Terrence Malick made two marvelous movies in the ’70s, Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978), and partly because he then pulled a Garbo and didn’t direct another movie for 20 years, he developed a highly rarefied fan base that became a cult of reverence. To be a Malick appreciator meant that you placed him in a very special ’70s-art showcase. He was a pantheon of one. And when he returned as a filmmaker in the late ’90s, with the mystical war movie The Thin Red Line (1998), the mystical anthro-kitsch culture-clash love story The New World (2005), and then — to me — the mystical masterpiece The Tree of Life (2011), he’d become a very different kind of filmmaker. In many ways, his mature style — ethereal, incantatory, with a soundtrack woven out of whispers and classical music — seemed as much of a response to his cult as the cult was to him. READ FULL STORY
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Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Tree of Life' special effects master Douglas Trumbull talks CGI -- VIDEO
Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.
As the Visual Effects Consultant on Tree of Life, Douglas Trumbull knew he had to be completely inimitable in his special effects. By using a cornucopia of innovative methods (liquids, cloud tanks, and paint, to name a few) the amateur astronomist was able to create a completely astounding work of art within the film, and subsequently earn a nomination for Best Cinematography. Below, watch as Trumbull explains his openness to combine his love of “organic effects” with CGI to simulate an environment where astounding special effects could occur. READ FULL STORY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it will present Douglas Trumbull with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his body of work and technical innovation in cinematic visual effects. Before spearheading the stunning, 20-minute opening act to 2011’s Tree of Life, Trumbull’s prestigious career spanned groundbreaking work films on films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner. It’s the second Oscar for Trumbull, who shared a Scientific and Engineering Award with three others in 1993 when he developed the first modern 65mm camera in 25 years. He has been a technical vanguard in the field, securing more than a dozen patents in film technology and founding Future General Corporation, a breeding ground for filmmakers and visual effects artists. The presentation will occur at Feb. 11th’s Scientific and Technical Awards.
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With 16 inclusions each, My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are leading the pack in the longlists for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards, which were announced today. In addition to making the cut for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, both films have their stars in contention. (Marilyn‘s Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, and Zoe Wanamaker, as well as Tinker Tailor‘s Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, John Hurt, and Kathy Burke, are all on the acting longlists.)
Following Marilyn and Tinker Tailor for the most entries on the BAFTA longlists were The Iron Lady (14), The Artist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris, War Horse (13 each), The Help, Hugo, Drive (12 each), and The Ides of March and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (11 each.) Notable exclusions from the BAFTA longlist include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Melancholia, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, while major Oscar contender The Tree of Life earned just one mention in the cinematography category.
The longlist kicks off the first round of voting for the BAFTAs, which includes 15 entries in most categories. The five nominees will be chosen from these longlists in the second round. However, there are only five for animation and documentary in the first round of voting. Nominations in all categories, including the shortlist for the Rising Star Award, will be announced on Jan. 17. Check out the entire BAFTAs 2012 longlist, including Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, and Outstanding British Film here. (Note: * marks the five chapter picks.) READ FULL STORY
The International Press Academy handed out its 16th annual Satellite Awards last night. While The Descendants may have won the Best Motion Picture and Adapted Screenplay, it was Drive that was the biggest winner of all. The ambient indie took home four awards, including the Best Actor trophy for Ryan Gosling and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn. Elsewhere, awards-season frontrunner The Artist turned in a relatively modest performance with only one award for Best Art Direction & Production Design. See the full list below. READ FULL STORY
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