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When meeting Harrison Ford isn’t the highlight of your day, that’s a day for the ages. On the New Orleans set of Ender’s Game, the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard was there and I shook his hand. Incredibly, though, that moment was topped when I realized director Gavin Hood had figured out a way to make kids fly in zero gravity.

In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game, a young boy named Ender leaves Earth and enters Battle School to train for an inevitable attack from an alien race called the Formics. They train in a zero gravity space called the Battle Room where dozens of pre-teen boys and girls zip and float around in formation, blasting each other with guns. It’s here that Ender learns to be a great leader and where the action of Ender’s Game hinges.

What I found out on May 17, 2012 – the 59th day of a 70 day shoot – was that Hood not only pulled off these sequences, he’s pulled them off with the actual actors and practical effects. A whole new way of basically puppeteering actors to look like they’re in zero gravity had to be invented to do this, but with the polish of digital effects Hood and his team have realized the dreams of every single Ender’s Game out there.

After the jump, read our set visit which includes a video blog and 30 things I learned on the set of Ender’s Game about the production origins, the Battle Room and more. Read More »

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After many long years of tortured development, production is actually, finally underway on the live-action cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game under the direction of Gavin Hood (Wolverine). Asa Butterfield (Hugo) stars as young Ender Wiggin, an unusually talented child who’s drafted into an elite military program that trains children to fight against an alien race called the Formics.

Considering how beloved the source material by Orson Scott Card is and how long readers have been waiting to see it hit the big screen, Hood and company have some seriously high expectations to live up to. While it’ll be some time before we find out just how the movie version compares, early set photos offer hints of what we’re in for. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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