Let’s hope the special effects for Terra Nova are better than this.
Disney’s chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson at SIGGRAPH
Warner Bros. is shelling out a little more green to get Green Lantern finished. Variety reports that thanks to the movie’s rushed production schedule and effects-heavy look, the studio is adding $9 million to the budget in an emergency allocation to make sure Lantern is done on time. Despite the last-minute panic, that sort of problem has become the norm for summer tentpoles, with other movies like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America rushing to make their release dates. Maybe the studios should listen to Harrison Ford, who grumbled about the rise of special effects to the L.A. Times: “With the CGI, suddenly there’s a thousand enemies instead of six — the army goes off into the horizon. You don’t need that,” the Cowboys & Aliens star said. “The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That’s something that’s consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that’s a soulless enterprise. It’s all kinetics without emotion. I don’t have time for that.” [Variety, Hero Complex/LAT]
The Academy announced its initial shortlist of the semifinalists for the visual effects Oscar (which will be whittled to seven next month, then three for the actual nominations), and in addition to those films, they include Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, Iron Man 2, The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shutter Island, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Hoist a computer-generated glass of champagne, won’t you?
How can Inception lose?
Stick around for the end credits and you’ll see that the twins are actually played by two actors, Armie Hammer and Josh Pence. Yet they look — and sound — completely identical. How did they do that?
According to director David Fincher, it was simple — although keep in mind that this is the same guy who put Brad Pitt’s face on a baby in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Hammer played the main twin in each shot. For shots that included both twins at the same time, Pence stood in for the second twin; Hammer later went into a studio, where he strapped his head into a harness to film that twin’s face and voice, which was then digitally superimposed over Pence’s face in the film. The result is a sort of hybrid actor with Hammer’s head and Pence’s body. Intricate split-screens and rotoscoping were also used for some shots. Piece of cake, right? “After Benjamin Button, you go, ‘It can be done,’” says Fincher. “Give us a case of Red Bull and a weekend, and we’ll figure this out.”
Oh yeah totally simple and logical. I wonder if Fincher’s ever seen Lindsay Lohan’s The Parent Trap?