April 23rd, 2009 by Dunc · 4 Comments
Much ado about Wolverine. May 1 brings us the next big X-Movie… Can it save the franchise after the hot mess that was X-Men: The Last Stand? Magneto’s celluloid life depends on it.
Still, despite the movie’s hell-raising early leak, buzz remains strong. (Besides, how hard can be be to go wrong with a big dumb spring franchise action movie? Don’t answer that.) Need a taste? Check out these character spots.
- Daily Mail squees through Star Trek review. Well, I suppose someone has to be first. If you’re looking for for something a tad less exuberant, SciFi Wire talks to ILM’s Trek team about the film’s new/old Enterprise.
- Deathly Hallows adaption will split at cliffhanger. The only surprise is that anyone would be surprised. In more exciting (and perhaps disturbing) news, the original cast will be playing their characters in the epilogue. And if you’re dying for pics, head over to Leaky where they have some shots from filming going down in London.
- More shocking news of shockness. The Hobbit to be two movies. Well hey, that’s a lot of lingering glances and weapon-caressing to be contained in just one movie.
- Perhaps shirtless men will make Twilight slightly more bearable. New Moon’s wolf pack takes it off for USA Today. In related news, David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) will direct the adaption of the third book, Eclipse.
Tagged: deathly hallows · harry potter · here there be sarcasm · ilm · reviews · star trek · the hobbit · twilight
January 22nd, 2009 by Dunc · 2 Comments
Per usual, not too much for genre fans to get excited about. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I suppose could classify as fantasy, sort of, had the most nods this year, including Best Picture and Actor. Heath Ledger is up for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight, but the movie failed to get any other major nominations. It is up for the usual throw-them-a-bone categories of Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
Wall-E did pretty good – it failed to get a Best Picture nod as many were hoping for, but it is up for Animated Film (duh,) Original Screenplay, Original Song, and several technical awards.
The Visual Effects category puts Benjamin Button up against The Dark Knight and ILM’s Iron Man.
UPDATE: StarWars.com has a full listing of all ILM and Skywalker Sound Oscar nominations, as well as BAFTA and VES nods.
Tagged: awards · heath ledger · ilm · oscars · pixar · skywalker sound · superheroes · visual effects · wall-e
January 1st, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Den of Geek’s top fifty movie special effects shots is a hell of a list. It willingly embraces all eras, movies that you might not expect (Hitchcock?!?) and hell, I think I learned a thing or two. (And all the scenes have a video. That’s some serious dedication.) It probably goes without saying that A New Hope and Return of the Jedi get entries.
Plus I’ll take any excuse to lead off with Harryhausen.
They also have a list of the 24 worst special effects of all time, which includes that horrible Special Edition Jabba scene. (Which I still hold is worse than Han shooting first.)
Tagged: a new hope · ilm · lists · ray harryhausen · return of the jedi · special editions · star trek · visual effects
September 4th, 2008 by Dunc · 2 Comments
The interactive map ‘How Star Wars Changed the World’ was published by Wired during the Revenge of the Sith madness back in 2005, but it’s new to me! I think.
UPDATE: Kottke has the chart as single GIF, much easier to read.
Filed: lucasfilm · star wars
Tagged: a new hope · charts · george lucas · ilm · influences
July 9th, 2008 by Dunc · No Comments
StarWars.com posts all of the Star Wars events at San Diego Comic Con: Mostly on Friday, mostly The Clone Wars, with some Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure.
Filed: conventions · film · star wars
Tagged: hasbro · ilm · indiana jones · indy iv · sdcc
June 25th, 2008 by Dunc · 4 Comments
Yesterday, George Lucas spoke up for educational broadband at a Congressional hearing in his guise as chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation:
“Telecommunications provides the new learning platform of this century and is replacing the textbook as the medium through which a modern education is provided,” he said. “The world’s knowledge is now available online, far beyond what books and materials can provide in schools and libraries themselves.”
Filed: film · people · star wars
Tagged: george lucas · ilm · red tails · rick mccallum · vehicles
May 31st, 2008 by Dunc · 2 Comments
Filed: fandom · film · people · space & science · star wars
Tagged: blu-ray · bonnie burton · disney · holiday special · ilm · indiana jones · indy iv · jedi religion · music · star tours · technology
March 1st, 2008 by Dunc · No Comments
Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder blogged briefly from a presentation the ILM VFX Supervisor gave at the TED conference yesterday in California. (via)
Filed: film · lucasfilm · people
Tagged: ilm · john knoll
February 24th, 2008 by Dunc · 3 Comments
The Golden Compass took the VFX Oscar. Sorry, ILM. Needless to say, that was pretty much the only genre win of the night, but you can check out the rest of the winners at Oscar.com.
Filed: film · people
Tagged: awards · ilm · interviews · oscars
February 11th, 2008 by Dunc · No Comments
Industrial Light & Magic was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society awards Sunday. They received six awards: Four for Transformers and two for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Transformers got Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture, Best Single Visual Effect of the Year (for the Desert Highway Sequence,) Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture. At World’s End took Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture (for Davy Jones) and Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture (for the Maelstrom.)
Other genre winners included Battlestar Galactica – Razor (Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special) and Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix (Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture.)
Filed: film · lucasfilm · tv
Tagged: awards · ilm