Avatar 120 fps

Unlike some of his esteemed colleagues, James Cameron has never shied away from new technology. He’s been a proponent of 4K resolution and higher frame rates for years. In fact, he’s been telling people he wanted to shoot his Avatar sequels in 60 FPS since 2011 — before Peter Jackson’s 48 FPS Hobbit even hit theaters.

Now it seems Cameron may go even further than that. Douglas Trumbull says Cameron’s Avatar producer Jon Landau is interested in his MAGI process, which captures and displays images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Douglas Trumbull, the man who helped redefine visual effects in cinema working on films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third KindStar Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, has very lofty goals. Despite being on the outside of Hollywood looking in, for the most part, since the mid-eighties, the director is still trying to push the limits of cinema in innovative and interesting ways. He’s talked about using a new, high-speed 3D system and recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to go into more detail. A lot more detail.

Trumbull said he’s working on a film that will “reinvent the movies.” A “first person cinema reality which is indistinguishable from reality” set 200 years in the future, dealing with “man’s place in the universe.” He says it’s “way beyond anything that Peter Jackson and Jim Cameron have been doing or are thinking of.”

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Douglas Trumbull‘s resume reads like a sci-fi magazine’s list of the best movies of all time: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Well, maybe not that last one. Still, his work in the visual effects field is iconic. He’s directed films too, such as 1983’s Brainstorm which is best known for being the film Natalie Wood was shooting when she died. While preparing that film, Trumbull was attempting to use a process he invented called ShowScan which used 65mm film and shot at 60 frames per second. At the time, it didn’t end up working out but now, almost 30 years later, talk has once again begun about using higher frame rates (from people like James Cameron and Peter Jackson) and Trumbull has begun preparing a brand new film under a brand new production company that will shoot using a brand new technology that incorporates both a higher frame rate and 3D. Read more after the break. Read More »

The Sandlot’s Marty “Yeah-Yeah” York and Patrick “Ham” Renna reunite at LA Fitness in Hollywood where York is a personal trainer. [tmz via tdw]

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Almost like discovering a monolith buried underground, Warner Brothers recently found 17 minutes of lost footage from Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey in a salt-mine vault in Kansas. But before you go and drop acid in anticipation of an extended cut of the film, consider the slippery slope this footage constitutes. One, just because the footage was found doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to make it into the public eye. Two, Kubrick himself reportedly cut the footage from the film because he felt it created pacing issues. And three, the film is just about perfect as is, do you really want to screw it up?

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Douglas Trumbull, the special effects supervisor for Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, is making a film about the making of 2001. Called Beyond the Infinite: The Making of  a Masterpiece, Trumbull’s film draws on his own experience, a decade of interviews conducted by David Larson, and a wealth of original production materials and stills. There’s a trailer for the film now, which does more to advertise how the final film will be created than to promote the final product. Still, it’s impressive stuff, and if Trumbull pulls it off, Beyond the Infinite could be a valuable documentary for more than 2001 / Kubrick geeks. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »