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The International Press Academy has announced its nominations for the 18th annual Satellite Awards and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," David O. Russell's "American Hustle," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack.
Winners will be announced on March 9, 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Here's the complete nominations:
Actress in a Motion Picture
Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was »
- Brad Brevet
Lead by Mpc VFX Supervisor Jessica Norman, Mpc's team completed more than 450 shots, under the guidance of Scott Farrar, the Production VFX Supervisor. Mpc's main areas of work were creating the Zombie hordes in Jerusalem, the plane crash sequence, the Wales Sequence and the Epilogue. A former Un investigator is thrust into the middle of trying to stop what could be the end of the world. Worldwide destruction sends him around the globe seeking clues about what they are fighting and what it will take to defeat it, as he tries to save the lives of billions of strangers, as well as his own beloved family. World War Z was directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof, based on the book written by Max Brooks. The cast includes: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Matthew Fox. »
It's Brad Pitt against a world full of zombies in director Marc Forster's thriller World War Z, which will be available for purchase on Digital Download September 10 before debuting on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD September 17. We have an exclusive featurette that explores the hive mentality of these zombies. Visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar and science writer Carl Zimmer explain how this aspect is taken from certain animals in nature, such as ants or termites, who work together to scale walls in a similar way that the undead manage to breach a wall in this action-thriller. Go behind-the-scenes to see early renderings of these pivotal sequences, and check out the special features details below.
Starring international superstar Brad Pitt and based on the best-selling and wildly popular novel, World War Z took audiences by storm and was hailed by critics as "thrilling, epic and spectacular" (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly »
Sneak Peek a new production video revealing how producers were able to film thousands of snarling, swarming 'zombies' alongside actors in the new horror feature "World War Z":
The swarming zombie 'agents', ie digital bots, were programmed by the film's VFX crew to move in an insect-like pattern, similar to ants teeming around an ant-hill, in spectacular sequences that took over 1 year to compose.
"You’re always battling with what looks good and cool in a movie and still feels real."
"This idea of just stumbling around (like 'The Walking Dead' zombies) didn’t make any sense. So we broke with tradition in many ways. We weren’t trying to be like another movie, we were trying to be like, 'What would be real? »
- Michael Stevens
By now, the legendary production problems that plagued Marc Forster’s World War Z have been well-documented. However, as the film becomes a much-bigger international blockbuster than anyone expected, stories of the movie that might have been and how Brad Pitt wrested control of the project and essentially reshot the entire third act are becoming increasingly common. There will almost certainly be a great book written about rising budgets, ego clashes, and a film that deviated so wildly from its original concept that poor Matthew Fox ended up with nothing more than a cameo. World War Z: The Art of the Film is not that book. However, while it sheds almost no light on the difficulties of the production, it does offer new insight into what ended up on the screen with the (mostly) final shooting script, production art, design sketches, and storyboards. The bulk of The Art of »
- Brian Tallerico
World War Z is easily the best time I’ve had at the movies so far this summer. Yes, I’ve heard all the stories about the huge production going over budget and all the reshoots and multiple script doctors, but for me, none of that was evident in the finished product.
Not being a fan at all of the zombie genre that has become so popular of late, I saw this more as a “global disaster” movie that had huge portions of the population affected and infected by a worldwide pandemic.
Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, a former Un field investigator that now enjoys life as a family man with his wife (Mireille Enos) and daughters. In a hot second he goes from that tranquility to having to save his family and basically the rest of the world from marauding zombies. The infected folks are quite frightening as they »
- Melissa Thompson
So much for decrying the "fix it post" mentality that plagues so many big budget movies. It evidently saved the trouble-plagued, $200 million-plus zombie thriller, "World War Z." After production snafus, cost-overruns, and a significant reshoot to streamline the third act, VFX supervisor Scott Farrar ("The Transformers" franchise) was loaned out from Industrial Light & Magic to salvage the zombies. "I came in after they shot everything and just saw that [director] Marc [Forster] needed some simple things to help put his movie together," Farrar explained by phone during a break from the set of "Transformers 4" in the Austin, Texas farmhouse that caught fire a couple of days later. "We talked about what's working and what's not working. I said to him, 'Don't worry about how we're going to do it.' It's not about technical stuff at all. If you have previs or postvis or any vis, let's only cut in the »
- Bill Desowitz
Knoll’s credits as vfx supervisor include the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” pictures, the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, two “Mission: Impossible” pics, two “Star Trek” films and the upcoming “Pacific Rim.” He won a vfx Oscar for the second “Pirates” pic and was co-leader of Ilm’s production team on the Oscar-winning animated feature “Rango.”
In his new role, Knoll will be involved in early creative planning for all projects that come to Ilm. Said Brennan: “I was looking to find someone to partner with. We always have a vfx supervisor and producer partnered to run a show here. You have »
- David S. Cohen
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