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Dennis Muren interview: Terminator 2's VFX

Ryan Lambie Dec 7, 2017

He headed up the groundbreaking VFX on James Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day. We talk to Ilm effects legend, Dennis Muren...

At Industrial Light & Magic, Dennis Muren has worked on some of the most eye-popping movies of the past 40 years. Beginning with Star Wars in 1977, Muren has gone on to win a stunning nine Oscars for his visual effects work - often shared with such industry colleagues as Richard Edlund, Carlo Rambaldi and Phil Tippett.

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For the purpose of this interview, though, we’re focusing on a landmark in CGI: 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As we already saw in our main feature this week, James Cameron’s sci-fi action sequel took all
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Stephanie Austin interview: producing Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Ryan Lambie Dec 4, 2017

Co-producer Stephanie Austin talks to us about the trials of bringing one of the biggest movies of all time, Terminator 2, to the screen...

In 1990, producer Stephanie Austin, previously known for her work in television, helped shepherd one of the biggest films of the decade to the big screen. Little did she know at the time, as she first looked through James Cameron's ambitious sequel script, that she would soon be producing the most expensive movie up to that point - a new high-watermark in special effects, and a proving ground for other CGI blockbusters.

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Over 25 years later, Terminator 2: Judgment Day still looks as shiny as ever - but the confidence and assured pace of its director's vision gives
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'Blade Runner' Alums Syd Mead, Douglas Trumbull Among Visual Effects Hall of Fame Inductees

'Blade Runner' Alums Syd Mead, Douglas Trumbull Among Visual Effects Hall of Fame Inductees
The Visual Effects Society on Friday announced its inaugural inductees to the Ves Hall of Fame. Syd Mead, Douglas Trumbull, Ed Catmull and 19 others will be inducted on Oct. 28 during the 9th annual Ves Summit, which this year also marks the society’s 20th anniversary.

As Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters, the Ves honors include several alums from the original 1982 film Blade Runner, such as concept artist Mead, VFX supervisor Trumbull and the late matte painter Matthew Yuricich.

The Ves also will induct Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Oscar-winning VFX supervisors John Knoll and Dennis Muren.

Early VFX and...
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The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960

Since the early days of home video Ray Harryhausen’s films have been a lightning rod for companies eager to one-up the competition with bigger and brighter releases of the beloved animator’s work. Located in the UK, Powerhouse/Indicator is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with lavishly appointed blu ray sets each featuring three of his films. Though all these movies have been previously released through other companies, Powerhouse has upped the ante with fresh transfers and a broad slate of new extras.

The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Vol. One: 1955-1960

Blu-ray – All Region

Powerhouse/Indicator

2001 / 1:85 / Street Date September 25, 2017

Starring Kenneth Tobey, William Hopper, Kerwin Matthews

Cinematography: Henry Freulich, Irving Lippman, Carlo Ventimiglia, Wilkie Cooper

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms, Edwin H. Bryant, Raymond Poulton

Produced by Sam Katzman, Charles H. Schneer

Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff, Bernard Herrmann

Directed by Robert Gordon, Nathan Juran, Jack Sher

It Came from Beneath the Sea
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Some Original Prints Of The Empire Strikes Back Had Unfinished Effects

We love us some Empire Strikes Back. Seriously, who doesn’t? It was the one film that managed to overcome the sophomore slump that other sequels used to. It not only matched the quality of the original Star Wars, but many look at that entry and see it as the single best Star Wars film to date, as well as one of the best sequels ever created.

Of course, that doesn’t make the film perfect. While most of the visual effects hold up, it was still very much a product of its time, and the reality is that George Lucas and company were creating new technology and developing new processes. It was a real trailblazer on many fronts, and in a recent interview with Collider, special effects artist Dennis Muren revealed an interesting thing about some of the prints of the film back in 1980.

"Well you know we were
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Dennis Muren on Making ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, the Special Editions, and Directing ‘Star Tours’

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As a longtime fan of Dennis Muren’s work in countless films that the entire planet loves, when I was offered the opportunity to speak with the eight-time Academy Award-winning visual effects guru, you could say I jumped at the chance. That’s because throughout my entire life, the work that Murren has done on films like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, E.T.,The Abyss, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Innerspace, and countless others helped form my love of movies, and getting to talk to him about the …
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Rogue One Cast and Crew Talk Star Wars Secrets at Ilm

Rogue One Cast and Crew Talk Star Wars Secrets at Ilm
Star Wars fans can now enjoy Rogue One from the comforts of their couch as the first-ever Star Wars Story hit VOD last month before coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4. To celebrate, Ryan J. Downey headed to Ilm to meet up with some of the team behind this thrilling sci-fi adventure to explore new secrets and learn more details about the making of the latest Star Wars movie.

On hand to discuss this latest entry in the official Star Wars cinematic canon were Rogue One star Alan Tudyk, who plays K-2So in the movie, along with VFX Supervisor John Knoll, who created the story, and Animation Supervisor Hal Hickel. You can watch them discuss the movie at length in the exclusive video below.

Lucasfilm's Rogue One has definitely established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming
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The underrated brilliance of Joe Dante's Innerspace

Ryan Lambie Jan 12, 2017

Innerspace didn't do massive business in the 80s, but Joe Dante's sci-fi comedy is an underrated classic of its kind, Ryan writes...

Innerspace should've been a contender. Released in the summer of 1987, it appeared to have everything going for it: Steven Spielberg on the poster, the guy who made Gremlins as director, and a fun concept which involved miniaturisation, an ex-pilot and a hypochondriac. Yet when Innerspace made its theatrical debut on the 1st July, it was met with surprising indifference - American audiences, it seemed, were more drawn to the comedy Adventures In Babysitting, released that very same day.

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In 2010, we spoke to director Joe Dante about Innerspace's fate, and he still seemed frustrated about the way its release was handled back in 87. "The ad campaign was so terrible for that movie,
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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman
Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt.
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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman
Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt.
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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2016 line-up, new riverside venue

  • ScreenDaily
BFI London Film Festival reveals 2016 line-up, new riverside venue
La La Land, The Birth Of A Nation, Arrival and Snowden announced as headline galas; new venue to be built on London’s Embankment; official competition will include Elle, Moonlight, Una and Neruda.

The BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16) has unveiled the full line-up of 245 feature films for its 60th festival. This year’s festival will screen 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 world premieres and eight international premieres.

This year’s headline galas are: Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (Royal Bank of Canada gala); Damien Chazelle’s Venice opener La La Land; Ja Bayona’s A Monster Calls; Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals; Oliver Stone’s Snowden; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest (The Mayor of London gala); Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation; and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea.

The Birth Of A Nation

They join four previously announced headline galas: Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, which opens the
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'Star Wars' vfx outfit Ilm, Joe Wright, Charlie Brooker to speak at Lff Connects

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'Star Wars' vfx outfit Ilm, Joe Wright, Charlie Brooker to speak at Lff Connects
Decorated VFX artist Dennis Muren will discuss his work on the Star Wars franchise during London Film Fesival session.

This year’s Lff Connects programme at the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will include a session with Star Wars VFX outfit Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm).

On October 7, the eight-time Oscar-winning visual effects specialist Dennis Muren will be joined by David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from the now two-year-old Ilm London Studio to discuss working on blockbuster franchises including Star Wars and Indiana Jones and the forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange.

A TV panel held on October 6 will feature Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones with film-maker Joe Wright, who directed an episode of the latest series, Nosedive. The festival will host the European premiere of three episodes fromthe new series, which is now housed on Netflix

Further events at Lff Connects include a session on video games with writer
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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Release the Kraken! They're only now releasing this Blu-ray in the U.S.. The patron saint of every special effect fan gets the royal treatment in this career overview capped with industry testimonials and rare film items from a cache of 35mm outtakes found packed away in Rh's storeroom. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Region B Blu-ray Arrow Video Us 2011 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Randy Cook, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Tony Dalton, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ray Bradbury, Ken Ralston, Martine Beswick, Vanessa Harryhausen, Caroline Munro, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Henry Selick. Original Music Alexandre Poncet Produced by Tony Dalton, Alexandre Poncet Written and Directed by Gilles Penso

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The time has long passed that Ray Harryhausen was merely a cult figure. By the release of Golden Voyage
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Horror Highlights: Intruder, Double Take’s Notld: Revival, Remembering Ghostbusters, American Murder Song, Ghosthunters, XLrator Media

With distribution by IFC Midnight, Travis Zariwny’s Intruder will have a theatrical rollout in New York and a nationwide release on VOD on June 24th. Also: Double Take’s free access to one of their #3 issues for 24 hours only, details on the upcoming appearance of the Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters documentarians at Wizard World Philadelphia, the new video for American Murder Song, the trailer and release information for Ghosthunters, starring Stephen Manley, and details on the new action-thriller slate from XLrator Media and IndustryWorks Studios.

Intruder Release Details: “A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist (Louise Linton) settles in for a relaxing few days holed up in her apartment but as a violent storm rages outside, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her every move.
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Back Inside Innerspace, Joe Dante’s Fantastic Voyage

Stop me if you’ve heard this idea for a movie: Dean Martin gets miniaturized and injected into the body of Jerry Lewis.

That’s the pitch for Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace, his last collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg until making Small Soldiers for DreamWorks in 1998. Made between his contributions to the outrageous 1986 anthology comedy Amazon Women on the Moon and his darkly comic 1989 movie The ’Burbs, Innerspace could be considered Joe Dante’s most commercial film. Not only did it carry the Spielberg brand, it was also cast with big stars (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan) and boasted impressive, state-of-the-art special effects and a high concept that was sure to bring people out to the theater. And yet, for some reason, the movie was something of a box office disappointment when it was released in the summer of 1987; though the film’s final budget is difficult to pin down,
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Star Wars: the surprising origins of the At-at

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Star Wars: Rogue One will see the dramatic return of the At-at. Ryan takes a look back at the Empire walker's creation and hidden origins...

Their introduction almost matches Darth Vader's grand entrance in the original Star Wars when it comes to sheer menace. We see the walkers first as black dots against the planet Hoth's snow-white horizon. Then we see their huge, lumbering feet through a Rebel's Electrobinoculars. Cut to a reaction shot of R2-D2 in the underground Rebel base, whistling fractiously as chunks of ice are shaken loose by the thud-thud of those metal feet.

It's only after a squadron of snowspeeders is scrambled that we finally get a proper look at the Imperial walkers: looming some 15 metres above the ice, they're a startling amalgam of tank and beast: heads bristling with cannon and blasters, armoured body mounted atop four striding legs. Compared to the Empire's rank-and-file Stormtroopers,
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Ray Harryhausen Documentary Hits Blu-ray in June [Trailer]

The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

The documentary features interviews with the man himself, Ray Harryhausen, as well as Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.

These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation [Continued ...]
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Horror Highlights: Exclusive Short Film For My Facebook, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Restoration

As a special exclusive for Daily Dead readers, we have Carl Kelsch’s new short film, For My Facebook, available to watch now. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Blu-ray / DVD release details, info on Europe’s 4K Uhd Blu-ray release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and a Q&A with Restoration director/co-writer/co-star Zack Ward.

Exclusive: Watch the Short Film For My Facebook: Press Release: “It all started with a funny image that popped in writer/director Carl Kelsch’s head: a play on words that yielded the final shots of ‘For My Facebook’ (To say more would spoil the ending). With only a few directing credits under his belt, he recruited jack-of-all-horror-trades Louie Cortes (Dir. of Attack of the Brain People, writer of Blood Slaughter Massacre) to do Sound. Kelsch, who also operated the camera, got input from Cortes on blocking and framing.
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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ First Footage Stuns Viewers at Nab Show

Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ First Footage Stuns Viewers at Nab Show
Any worries Ang Lee had about how the technologists at the Future of Cinema Conference would receive his presentation of footage from “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” were laid to rest on Saturday.

The presentation of an 11-minute sequence from the film in its native format (3D, at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second for each eye) electrified the conference in Las Vegas, leaving even experienced pros grasping for superlatives to convey what they had seen. Their praise wasn’t reserved for the technology, but for the film itself as well.

Former Disney exec, now Society of Motion Picture Engineers (Smpte) executive Howard Lukk told Variety moments after emerging from a showing “I’m stunned. It’s a really powerful film, and a really clear presentation. It’s the best 3D I’ve ever seen in my life. The 3D is really, really good on this thing. Absolutely amazing.
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