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I’m not sure if /Film readers are looking forward to The Maze Runner, as it might look like another young adult book adaptation. But the footage that was screened at Comic Con surprised those in attendance, and I think it will we will all be pleasantly surprised by the film when its released.

We’ve been following filmmaker Wes Ball since the release of his computer animated short film Ruin a couple years ago. (He has a deal with Fox to eventually make a big screen adaptation of the short.) Ball is part of a new generation of filmmakers who display a mastery of computer-generated imagery and know how to use it as part of the filmmaking toolset. Yesterday the filmmaker went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how he believes audiences are ready for a fully-CG computer-animated feature film for adults, and how he wants to see a “photographic” quality computer-animated feature. He even teased a project he’s been working on for some time. Check out some concept art, a poster and a concept pitch teaser trailer for Wes Ball‘s In Search Of Humans. Learn more, after the jump.

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In recent years it’s become pretty common for filmmakers to put together proof-of-concept trailers to give studio executives a visual aid for pitches. Sometimes they are edited together from a mash-up of existing movies (which is very time consuming), and other times they involve the filmmakers spending their own money and time to shoot it on spec for real (which is more costly). We’ve featured some of these on /Film in the past, including Kevin Tancharoen‘s pitch trailer for The Hunger Games.

While this is a common practice in the realm of film, its isn’t done too often in the world of television. Networks usually spend millions of dollars to cast and create pilot episodes, most of which are never aired to the public. So what you’re about to see after the jump is unique, a proof-of-concept pitch trailer for a television series that doesn’t yet exist.

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Watch A Pitch Trailer for ‘Jurassic World’

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Last night’s announcement that Jurassic Park 4 would be titled Jurassic World just left us hungry for more information about the movie, and today we’ve something really juicy.

Someone has uploaded a pitch trailer for the film, giving us a sense of what it might look like. Keep in mind that this isn’t actually a clip from the movie — in fact, Frank Marshall has confirmed that it isn’t — but it’s an exciting peek at a long-developing project nonetheless. Check it out after the jump.

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Back in Time

Back to the Future is one of those films we all have, and continue to make, great memories about. Whether it’s the first time we saw the film, a piece of merchandise we own, a new wrinkle about its production, on an almost weekly basis Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale‘s 1985 masterpiece keeps reminding us of its cultural significance.

The film will be 30 years old in 2015 and Jason Aron has just created a Kickstarter to finish a movie celebrating that fact. It’s called Back in Time and it’ll explore the cultural significance of Back to the Future in a very unique way. It’ll use the Delorean automobile as the through line. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Iron Man 3 Mark 40 Graphic

By now, the cat is out of the bag in terms of Tony Stark’s little secret. Since The Avengers, he’s been sitting in his workshop making dozens of brand new Iron Man suits for all different kinds of occasions: heavy lifting, Hulk busting, medical emergencies, space travel. And they’ll all help him in a battle with the Mandarin at the climax of Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3.

That much we’ve seen on the Iron Man Facebook page and in numerous trailers and commercials. What we haven’t seen are these gorgeous motion graphic “Armor Reveals” by designer Kaism Lim. He’s done little video pieces, almost commercials, for several of the armors and they’re a sight to behold. Check them out below. Read More »

For years, DVD extras have given general audiences great insight into how the assembly process for films works. Now the internet is taking over, as filmmakers can bring video directly to fans. Looper director Rian Johnson has taken to the idea more than most, releasing things such as his “live” commentary tracks discussing the making of his movies long before the DVD is out.

And now Johnson has released his early pitch reel for Looper. Created, as his explains, after he finished the script but before pre-production, the “strange curiosity” features footage from films such as Days of Heaven, Fight ClubBlade Runner and Se7en. It also has something most similar reels don’t have: a voiceover track performed by the actor who ended up in the final film. Here we can hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking an early version of the explanatory dialogue that opens Looper, with a darker tone than seen in the final version. Read More »

Here’s another sizzle reel from director Joe Carnahan. Not long ago we showed you Carnahan’s assembled reels meant to pitch Daredevil, and now here’s another, for the canceled Disney film Gemini Man. The project, based on a script by David Benioff, has a good high-concept premise: an older government agent discovers that he’s in the crosshairs of a younger, more capable assassin. The reveal, however, is that the assassin is a clone of the agent.

The last time we reported on Gemini Man was in 2009, when Curtis Hanson was looking like a possible director. But there was a point more recently when Carnahan was anging to make the movie with Clint Eastwood playing the older character. As he does, Carnahan assembled a sizzle reel to pitch his tone and general intent to Disney, and you can watch that below. Read More »

Federico D’Alessandro started as a storyboard artist on James Cameron‘s 3D docuemtnary Aliens of the Deep, and worked his way up the ladder working on horror movies like Stay Alive before getting his chance on big studio pictures like I Am Legend, and The Chronicles of Narnia sequels. For the last couple years, D’Alessandro has been working as the Head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor over at Marvel Studios, working on all the superhero movies: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor 2 and Iron Man 3.

Recently we’ve been interested in seeing the pitch reels which filmmakers are crafting to try to convince studio executives to give them a chance. Most of the time these pitch reels come in the form of a sizzle reel/movie trailer, but other times the filmmakers focus on a sequence to show how they would handle the tone of a project.

When pitching for the directing job on Platinum Dunes’ Halloween remake, Federico D’Alessandro used his skills as an artist and animatics supervisor to create a very polished animatic, alongside some keyframes. Watch his amazing pitch video right now embedded after the jump.
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