Grab Bag: PROMETHUS starts shooting; dinosaurs in THE TREE OF LIFE
While much has been made about the upcoming return to sci-fi for Ridley Scott, in the form of a new film entitled PROMETHUS, it’s apparently time for Scott to put his money where his mouth is.
According to THR, Scott has already begun shooting the film, currently lensing at Pinewood Studios Toronto, it’s home for the next three weeks. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, and Timothy Spall, and while it’s not a member of the ALIEN franchise directly, it will be connected to that universe somehow. That this point, that’s literally all that we are privy too. The film hits on June 8, 2012.
Finally, In other news surrounding a hotly anticipated film, VFX supervisor Dan Glass recently spoke to Little White Lies (via The Playlist) and revealed that the upcoming Terrence Malick film, THE TREE OF LIFE, will indeed feature dinosaurs.
Random, right? Well, a while back, it was revealed that the film would be some sort of time spanning project, that would indeed include the prehistoric beasts. Based on the trailer for the film, however, it appeared to be a much more down to Earth affair, that wouldn’t quite fit in with a dinosaur subplot. Well, that isn’t the case:
“The material was divided into four broad categories we termed Realms: Double Negative in London handled the majority of the Astrophysical Realm led by supervisor Paul Riddle, journalist Michael Benson [who has written books and articles about deep space] consulted and provided extraordinary source imagery from actual probes and telescopes. He and a colleague initially selected and stitched the images together, cleaned them up, and created huge resolution images of 30,000 pixels which we then broke into layers and dimensionalised over very slow exploratory camera moves. For the Microbial Realm we hired a small London boutique company called One of Us headed by Tom Debenham andDominic Parker that do beautiful work; they have their own little studio where they shoot practical pieces and elements and combine them with very photographic looking CG.”
Personally, this doesn’t quite make me more or less excited for the film, because at this point, TREE OF LIFE may be one of my most anticipated films of all-time. I don’t remember a film ever garnering this much hype, particularly one that I frankly don’t think will be seen by that many people. The trailer has received nothing but absolute silence prior to screenings I’ve been to here in Michigan, so it’s really hard to gauge the public’s thought on this film.
That said, Malick and dinos? Great idea, or greatest idea?
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