Why wait for DVD? The “bonus features” on many older DVD releases (and laserdiscs, for the ’90s folks) pale in comparison to some of the effects breakdowns and other filmmaking explanations that are available in video form all over the internet. The entire internet is now a cache of info about the creation of films, even as they’re in theaters.
So here are a few choice bits of info. One is an effects overview for Robert Zemeckis‘ new film, Flight, in which a drunk pilot played by Denzel Washington narrowly pilots a plane away from certain doom. The featurette goes into some of the general effects used for the film, before detailing that crash sequence. You might be surprised at how much practical photography was used to create the views of the inside of the plane during that sequence.
Then there’s a piece on Dredd, and just as parts of Flight required extensive digital alteration or augmentation to present the view the filmmakers wanted, Dredd digitally altered the landscape of Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa to generate the film’s sprawling Mega-City One. FInally, get some details on how a real Aston Martin was preserved for Skyfall, even as the filmmakers had a real product to damage. Read More »
Part way into the new James Bond film, Skyfall, 007 is led to a deserted island, wherein waits the film’s villain, Silva. But this isn’t your typical deserted island — it’s no sandy outcrop with a couple palm trees and a few buried, empty bottles of rum. No, this is a portrait of urban blight in miniature, a place where everyone’s luck ran out, but the city-like structures they built still stand.
And it’s a real place. Or, at least, it is based on a real place. The island in the film gets its own fictional backstory, but the look of the place is based in great detail on an island called Hashima, on which thrived a tiny but densely populated company mining town. Abandoned in the ’70s, Hashima stands now as one of the strangest ghost towns on Earth. Read More »
Odds are if you’ve been to the movies in the past four weeks, you saw Wreck-It Ralph, Argo, Flight or Skyfall. They’re the top four movies at the box office at the moment and each have their own merits. One is great family fare with fun geeky spin. The next is a taut thriller in the mold of old Hollywood. The third is a well-done, but slightly preachy, character study and the last one is a crowd-pleasing addition to an action-packed franchise.
Basically, the current wide releases having something for everyone. Each is very distinctive, and if you’ve seen any of them, videos about each title, from the SoundWorks Collection, are a must see. The fantastic site has posted very cool videos on all four films, detailing their sound mix, scores and more. Check them out below. Read More »
This week, Dave, Devindra and Adam review Skyfall and discuss its place in the James Bond Canon. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from Criticwire. Be sure to check out Matt’s 007-themed articles at Criticwire, including his Best Bond Films Ever and his query as to whether you are truly a Bond fan if Daniel Craig is your favorite Bond.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig may be the big marquee names of Skyfall, but the real driving forces behind the Bond franchise have long been Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The half-siblings are the daughter and stepson, respectively, of late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli — the man who, along with producer Harry Saltzman, first brought Ian Fleming‘s now-iconic spy to the silver screen in 1962 — and have been involved with the series since the Roger Moore era.
At a recent Skyfall press day in New York, I got to speak with the pair about what Mendes brings to the franchise, the advantages of having Craig on board, the importance of interesting female characters, and whether perennial fan favorite Christopher Nolan might ever direct an installment. Hit the jump to read on.
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The latest installment of the James Bond series hits theaters this week, and this is one of the movies for which IMAX offers a special enhanced experience. Skyfall was not shot with IMAX film cameras like The Dark Knight and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol were. In fact, it wan’t even shot on film — Roger Deakins shot most of the movie with the Arri Alexa M digital camera. Deakins and director Sam Mendes shot the entire film framing for not only the 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio, but also a 1:90:1 aspect ratio for the IMAX version of the movie. The result is that you see more in the IMAX version of the movie.
IMAX’s presentation of SKYFALL has been specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio (the relationship between an image’s width and height) for the entirety of the film. The IMAX team worked with filmmakers in the post-production process to increase the aspect ratio of the film and designed the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL to allow audiences to see up to 26% more of the originally captured image than the conventional release.
IMAX has sent over the comparison chart above to show you the difference. They have also released a pretty standard featurette promoting the IMAX version of the film. Unfortunately the featurette doesn’t go into much depth about the different aspect ratio of the IMAX release (maybe they think that is too technical or boring for general moviegoers?).
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Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
This eclectic edition of Sequel Bits covers everything from the Lifetime Channel to Machete Kills. After the jump:
- Javier Bardem says he was offered Bond way back when
- Carrie Fisher would be interested in doing Star Wars VII
- Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer join Lifetime’s Five 2
- Spy Kids star Alexa Vega is all grown up in Machete Kills
- See Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit
- Here’s where you can watch The Hobbit in 48 fps 3D
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Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
After 2009’s Away We Go, Sam Mendes took a little bit of time in choosing his next picture — which, as we all know now, turned out to be Skyfall. But during that gap, there were other projects he almost wound up helming.
One was Preacher, which Mendes had actually been attached to in 2008 before he dropped out to pursue Bond instead. Another, much less solid possibility was The Avengers, for which Mendes turned down the invitation to pitch. While doing press for Skyfall, Mendes explained what happened with both of those movies. Read on after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:
- The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
- Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
- Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
- Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
- Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
- Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
- Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2
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Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Click past the jump for sequel-related bobs and bits, including:
- The Vatican is not immune to Skyfall‘s spell
- Vin Diesel‘s Riddick gets rated by the MPAA
- Women in Black 2 has a spooky new poster
- Expendables 3 and Mechanic 2 are happening
- Is Terminator 5 picking up steam again?
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