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March 14, 2007

Enchanted Poster Art

enchantedposter.jpgSaw this poster and more tonight over @ aintItCoolNews.com... good stuph.

"Here's a look at some proposed promotional designs for the film (with placeholder credits and possibly stand ins for the actors). Keep in mind these are all works in progress - final product may vary. NOTE the classic Disney characters in the third poster down! This could be amusing provided they're actually in the film.

ENCHANTED should see release late this year." (November 21rst, 2007)

-aintitcoolnews.com - Behold Yourselves Some ENCHANTED Promotional Art!!

"..with a quick look at ENCHANTED, a title we frequently hear referenced but don't know much about.

It's a Disney film about an animated maiden named Giselle who is displaced from her fairy tale kingdom into the "real" (live action) world of New York City. We're confounded by Giselle's naive idealism (she sings about love & doesn't understand how couples don't always live happily ever after), and she's bewildered by a land in which animals don't talk back to her. Eventually, her fairy tale life also transitions to the real world - including her handsome prince, and an evil queen.

It's got music by Alan Menkin, and is directed by Kevin Lima (TARZAN). It stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Susan Sarandon."


-aintitcoolnews.com - Behold Yourselves Some ENCHANTED Promotional Art!!

Posted by dschnee at 10:02 PM

March 8, 2007

Enchanted Sneak Peak

Jim Hill offers a sneak peak at this highly anticipated Walt Disney Pictures release, which hits theaters on November 21st. WARNING ! There be spoilers ahead!

Will "Enchanted" clean up at the box office this Thanksgiving?

"FYI: All of the CG critters that help Giselle clean up Robert's apartment? They're being rendered by the effects wizards at Tippett Studio. That Berkeley, CA.-based FX operation is handling the computer-animated characters who appear in the live action portions of this Walt Disney Pictures release."

-Jim Hill

As for our(Tippett's) work on the show, I really can't say much at the moment, but we are all busy, busy, busy working hard to complete this one...

See Also:
Click on Enchanted over @ Disney Pictures - Enchanted is now in the Queue

Posted by dschnee at 6:59 AM

March 2, 2007

A David Fincher Film

zodiacMovie.jpgZodiac was released today! The return of one of my favorite directors, David Fincher.

When I first heard he was doing this film, I was slightly un-interested, but then I thought back to Seven, The Game, and even Panic Room... but this one's based on the real deal, and there is something very intriguing about someone who is a serial killer, well I think he only killed 5, so that takes him out of that category, but I think it's the cat and mouse aspect of it, the mystery, the why, the how, the how most usual people never would do such things sparks a great deal of interest in those who do. Add this with Fincher's style and direction, should be good. I'm looking forward to seeing this tomorrow. The critics so far love it with 87% ripe.

"A subtle, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety and tension."

The media as of late has re-opened the case, brought amature slueths some publicity, and is making the book from which the movie was made more popular than ever.

"Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history, "Zodiac" is a thriller from David Fincher, director of "Seven" and "Fight Club." As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues."

See Also:
http://www.zodiacmovie.com/
http://www.zodiacmovie.com/timeline/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zodiac/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer_letters
http://www.zodiackiller.com/

Posted by dschnee at 6:49 AM

March 1, 2007

2007 VES Festival of Visual Effects

This years festival sounds like it's going to be unique, I'm looking forward to it!
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VES is thrilled to present the 2007 VES Festival of Visual Effects at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on the weekend of June 8-10th. This year our commitment to innovative programming has crossed over to include the VES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time.

The VES definition of "Most Influential" is those films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral, artistic element of cinematic expression and the storytelling process'

In the coming weeks VES members will vote on which 50 films out of a list of hundreds should belong to theVES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time. Following that, a distinguished panel of judges (which will include a wide range of filmmakers and members of the media, in addition to visual effects industry professionals) will put the VES 50 in ranked order. Some of the top films will then be presented and discussed at the Festival.

Some of the programs that will be showcased during the Festival include:

THE ART OF PREVISUALIZATION
Going far beyond conceptual artwork and storyboards, animatics are produced by dedicated previz companies and artists (as well as art directors, effects supervisors and the directors themselves), to help filmmakers zero in on their creative vision while providing studios and producers with a concrete guide for budgeting and production. Once seen as a luxury, previsualization has become a mature tool and part of most every visual effects production. Join a panel of previz veterans as they discuss the challenges of the design process, with plenty of eye-opening examples of how "visual drafts" are created.

BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ETHICS OF VFX MANIPULATION
Visual effects technology has made virtually anything possible: long-dead actors can dance with vacuum cleaners or speak new dialogue; young actors can be inserted into films made before they were born; product placement can be added in post-production, circumventing the artistic stance of the directors; performances can even be altered without the input of the cast. While many of these techniques are being used to make films better and more to their creators' vision, it can be a slippery slope. Join the VES on a raucous and freewheeling journey through this digital frontier, with examples, opinions, and plenty of controversy.

THE ART OF THE MINIATURE: WHAT CAN YOU GET ME IN TWO WEEKS?
Learn how miniature effects are called upon like the proverbial cavalry to come riding in to save a picture with a visual effect. See when miniatures are built and shot on short schedules to give movies that "Wow" factor at the last minute. Also, a special surprise "Behind the Magic" featurette!

VES FESTIVAL SPECIAL SHOWCASE: THE FILMS OF MIKE JITTLOV
Mike Jittlov is a visionary experimental animator and creator of numerous short films, as well as the director/star of the 1989 cult feature film, The Wizard of Speed and Time. Known to both VFX professionals and fans alike as a "living special effect", Mike is also the inventor of illusions that have astounded expert magicians, a skilled practitioner of origami, and a prime example of truly handcrafted animation and "personal" visual effects. Mike will be a Special Guest of Honor at the Festival's opening-night celebration, and newly-restored versions of some of Mike's short films will be screened before various sessions throughout the Festival, bringing his artistry to a new generation of fans.

The VES Festival will be open to the public. Information on programs and tickets will be released in upcoming months.
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-visualeffectssociety.com

Posted by dschnee at 6:38 AM