The day most people thought would never come is soon upon us. This film has been in production for the most of the last five years and according to the trailer it is now complete. I remember when I saw the first teaser for Iron Sky in 2008 and thought it was just a viral stunt. What I’m hearing now is that it is being marketed as a sci-fi comedy. A long way from what I originally thought it would be as the first teaser was very serious and dark in tone. Check it out if you get the chance.
As World War II comes to an end in 1945, Hans Kammler and other German scientists make a breakthrough in anti-gravity research. From a secret base in the Antarctic, Nazi spaceships are sent to the “dark side” of the Moon to establish the military base “Schwarze Sonne”. Their plan is to build a powerful fleet and return to conquer Earth. The film is set in the year 2018 when their descendants finally return.
It’s pretty awesome to be able to get an inside look into Peter Jackson’s world of production on his latest film. He’s really allowed a level of access that is rarely seen on a movie of this scale. In the latest production diary we get an in depth look at what goes into creating an epic 3D film. From what I’ve seen and heard regarding the use of 3D in this film I would expect this to blow away any previous films that have attempted to harness this process. That means you Avatar…
It’s hard to make a film. No one ever tells you that. They tell you how fun it is on set and how amazing it is to see your work on the big screen but they never really tell you what happens in between the time you finish your edit and the first time see your film projected on the big screen and that’s the fact you have to spend a lot of your own money to market your film and get it the exposure it needs at festivals. It’s not cheap to go the indie route and that’s what this post is about. I wrote, produced, edited, and sound designed Hombre y Tierra and now that it’s finished it needs some help getting out there so we can market it and sell it.
That’s where you come in. The other producers and I are going through Kickstarter.com to raise funds for festivals and marketing and we ask that you give what you can to help us out. Watch the video, read the press release, get the info you need and do what you can to help a group of film makers live their dream.
Despite Down Economy Local Production Company
TMI Launches Festival Campaign For Spanish Language Feature
HOMBRE Y TIERRA.
? Austin, TX, August 25, 2011 – HOMBRE Y TIERRA, (aka Man And Earth)
Starring Mauricio Ripke, Directed by Christian Cisneros and Written by Richard Watson.
Produced by The Moving Image Company, a Texas-based Production Company.
I’m a big fan of behind the scenes featurettes especially FX breakdowns so I was super stoked to share this. I haven’t seen HEREAFTER yet but seeing the FX work on this reel makes me want to check it out…
A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.
Film-Composer, the legendary John Barry is no longer breathing air, reported USA today. Responsible for composing the scores of films such as Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves, Out Of Africa and 11 James Bond films, this is a man who’s music will live forever, even though he did not.
Pay your respects, and watch one of these films that he helped to make memorable in the extreme, and for once think very hard about how integral the music is to the theatrical experience.
It’s amazing the amount of detail work that goes into creating a good 3d compositions and the best part is when you don’t even notice it’s there until it’s pointed out. That is certainly the case with Black Swan. As an FX creator myself I’m always on the look out for poor work to ridicule and laugh at so I can look smart but this was not the case for this movie. Most of the effects I did not notice until watching this very cool video. Check out the effects and then wonder quietly to yourself why this movie wasn’t nominated for a best visual effects oscar…
Much like VHS before it, film projection took a big hit today.
Here’s some alarming news courtesy of Douglas Maclaren at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago:
“LaVezzi Precision Inc, the manufacturer for 95% of projector sprockets in use worldwide, has decided to cease production on all motion picture parts. Sprockets, gears, shafts, and most importantly, the cams & stars for projector intermittent movement have all ceased being manufactured effective immediately.”
This means that precision parts critical for running film on the most common projectors: Ballantyne, Century, Christie, and Simplex
The Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios.
In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger , a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Film Commission cited part of a state code that says requests for film incentives can be denied “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.”
The letter was signed by Carol Pirie , deputy director of the commission, and dated one day after former commission director Bob Hudgins resigned amid government findings that he sexually harassed female employees
In a Fox News exclusive, original Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie explained that the character of Captain Jack Sparrow was originally intended for Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, rather than Johnny Depp.
Selling a film at Sundance is always a bit of a three-ring circus, and now Kevin Smith wants to make sure everyone’s invited to the show. Smith has announced that if the festival accepts his next film, the satirical horror movie Red State, he plans to sell the film in the room immediately after the first screening and may even bring in a professional auctioneer to make things more interesting. “And if you’re a multi-millionaire who can’t make it to the first screening of Red State, fear not,” Smith added. “Maybe we’ll set up an eBay page for the post-screening bid-calling as well.” [/Film]
‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ director Irvin Kershner has died in Los Angeles at age 87, the Agence France-Presse reports. Goddaughter Adriana Santini said Kershner had faced an illness for some time.
In addition to directing what many regard as the pinnacle of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, Kershner helmed ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Robocop 2.’
The onetime George Lucas collaborator taught courses in film and photography at the University of Southern California. In an interview later in his life, Kershner spoke of teaching Lucas in the 1960s. “Even then, I could see that he was a very special student,” Kershner said. “Not that he had a great eye, but he had vision.”
Kershner was born in Philadelphia in 1923; he was a musician and photographer before delving into documentary and eventually feature filmmaking.
Reflecting on the 30-year legacy of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ in October, Kershner told Vanity Fair: “I think the critics felt that they were going to see an extension of ‘Star Wars.’ In other words, they wanted another ‘Star Wars.’ I decided that the potential was much greater than a rerun of ‘Star Wars.’ When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film. It took a few years for the critics to catch up with the film and to see it as a fairy tale rather than a comic book.”
Kershner also famously turned down ‘Return of the Jedi,’ telling VF, “After working for two years and nine months doing ‘Empire,’ and having it take so much out of my life and having given me so much, I felt that it was a complete experience and it was time to move on.”
One specific legacy of Kershner’s, embedded within ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ is Han Solo’s legendary “I know” response to Princess Leia’s “I love you.” The script called for Harrison Ford to reply with a simple “I love you, too,” but Kershner’s gut said otherwise.
“I shot the line and it just didn’t seem right for the character of Han Solo. We were into the lunch break and I said to Harrison try it again and just do whatever comes to mind. That is when Harrison said the line, ‘I know.’ After the take, I said to my assistant director, David Tomblin, ‘It’s a wrap,’” Kershner told Vanity Fair. “George [Lucas] saw the first cut and said, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute. That’s not the line in the script.’ I said, ‘I love you, too was not Han Solo.’ Han Solo was a rebel. George felt that the audience would laugh. And I said, ‘That’s wonderful, he is probably going to his death for all they know.’”
Despite Lucas’ initial dismay at Kershner’s interpretation, audience tests proved the line a hit, and Kershner ultimately admits, “George was the best producer I ever worked with.”
See a clip of Kershner speaking about George Lucas: