Transformers - The Island

Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.

However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »


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Matt Ferguson - Star Trek header

Part of the genius in the latest Star Trek films is how the screenwriters were able to reboot a franchise that already had ten movies, but keep the story in the same timeline. They did this, of course, by bringing back Leonard Nimoy through a time-travelling worm hole.

So though most people are referring to this month’s Star Trek Into Darkness as merely a sequel, in a way it’s also a prequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Those original films are the ones talented artist Matt Ferguson has tackled in a gorgeous series of posters. Check them out below. Read More »