
- Watch the trailer for the video game Alien: Isolation
- See a How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette about the score
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