Behind the Scenes: Carrie (2013)

Carrie #6The website ScreenSlam has posted a trio of behind the scenes production videos of Kimberly Peirce’s “reimagining” of Carrie. Below are a few screen grabs from those videos offering a glimpse into how the film was made. They’re a bit fuzzy because the behind the scenes camera is handheld and therefore moving, but worth it to get a peek at some of the camera and lighting set-ups. (continue for more pics) Continue Reading ›

Behind the scenes stills, posters and more from Brian De Palma’s original Carrie (1976)

Carrie poster #2 (#25)

“I’ve made so many films and people still keep saying “The Horror Genre.” They never seem like horror films to me! Horror films are “Hammer Films” — vampires and Frankenstein. I love those pictures, but I don’t feel it’s exactly what I’m doing…” – Brian De Palma in a 1977 issue Cinefantastique

One of the arguments in the case against director (and noted Alfred Hitchcock fetishist) Brian De Palma is that De Palma is a cold formalist who places the style of his intricate set pieces above the human beings within them. Which is why it’s so surprising that De Palma’s 1976 version of Carrie is filled with significantly more empathy than the recent remake from director Kimberly Peirce, the humanist behind Boys Don’t Cry. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: The special effects of Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender's Game Photo

Despite a budget north of $100 million and a best-selling novel as its source material, Ender’s Game is essentially an independently produced movie. A large portion of the financing came from pre-sales to foreign territories and a surprising chunk was kicked in by Digital Domain, the effects house responsible for work on Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Iron Man 3. Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy last year and as part of its new business plan the effects outfit invested its own money in Ender’s Game in return for a percentage of the profits.

Continue reading below for a collection of behind the scenes photos detailing the creation of Ender’s Game’s effects sequences.  Continue Reading ›