Pic of the Day – A miniaturized set from 1998’s Godzilla

Anna Foerster, the Visual Effects Director of Photography: Miniatures on 1998’s Godzilla, takes a spot meter reading on one of the film’s tiny sets. Photo by Isabella Vosmikova.

This pic comes from a must-read piece over at American Cinematographer that traces the shifts in visual effects photography through interviews with effects legends including John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, and Dennis Muren.

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A massive collection of pics of Blade Runner’s miniatures

With Ridley Scott’s latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), out today on home video, here’s a look back at Scott’s pre-greenscreen effects days with a gallery of “making of” pics from Blade Runner featuring the film’s miniatures.

The pics were recently posted by an imugr user with the handle minicity. Check out the entire album, which boasts nearly 150 pictures, right here.

 

 

Behind the Scenes: The films of David Fincher

“I don’t know how much movies should entertain. To me, I’m always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about Jaws is the fact that I’ve never gone swimming in the ocean again.” – David Fincher in a 2010 interview with The Independent

With Gone Girl out on home video tomorrow, Deep Fried Movies takes a look back at the career of David Fincher via this gallery of set stills encompassing each of this 10 films as director. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: The Films of Tim Burton

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?” – Orson Welles (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) in Ed Wood (1994)

“We don’t have permits. Run!” – Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) in the same film

Box office prosperity has never had a great deal of correlation to artistic quality when it comes to movies, but few directors have a filmmography where that relationship is as inversely proportional as Tim Burton’s. Which is a wordy way of saying that the more money a Burton film seems to make (i.e. Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland), the less likely I seem to be to enjoy it. That equation is summed up by the fact that my favorite Burton outing (1994’s Ed Wood) was by far his least attended. Ed Wood put so few butts in seats upon release that the same year’s Monkey Trouble, Lightning Jack and House Party 3 all more than doubled its box office take.

Below is a look back at Burton’s paradoxical career through a series of Behind the Scenes pics detailing the making of all 17 of the director’s feature films. I like to think that on each of them, Burton channeled Bela Lugosi (or at least Martin Landau’s incarnation of him) with the call to arms, “Let’s shoot this fucker.”

 

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Behind the Scenes: Ghostbusters (1984)

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Ghostbusters arrived in theaters on the same June day in 1984 as Gremlins. My family made the Sophie’s Choice-esque decision to see Gremlins and I had to wait for VHS to watch Bill Murray and company do battle with a giant marshmallow sailor hell bent on destroying Manhattan. Thirty years have now passed, which has inspired a glut of Ghostbusters retrospectives, including an excellent oral history by Entertainment Weekly.

Below are a few tidbits of Ghostbusters trivia from EW’s article followed by a gallery of production stills, many of which come from Don Shay’s out-of-print book Making Ghostbusters. If that isn’t enough Ghostbusters, here are links to a trio of old Starlog features – an interview with Ernie “That’s a Pretty Big Twinkie” Hudson, an interview with director Ivan Reitman and a feature on the film’s special effects. Continue Reading ›