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FURY is coming. The raw and gritty WWII film directed by David Ayer that stars Brad Pitt will be released November 14, 2014. CREATE Advertising cut this trailer that sets the tone for one of the most anticipated films of 2014.
They used Adobe Premiere Pro CC to cut this spot and all the trailers they edit in their Culver City offices. Here’s the view from their client screening room on their 90″ plasma display. Wicked fucking epic experience to sit in and watch them work. By the way…it’s 25 feet from the edit station to the screen. BOOM!
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The last time I hung out with Kiefer Sutherland we were playing hockey together in Los Angeles. He’s the most gracious and sensitive man in real life…but on the screen he is Jack Bauer…the ruthless man of principle who does whatever it takes to get things done. Tonight was the series finale of 24 and this epic TV show went out in a blaze of glory. Jack Bauer exacted ultimate revenge upon an evil foe then sacrificed himself to save a true friend. It was an emotional and logically satisfying end to a ground-breaking TV series.
The rampage that Jack Bauer carries out in the last few minutes of 24:LAD is monumental. Fueled by the loss of his true love…he goes ballistic. It reminded me of playing QUAKE and going shit house crazy upon getting the Quad Damage Power Up.
I decided to merge the worlds of Cinema and Video Games into this 2 minute video. I’m sure that soon…this level of realism will be commonplace and executable by everyone with a gaming device. It’s the years of investment into the characters and story that makes this rampage extra special as 24 exits stage right and into the pantheon of exceptional television history. It’s been a hell of a ride…
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John Carpenter’s THE THING is one of my favorite movies. The story, characters, score, location and practical visual effects are some of the most memorable in film history. In this classic horror film, there are several scenes that just DESTROYED me and left me cinematically scarred as a child. One scene in particular was so spectacular that just by saying ‘Chest-Teeth” or “Spider-Head” leaves people shaking their heads in disbelief and sighing loudly. The character of Palmer in the film sums it up nicely with…”You gotta be fuckin’ kidding.”
The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were drawn by artist Michael Ploog and Mentor Huebner so that all the departments of the production were on the same page in their preparation for the shoot. This is nothing new…but the similarity between the storyboards and the final imagery shot by legendary DP Dean Cundey is staggering. Storyboards are often only a guide, but in this film they were so specifically rendered that they became gospel. The detail and artistry of Ploog’s work up front, allowed the crew to have clear and defined goals on those frigid shooting days in both Alaska and Canada. Read more…
Today, Apple released a new video codec into the filmmaking post production world. It’s called ProRes 4444 XQ and it’s a mother-scratching beast.
At 4K (4096 x 2160) it registers 1697 Mbps which equals 764 GB/hour of 4K video footage. A single camera large Hollywood production can often shoot 100 hours of footage. That’s 76 TB of 4K ProRes 4444 XQ footage.
The upcoming David Fincher film GONE GIRL crept up on 500 hours of raw footage during its multi camera 6K RED Dragon production. That equates to roughly 315 TB of RED 6K (4:1) footage. Shit just got real for data management and post production workflows. It’s time to embrace the madness! Read more…
John Carpenter’s THE THING came out 32 years ago today. It is an epic horror film that has stood the test of time and plays as well today as when it first screened in 1982. Beautifully shot in Anamorphic by Dean Cundey, it completely captures the claustrophobic environment that encased the scientists in their Antarctic station. What is not often discussed are the massive landscapes and perfectly composed wide shots that are sprinkled throughout the film.
Most of the photo essays that pay tribute to THE THING focus on the amazing creature design by Rob Bottin that set new standards for practical effects. I want to focus on 44 of my favorite Anamorphic shots that are rarely remembered but immediately recognizable and indelible to creating the atmosphere and impact of the horror that terrorized the characters and the audience. Read more…
In 1928, FOX opened their studios in Century City, California. In 1935, FOX merged with 20th Century Pictures and those studios went on to create some of the most memorable films and TV shows of all time. I had the pleasure of working on the FOX lot during the last couple of weeks and took some behind the scenes photos during my stay. Pure Hollywood History!
Shows shot here include: Avatar, The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, The Sound of Music, L.A. Law, Charlie’s Angels, Die Hard, Fight Club, Minority Report, House and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The sense of history you feel when you walk the lot is indescribable… Read more…
I wanted to share final images from 7 projects that I’ve color graded over the last 2 years. There are more than 14,000+ total shots in all the films. Only about half are displayed above. Some of these films are completed and already released…some are coming soon! The image above represents hundreds of hours of color grading work. Yes…my ass is sore. Here are the 7 projects:
THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME (2014) – directed by Ric Roman Waugh
ZOMBIE NIGHT (2013) – directed by John Gulager
ME & EWE (2013) – directed by Barry Andersson
ANDROID COP (2014) – directed by Mark Atkins
THE GRIND – directed by Jhon Doria
MY SHANGHAI (2014) – directed by P.H. Wells
THE CLUB BOAT – directed by Vashi Nedomansky
LINK to a 4802×3438 JPEG of the 6776 shots.
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The season finale of HBO’s SILICON VALLEY had a scene that addressed the logistics of how to jerk off 800 dicks. Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, Office Space) and writer Alec Berg (Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm) juxtaposed the creative mindset of a team of awkward start up tech geniuses with a hypothetical mass manual hand job scenario to help win the annual TechCrunch Disrupt Conference.
It’s one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever experienced so I decided to transcribe it back into screenplay format. The beauty of the scene is the commitment and focus of the team to solve a technical problem with no regards to the social implications of the actual scenario. Their obliviousness to the actual task at hand (no pun intended) is what made it so effective for me. Enjoy!
Michael Pangrazio created some of the most famous matte paintings in Cinema history. His work in Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984) and 65 other films is some of the most memorable ever. By the 1990′s almost all matte paintings were produced using computer software and the analog method slowly and sadly faded away. Read more…