Trumbull Talks Frame Rates and 3-D

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  James Cameron and Peter Jackson aren’t the only directors on a crusade to usher in faster frame rates: VFX guru Doug Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), who most recently consulted on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (www.awn.com/articles/article/giving-vfx-birth-tree-life/page/1%2C1), wants to go even further. He’s been experimenting with frame rates that go as high as 120 that would deliver the ultimate in hyper real spectacle, including vastly superior 3-D. At the same time, Trumbull wants …

Digital Domain’s Tradition Studios Gears Up

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Last week Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG) lured Pixar’s Brad Lewis (co-director of Cars 2 and Ratatouille producer) to helm animated features for its fledgling Florida-based Tradition Studios. It’s a sign that DD intends to compete with the big boys for a share of the lucrative family market at a fraction of the cost while still delivering quality CG. It also means the opportunity to produce original content, which is in shorter supply with so many sequels. I’ve just learned …

Connery Transforms Dark of the Moon

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Look closely at the new Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The legendary, conflicted Autobots warrior, who holds the key to crushing the Decepticons, may be voiced by Leonard Nimoy, but is actually modeled after Sean Connery. Who better, right? Notice the iconic face, the commanding presence, especially the eyebrows — it’s unmistakable. And yet the regal Sentinel Prime was not inspired by Connery as James Bond or even as the larger-than-life Daniel Dravot in John Huston’s The …