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Trevor Hogg chats with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos; visual effects supervisors Peter Chiang, Adrian de Wet, Graham Jack, Alex Pejic, Richard Higham, Charley Henley, Olivier Cauwet, Sean Farrow; visual effects producer Stefan Drury, senior compositor Martin Ofori, effects supervisor Shane Mahan, and previsualization supervisors Joshua Wassung and Todd Constantine about their work on Total Recall...
Patrick Tatopoulos“Total Recall  came to us a couple of years ago and we started to brainstorm,” states Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos (Dark City) who shares a Los Angeles office with frequent collaborator and filmmaker Len Wiseman (Underworld). “The first stage is coming up with quick concept art together which I do because I come from a background of concept artists. As we’re narrowing down the look I started hiring concept people.” The production design went beyond the preproduction stage which lasted three and half months. “You conceptualize with people, begin your builds and »
“I always wanted to be a pilot when I was younger,” admits British Visual Effects Supervisor Angus Bickerton (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). “There were reasons I couldn’t be. I bought myself a Super 8 camera and started making films with some friends. From then on I got the bug doing in camera tricks. From about the age of 14, I started to get interested in special effects and camera trickery.” The aspiring moviemaker attended the London College of Printing. “I wanted to get into films so I did a Photography and Film course. You had to make a decision at one stage. Are you going to do film or photography? It seemed like the film course at that stage was terrible »
“I was coming off Voyage of the Dawn of Treader , the third Narnia film, and they were starting to go into pre-production for Dark Shadows ,” recalls Visual Effects Supervisor Angus Bickerton who had a brief 15 minute chat with filmmaker Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow); he was subsequently hired to work on the big screen version of the original 1960s ABC television series about the interactions of a cursed two century old vampire with his human family. “I haven’t sat down and watched all 3000 episodes,” admits Bickerton. “I know Tim and Johnny Depp [The Rum Diary] both are Dark Shadows fans. Johnny Depp is the producer on the film and he’s been harbouring the project for awhile; my understanding is he asked Tim to direct.” The native »
3 items from 2012
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