12 items from 2016
Now this looks like is an excellent documentary for movie lovers. This trailer apparently first debuted last year, but this is the first time we've come across it, and it's still worth featuring. Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex is a feature documentary currently playing at film festivals that profiles the work of creature designers who make the monsters for movies. The doc profiles artists like Rick Baker, Phil Tippett, Greg Nicotero, Richard Taylor and many others, with interviews with filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, John Landis and Joe Dante. It's a comprehensive inside look at the meticulous and impressive work of hand crafting actual practical creatures and other props to make audiences believe in anything. So awesome. Here's the trailer for Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet's doc The Frankenstein Complex, from YouTube: A unique look at the history of monsters in movies, from a technical, an artistic and a human point of view. From vfxblog: "Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, »
- Alex Billington
“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine
Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.
From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.
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- Harker Jones
The legendary VFX master has gone to Kickstarter to help fund his new Vr/Ar Card Game and today he's announced some cool new goodies for backers a long with some updates on the game, includinga tantalizing Star Wars discovery. Come inside to learn more.
I've already talked about Phil Tippett's HoloGrid: Monster Battle game in the past. It's a nifty looking card battler that combines Ar tech to make for a more engaging video game. They've gone to Kickstarter to make it a full reality (much like our own card game), and today some new announcements have been made.
For one, Tippett himself is going to do an Ama this Thursday to talk about the game and his illustrious career. Secondly, some local comic shops are holding demos of the game for fans to check out, and lastly, some never before seen Star Wars filming photos have been found. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine
The all-new Ghostbusters are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer.
At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished Ghostbusters director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product. »
- Harker Jones
Werewolves, vampire assassins, and government factions, oh my! After its run on the festival circuit, Seize the Night, starring the film’s director and producer, Emma Dark, will have a limited DVD release. Also: Kickstarter news for HoloGrid: Monster’s Battle, a look at the film Chaos Theory in its entirety, first details on Exhibits, and info on Todd Masters’ (founder of MastersFX) 2016 Daytime Emmy win.
Seize the Night Limited DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Seize The Night has been one of the most talked about short films on the independent horror scene over the past year. In its time on the festival circuit the film has won creator Emma Dark a Mmbf Rising Star award at Ireland’s The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival, garnered favourable reviews from a multitude of respected genre websites including Dread Central, Starburst and UK Horror Scene, and featured in comprehensive national print articles »
- Tamika Jones
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, »
In so many different ways, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens tried to capture the tone and intent of the original Star Wars trilogy without blatantly copying exactly what was done in Star Wars: A New Hope. There was one fantastic reference to the original Star Wars, though, that Abrams couldn’t resist. You saw when Finn (John Boyega) was playing around on the Millennium Falcon, how the chess board returned? Well, the man behind the chess board came back, as well. Phil Tippett is an Oscar-winning visual effects artist whose credits range from the Star Wars universe and Indiana Jones to the iconic Howard the Duck. Tippett did stop-motion animation on A Hew Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and was tapped by J.J. Abrams to recreate his board game for a new generation. Initially, as Phil Tippett explained, the stop-motion creatures that »
This five-inch Chucky figure from Mezco Toyz doesn’t ship until this fall, but he can be pre-ordered right now. Also in this round-up: an update on Shudder Labs’ 2016 filmmaking programs, gaming details and a trailer for HoloGrid: Monster Battle, Volumes of Blood Blu-ray / DVD info, and Haunting at Foster Cabin‘s VOD debut details.
Chucky Action Figure: Press Release: “Chucky, the homicidal doll who contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler,” is now a 5-inch action figure, Mezco’s latest edition to its ever-expanding line of Chucky merchandise.
Mezco’s designers have created an all-new sculpt in an all new scale that not only captures the look of Chucky but the very essence of his red-haired menace. Every detail has been captured; from his classic coveralls to his striped shirt. His glistening, insane eyes, his sneering lips, and his shocking »
- Tamika Jones
Phil Tippett, who helped develop the stunning visuals for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and more is hard at work with his studio to develop a brand new monster battling card game designed for the Virtual Reality platform. Today brings our first look at the game, so come inside to check it out!
With Vr headsets launching this year in earnest, the games are starting to come out of the woodwork. The latest announcement comes from Tippett Studios, in which they've revealed HoloGrid: Monster Battle. The game uses both Vr and Ar cards to craft a unique Ccg in which the monsters come to life in a virtual battlefield before your eyes. While it's still in the works, you can check out more information below, along with the first gameplay trailer!
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. – Stanley Kubrick
17 years ago today, we lost perhaps the most influential director in cinema, Stanley Kubrick. There’s no shortage of videos and other materials (we’ve posted hours upon hours’ worth) regarding his meticulous process and the effect his work has had on generations of filmmakers, but while he continues to be a source of inspiration for both them and viewers, there’s also room to learn more. On the anniversary of his death, we have a collection of some of the finest resources.
- Jordan Raup
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was certainly a beloved classic, that closed out the original Star Wars trilogy and had fans clammoring for more from this galaxy far, far away. Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a box office blockbuster, the franchise is more popular than ever, with Star Wars: Episode VIII currently in production. During a new interview with Collectively Conscious, Oscar winning animator Phil Tippett admitted that he was actually on drugs while working on Return of the Jedi.
"I took LSD when I was working on Return of the Jedi, and it's fine. It was, like, very calming. And so I decided to go back to work. When I walked into the blue-screen stage, it was like, 'Ahhh.' I took way too much."
In the Special Editions, the Rebo Band were big victims of George Lucas' digital wand. Here's how CGI changed them - seemingly forever...
In 1997, Star Wars began its ineluctable turn to the digital side. A New Hope, re-released in January that year, marked the first of George Lucas’s Special Edition revamps of his blockbuster saga; then 20 years old, the original 70s print was decaying. Effects shots were damaged. Darth Vader’s once imposing black mask and cloak had faded to a wan shade of pale blue.
To combat the ravages of time, Lucas embarked on an expensive and lavish restoration of the movies, improving the quality of the sound, re-balancing and correcting the colours and placing them back where they belonged: on the big screen. While fans were delighted at the prospect of seeing Star Wars in theatres again, Lucas’ reissues didn’t stop at »
12 items from 2016
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