Tomorrowland Starts Shooting

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (Dec. 12, 2014) officially started shooting in Vancouver, still veiled in secrecy. About all we know for sure is that it stars George Clooney as a disillusioned genius inventor, who teams with a prodigious teen Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) on a miraculous journey through time and space.

And by the title’s reference to Disneyland’s popular attraction, we can glean that it embraces the purity of invention and technological innovation. In addition, judging by the clever animated teaser at D23 about a mid-century utopia, we may also deduce that Hugh Laurie plays the villainous, rival inventor, the personification of greed (recalling the Tesla vs. Edison feud). Raffey Cassidy (Dark Shadows) reportedly portrays a robotic child but it’s unclear who Thomas Robinson (The Switch) plays.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.”

Joining director, producer, co-writer Bird (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) are producers Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost) and Jeffrey Chernov (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol); exec producers Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly journo) and John Walker (The Incredibles); and co-producers Bernard Bellew (Les Misérables) and Tom Peitzman (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, also VFX producer).  The screenplay is written by Bird and Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jensen and Bird.

The crew consists of Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi); production designer Scott Chambliss (Star Trek Into Darkness); costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (Inception); and Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch (The English Patient). ILM’s John Knoll and Craig Hammack are the VFX supervisors.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Movies, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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