20 items from 2014
With technology rapidly advancing in the world of filmmaking to the point where almost every theatrical genre film or big-budget blockbuster heavily relies on the use of CGI, it’s nice to see guys like Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics still so committed to the artistry and necessity of practical effects in moviemaking.
Both icons in the world of special effects, Woodruff Jr. and Gillis have collectively worked on a vast array of hugely successful and influential films throughout their careers, including The Terminator, Aliens, Cocoon, Predator, The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Demolition Man, Tremors, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Jumanji, Spider-Man, Avp: Alien vs. Predator, and X-Men: First Class.
One of the recent projects the duo were a part of was Universal’s 2011 premake of The Thing, in which they were asked to create stunning practical creature effects to be used throughout production. Unfortunately, for both Woodruff Jr. »
- Heather Wixson
No amount of impeccable CGI can replace the feeling of a tangible, practical, on-set special effect. It's why the T. rex breakout scene from Jurassic Park can still wow audiences 20 years later, and it's why the monster effects from The Thing are still mind-blowing today. If you agree, then have we got a movie for you: It's called Harbinger Down, and it's the directorial debut of effects masters Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., who between them have worked on Aliens, The Terminator, Predator, Tremors, Starship Troopers and many, many more genre classics (pictured above are just a few of their company's creations). We last covered Harbinger Down when Gillis and Woodruff Jr. were trying to raise money on Kickstarter to help cover some of their costs...
- Peter Hall
Harbinger Down debuted a trailer this afternoon, offering a first-look at this creature feature that is brimming with practical FX. The interesting thing about this one: It's a crowdfunded film helmed by Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. Utilizing the FX team there, he created a tale, akin to The Thing, that stars Lance Henriksen. A promo debuted at Monsterpalooza in March; the trailer you see here is a more refined - and I will say stronger - cut that is still brimming with claws and tentacles and other gnarly stuff.
The post Trailer Debut: Crowdfunded Practical Creature Feature Harbinger Down appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has the “one to watch” thing down pat. The former teen actress has now blossomed into one of independent film’s most reliable and relatable leading ladies and her steady rise up the cinematic ranks – from the drunken darkness of Smashed to the dark humor of Faults, with a little The Thing and A Good Day to Die Hard thrown in for a touch of blockbuster fun– has long been someone worth watching, and now. For his directorial debut, actor Chris Messina has quite wisely built a story around Winstead’s charms, setting her up as the eponymous Alex for his Alex of Venice, an amiable outing that serves as yet another reminder that Winstead is more than enough of a draw on her own. The duo star in the domestic drama as a long-time couple fractured and felled by apparently normal grievances. Alex (Winstead) is a hardcore workaholic, and »
- Kate Erbland
The story is based on Ted Chiang's short story, which was adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5), centering on a linguist (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the government, after alien spacecraft start to appear all over the world. She must try to determine whether these extraterrestrials come in peace, or if they mean to do us harm. As she begins to communicate with them, the linguist experiences flashbacks that help unlock the mystery of why they are really here.
FilmNation, which acquired the project back in 2012, is producing and financing the project alongside Lava Bear. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine are producing through their 21 Laps Entertainment company. No production schedule has been given at this time.
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The last time there was any movement on the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life was way back in November of 2012. Scripted by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing), the film has a new director and even a possible leading lady!
According to Deadline, Amy Adams (pictured; American Hustle) is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on the flick, which is based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre.
Story of Your Life takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, »
- Uncle Creepy
After exploring dark psychodrama with Prisoners and the upcoming Enemy, director Denis Villeneuve has his eye on science fiction for a future project. He’s attached to adapt short tale Story Of Your Life and he may have found a star, with Amy Adams in early talks.If she does end up in the film, Adams will star as Dr. Louise Banks, an expert linguist called in by the Us government to help when alien craft land on Earth and someone must learn to communicate with the occupants. As she explores their language and mindset, Dr. Banks figures out how to think as they do, developing the ability to "chrono-synclastically" perceive time from the outside. In a nutshell, she's able to "remember" the future, which has implications, since she can see the ultimate fate of her currently unborn daughter, as well as knowing more about the new arrivals’ intentions.With »
Following an Oscar nomination for American Hustle last year, Amy Adams is lining up another sci-fi project as she waits for Batman vs. Superman to begin shooting later this year for the pushed back release in the summer of 2016 where the film will face-off with Captain America 3. Deadline reports Adams is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a new film from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve and writer Eric Heisserer (the remake of The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street) we learned about in January. The thriller takes place on Earth after alien spacecrafts have landed around the world. Read on! Adams would play an expert linguist who is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or intend on destroying us. It sounds like a single scene in a larger sci-fi alien invasion movie, but as she learns to communicate with the aliens, »
- Ethan Anderton
Amy Adams deserves to be the true lead in a film again. She's still been a force in numerous films over the past several years including The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, Her, and American Hustle to name a few. But the last time she was truly front-and-center was in 2010's Leap Year. That simply will not do. However, she might be getting back to center stage if she signs on to the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life. According to Deadline, Adams is in early talks to play the lead. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) based on the short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake/prequel), centers on an expert linguist who learns to communicate with aliens who have crash landed around the planet. As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to have vivid flashbacks that could reveal »
- Matt Goldberg
Amy Adams, who gained experience dealing with aliens in Man of Steel, is in early talks to star in the science-fiction thriller Story of Your Life, to be directed by Denis Villenueve. According to Deadline, Adams would play an "expert linguist ... recruited by the military" to determine whether newly-arrived extraterrestrials are friendly (like Superman) or antagonistic (like Zod). It's based on a Nebula Award-winning novella by Ted Chiang, first published in 1998; Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay; his credits include the scripts for the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, as well as writing and directing the recent Paul Walker vehicle Hours. Villenueve made a big splash with last year's one-two of Enemies and Prisoners, and his involvement suggests a thriller that...
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Director Denis Villeneuve, already acclaimed on the arthouse circuit for films like "Polytechnique" and "Incendies," firmly made a play for the big leagues last year dropping two unforgettable films on the festival circuit. There was the star studded drama "Prisoners" followed by the mind-bending "Enemy" (now playing in limited release)—both starring Jake Gyllenhaal—that confirmed that the filmmaker refused to be bound by genre and would bring a unique vision to whatever material he's working on. And for his next effort, not only does he have good stuff to work with, but one of the biggest actresses in town coming on board. Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to join the sci-fi "The Story Of Your Life." Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5"), the story follows a linguist hired by the military »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hours shrinks the Hollywood megabudget, proving yet again that a small, specific idea can trump expensive special effects. Falling into a developing tradition of high-profile actors taking on creative micro-thrillers, a la Ryan Reynolds in Buried or Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter, Hours is a taut thriller that relies on character over battle sequences and emotion over quick one-liners.
Scribe Eric Heisserer is Hollywood’s reboot man, scripting the new Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, and The Thing. Hours is a genre departure for him and also marks his directorial debut. Starting in the hours before Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) rushes his pregnant wife (Genesis Rodriguez) to the hospital. When the birth is complicated, Nolan tragically loses his wife and is stricken to learn his newborn must be supported by a ventilator to survive. Katrina hits and the hospital is evacuated, »
- Kyle North
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
Hot off the release of his highly acclaimed thriller Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve has his next project in sight, and it's certainly an interesting one. The Canadian director is mostly known for various thrillers, showing an ability to capture stories that contain mysteries and enigmas to quite a great degree. In that regard, his first venture into the science fiction genre should be a natural fit in terms of style and content. THR are reporting Denis Villeneuve recently signed up to direct FilmNation's adaptation of short story The Story of Your Life, found in the similarly named collection of short stories written by Ted Chiang.
The story is being penned by Eric Heisserer, who recently wrote the scripts for the new versions of The Thing and Nightmare On Elm Street. The story involves alien space crafts unexpectedly landing around the world, with no clear sign if the aliens are friend or foe. »
The screenplay was written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and is based on Chiang’s award-winning short story. The film begins when an alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
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- Laura Frances
Denis Villeneuve has signed on to direct Story of Your Life.
The Prisoners director has joined the Ted Chiang short story adaptation from FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films, reports Heat Vision.
The story centres around the arrival of alien spacecrafts across the globe.
An expert linguist is drafted in to decipher the creatures' intentions, and as she begins to communicate with them she experiences flashbacks which hint at a deeper mystery.
The 1998 story won the Nebula Award for Best Novella.
Story of Your Life is scheduled to shoot later in 2014.
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After delivering a thriller that had flares of Silence of the Lambs with Oscar caliber performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman (though they didn't get nominated in this extremely competitive year), Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is heading into the sci-fi genre for his next project. THR has word that Villeneuve has signed to direct FilmNation's adaptation of The Story of Your Life, a short story by Ted Chiang from a collection called Stories of Your Life and Others. Eric Heisserer, who scripted the 2011 update The Thing and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street has already adapted the story for the film. Film Nation is producing along with Lava Bear Films and Shawn Levy's 21 Laps banner, so there's a lot of hands in this project. For those who aren't familiar with the story, it kicks off with alien space crafts landing around the world. In order to »
- Ethan Anderton
Fun fact: six 2013 releases were voted into the current IMDb Top 250. The sixth movie on that list is Prisoners, which I must admit surprised me. The movie earned a modest $122 million worldwide and landed just one Oscar nomination for legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, but connected with a passionate audience. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve already has another movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, Enemy, set for a March 14 release, but Villeneuve had no trouble lining up the next project. Heat Vision reports Villeneuve signed on to direct an adaptation of Ted Chiang Nebula-winning short story The Story of Your Life. Eric Heisserer (The Thing) penned the script about an expert linguist recruited by the military to determine whether alien invaders come in peace : "As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. »
- Brendan Bettinger
While we're a little bummed the excellent "Prisoners" didn't get a little more Oscar love (it managed one nomination for Roger Deakins' excellent cinematography), the success of the film at least means more movies from Denis Villeneuve, which is just fine by us. And while last month saw the helmer considering directing the border drama "Sicario," it looks like something else has commanded his attention. THR reports that Villeneuve will direct the sci-fi drama "The Story Of Your Life." Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5"....hmm....), the story follows a linguist hired by the military to communicate with an alien craft to try and figure out why they've come to Earth. And in the course of her communication with the aliens, she has flashbacks that could reveal the answer of why they have arrived. We »
- Kevin Jagernauth
First announced in late 2012 , FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films' adaptation of Ted Chiang's short tale Story of Your Life has, according to The Hollywood Reporter , found a director in Prisoners and Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve. Featuring an adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer ( The Thing , A Nightmare on Elm Street ), Story of Your Life was originally going to be directed by commercials director Nic Mathieu. Based on Chiang's award-winning short story, the film takes place after aliens land around the globe and follows a linguist who is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation.s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear.s David Linde, »
20 items from 2014
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