June 13, 2006

Worth a Mention - June 13, 2006

Disney Downshifts Cars Take - Stock Tumbles

Disney downshifted its reported grosses for the animated film Cars to $60.1 million from an initial estimate of $62.8 million, indicating it had a weak Sunday.

As a result, Disney's stock tumbled as opening-weekend estimates failed to reassure skeptics who think the studio overpaid for Pixar, the studio that produced Cars and other recent animated hits.

Shares closed down 1.5 percent at $28.90 after recovering from a sharper 3.5 percent dip earlier in the day, the trade paper reported.

Cars' $60.1 million take is well behind the $62.6 million opening of Monsters, Inc., and Cars is now number four out of Pixar's seven animated features for opening-weekend gross, the lowest since Toy Story 2 in 1999.Variety reported.

Paramount Switches Tim Burton Pics

(empireonline.com) Scratch another Jim Carrey movie from active development – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is following Used Guys back into limbo.

The culprit, Paramount head Brad Grey, who has shoved the biopic of Ripley that Carrey was to star in and Tim Burton was to direct, off the schedule for a re-write. “In a world where we wanted to do more work on the script, this seemed to make more sense,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. The sticking point apparently came about the budget, which, given the hefty visual effects load, was looking at the $150 million range.

But despite having already started pre-production on the Ripley tale, Burton won’t be cooling his heels… Paramount has simply swapped Believe It Or Not for Sweeney Todd. Adapted from Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the throat-slitting, pie-filling “demon barber of Fleet Street” by John Logan, the film will start its journey towards getting the green light.

And guess who Burton is considering for the lead? His surname rhymes with “step”… Yes, to exactly no one’s surprise, Johnny is top of the list.

If you were disappointed by the news, take heart: this won’t be the end for Believe It Or Not according to Paramount’s Gail Berman. "We love this project and look forward to making it with Tim and Jim - just later than originally planned," she told the Hollywood Reporter.

60% Infection Rate In PCs

(forums.cgsociety.org) Microsoft on Monday said that it found and removed malicious programs - called "bots" - from six out of 10 Windows computers checked during a recent 15-month period.

The disclosure, announced in a report at the Tech Ed conference in Boston, is the strongest proof yet that bots are contaminating wide swaths of the Internet. Bots infect PCs with software that allows them to be controlled by an attacker to spread spam, attack websites or steal identity data.

"We're seeing an extremely active level of activity," says Matthew Braverman, Microsoft product manager. "Most malicious software we see today affecting Windows customers is more tied to financial gain."

'Prettier World' of Computer Modeling

(hindu.com) Taking issue with the perception that computer models lack realism, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher told his audience that simulations of the nanoscale provide researchers more detailed results - not less - than experiments alone.

The invited talk by Eliot Fang was delivered to members of the Materials Research Society at its recent semiannual general meeting.

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory. Fang derided the pejorative "garbage in, garbage out" description of computer modeling - the belief that inputs for computer simulations are so generic that outcomes fail to generate the unexpected details found only by actual experiment.

Fang not only denied this truism but reversed it. "There's another, prettier world beyond what the SEM [scanning electron microscope] shows, and it's called simulation," he told his audience. "When you look through a microscope, you don't see some things that modeling and simulation show."

More: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/008200606131440.htm

Man of Steel Not Gay Says Director

(nzherald.co.nz) After weeks of internet speculation that the new Superman movie portrays the Man of Steel as gay, the director of the film has issued a strong denial, saying it is the most heterosexual character he has filmed.

Superman "is probably the most heterosexual character in any movie I've ever made", said Bryan Singer, director of Superman Returns, a new movie about the crime-fighting superhero that opens at the end of this month.

"I don't think he's ever been gay."

In recent months, the movie's ability to lure its target audience has been questioned by internet buzz probing the superhero's sexuality.

Young men are the movie's target audience and the film needs to attract millions of them to earn a profit and relaunch the Superman film franchise.

A major gay magazine, The Advocate, ran a cover story with the headline: "How Gay is Superman" and the Los Angeles Times weighed in with its own story on whether being gay might hinder or help the movie's box office takings.

After all, gay romance Brokeback Mountain won awards and raked in US$178 million ($281.7 million) worldwide.

So he wears a leotard and flies around in a red cape. Big deal, Singer said, noting Spider-Man wears tights. The X-Men do too, and they aren't gay. Singer ought to know, he directed 2000's X-Men movie and 2003's X2: X-Men United.

Singer said his version of the Man of Steel, who is played by Brandon Routh, is a "very romantic icon" - handsome, virtuous and vulnerable.

In the movie, Superman comes back to Earth after a five- year absence. Early on, audiences learn the love of his life, hard-charging reporter Lois Lane, has moved on from her infatuation with him. She has a new boyfriend and a child.

Yet when he re-enters her life, Lois still has that sexy gleam in her eye, and he can't wait to fly her to the moon.

"We were all scratching our heads," said Paul Levitz, president and publisher of Superman owner DC Comics. "He's not a gay character."

Happy Birthday Ralph McQuarrie

(Theforce.net) Today is the birthdayof the man responsible for the look and feel of Star Wars itself. From all of us at TheForce.net and across the entire fan community, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie.

Check it: http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Chateau/9532/sw.htm

French Animation Undergoes "Renaissance"

(ca.today.reuters.com) The winning feature film at this year's Annecy International Animation Festival was director Christian Volckman's striking black-and-white futuristic thriller "Renaissance."

The film's title is an apt reflection of the unprecedented boom taking place in the French cartoon business.

A report released last week by the Center National de la Cinematographie showed eight French animated films were completed in 2005, double the number in any of the previous four years.

The lineup at Annecy, which wrapped Saturday, bears testimony to the bursting health of the French animation industry. Two of the five features in competition were French-made, while the fest opened with another local picture, "U," the tale of a princess rescued from misery by a unicorn, directed by Gregoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde.

Michel Ocelot's dazzling Arabian adventure "Azur and Asmar" also unspooled after its premiere at Cannes in Directors' Fortnight, and "Piccolo, Saxo and Company," based on the best-selling musical children's story, had its premiere in the Alpine lakeside town.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg, as French producers known for traditional live-action movies are increasingly becoming involved in animated projects.

More: http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2006-06-13T024356Z_01_N12355534_RTRIDST_0_ENTERTAINMENT-ANIMATION-COL.XML&archived=False

Fighter Wing Commander Learns About Transformers

(alamogordonews.com) Tularosa Basin movie fans have been keeping a close eye on certain goings-on at Holloman Air Force Base and other locations recently. And during a press conference Friday morning, officials were finally able to let the public in on exactly why.

Lt. Col. David Moore, 49th Fighter Wing commander, welcomed the press to the event, explaining what was happening.
"As you know, we have been working in collaborationwith Dreamworks studios over thelastmonth ortwo preparing to support them in filming a major Hollywood motion picture out here at Holloman ... we see thisas a perfect opportunity to showcase all ofthe great capabilities ... our airmen in action, our base," Col. Moore said.

The film, "Transformers," is based on the morphing 1980s Hasbro toy.

For some time, the name of the film was officially withheld by Dreamworks. Friday's press conference was the first time Holloman officials were able to confirm the titleof the film.

"We have been anxious to talk about what we're doing out here," Moore said. "We're happy to finally have the opportunity to discuss the movie publicly."

Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks have been working in the area, preparing for the 10-day shoot for approximately a month. However, the process of actually bringing the filmmakers to the area has taken much longer.

1st Lt. Christian Hodge, who worked with the Department of Defense to bring this film to the area,said he actually began looking at Air Force locations for the filming of "Transformers" last summer aftercoming upon the idea almost accidentally.

"I first found out about the moving surfing around online," said Hodge. "In July of last year I first read about it, thinking, 'Hey, jets that change into robots ... Air Force jets.' So I called over to the studio (Dreamworks), got a high ranking executive on the phone ... about two or three months ago we got a call from a location scout."

Holloman was just one of many bases being looked at in the beginning, said Hodge.

"They looked at seven Air Force bases. Holloman happened to be lucky," he said.

But in saying that Holloman was lucky to get the film shoot, Hodge explained that luck had very little to do with it.

"These guys are working so hard," he said."It's a huge endeavor. This is the best choice because of White Sands ...Holloman itself has been so engaging, arms wide open to try to help them."

Hodge admits that he was a big fan of Transformers when he was a child.

"I grew up watching those cartoons," he said,"I had those toys. I think I played with them a little too long.

"My mom was worried about me," Hodge said, grinning broadly. "She kept saying, 'Why don't you go outside and talk to some girls.'"

Moore said now that Holloman will take a big role in the film -- he estimates approximately one-third of the film will be shot in the local area -- he and his staff have learnedjust how much alikebig movie project and military operations are.

"We have been very excited to see exactly how a major motion picture unfolds," Moore said. "We've discovered something that frankly surprised us, andthat is the great similarity between a major motion picture filming operation and a military operation. There were many commonalities that we were unaware of. We have discovered that they, like us, go to great lengths to organize and prepare to set up their shots to film, considering the camera angles, considering the light, considering when everything will be ready, making sure it's prepared. There is enormous similarities between that and a military operation."

Moore also addressed concerns some may have about folks in the fighter wing slacking up on their jobs in defense to take part in the filming process.

"How is it that we possibly have time to work to support a movie? Well, let me tell you, our overriding position going into this has been that we will not do anything to compromise our readiness," Moore said.

"We see this as a fortunate convergence of talent. We have seen the Dreamworks team come onto our base with many professionals with many different capabilities all coming in working toward a common goal."

There are many issues to consider when bringing a major film production to a base such as Holloman. But one of the most important to the Department of Defense, said Army Lt. Col. Paul Sinor, lead public affairs representative for the DOD, is military image.

The Army will also have a role in the upcoming filming, with a set having been built on White Sands Missile Range. When it came time to give permission to Dreamworks for the shoot, Sinor said the DOD looked at just how the military would be portrayed in the film.

"The DOD gets numerous requests to support TV production and films," said Sinor."And because of the number ... we have to be very selective about the (projects) we support."

Sinor said the production of "Transformers" will be the largest film project the DOD has supported since the film "Blackhawk Down," released in 2001.

"The reason this was selected is "it's a realistic portrayal of what the military does," Sinor said. "That's one of the first criteria of military support, it has to be a realistic portrayal of the military. So this film, even though its somewhat "science fiction," what the military does in this film is a realistic portrayal of actual Air Force and Army personnel. We've worked with the director, Michael Bay, on a film before -- "Pearl Harbor " -- so we understand how (Bay and his team) operates, he understands how the military operates. We have a very good relationship."

The relationships being forged by Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures in Otero County aren't limited to on base, however.

According to Kathleen Curtis of the Otero County Economic Development Council, the impact of such a large film production is also being felt downtown.

"We're really excited that they're here in Alamogordo," Curtis said. "We are most appreciative of the time that they took to scout us out, to look around, to analyze what was here and to really see the advantage (to using) the locations in Alamogordo.

Like Moore, Curtislikened the influx of personnel and equipment to the military.

"It's not unlike a small army," she said.

"Production has needed building supplies, catering services, rental cars, equipment rentals, cleaning and laundry services, dining and eateries ...utilities, everything that you can imagine, they've needed, and our community has been able to respond to that," she said.

Curtis also touched on the economic impact "Transformers" has had on Otero County.

"The easiest way to measure (the economics)is probably the hotel rooms," Curtis said. "If anybody has tried to get a hotel room recently they know that there's been a tremendous impact."

Curtis believes the film's economic impact could number in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"During the shooting period, if we were just to have a 10-day shoot ... in that 10 days we know that there will be about a half a million dollars spent," she said.

And the monetary benefits could wind up being long-term, Curtis believes.

"We're also well aware that having the opportunity to have such a film production here in Alamogordo and inOtero County will have a lasting effect," she said. "Not only will we have an increase in tourism and all the things that follow through that, it will also provide great exposure in the long term because of this film production. (We hope it will)serve to encourage other productions to come to this area and make great use of the wonderful locations we have in Otero County."

Otero County Film Liaison Joan Griggs agreed.

"We're excited to have them here in Otero County," Griggs said. "We appreciate Dreamworks and Paramount, specifically director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg for bringing to us the largest production ever made in the state of New Mexico. We see the film industry as taking New Mexico very seriously at this point."

Griggs said she believes Dreamworks picked Otero County for their latest project because "Otero County is film friendly," she said.

But she gives much credit to Holloman.

"This new Transformer movie simply could not happen without Holloman Air Force Base," she said.

When it comes to finances, some have raised concerns that using Air Force and other military resources in a film might be sucking up taxpayer dollars. But Sinor said that is not the case.

"There is no cost to the taxpayer for these films," Sinor said. "If you see them flying this airplane on the film, whatever that airplane costs per hour, the production pays it. It does not cost the American taxpayer a dime. The military you see in the film working as extras, they're on leave on that day and they're paid by the production. So it's not that this is our regular work day, but instead of working for national defense we're playing soldiers and airmen in a movie."

It's a difficult balancing act, Sinor said, keeping military priorities at the top of the list.

"I'm working between the two biggest bureaucracies in the world, that being the military and Hollywood," Sinor said, grinning. "It's a wild job, a wild life."

Moore admits he's thrilled to have Dreamworks and Paramount use his base as the location for this film.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to showcase our terrific airmen and our amazing Air Force capabilities," he said.


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June 12, 2006

Worth a Mention - June 12, 2006

Lucas Wants Connery For Indy 4

(comingsoon.net) Lucas was among those honoring Connery as he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on Thursday. "I would love him to be in the next 'Indiana Jones'... maybe I can push him into it," said Lucas. When asked if he knew whether or not Connery wanted to appear in the film, Lucas said, "I think he does."

Lucas jokingly added, "We are writing him in whether he wants to do it or not."

Excuses Abound as Cars Under-Performs

(jimhillmedia.com) Disney's spin machine went into overdrive yesterday, as the Mouse tried to explain away why it wasn't actually disappointed that "Cars" (Which had originally been projected to take in $70 - $75 million) only managed to make $62.8 million over its opening weekend.

The good news is ... "Cars" was No. 1 at the box office this past weekend, raking in an estimated $62.8 million. Which (according to Box Office Mojo) gave this John Lasseter film the second highest opening weekend gross ever for a film that was released in the month of June (Only Warners' "Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban" -- which debuted back in June of 2004 -- earned more. Taking in $93.6 million over its opening weekend).

The bad news is ... $62.8 million is a figure that's significantly south of what had originally been projected for this Pixar Animation Studios production.

According to Chuck Viane, president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution: "As far as expectations go, we've all grown accustomed to hitting home runs. And -- in anyone's ballpark -- $60 million is a home run. On Monday, 61 percent of (the children in the U.S. will be) out of school. Then a week from Monday, 81 percent. That's the great thing about the summer — it's not just about the weekend. The week takes on the aura of being a seven-day playdate."

On average -- tickets sales for a Pixar picture tend to drop off by 37.6% from that film's opening weekend to its second weekend in release ... Well, that indicates that Mickey probably doesn't have another "The Incredibles" or "Monsters, Inc." -sized hit on its hands.

That perhaps is the real problem here. That expectations were unnaturally high for "Cars." That -- given the $7.4 billion that the Walt Disney Company just paid out in order to acquire Pixar -- that the investment community unrealistically assumed that this animation studio's string of smash hit films would just go on forever.

Now that attention has turned toward how "Cars" performs during its second weekend in release, a lot of people at Pixar & Disney hoping and praying that moviegoers prefer Lightning McQueen over the more realistic street racers that can be seen in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (I.E. That Universal Pictures release that rolls into theaters next Friday).

Because if this new John Lasseter film actually follows current box office trends and its ticket sales fall off by more than 50% during this Walt Disney Pictures release's second weekend in theaters ... Well, Mickey may find himself with some real "Cars" trouble on his hands.

Paramount and Nick Pick Up CG Mayfly

(Variety) Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have picked up the children's film pitch Mayfly from writing team Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick, reports Variety.

The insects have a very short lifespan, with some living only for one day. The story concerns a mayfly who accidentally oversleeps and, with the help of a tortoise friend, discovers the value of living for the moment. Concept puts the opposing lifespans of the two creatures into play since tortoises often live close to 100 years.

Nick Movies executive Julia Pistor will produce the CG-animated project.

Feast Gets A Release Date - Outspoken FX Artist "Jazzed"

(moviehole.net) Was just talking to one of the producers of "Feast" , who has some good news for those who have been yanking for the film to hit the creamy screen. It's coming. I swear. September. September 22, to be exact.

The movie - which you'll recall was the result of the last "Project Greenlight" - will be released in several theatres, and then will hit DVD sometime near Halloween. So, a very quick window between the cinema release and the DVD release. Regardless, it's great that it's finally coming out - and on the big screen, the way a good ol' splatterfest should be seen.

Fangoria Magazine spoke recently to FX artist Gary Tunnicliffe, who revealed that plans finally seem to have been nailed down to get the movie on the big screen. “We were on the set of PULSE [on which Tunnicliffe and his Two Hours in the Dark company provided FX for extensive reshoots; more on that soon], and we were all going, ‘Look, when’s FEAST coming out?’ And the Dimension guys put their hands on their hearts and said, ‘October, Halloween, this year.’ It’ll be 200 screens, midnight shows I believe, followed by a big DVD release. So finally, people are going to get to see the movie.” Just as we were putting this item together, The Weinstein Company announced on its site that the opening date will be September 22; the size of the release has yet to be officially announced.

“I’m so jazzed about FEAST; people are gonna love it,” Tunnicliffe continues. “Like I’ve always said, I believe it will find its audience, and the audience will find FEAST. I think it will catch on like wildfire.”

That would be a happy ending for the John Gulager-directed film, which has been on Dimension’s shelf for some time now and whose often contentious production was opened for all of TV-land to see on the GREENLIGHT series. “People [who’ve seen the show] say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe you said some of the things you said,’ but the truth is, I could’ve been made to look a lot worse,” Tunnicliffe admits. “I said some pretty horrendous things—I was not backward about coming forward. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty outspoken, and I have a big mouth. Some days I said things, and my crew would look at me wide-eyed, and then the cameras would leave and they’d go, ‘I don’t believe you said that, dude! You just said that guy was an asshole on camera!’ Ah well, it’s all in the heat of battle, who cares? But obviously, it was funny to be standing in a store in Hollywood later, and have someone walk up and say, ‘You’re the guy who said, “You’re the director, why don’t you f**king direct me,” right?’ ”

Harry Potter 5 Shoots In Italy

(comingsoon.net) An Italian newspaper reports this morning that crew and production team members from Order of the Phoenix have been visiting a series of small medieval towns in the Savona area (near Genoa), with a view to shooting part of the movie in Italy. I don't know how reliable this is, given they're not supposed to film outside the UK... Could it be a second-unit crew? The mayor of Balestrino (one of the small towns) says people from WB have "surveyed" the locations, but are yet to get in touch with the local administration. But they said they loved the atmosphere: this part of Italy offers breathtaking landscapes, what with both the Tirreno sea and the Alps being close by. There's also a centuries-old sanctuary to the Virgin Mary, which would make striking background scenery...

The Mayor also says WB asked him to postpone any plans of renovation and repair to the ancient buildings - apparently, they don't want building sites and scaffoldings in the movie... The fact they could come in Italy to film something is important majorly because no HP movie has been filmed outside UK as I remember (maybe I'm wrong)

Superman Returns Gets Spider-Man 3 Teaser

(CGtalk.com) Director Sam Raimi revealed during an interview with Superhero Hype! that the first teaser trailer for "Spider-Man 3" will accompany the theatrical release of "Superman Returns."

Project 880 Sequel In The Works

(cinescape.com) Casting has begun for James Cameron's first major motion picture since TITANIC, PROJECT 880.

The story of PROJECT 880 is set in the future and follows Jake, a paraplegic war veteran who is taken to another planet. The planet, Pandora, is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture.

Moviecitynews posted the casting details and what they are looking for in each character. For Jake, the male lead, they want: Early- mid 20's. Caucasian. Angry and jaded, he harbors a grudge against the world and his current situation. Highly intelligent and creative, he hides his softer side behind a thick wall of issues. Having suffered great tragedy, he is scarred both emotionally and physically. His encounters with the local indigenous culture changes his life.

Casting details:

[JAKE (FORMERLY YOUNG MALE LEAD)] Early- mid 20's. Caucasian. Angry and jaded, he harbors a grudge against the world and his current situation. Highly intelligent and creative, he hides his softer side behind a thick wall of issues. Having suffered great tragedy, he is scarred both emotionally and physically. His encounters with the local indigenous culture changes his life.

[NEYTIRI (FORMERLY YOUNG FEMALE LEAD)] 16 - mid 20's. Female. Any ethnicity, including Caucasian, but exotic in some way…"other". Jake's lover and teacher, a Na'vi native of Pandora. She moves and behaves with confidence and a sense of nobility. Lithe as a cat. Athletic and agile, she is a warrior. Graceful movement and an ear for languages and dialects are essential.

[GRACE (FORMERLY THE MENTOR)] There is no need to submit on this role.

[NORM] (mid 20's) A scientist who has trained for years to come and work on Pandora with the Na'vi. Can be American or from another country. He feels that he has been pushed aside by Jake, but eventually they come to respect each others strengths. He has an unlikely relationship with Trudy and can't get over her interest in him. Not something he has experienced a lot. Physical agility and an ear for languages and dialects are essential.

[AKWEY] (mid to late 30's) Male Any ethnicity, including Caucasian. A Na'vi who has volunteered to work with the humans. He is a quietly noble presence. Someone to trust implicitly. His relationship with one of the human doctors is touching in its unrequited intensity. Physical agility and an ear for languages and dialects are essential.

[TSU'TEY] (early to mid 20s). Male. Any ethnicity, including Caucasian. A Na'vi who has been chosen to be Neytiri's mate...until Jake comes along. Groomed as the next leader of the tribe, he has a potentially explosive personality. But we must also be able to see his vulnerability when he comes to realize that to save his people he must trust the man he hates most. Physical agility and an ear for languages and dialects are essential.

[QUARITCH] (40-50) Male American. A seasoned Marine Corps colonel who has come to Pandora to be in charge of the troops. One side of his face is twisted by scars from an encounter with some Pandoran predator. He is calm and focused. He has trained his whole life for a war and wants to fight one here. He believes he is doing the right thing.

[SELFRIDGE] (35-50) Station supervisor. Male. American. A smart, forceful, charismatic man who is utterly focused on the success of the operation of Pandora. His calm, almost breezy style belies an absolute ruthlessness in the pursuit of his goals. Like his historical prototypes, the governors of Spanish and English colonies in the Americas, his mission is to overcome all obstacles to gain a foothold in the new world, and more importantly, show a return on the staggering investment. Think of him as a classy, young, ambitious agent.

[TRUDY CHACON] 25-35. Female. Tough, serious, straight-laced ex-Marine pilot. She has an unlikely relationship with Norm. She can't believe this smart scientist thinks she is so cool. And he has never met a woman like her and can't get over her interest in him.

PROJECT 880 is Cameron's first major motion picture since TITANIC. The film will use Cameron's his new digital 3-D technology to film the movie.

PROJECT 880 is aiming for a 2008 release with a sequel already in the works.

Peter Jackson Likes Bending Spoons

(uk.news.yahoo.com) The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson is reportedly close to signing a deal with celebrity spoon-bender Uri Geller to turn his novel into a movie.

Ella, which charts the story of a young teenager who discovers she has psychic powers, will be a low-budget British-based project, Geller hopes.

The psychic met the New Zealand film-maker last month (MAY06) to discuss the venture, and wowed the director with his trademark metal-bending powers.

Geller says, "I gave the book to Peter Jackson two weeks ago.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed because it's an incredible novel. Ella has some kind of power in it so I believe, if it's done in the right way, it'll be a spectacular film.

"Peter was definitely impressed though. And he even filmed me spoon-bending."

For Indian Superstar, "VFX is the way of the future."

(animationxpress.com) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan really meant it when he remarked,"I want to open my own VFX studio" in a recent interview to a business daily.

Located at Khar in Mumbai, Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. the entertainment company owned by King Khan recently kickstarted its VFX division 'Red Chillies-VFX'.

Shah Rukh who is currently shooting in Kuala Lampur for Farhan Akhtar's Don commented “VFX is the way of the future. I personally believe that with all the colour, charm, passion and the lyricism that already exists in hindi cinema, the way to enhance the romance of films is going to be through the addition of VFX in our technique of cinema. Technology can only better the process of story telling and narration. It is a tool which the largest film-making nation in the world cannot afford to ignore!"

"Also, it is necessary to develop our own system as somehow the understanding of VFX in an Indian way is important because it will help us retain our USP of films and not end up being a reflection of the western way of thinking when it comes to effects. VFX is the next big addition to our films and needs to be nurtured and developed if our films have to truly get international in the near future” added Khan.

"Technology giant HP is providing end to end solutions for our studio. Our team size is currently close to 25 - 30 artists and technicians and we are looking to ramp up to a team strength of 100 in a couple of years time" he added.

CGI Festival UK Coming Soon

The CGI Festival in 2004 was launched to provide creative artists in the UK a showcase of the latest CGI work in Film, Television and Games development. It provided an opportunity to participate in Master classes, Technical Presentations as well as technique based sessions from some of the World's leading artists on the exhibition floor. Over 1,500 people attended the event, with many of the conference sessions sold out.

We are now delighted to announce that our 2006 dates for this bi-annual event will be made available shortly. Once again, we are planning to present world class speakers from the world of 3D and all areas of computer graphics. The event will take place in London in November.

Please be sure to check back to the web site for regular updates to the event and our plans for what will be a very exciting event.

Check it out: http://www.cgifestival.co.uk/


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