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Perhaps no facial transformation is more disturbing than the absence of a nose, and the creators of Cinemax’s “The Knick” used such an image to maximum effect in a recent episode.
The original drama series, set in New York’s Knickbocker Hospital in 1900, tracks the life and work of pioneering surgeons and staff who push the boundaries of medicine before the age of antibiotics – or cosmetic reconstruction.
The producers relied on visual effects to create a face replacement for Abigail, a character played by Jennifer Ferrin, substituting the actor’s nose with a CG version to simulate a visage disfigured by Syphilis.
“We solved a tricky series of shots together using a combination of CGI, special effects prosthetic elements and compositing,” said vfx supervisor Lesley Robson-Foster, who’s worked on effects for “The Great Gatsby” and “Boardwalk Empire.” “Abigail’s nose was a real challenge. I was very pleased with the result, »
- Peter Caranicas
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find an honest trailer for The Fault In Our Stars; everything wrong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier; how The Amaazing Spider-Man 2 should have ended; and a Flux Capacitor Usb car charger! All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
Mixmaster and not really retired director Steven Soderbergh has given the artsy mash-up treatment to Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, and now he’s remaking a classic from the ‘80s. Soderbergh has gallantly tackled a reworking of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, giving it a new score (with lots of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross highlighted) and a black-and-white makeover. And Raiders does look amazing in monochrome—as though it was meant to be. “It’s because Douglas Slocombe shot The Lavendar Hill Mob and the The Servant and his stark, high-contrast lighting style was eye-popping regardless of medium," Soderbergh reminds us. So what was the point of this exercise? We’ll let the Magic Mike director...
- Alison Nastasi
The TV series version of The Girlfriend Experience won’t star Sasha Grey, but its lead should be familiar to Steven Soderbergh fans all the same. Riley Keough, memorably seen nuzzling a teacup pig in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, is set to lead the 13-part half-hour series. Hit the jump for more on the Riley Keough Girlfriend […]
- Angie Han
Presumably for Steven Soderbergh, being retired means being able to fiddle with projects that weren’t his own. He’s currently the pseudonym Dp Peter Andrews on Magic Mike Xxl, he recently re-cut Michael Cimino’s grab bag of an epic Heaven’s Gate, and now he’s used Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark in order to educate people on “staging” in cinema.
Yes, that’s the full movie, and you can watch it via his website Extension 765.
Staging, Soderbergh explains, “refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand »
- Brian Welk
- Sasha Stone
Earlier this year it was reported that Steven Soderbergh’s lo-fi 2009 flick, The Girlfriend Experience, had been picked up by Starz. Spinning on the current trend of re-imagining movies into longer narratives for serials, the TV network placed an order for a 13-episode series. Now the project has found its lead in Riley Keough.
According to reports, the show will follow a similar premise to the movie:
“… which explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors – or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) – share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.”
Slated to be an anthology series, the show’s direction may take a different approach than Soderbergh’s original feature. For this version, he’ll sit out on directorial duties, instead taking an executive producer role alongside Philip Fleishman. »
- Gem Seddon
Steven Soderbergh‘s “retirement” has been a delight to follow. Freed of the demands of film directing, he’s found time to do all sorts of other things, from an Off-Broadway stage play to a Cinemax TV series to a Twitter novella to a Gus Van Sant / Alfred Hitchcock Psychos mash-up. His latest endeavor, released today, […]
- Angie Han
Thirteen episodes of the series have been ordered with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") writing and directing all the episodes between them. Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will produce.
Meanwhile, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is set to play the female lead opposite Patrick Stewart in Starz's live-action, character-driven comedy series "Blunt Talk". Adrian Scarborough ("The King's Speech") also stars.
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") and Jonathan Ames ("Bored To Death") will produce the project which has scored a twenty-episode, two-season, straight-to-series order. Stewart plays an alcholohic and legendary British news anchor intent on conquering the world of American cable news.
Weaver will play Blunt’s straight-talking and motherthy producer-manager. Scarborough plays Walter’s manservant who rivals him in debauchery. »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Soderbergh has mashed up both versions of Psycho and recut his own Heaven's Gate, so now he's turned Raiders of the Last Ark into a silent film, stripping the film of sound and color and replacing its soundtrack with a spare electronic score. Soderbergh hopes that the film's new form will help viewers pay more attention to the art of staging: "See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot — whether short or long — held for that exact length of time and placed in that order?" It's not embeddable, so head over to Soderbergh's site if you feel like watching Raiders again. (Who doesn't?) »
- Nate Jones
Raiders of the Lost Ark is the Citizen Kane of modern action films, a revolutionary piece of cinematic storytelling that is still the template for just about every action-adventure that rolls into theaters. Director Steven Soderbergh is a major fan, and his admiration appropriately goes to delightfully film-geek lengths. In a recent blog post, Soderbergh marvels at Steven Spielberg’s staging of Raiders; by staging he refers to the alchemic art of putting a shot together and then connecting several shots together to tell a story in the most fluid, unobtrusive, and dynamic manner.
To isolate that subtle aspect of Raiders, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11, Traffic) has stepped down from directing feature-films for theaters, but the man stays as busy as ever while overseeing The Knick on Cinemax, as well as handling cinematography duties on Magic Mike Xxl. For those unaware, he also contributes to a blog entitled Extension 765. Chock full of interesting insight and information, Soderbergh recently took to his site to talk a little bit about the importance of staging, using one of the all-time »
- Sean Wist
"Jean Marie Straub’s The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is a hard film to sit through but if you can dig it, it’s like 90 minutes of Tantric exercises with the same cleansing results." It was 1968—very, very 1968—when the young J. Hoberman wrote these words and many, many more, reporting on that year's edition of the New York Film Festival. Also in today's news roundup: J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros are producing a nine-hour adaptation of Stephen King's Kennedy assassination novel, 11/22/63. Photographer Sandro Miller has restaged 35 iconic photographs with John Malkovich as his subject. And Steven Soderbergh has posted a reworked version of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, concentrating on the "staging." » - David Hudson »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is currently really busy working on the Cinemax series The Knick and serving as Director of Photography on Magic Mike Xxl, but that doesn.t mean he can.t find the time to work on some side projects . like this awesome updating of Steven Spielberg.s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Soderbergh posted the entire movie . albeit in black and white and featuring nothing more than a soundtrack made up of instrumentals from Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch.s scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . on his blog as an example of the importance of staging scenes. This is the latest filmmaking masterclass from the man who gave us Ocean.s Eleven . coming on the heels of his Psycho mash-up, and his Heaven.s Gate: The Butcher.s Cut. As always, aspiring filmmakers can learn a lot from reading Soderbergh »
Cinemax's new original series, "The Knick," introduces its subject with a rush of blood: surgical dressing soaked in it, hands and scrubs stained by it, glass bottles overflowing with it. A failed Cesarean section transforms the pristine operating room at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital into a battlefield where the notion of progress confronts the limits of knowledge, but for all the attention paid to the series' gruesomely honest depiction of medicine, bowel resections and the treatment of aortic aneurysms are not the reason you should be watching. Far beyond the confines of the surgical field, Steven Soderbergh's immersive work of art redefines the aesthetic possibilities of the period drama. Read More: How Steven Soderbergh Made 'The Knick' Must-See TV From the outset, as Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) emerges from an opium den's scarlet haze into the gray light of lower Manhattan in the year 1900, "The Knick" establishes the bold style at. »
- Matt Brennan
Steven Soderbergh really digs Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark — and not just for the pulpy action or Harrison Ford one-liners. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Soderbergh has removed the color and added a special soundtrack to the film in order to let people study its staging, which he defines as "how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated." He writes in a blog post that Raiders director Steven Spielberg forgot more about staging by the time he made Raiders than Soderbergh knows today. See more 10
- Aaron Couch
In case you didn't know, Steven Soderbergh has been doing some interesting work on the side in the midst of working on the Cinemax series "The Knick" and lensing Magic Mike Xxl as director of photography, not to mention editing the male stripper sequel. On his own website, Soderbergh mashed up the original version of Psycho with his shot-for-shot remake and also did a "Butcher's Cut" of Heaven's Gate. This time he's taking aim at a much bigger project by cutting a silent, black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with a borrowed score with music from The Social Network and more. Steven Soderbergh's version of Raiders of the Lost Ark isn't embeddable, but click below to watch it: The director says (on his website) this is just for education purposes only and adds: "I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Steven Soderbergh is a guy who likes to experiment with film, and he's currently working on the amazing Showtime series The Knick. Even though the guy is busy, he happened to find some time to recut Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' Raiders of the Lost Ark as a black and white silent movie. It's definitely an interesting watch, and it looks great in black and white. Here's an explanation from Soderbergh's website on what he was trying to accomplish with this:
I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative »
- Joey Paur
Steven Soderbergh is giving us a glimpse into his head and the way he thinks as a filmmaker and as a viewer as he has taken Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark and dropped the soundtrack, converted it to black-and-white and laid over top of it Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' scores from David Fincher's The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The resultc Well... here's Soderbergh's reasoning for doing it: I'm assuming the phrase "staging" came out of the theatre world, but it's equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one's imagination--a »
- Brad Brevet
While he isn't making feature films at the moment, that doesn't mean Steven Soderbergh doesn't like to play with them. We've seen him mashup Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant's "Psycho," and now he's toying with a massive cultural touchstone of the 1980s. Soderbergh decided to take Steven Spielberg's "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" and drape a new score on top—mostly consisting of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' work for David Fincher's "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"—and then turned the whole movie into monochrome black-and-white. Why? Here's an excerpt from Soderbergh's blog post: I value the ability to stage something well because when it’s done well its pleasures are huge, and most people don’t do it well, which indicates it must not be easy to master (it’s frightening how many opportunities there are to do something »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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