A lot of you know quite a bit about film, but I bet the video below features a few details that will be new to all but the most technically-aware readers.
The site filmmakerIQ.com has put together a great video that explains the origins of film compositing as used in special effects. It begins with the short in which Georges Melies tore his own head off three times in a row to present audiences with himself surrounded by three talking heads. The explanation moves from there to the early blue screen process, and then to the means used by Disney to make the compositing in films like Mary Poppins look amazingly good. (Do you know the name Petro Vlahos? After this, you will.)
This video explains the intricate technical hurdles that made blue-screen compositing so time-consuming, and does a great job explaining the shift to green-screen use and digital. It’s a great video that breaks down a complex process to easily understandable bits. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s a certain kind of stress that comes with watching a favorite book get adapted into movies, and I can only imagine that the process must be even more nerve-wracking for the authors of those books. It can’t be easy for them to see their work chopped up and rearranged, or to find that what soars on the page drops with a thud on the screen.
In Saving Mr. Banks, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) tries to save herself that grief by refusing to hand over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. But Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) doesn’t give up easily, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to wrap your mouth around the nonsense word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can probably guess how that goes. Watch the first trailer for the fact-based drama after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
The way Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks is shaping up, we might as well pencil it in now for the 2014 Oscar race. Based on true events, Kelly Marcel‘s 2011 Black List script centers around company founder’s Walt Disney‘s 14-year effort to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to turn over the rights to her book. Since the early days, the project’s sought big names, with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep said to be among the top choices to play the leads and The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock boarding the picture in late February. Now casting has begun in earnest, with Hanks in talks to play Walt Disney and Emma Thompson negotiating for the role of Travers.
So to recap: Bittersweet real-life drama, check. Best Picture-nominated director, check. Oscar-kissed stars, working on a double check. Yep, Saving Mr. Banks wants badly to be an awards contender, all right. More details after the jump.
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Here’s the latest video from film/audio remix artist Pogo. Bloom combines a good number of Disney video and audio sources (Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and more) as well as some chords from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Watch it after the break. Read More »
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Volkswagen has been a strong supporter of independent film through their sponsorship of film festivals and indie cinemas. The car company has produced a series of fun “See Film Differently” videos which feature film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies.
Toy Story is a Meditation on the Trials of Puberty and Sexuality
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Die Hard is About One Man’s Fight Against the Fashion Industry
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Questioning the Responsibility of Lord of the Rings
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Ghostbusters is a Warning about the Obesity Crisis in America
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Mary Poppins is the Exorcist with Songs
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