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.
Directed adventure drama "Life of Pi" was demonstrated in the framework of the New York Film Festival, Ang Lee's interview with the resource Collider talked about the film.
- Work on the film "The Life of Pi" you have devoted not only a few years of life, but part of your heart and soul. One of these days you have shown your work world. Your feelings?
"I am incredibly nervous. Saw the first film journalists, and I was in the big toes. Then I relaxed a bit, since the press conference held after the show, held in a very warm atmosphere, and the journalists asked good, friendly questions, though, and looked at the same seriously (laughs). Followed by a premiere, and after it, I truly "breathed", because the reaction of the audience convinced me that they liked the film. "
- During the work on the project was there a moment when you thought, "It will not work"?
"Only once in my career, I had a feeling that the project could not have taken place - it is with this film. This was before the pre-production stage. Before start shooting, I did a visualization of scenes that take place in the ocean. And at some point, the studio was hesitant because the risk was very high. Budget that we sounded, was much higher than that which they could approve, and they wanted to abandon the project. You see, it is a philosophical book, literary property, Batman is not like (laughs). Overall, I felt that I was about to freeze everything, and I, if we begin a matter, always bring it to fruition. I just went on their heels, and they had to give up".
- How much footage did you have to cut, mounting the first version of the film?
"About half an hour."
- Your film has an amazing visual style. Do not you feel sorry for these 30 minutes? Will they appear in the version on Blu-ray? Or was it "raw", unprocessed scene?
"We have four or five very good digital scenes with a tiger. Example, the scene in which Pi is faking tiger, and the tiger's reaction. I'm going to include them in the DVD-version. And there are just a very beautiful scene, which I would like to share with the audience, but that had to cut to the journey does not become tedious and I want to include them. "
- 3D of "Life of Pi" - fantastic. Please tell us about it.
"3D over debugged in animated films, as in the films with live actors, we are at its very roots. Course, starting to work, I was thrilled, excited. Probably, I have not all turned to the extent that could - because I'm new to this. But I dare say that it was a new cinematic medium experience. Hopefully, the audience does not compare 2D and 3D, because stereoscopy - a fairly new phenomenon, and not fair to compare it to 2D. Let's give a chance to 3D, wait for the improvement of equipment and system design, reduce cost, will give filmmakers the opportunity to gain experience. "
- Are you intend to use stereoscopy at your next projects? Or is it all depend on the story?
"It all depends on the budget. I think now I would prefer 3D. Also because you need to do to use a digital camera, and this and everything is underway. I'm still confused by the figure, since I'm used to the film. But a new language, so to speak. This is very exciting process - to learn and explore new tools. If the budget is modest, I'll take the film to the normal film, but if funds allow, I think I will choose 3D ".
- You mentioned that you will need another 2 weeks to submit the final version of the film company Fox. That was undone by the New York Film Festival?
"90 visual effects shots, which are still being processed at the final stages. Everything is almost ready. I think most people are unlikely to have caught the difference, but I know that these images may be better. We are also finalizing the sound and color, all sorts of technical nuances. I'm sure that the movie saw in New York, was very presentable. Just that I need to get my work was perfect, and for that I have two weeks. "
- You are a very versatile director. Remained a genre in which you yourself have not tried, but would very much like?
"No, I do not have a list. (Laughs) Any material that interested me, appeals to a particular genre, or a combination thereof. This occurs naturally, and I'm ready for what I have to learn something new. I studied law, and sometimes breaking some of them. Necessarily need to know the rules, otherwise you will not have the means of communication with the audience. But to this communication was interesting, some foundations have to break. I do not choose genres as an element, the material itself - the element and is the basis of this, I decide what genre I need. "
In mid-April, the president of Walt Disney Studios Rich Ross resigned. One of the reasons for his dismissal was the film "John Carter", which brought the studio a loss of $ 200 million. On July 11, 2012 as head of the Disney studio would take Alan Horn, the former head of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
About Horn appointment of the head of Walt Disney Studios said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Company. Alan Horn will be responsible for the work of the studio in the world, including manufacturing, distribution and marketing of games and animated films of Disney, Pixar and Marvel, as well as for marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Studios films, coming under the logo of Touchstone Pictures. In addition, the Horn will be subjected to the departments of musicals and theatrical productions.
Until recently, Horn served as president and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he was responsible for theatrical and home video projects, overseeing units such as the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures and Warner Home Video. Under the direction of Horne Warner Bros. Studios became leader seven times at the box office in worldwide box office.
Among the successful projects of Warner Bros. in Horne's career are eight parts of the Harry Potter franchise, "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Sherlock Holmes", "The Departed," "Million Dollar Baby," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the second and third parts of the franchise"The Matrix” as well as “Ocean's” trilogy. Horn is also executive producer of the film "The Hobbit”.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Horn became a co-founder of Castle Rock Entertainment, where he served as chairman and CEO. In this position, Horn oversaw the creation of many films that have received recognition as the public and critics alike. Among them are the nominees for "Oscar" "A Few Good Men," "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile" and "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers," "In the Line of Fire" and the most successful show ever TV "Saynfild." Horn also served as president and CEO of film company Twentieth Century Fox, a company headed by Embassy Communications.
"Alan, not only has valuable knowledge and experience in this area, but also appreciates the art of filmmaking and knows how to do business - said Iger. - Alan earned respect among his colleagues because of his ability to achieve huge success with viewers and stable financial performance, but he is also well known for good taste and holistic approach. All of this, Alan brings to his job as head of the studio, and we are looking forward to work with him. "
Christopher Nolan shoots his movies one camera and doesn’t believe in 3D. Excerpts from an interview resource DGA read below.
- When did you realize that the direction - your destination?
"To be honest, I've always made films, and never stopped doing it, starting with experiments on puppet animation, which are conducted with the help of the Super 8 camera of my father. In my understanding, all of this - a continuum, a set of closely related events in film and I never changed this hobby. I usually wandered around with a camera, but not graduated from high school on this profile. I studied English literature in college and was intended for academic excellence, while continuing to make films. I took my first feature film "Following" with the help of friends and sponsoring it from my own pocket. We were all busy at work all week, so going on the weekends throughout the year, taking 15 minutes of raw material every Saturday for two or three takes of each scene, with the result, about 5 minutes, ready for the film material. Then, in 1998 we went to a film festival in San Francisco (San Francisco Film Festival) and the studio Zeitgeist Films invited to speak to our distributor, that really helped me in the future to do the project "Memento" . I was hired as director, in my truck lay millions of dollars, and at my disposal were hundreds of people. "
- You are a longtime fan of detective novels, which are often used flashbacks. Hence the love of your non-linear narrative?
"Well, I was influenced a couple of things. When I was 16, I read a novel by Graham Swift's" The Water ", which co-existed in an incredible way and different times of the parallel measurements, and it was absolutely coherent and comprehensible. About the same while I watched on television music video of Alan Parker's "The Wall", which used similar methods of playing with imagination, memories, dreams, dreams are superimposed on the other. All of this firmly lodged in my head, along with detectives James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, as well as the films in the style of noir, such as stunned me, "Out of the Past" by Jacques Turner. Then, it is unclear how, in my hands was a script to unreleased still rolling, "Pulp Fiction" and I was absolutely fascinated by what Tarantino has done. "
- For your early movies you yourself have written script, filmed, mounted, even doing decorations. The only thing you did - you did not play. How do you work with actors? What have you learned from them in the early stages of their work?
"I try to provide them with everything necessary in the process of filming. Perhaps this is not what they think, and, indeed, is that they get something contrary to their desires, but I really try to be different and adapted to each actor. I'm trying to build them the conditions under which they would feel comfortable trying to help them show their talent to the maximum extent. "
"My uncle, John Nolan - an actor, he starred in several of my films. When I started working on the "Following", he studied acting, so I asked him what I need to know. He gave me a couple of books of Stanislavsky, one of which was "An Actor work on himself," and said they would give me ideas about the basics of acting. "
- How scary was the leap from "Insomnia" with a budget of $ 45 million to "Batman Begins," with a budget three times bigger?
"I do not know whether anyone else experiences similar to my mind, but the difference between filming "Following" with a group of friends, who stars in their own clothes and eating sandwiches, cooked by my mother, and 4 million of somebody's money given to me to "Memento" with hundreds of people, and there is the biggest jump I ever did, bit like the way you learn to swim at depth: no matter how much beneath you to the bottom - 2 feet or 10, or you'll drown, or not. "
"The difference between "Insomnia" and "Batman Begins" was mostly in the large-scale scenes. And "Batman” was my first film in which there were so many visual effects. Otherwise, for me the process of shooting remains the same: you stand and stare to the place where will the next scene. Everything else disappears. "
- Why do you prefer to shoot a camera?
"I use multiple cameras, when shoot tricks, for dramatic action, I take a camera. Working with one camera means that I have seen every frame while shooting a scene, because my attention is not distributed across multiple machines. So, I see everything when shooting live, look through the evening dailies. If you shoot multiple cameras, you have accumulated a lot of footage and you have at the end of the day to start from scratch. "
- Did you shoot all of your big-budget films with IMAX cameras?
"We have not filmed on IMAX "Inception” because it tried to convey more realistic dreams, and not the wonderful nature, so we used a handheld camera and filmed it spontaneously. As for the "Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight 2: The Legend Continues", just in these cases, the large size of the IMAX frame is the best conveys the drama of the situation. Thus, the choice of camera depends on what movie you want to shoot. But in any case, as a director, is trusted by a large budget, I feel a responsibility to the audience to shoot, using the technology of the highest quality that will help and make a film the way I want it to be turned. "
- While many of your fellow directors, working on the set, dressed in casual clothes, you prefer light or dark suit jacket with pants. Why do you "wear it"?
"I went to public school where we wore uniforms, and I used to use all the pockets in my jacket. (Laughs) I'm just in this user-friendly. I do not like to think, what would I wear this, so every day I wear the same thing . In short, I dress like going to work in the office. It's easier. "
James Cameron on Twitter village spoke about his immersion into the Mariana Trench.
"I made a lot of diving. Sense of isolation, awareness of how tiny you are in this huge, black, possession of an unknown place of you."
"Whenever you make another dive, hoping that you'll see something new. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes - not."
"We're going to get samples of the next dive."
"History is always close to people. We all want the giant sea monsters, we can not exclude this possibility, but I bet - they are not there."
"Sphere cools, does not receive light. Walls are covered with condensation. You are in a world without the sun and heat."
"I'm doing yoga and a lot of running around to get ready physically and mentally, knowing how everything will be hard."
"The space for the pilot is very small, stuffed with electronics. I felt like a real astronaut. There was no room to move."
"Description of the construction of submersible expedition itself will certainly find its place in my future films."
"A lot of people who saw "Avatar", caught the connection to the oceans. All I could see under the water, feeds my imagination."
"Reaching the bottom, you become a real witness. I stopped and absorbed the feeling."
"I took part in designing submersible design. I know every part of it. When the hatch battened down, I believe that it will stand the pressure."
"I hope I can do two things at once in parallel: research and Avatar 2 and 3."
"You go down to bottom, following the plan of aggressive play. This does not mean that the technique will always work correctly."
"You should be able to maintain the correct attitude. This is not "one-off" deal, which will be decided by one immersion and immediate answers to all questions."
"The bottom of the submersible was devoid of any marked outlines. I thought that this way we adapt for the environment, but I do not think we notice it."
"It's limitless limit, to realize that we need time. It was pale and lifeless, isolated."
"I expected to find life, and I found that it is incredibly small. I have not seen large jellyfish, sea anemones."
"The ocean has given me a choice: you either make your dream come true, or walk down the red carpet London premiere of "Titanic".
"Most people know me as a filmmaker, but the ocean, and research has always interested me more than anything else."
The Spanish Academy of Fine Arts and Cinema, with a Pedro Almodovar for several years been at odds, has announced its nominees for the award "Goya." "The skin, which I live," Almodovar leads in the number of nominations - 16 nominees.
The picture put forward in the category "Best Film" award at the claim itself Almodovar as a filmmaker and author of the adapted script, as well as playing the main roles of Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya. Almodovar is known for his complex relationship with Spanish cinema academics: he left them with the scandal ranks a few years ago, citing a disagreement with the principle of voting. However, in 2010, he appeared on the "Goya" award with the actress Lola Dueñas. His sudden appearance, he explained that the president of the Academy was too pushy and did not accept refuse.
Other contenders for the large number of awards - Enrique Urbizo thriller "No peace for the wicked" (it has 14 nominations) and the debut film of Kike Mail "Eva: Artificial Intelligence". The "Eve" has 12 nominations, including "Best Actor" – will compete with Daniel Bruhl Banderas, who plays an engineer who instruct a robot child.
Award in the category "Best Original Screenplay," claiming Woody Allen. His "Midnight in Paris" was the Spanish-American co-production. And the "Best European Film", which shows the non-Spanish tapes to compete for a bronze bust of Goya - so looks like a reward - to be "Jane Eyre" Cary Fukunaga, "Melancholia" by Lars von Trier, "Artist" Michelle Hazanavichusa and "Massacre" by Roman Polanski .
Last year, the highest number of awards from the Spanish Film Academy - nine - got a picture in Catalan "Black bread" of the Civil War.
List of nominees in major categories:
"The skin, in which I live"
"There is no peace for the wicked"
Pedro Almodovar - "Skin, in which I live"
Benito Zambrano - "Sleeping voice"
Enrique Urbizo - "No peace for the wicked"
Mateo Gil - "Blackthorne"
Best debutant director
Paula Ortiz - "From your window to my"
Quique mail - "Eva: Artificial Intelligence"
Paco Arango - "Maktub"
Eduardo Chapero Jackson - "Willow"
Best Original Screenplay
Miguel Barros - "Blackthorne"
Sergi Belbel, Christine Clements, Marty Rock - "Eva: Artificial Intelligence"
Woody Allen - "Midnight in Paris"
Enrique and Miguel Urbizo Gastambide - "No peace for the wicked"
Best Adapted Screenplay
Angel De La Cruz, Paco Roca, Rosanna Cecchini - "Wrinkles"
Isiar Bolyain - "Kathmandu: a mirror in the sky"
Pedro Almodovar - "Skin, in which I live"
Benito Zambrano and Ignacio Moral affairs - "Sleeping voice"
Daniel Brühl - "Eva: Artificial Intelligence"
Antonio Banderas - "Skin, in which I live"
Luis Tosar - "Deep sleep"
Jose Coronado - "No peace for the wicked"
Elena Anaya - "Skin, in which I live"
Salma Hayek - "The last spark of life"
Inma Cuesta - "Sleeping voice"
Veronica Echegi - "Kathmandu: a mirror in the sky"
Award winners will be announced on February 19 at a ceremony in Madrid.
Last week, the Disney studio has shocked cinema world by its decision to stop work on the project "Lone Ranger" of Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. However, Western could still come back to life, if the director finds a way to reduce the bloated budget. But why the film budged is 250 million dollars? The answer to this question is finally known.
In the original script of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were present supernatural wolves, coyotes and legion-eating Wendigo spirit. Then the script has changed Justin Hayes, and the great number of these expensive computer creatures vanished from the pages of "Lone Ranger".
However, according to insiders, the film has only three scenes, which are very expensive. One of them involves a train wreck, and the staff was so enormous, that would be a record for similar scenes in the movie. These scenes have to be revised in order to save the project. But on the other hand, what's the point in producing a blockbuster without vivid scenes?
Gore Verbinski has a reputation, piercing big budgets for his projects. While working on the third "Pirates" Gore regularly clashed with Bruce Hendricks, who headed the production department of Disney. As a result, budget of the film exceeds 300 million, so take the fourth part called Rob Marshall.
In the case of the "Lone Rider" Verbinski also be able to fly from the director's chair, if it curbs his appetite. According to The Hollywood Reporter, now only depend on it will the "Ranger" jump on a lighter budget. They say that the director has already reduced the figure to 242 million but he need to get about 215, and even lesser amounts. As a result, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer refused from the part of the fee, which totaled $ 10 million.
But it seems the filmmakers are not inclined to cut the budged for further. For the studio it is a problem: in order to properly promote movie with $ 250 million in production, you need to spend at least 150-200 million on its advertising. So, to pay off, the film will need to earn at least 800 million. For original paintings, whose subject is not known abroad, and even for a Western, "The Lone Ranger" is a very risky undertaking. And even the name of Johnny Depp cannot give anything.
It is necessary to recall the recent words of Representative of Walt Disney Animation Studios Andy Hendrickson: "Well, "Alice in Wonderland" had a bad story, but there were stunning special effects, which attracted the audience." Many were shocked by these words, but not should be considered studio bosses idiots - they know what they produce and for what purpose. The viewer expects blockbuster visual feast, and the studios are spending huge money on a visual component to the detriment of the scenario.
Will Depp stay in "Ranger" if the studio dismisses Verbinski? We may recall that the actor has worked fine with Marshall in the next series of adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. Yes, and to the "Lone Ranger" Johnny was attached much sooner than Gore.
In the meantime, we can "thank" not only an appetite of Gore, but "Cowboys and Aliens." According to rumors, the project has been cost 300 million (budget plus advertising), but it is now clear that the picture of Jon Favreau does not discourage the box office. Western - a very delicate matter. Unless it is in the hands of Coen brothers and John Hillcoat. But they do without hundreds of millions!
The creator, producer and director on the graphic novel series "Walking Dead" Frank Darabont has announced about his withdrawal from the project. Now they are working on a second season of the show, so the incident seems at least strange.
The fact that just last week, on Friday, Darabont has appeared on the convention of Comic-Con panel dedicated to "dead." Externally, there were no signs of such developments. The director talked about the second season that starts from the first series, answering questions from the audience.
Tonight it was announced that director of "Shawshank Redemption" has left the project channel AMC. As soon as the rumors about how hard to work with Darabont, saying that he does not listen to another opinion.
"Frank does not know how to work with the group - writes one of the insiders on the website Deadline. - His ego prevents the TV series to bebetter. Without him a TV series does not lose anything. "
In December last year on a platform of "dead" was a scandal: Darabont fired all the writers of the first season and said that working on the sequel will hire freelancers. The decision was taken without consultation with the director and producers.
At the same time led to the project director Glenn Mazzar and appointed him as executive producer. It is likely that control of the project will go to him, but so far only on the level of rumor. It is known that the current changes will not affect the work on the show - shooting the second season of "Walking dead" continues. In the USA, the premiere will be held on October 16.
Director David Yates got rid of the excessive load on the film adaptation of "Harry Potter" and is open to new suggestions. And they did not take long. Warner offers Yates a choice of adaptation of "confrontation" by Stephen King or a gangster saga "Cicero", where the role of Al Capone is attributed to Tom Hardy.
Insiders blog Vulture of edition New York Times argued that "Confrontation" is a top priority for the studio. Warner, losing such a lucrative franchise like "Harry Potter", frantically looking for a replacement, so the film by King may partly help: the studio is going to divide the book into three parts. It seems that Warner in this respect, listened to the proposal of writer. Decides whether to remove Yates "Confrontation" or not, we will know within the next two weeks.
The argument against adaptation of Stephen King could called the tape "Cicero", which is also expected to initiate a series of films. At the heart of the picture - pilot television series, written by Uolon Green.
Green - writer of one of the masterpieces of Sam Peckinpah "Wild Bunch." The series was never put into production, but on the basis of the existing scenario the pilot will be rewritten in a feature film.
Hero of "Cicero" will be Al Capone, who can play Tom Hardy. The film (or series of films) tells of the ascent to the upper gangster criminal world and its incidence. True, in order to secure the candidacy Hardy, studios will have to somehow resolve the schedule of the actor - in spring next year he starts to shoot in "Mad Max 4."
But if these two options do not satisfy the director, he can always return to the genre of fantasy, which he mastered the last 4 years. I own the rights to Warner luxurious Fables comics publisher Vertigo, waiting in the wings.
One of the main events for films and comic books fans this year will be more attractive event. Steven Spielberg himself will appear before the convention visitors in the morning on July 22. The director will present his new film "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" and answer questions from the audience.
The very first Comic-Con was held in 1970. Initially, the event was intended to present new comics, as well as for television and film projects in fantasy and science fiction. Over time, Comic-Con has expanded its scope and variety of genres - from horror to anime.
Over time, major studios have realized the attractiveness of the convent and began to bring back not only producers, but also its future stars of the blockbuster. Visitors see the Comic-Con exclusive content - for example, in 2009, James Cameron showed 20 minutes of his "Avatar" in San Diego.
Peter Jackson, Jon Favreau, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith - this is not the most complete list of filmmakers who submitted their work to visitors of the convent. However, the studio has recently begun to doubt the advisability of inviting the major stars in the Comic-Con. It is believed that this audience and goes to the movies. But the appearance of Steven Spielberg's this year once again underlines the importance of the convention.
Steven Spielberg did not come here even for the submission of a new "Indiana Jones" - directed by limited entry welcome video.
As for its "Tintin", the recent emergence of the network trailer of the project once again reminded of many cartoons of Robert Zemeckis made using motion capture technology. "Tintin" was filmed in a similar way, which may stained the reputation of the French adaptation of the comic book: the audience doesn’t like Zemeckis movies.
The director will participate in a roundtable on the "Tintin", and at the same time will receive Inkpot award for his work in the movies.