Producer Jon Landau said that filming sequel to "Avatar" by James Cameron will be held not only on land, but under water. Motion capture technology has not yet been used in the water, so Cameron will be a pioneer in this field again.
"We have kept a team of experts on digital technology of "Avatar" to see how to shoot underwater with motion capture, - says Landau. - We have turned the simulation of water, but it is impossible to simulate the behavior of the actors. So we will do motion capture in the pool. "
In essence, the process is still the same: the camera will record the signals from reflective markers on the actors' costumes. That's just before that no one did.
At the same time Jon Landau denied rumors that Cameron went down into the Mariana Trench for material for the sequel of "Avatar." "He is a researcher! Of course, he was shooting a lot, but it is not connected with "Avatar".
The producer says the use of the latest technologies in the work on "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3", but what about the high frame rate (HFR)? Cameron has repeatedly referred to the opportunity to work with this standard, first tested on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey". "HFR better for the viewer - says Landau. - But no one should dictate directors, at what frame rate to make a film - 24, 48 or 60 frames per second. "
Landau was weighed a lot of compliments to the work of Jackson, but notes the difference between movies. ""The Hobbit"- another movie with a different history and a different tone, and Peter has chosen the right creative solution for that he must be respected."
While we are talking only about the format 3D. And then the producer is sure to continue to shoot "Avatar" in stereo.
Among other innovations, the continuation of "Avatar" will get a new sound system, developed by Cameron and Landau's Lightstorm Entertainment studio in Manhattan Beach. However, the producer recalls that attention is not to focus on the special effects, and the story, "The audience comes to the cinema not for a new technology, and for the emotional component of history."
After a long hiatus, Revolution finally returned to NBC on March 25 with the second half of the season. Executive producer Eric Kripke and actress Elizabeth Mitchell in an interview promised a better future of the show.
"When you're off-air for four months, you can only hold your breath and hope that the fans will return - said Kripke during a teleconference. - The break has given to producers and writers the time to understand what works in this show, and what does not and how to make it better. It allowed us to make TV series better and this is my main priority. The series will be better because of the hiatus".
Although the last time “Revolution” came four months ago, the premiere of the second half of the season under the title «The Stand» starts right where the last episode ended. Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finally found Danny (Graham Rogers), and took him and Rachel (Mitchell) from the hands of Monroe (David Lyons). But Monroe used an amp, which gave him Rachel and began a full-scale attack against the refugees.
"The first part of the season and the search for Danny was the prologue and much more exciting story - says Kripke, adding - I like the first half, but the second one is better, no doubt."
Kripke and Mitchell promised us five things to expect from the return of “Revolution”:
- Key issues, including the cause of blackout, will be answered.
"This is my style - says Kripke. - Ask questions, ask more questions and to answer them. In the second half of the season viewers can expect this. I prefer the aggressive, exciting pace of the narrative. In the thirteenth episode, Rachel fully tells the whole story about why there was a blackout. Every time I watch this scene, I think, “Wow, we just take and tell it like it is. " The lack of scenes in which the main secrets are laid in three minutes, is contrary to instinct of director".
- We'll learn more about the history of Miles and Rachel.
"One of my favorite scenes - a future scene with Miles in the moonlight on the water, there are beautiful dialogues and shooting. It was simple and sweet - just the kind of scenes that I like to play and watch, "- says Mitchell.
"You could say that this scene hints at a deeper and more complex story between Rachel and Miles - says Kripke. Basically, the scene is based on looks, but a lot is passed in a little conversation. "
"Well, we'll find out about their relationship - adds Mitchell. -They are deeper and richer than I thought. There is a theory that people are together due to common pain. I think that in the hearts of Rachel and Miles are experiencing the same thing. "
- Mysterious science of Grace (Mary Howell) returns to the key role.
"At the end of the 7th and 8th episode we discovered that Randall (Colm Fiore) brought her to a mysterious place - said Kripke. - On the 11th episode we'll tell you what is this place, why Randall led her of what he called her to and so on. This place is very important to the plot, it became the center of the universe, figuratively speaking. All characters drawn there because of the importance of the place and importance of Grace herself."
- Charlie and Nate (JD Pardo) relationships
"Nate's waiting for radical changes in the relationship with his father (Giancarlo Esposito) and the police - says Kripke. - Charlie "sitting in the front seat" in these dramatic turns. Between them will be attraction. And then we demolish because the main question here is, whether they are together or not, and whether they will pass the obstacles that have to? "
- Let Rachel is no longer a prisoner of Monroe, but her problems are just beginning.
"Events in the first episode ... - Mitchell said warily. - Bet my character can certainly be even higher, but I do not see how. Its primary objective - the protection of the family. Amazingly, it did not break. "
"In the last moments of the 11 episodes you will find a crazy twist - says Kripke of the crucial scene with Rachel. - Everything is so exquisite and so beautiful that I can not believe this is happening. Will be tears and knives. The scene is just gorgeous. "
Reporting on his retirement from the cinema, Steven Soderbergh did not specify that he will stay on TV. Completed the picture "Behind the candelabra" for HBO channel, director will take up the classic novel by John Barth "The Sot-Weed Factor" and make a TV series.
Bart's book, written in 1960, is the debut work of a writer in the genre of post-modernism.
"The Sot-Weed Factor" - a satirical epic of the colonization of Maryland, the effect of which is developed in the late XVII century. The novel is based on the life of poet Ebenezer Cooke, who wrote the poem "The Sot-Weed Factor." Bart Cooke - a poet and a virgin, an innocent young man who moved from London to Maryland, where inherits his father's farm of tobacco. He is trying to write an epic poem, but gradually sinking into a satire.
Soderbergh promised to leave the cinema and start painting and writing books. But soon the director has staged two musicals in the theater (one based on the movie "Super Mike", the other - the rock musical "Cleopatra"). To these have been added and more long-standing project of director, the film adaptation of "The Sot-Weed Factor."
About the desire to make a film, based on the novel of Bart, Soderbergh told long ago. In 2010, the director said that the movie does not work, most likely, "The Sot-Weed Factor" will be a mini TV series. And so it happened. The project is spread over 12 episodes, but what channel will be taken to assist the director, is not known.
"I think I figured out a way to shoot it cheap - said Stephen in an interview. - I don’t want to shoot a 12-hour comedy for $ 85 million, the effect of which develops in the XVII century. And I started to think about how to change it. "
Rather, Soderbergh has found a way to take action in our time - the only way, which greatly reduce the cost of production.
Now DreamWorks has its own "Ice Age"! However, without ice and mammoths, but with a family of colorful cavemen and beautiful flora and fauna. The story about this family has pleasantly surprised: it is dynamic, fun, energetic, cheerful, and so on in the same vein, in a word, is not boring.
Thanks to Chris Sanders the cartoon "Croods" is incredibly fun to watch. It is fascinating! So much so that the number of wild punches just stop paying attention. Authors were able to present all of this, so that even in adults there is no hint of irritation.
However, all children and adults will be busy contemplating the beautiful: "Croods" even by the standards of Hollywood titans is very colorful cartoon. Prehistoric jungle beasts with the absurd, forbidding rocks and parched deserts, majestic mountains, vast fields and at the snack heroes visit, we can say, the roof of the world. And most importantly - all the bright colors do not climb into the eyes from the screen, yelling excitedly about what they are colorful and almost fragrant. Beautiful just enough so that it is admire and create the desire to close tired eyes.
When the number of bright colors and shades on the screen starts to go off-scale, the characters get into a bit of gorges, caves or labyrinth. They, too, are fine, but they have a different charm, dark and cold. And so - throughout the film skips on a mad family of incredible locations, as if everything was not in ancient times on Earth, and not so long ago on a very, very distant planet. Which has a great future.
The authors do not forget about the humor! Some moments, mostly in one way or another, affect the militant and conservative (and creative) father of the family, are able to really laugh not only and not as many children as their adult companions. Not behind them and beasts, sometimes carnivorous, sometimes - not very much, but always original. Not to mention the hairy-clawed local satellite - a sort of a small and delicate, and most importantly - funny animal, another sign of a successful Hollywood cartoon.
Unbridled joy that seeks to please the greatest number of people. Celebration of life in the neolithic period, which all are invited. All in all, a wonderful way to spend time - even if you have no children to watch this cartoon.
Global film market is becoming increasingly important to Hollywood studios, so you can not be surprised at the appearance of special versions of movies, rewired for display in a particular country. For example, China will show a very different "Iron Man 3", rather than in the United States or Europe.
The third part of the franchise follows the adventures of billionaire superhero Tony Stark rolled in China by DMG Entertainment, not Disney, as all over the world. Chinese rental laws for foreign films have been recently eased, but Hollywood is trying to stake out a place for a blockbuster in China cinemas by all means.
Marvel and DMG could not declare the "Iron Man 3" co-production, but instead added some plot elements for Chinese products. In both versions of Shane Black movie, it will be made in China in December last year with the lead actor Wang Xueqi. However, in contrast to the U.S. and international versions, the Chinese audience will see the extra frames and popular actress Fan Binbin, recently approved by the picture of Bryan Singer "X-Men: Days of future past."
Earlier in China prevailed strict quotas on the percentage of foreign films at the box office (up to 20 films a year.) The film passes a strict censorship, and Hollywood studios receive 13% of the fees - it is two times less than the average.
Thus, the Chinese version of "Iron Man 3" will serve as a collection rarity, which will hunt for film fans around the world. However, this is not the first time that Hollywood movie is changed for release in China. Suffice it to recall a version of "Looper", which were added some captured frames in Shanghai, as well as the upcoming "Transformers 4", which will be partly shot in China.
For the sake of friendly relations with the country whose market rent is one of the leading world producers of "Elusive" has completely changed the partially exposed film. In a remake of the film "Red Sunset" first aggressor was listed as China, but it was replaced by the North Korea.
Recently, we often witness the disastrous failures of movies. And it's not just about the film projects worth hundreds of millions, but even movies with modest budgets. May be it is time to stop cutting budgets of entire genres and attempts to save money, but to adopt some new business model that directly appeals to the viewer? For example, crowdfunding.
For those who are not familiar with the concept of "people's funding," briefly explain its essence. Imagine the kind of web site by logging on which absolutely anyone can leave a detailed description of the project and the exact amount required by a certain date. If the idea is supported by the others, they are using one of the popular payment systems to transfer money. Everyone decides by himself how much he is going to give. If by that date the final amount will be collected, the author of the project can get it and spend, followed up by the report. If the amount is not collected, the project is not well served support, and funds are returned to investors.
To say that cinematography is not familiar with this notion will be not true. For example, in 2012, in this way, David Fincher has collected the necessary funds to continue the work on the animated film "Bandit" who has not interested the major Hollywood film studios. Likewise, in March 2013 were collected money to finance the filming of the full-length version of the popular series "Veronica Mars." And if in case the project of Fincher it was about 400 thousand dollars, so here donations were in millions.
So. What if even the most ambitious movies will begin with crowdfunding? Say, well before the start of filming of the next big-budget film, the studio offers potential viewers to vote for it with their money. Of course, we are not talking about the formation of the entire production budget, which now can be up to two hundred million dollars, but only part of it. Say, one-tenth.
Thus, the basis for any decisions on large-scale investments will be based not on abstract ambitions of unnamed film company managers, who are concerned primarily about holes in the financial statements, and a very real audience's request, expressed in completely tangible form.
This scouting all the more important in a situation where the share of international box office is steadily increasing. According to the size of donations can be with the help of simple mathematical calculation to present the film and the estimated return to a particular region of the world.
Naturally, the donation should not be gratuitous. If now, in the era of "wild crowdfunding" investors receive only souvenirs with symbols of the project and other bonuses depending on the amount, in the future should be provided a clear bonus system.
Cable channel announced this and many other news at the annual presentation in New York.
Here are some plans of the channel for the future:
- Sister channel of FX, FXX, begins broadcasting on September 2 and will be aimed at a younger audience 18-34 (while FX is aimed at the 18-49 audience). To a new channel will move comedy “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (renewed for the tenth Season), “The League” (extended to the 5th and 6th season) and “Legit” (renewed for the second Season).
- The new FX tagline will become «Fearless».
- The premiere of the second season of “The Americans” will be hold in January 2014.
- As always, “American Horror Story” will be released just under Halloween.
- The fourth season of “Louie” will be shown in May 2014.
- The premiere of the new drama “The Bridge” with Damian Bishir and Diane Kruger in the lead roles will be held in July this year.
- FX ordered a mini-series, based on the movie "Fargo." Producers of the show will be Joel and Ethan Coen, the directors of the original movie of 1996. Filming is scheduled for December.
- In addition, there will be a lot of miniseries, which will be the basis for another nursing channel FX, FXM (Fox Movie Channel), aimed at an audience of 25 to 54 years: “Grand Hotel” from Sam Mendes about a fictional terrorist plot in Paris; “Sutton” from Alexander Payne and Michael De Luca of the famous bank robber; “Mad Dogs” by Sean Ryan, based on the British miniseries of the same name; “The Story of Mayflower” from Paul Giamatti and Gil Netter of the first settlers of the New World.
- Shooting of the pilot of “The Strain” by Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse will begin this summer. FX president John Lendgraf said that a possible serial "rethink the vampire genre", while del Toro promises "a unique biological approach" to vampirism. “The Strain” is a screen adaptation of the series of books and talks about a group of people struggling with the vampire plague.
The producers of the upcoming series on CBS “Under the Dome”, based on the novel by Stephen King, gave a brief interview at the festival WonderCon, which will help us to understand what can we expect from the series with Mike Vogel, Dean Norris and Rochelle Lefevre in the lead roles.
In the series, which will premiered on June 24, a small New England town is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world a huge transparent dome. By pressing problems (shrinking supplies, how to get out of the damn thing) soon added personal conflicts. But this is not all. Let’s see what say producers of the show.
The series will differ from the book
Vaughn said the King gave them a blessing to create beyond the book. "He told us that we can use the book as a starting point. To use characters, plots, but were not afraid to add something new. During one of his visits to the writers' room King expressed support for those changes, for which, as I thought he job me"- joked Vaughn.
This is not “Lost”, but we will try to take all the best of the “Lost”
Though in “Under the Dome” will be engaged many graduates as Lost on one side of the camera (Jeff Fahey, who played Frank Lapidus, will play the sheriff in the pilot), and on the other. "The main thing to stay ourselves and create a unique show," - said Bender. But Vaughn added that this does not mean that they would not borrow a couple of ideas. "After Lost there were many series, promised not to repeat its mistakes. So where are those series now? So we will try to take all the best of the Lost. "In particular this applies to characters”, explained Wong. "Our goal - to create characters that will be central to the plot, and thus will complement it. Each week, the characters will get a chance to show you who they are, "- said Lefevre.
This is not a post-apocalyptic TV series
"If there was a dome over Los Angeles, the apocalypse would not come," - explained Bender. “Under the Dome” will talk about chaos going on, and one of the main players on this stage will be the character Big Jim (Dean Norris), a trader of cars, which decides to use the situation and apply the rule over the city. "Dome gives some people (Big Jim is one of them) the opportunity to feel like a dictator and get unlimited power, because they are cut off from the world and nobody can stop them," - said Norris.
Behind it all is a science
"We try not to lose touch with reality," - said Bayer. He described how their team consulted with real scientists about the dome (what can pass through it, its size). When King acquainted with their findings, he gave wise advice: "He paused, and said that it is better just to think out something!" - told Vaughn.
They know what the outcome of series
The first season consists of 13-minute episodes, and in the book there are more than one thousand pages, so producers are hoping for a long life of the series. "But when the end would not come, we are planning a final, which will be different from the book - said Vaughn. - This is a very interesting and unexpected series finale, I think. "
The premiere of trailer of the series is ready, enjoy!
Elegy "Yi dai zong shi" of Wong Kar-Wai opened the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The picture was a real long-term project of director - it took 6 years to design and three years to shoot. But the wait was worth it. Director and the main stars of the picture Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chu Wai presented to journalists their new creation.
The last film of Wong Kar-Wai was released at the big screen in 2007, when "My Blueberry Nights" opened the Cannes Film Festival. On the French Riviera director appeared much more frequently than in the German capital. Among the projects of Kar Wai, were "Happy Together" (the prize for Best Director), "Mood for Love", "2046" and above English-language debut.
"Great Masters" (Yi dai zong shi) are considered the biographical film about Ip Man, the legendary practitioner of martial arts, a representative of the style of wine-chun, a teacher of Bruce Lee. But from the very first frame it's clear that before us is not familiar to all tape from the category of "born-learned-married." Tony Leung Chu Wai, the mascot of Kar-Wai, in a white hat and a long black coat in the pouring rain easily deal with crowds of "experts of Kung Fu."
The action begins in 1936, when Ip Man was already 40 years old. Before this age he did not work and did not need anything ("My parents were so rich and famous, that in the district Foshan was named a street after them"). He married the beautiful aristocrat, lover of music, often went to the "Golden Pavilion", the brothel for the rich ones of this world. But the place with golden walls was also a gathering place for the masters of Kung Fu. Foshan was the center of the southern Chinese martial arts during the Republic of China.
When, in 1936, Japan won the north-eastern provinces of China, the great master Baosen Ghosn, head of the martial arts world in the north, arrived in Foshan. In the "Golden Pavilion" should be held a ceremony in honor of the departure from the post of Gon. Old master fights with young fighters, the best of which is the Ip Man. Daughter of Gon ( Zhang Ziyi) also arrives in Foshan. She's the one who knows the deadly technique of 64 hands. This style will experience Ip Man, but the fight with the girl turns into an elegant and sensual dance. In the end, all the movies of Kar-Wai are about love.
This is only a two-hour tie of the movie, which in the first version of the assembly lasted four hours, but in China it was shown for 2 hours 13 minutes. To cut the ribbon for the international distribution Kar-Wai has decided recently.
The history of Ip Man interested Wong Kar-Wai in 1996. Kar-Wai decided that will tell a story of martial arts of 1911-1949 period, which was a difficult time for China. Director has plunged into research questions and talked with many of the masters of Kung Fu. "You know what surprised me? They are extremely simple and humble people. " This discovery helped the director to build the line and atmosphere of the film. The main thing in "Great masters" - not the biography of Ip Man, although, of course, it is a great place, and a sense of calm and concentration that is required for understanding of martial arts.
It is known that the shooting of the "Great Masters" interrupted for a long time due to financial problems, and because of serious injury of Tony Leung Chu Wai.
Director so enthusiastically talked about the project, that no one was left in doubt: Kar-wai was able to realize his dream. And what was the biggest challenge during the process? "I do not practice kung-fu" - said director.
A year ago, March 26, 2012, director James Cameron sank to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. This week, the director of "Avatar" announced his intention to transfer bathyscaphe Deepsea Challenger to Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole.
Institute authorities reported on the formation of collaboration with Cameron earlier this week. Director sends bathyscaphe Deepsea Challenger for further studies of the ocean depths. According to Cameron himself, it was in Woods Hole - the place where developed system will be a "living, functioning and dynamic program that will help move forward."
Single unit of Deepsea Challenger was designed and built specifically for the James Cameron in Sydney and contains not only the scientific equipment, but also 3D-high-resolution cameras. For the construction of the unit were spent 8 years.
Cameron became the third man in history which has reached the deepest point of the oceans. Deepsea Challenger was equipped for photo and video and special lighting equipment. Cameron got to the Abyss Challenger - Basin area at a depth of 10,898 meters. The director took rock samples of living organisms and filmed with 3D-camera. Captured footage became the basis of scientific and documentary channel National Geographic.
But James Cameron is not going to throw his experiments with the oceans. Speaking to The New York Times referred to the director that he would like to go down to another recess Mariana Trench, called the Siren-Dip. Deepsea Challenger arrives in Woods Hole in June of this year.