DreamWorks renders digital jungle Video
At the DreamWorks press junket for Madagascar in San Francisco, we spoke to the visual effect supervisor of Madagascar, Philippe Gluckman, and learned about the complexities of animation within the jungle setting--from 4 million leaves on 14,000 plants to crowds of dancing lemurs.
On June 29th, 2005, Earth goes to war. From Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures comes ?War of the Worlds,? directed by Steven Spielberg and starring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells?s seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, and Tim Robbins. Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and young daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down. Moments later, at an intersection near his house, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth and, before anyone can react, incinerates everything in sight. An ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes ? the first strike in a catastrophic alien attack on Earth. Ray scrambles to get his children away from this merciless new enemy, embarking on a journey that will take them across the ravaged countryside, where they become caught in the desperate tide of refugees fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of Tripods. But no matter where they run, there is no safety, no refuge ? only Ray?s unconquerable will to protect the ones he loves. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present an Amblin Entertainment/Cruise|Wagner Production, a Steven Spielberg film, ?War of the Worlds.? Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. The executive producer is Paula Wagner. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Tim Robbins. This film has been rated PG-13 for Frightening Sequences of Sci-Fi Violence and Disturbing Images. Spielberg?s core filmmaking team, which has collaborated with the director on numerous projects, is led by director of photography Janusz Kaminski, ASC, production designer Rick Carter, editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E., and costume designer Joanna Johnston. Music is composed by John Williams. Visual effects and animation is by Industrial Light & Magic, led by senior visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman. ?War of the Worlds? opens worldwide on June 29, 2005.
High-powered panelists discuss the evolution of content delivery in the age of convergence and the empowered consumer at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's annual conference in San Francisco. Panelists include Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers, DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, America Online CEO Jonathan Miller, Google co-founder Larry Page and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.
Google News adds tags for exclusive or investigative content, Amazon and Netflix add more streaming video content from Fox and DreamWorks, respectively, and Amazon is set to make a big product announcement in two days.
New York, the city that never sleeps. In the midst of this big city jungle is the musician Douglas looking for his old pal Jeremiah. He has to find him, not only because he has promised a film producer to record a soundtrack with Jeremiah, but because above all, he has to win back his former best friend.
The chase through Manhattan develops to a journey into the depths of the soul and a confrontation with the sense and nonsense of friendship.
"Creature Comforts" is a brilliant and hilarious clay animation series about the lives of animals as told by the animals themselves. Interviews with these lovable claymation creatures leave no stone unturned, no tree unclimbed, no sea uncrossed in the quest to discover what our fine-finned, furred and feathered friends really think about the issues that are closest to their hearts. It's a "mockumentary" like none you've ever seen, and it could only come from Nick Park and the untamed minds at Aardman Animation. The DVD also includes the original "Creature Comforts", 1990 Academy Award Best Animated Short, "Bringing Creature Comforts to Life".
Painted animations accompany this gentle instrumental track.