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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, »
- Patrick Bromley
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, »
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 ...] »
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. »
- Tamika Jones
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. »
- David S. Cohen
The 2nd Digital Creation Genie Awards – organized within the framework of the Paris Images Digital Summit (Jan 28-30) – announced prizewinners at an awards ceremony held Thursday evening in the Centre des Arts in Enghien-les-Bains, Paris.
Best VFX supervisor – feature film – went to Benjamin Ageorges and Stéphane Bidault of Autre Chose for their work on “Belle & Sebastian, the Adventure Continues”, by Canadian director Christian Duguay, produced by Radar Films, Epithète Films, Gaumont and M6 Films.
The pic was released on December 9 and to date has grossed over $11.7 million in France and an impressive $2.4 million in Italy.
Founded in 2000, Autre Chose specializes in vfx for cinema, TV and commercials and works in partnership with Be Digital in Belgium and Lux Digital in Luxembourg.
Best VFX Supervisor in the TV fiction category was awarded to Jean-François Fontaine of Machine Molle, for Arte’s 12-part spy comedy TV series, “Au Service de la France, »
- Martin Dale
The five-event Paris Images Trade Show (Jan. 28 – Feb. 6) – one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs – kicked off Jan. 28 with a three-day Digital Summit, dedicated to cutting-edge digital production and post-production techniques.
“The Digital Summit sends out an important message to the industry in France and abroad,” explains Yann Marchet, general delegate of the Paris Images Digital Summit. “This is a genuine international event. We have a good position in France in this field but we won’t just be talking about French subjects or promoting the domestic industry. We’ve invited people from the U.K. and the U.S. to showcase their skills to the French production industry.”
The Digital Summit is hosted and co-produced by the Centre des Arts in Enghien-les-Bains, a state-funded center specializing in the digital arts, founded in 2004.
The event includes case studies, round tables, a masterclass and career tributes »
- Martin Dale
The third edition of the five-event Paris Images Trade Show (Jan 28 – Feb 6) kicks off with the Digital Summit, dedicated to cutting edge digital production and post-production techniques, including case studies on some of Gaul’s biggest productions in 2015.
This year’s Digital Summit includes round tables on the international strategy of French VFX shops and the innovative use of VFX in French TV fiction.
Productions by key Gallic VFX shops will be analyzed via case studies, including Mikros Images (Nicolas Saada’s “Taj Mahal” and TV series “The Returned”) and Digital District (Arthur Benzaquen’s “The New Adventures of Aladdin”) and work by international shops such as Mpc (Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”), which recently began operations in Paris.
- Martin Dale
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