The Shallows Visual Effects Breakdown

While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.

The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.

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2016 Was a Banner Year For Horror

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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.

Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.

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Jaume

With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of OrphanNon-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.

Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”

Below, read our Jaume Collet-Serra interview.

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The Shallows trailer

Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”

It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump.  Read More »

alamo drafthouse the shallows

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is known for its unique (and frequently insane) special events and screenings, but it’s awfully hard to top one of their regular summer events: Jaws on the Water. After all, if you’re going to watch a movie about a killer shark treating people like an all-you-can-eat buffet, why not up the ante and watch it while floating in an inner tube in the middle of a large body of water?

Now, the Drafthouse is looking to apply this same concept to The Shallows, the upcoming horror film that stars Blake Lively as a stranded surfer who has to match wits with a very hungry Carcharodon carcharias if she ever wants to set foot on dry land again. Even if The Shallows is a ton of fun in a theater (and the trailers have made it look like a gnarly must-see), there is probably no better way to watch this film for the first time.

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THE SHALLOWS trailer

When it comes to underwater adventures this June, you’ve got two choices. You can cuddle up to the friendly fish of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and go home thinking about how enchanting the world under the sea is… or you can scare the crap out of yourself with The Shallows. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the latter stars Blake Lively as a surfer who finds herself stranded off the coast of a secluded cove when a great white shark decides she’d make for a tasty snack. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump.  Read More »

2016 Summer Movies

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Captain America: Civil War will kick things off on May 6, and then there’s something big each and every weekend through July and even into August. We’ve already seen trailers for all the big releases this summer, but now some new photos from the 2016 summer movies have arrived. After the jump, check out some new images from the Ghostbusters reboot, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, The BFG and more. Read More »

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Yesterday was the second day of CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. As you know, each year movie theater exhibitors gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. Sony Pictures presented a ton of new footage for upcoming films, including:

Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkPassengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the animated Spider-Man movie, Blake Lively’s contained thriller The Shallows, Ron Howard’s DaVinci Code sequel Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the R-rated Seth Rogen animated film Sausage Party, and antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Warner Bros also presented a preview of their upcoming films, including:

Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shane Black’s buddy cop period comedy The Nice Guys, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2Lights Out starring Teresa Palmer, Dawson Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, The Legend of Tarzan, the Todd Phillips comedy War Dogs, The LEGO Batman movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump to watch both video blogs talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.

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The Shallows trailer

You’d think the combined horrors of The Finest Hours and In the Heart of the Sea should be enough to discourage anyone from setting out on any body of water larger than a swimming pool, ever, but based on the box office receipts for both movies not a whole lot of people actually saw them. So just in case you’re still thinking a trip out to sea might be a nice way to spend an afternoon, here comes Jaume Collet-Serra‘s The Shallows to disabuse you of that notion.

Blake Lively plays a surfer who heads out to catch some waves on a quiet beach. Few people are around, but there is a shark hanging out nearby, and it’s decided Blake Lively is what it wants to have for lunch. After the creature attacks her, she’s left stranded 200 yards from shore. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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