You’re probably aware of my love for behind the scenes documentaries which offer real fly on the wall footage from film sets. The new featurettes that come packaged with DVDs and Blu-rays are usually too-polished to offer any interesting footage of the director in action. In recent years we’ve been posting a lot of B-Roll footage from contemporary film productions (like The Avengers). But even B-Roll has become carefully chosen and sometimes staged moments. Nothing beats seeing real rare footage from the set of a cinematic classic.
/Film reader Bob M sent over a video I’ve never seen before — almost 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the set of Jurassic Park. Most of the footage is taken outside of the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center and the first moments when the characters arrive on the island. I could watch Steven Spielberg direct all day long. Watch this footage now embedded after the jump.
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Briefly: Wasn’t it just months ago that Steven Spielberg seemed to have moved beyond the idea of tinkering with old movies? At a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark last year, Spielberg said he regretted digitally altering E.T., and suggested that future home video releases of that and Raiders would be their original ’81 and ’82 versions.
But we’re still going to get a 3D version of Jurassic Park. The film was just dated for re-release today, and will hit theaters on July 19, 2013 according to Jeff Sneider of Variety. Spielberg did also say last year that the only one of his films he’s interested in post-converting to 3D is the original Jurassic Park. But at that point, it seemed like only an idea.
Granted, if done well, the experience could be a good one, but without seeing any footage there’s no way to tell at this point. We’ve got no info on when the first 3D footage might show up, but Comic Con is a safe guess.
Saturday marks the next step in the evolution of Mondo: the opening of their very own gallery. And while we can’t yet reveal what’s in store for that (check back Sunday for the reveal and more later in the week), Mondo’s three headed team of Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam were (kind of) willing to give updates on what they have planned for 2012 outside the gallery.
Will there be more Mondo Mystery Movies? What’s in store for San Diego Comic-Con? When might we see more Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and DC posters? Is there an Avengers poster in the works? How many Pixar posters are left? Answers to all these questions and more after the jump. Read More »
Those who have devoured special features on DVDs over the years may be familiar with most of what follows, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is never a bad time to take a moment to appreciate the details of a specific art form.
Creating animatronic models for special effects sequences in film is a very specific art form, and arguably no one was better at it than the late Stan Winston. His studio is now associated with an online school that provides effects tutorial videos, and that school has posted a collection of old animatronic effects tests on YouTube.
Sadly, these test clips won’t actually show you the nuts and bolts of how, say, a velociraptor model is made and controlled. But there is still a revelation in seeing these models removed from the context of the films in which we first saw them. The stark background of a studio or warehouse only enhances the artistry involved in bringing the models to life. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not so unexpected for a hit movie to get a sequel a year or two out, but it’s also becoming increasingly common for franchises to pick up with the characters again ten or even twenty years after the last installment. In this edition of Sequel Bits, we have a handful of possible upcoming projects that look back to the ’80s and ’90s for inspiration. After the jump:
- Tim Burton considers getting involved with Beetlejuice 2
- Steven Spielberg won’t be directing Jurassic Park 4
- Edward Burns could revisit his debut The Brothers McMullan, twenty years later
- Peter Facinelli discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Can’t Hardly Wait 2
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Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.
It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”
Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.
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Watching the Giants Packers football game on Sunday, Fox cut to a very awkward shot of what appeared to be a dinosaur walking off a train. The announcer explained the dinosaur was on the train to A) Encourage football fans to take the train to the stadium and B) Promote a new dinosaur park opening nearby. I immediately thought two things. First, how is a dinosaur going to help people ride the train and second, it sounds like Jurassic Park. That first statement will forever remain a mystery but the second one is coming to fruition.
A 24-acre park called Field Station: Dinosaurs is set to open May 2012 in Secaucus, New Jersey that will feature over 30 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs walking around the park. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
- Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
- Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
- Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
- Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September
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