Comic-Con 2015 Programming Schedule - Complete Movie Listings
It's that time of year again, a few weeks early this year. The San Diego Comic-Con is back in early July, a few weeks than it normally is, and that means it's time to get excited with the programming line-up. The full list of Comic-Con 2015 panels was announced on their website day-by-day. You can also organize you own schedule here. I've highlighted a few of the panels that are related to movies that we're planning to cover here on FS.net, and you'll find an abridged list of only specific film-related panels below. There are a solid amount of unique smaller panels this year, from VFX to location scouts to The Martian author Andy Weir.
Here's the line-up with hand-picked titles of film-related programming at Comic-Con 2015. Maybe you'll find something unique, or an interesting panel that isn't the same ole Hall H we'll be sitting through all day.
Thursday - July 9th, 2015:
Studio Production Chiefs Speak
Fans love to debate and dissect exactly what Hollywood is doing right and wrong. Now, for the first time at Comic-Con, the top production executives from major Hollywood studios will come together to discuss the frank realities of their jobs and why they make the decisions they do. Topics will include the development process, financial pressures, how they choose intellectual property to adapt, how movies get green lit, how filmmakers and actors are selected, what mistakes can lead to bad movies, how they balance originality vs. faithfulness to source material, and how much they care about the opinions of fans. Rather than merely previewing upcoming releases, you will get insights into how Hollywood really works on this panel moderated by Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Ben Fritz.
10:15am - 11:15am - Room 6DE
Panel about upcoming films from Open Road.
10:45am - 11:45am - Hall H
The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay's Super Team
Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle present a peek behind the curtains at Pixar Animation Studio's latest short, Sanjay's Super Team. The filmmakers will discuss the production process as well as the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like you've never seen them before.
11:00am - 12:00pm - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Lionsgate presents an exclusive first look at one of the studio's highly anticipated films coming to theaters this fall. Get a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic The Hunger Games film franchise. Attendees will be shown exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Mockingjay: Part 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session revealing details on the big-screen finale.
12:00pm - 1:15pm - Hall H
Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM
Fans will get to see exclusive clips and receive unprecedented access behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, as science and creativity give birth to some of today's top films. The secrets behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and many more will be revealed during this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Join Science Channel as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic at this year's Comic-Con like no one else can. Surprise guests and exclusive footage along with a very special prize will be given away at this VIP experience where the science behind the movies is unveiled for the first time.
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Room 25ABC
See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture-loving friends here on the big screen at Comic-Con.
1:30pm - 2:00pm - Hall H
The Might and Magic of Legacy Effects
The work of Legacy Effects is featured in films including Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys. Meet the studio founders and get a firsthand look into the making of these blockbuster films. You may even get a sneak peek at some of the actual props from the films. Engage in an exciting presentation, Q&A, and maybe even a couple of giveaways.
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Room 32AB
Animated Effects in Live Action
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. Industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects will have a lively discussion on how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. They include David Derks (ASIFA Hollywood), and Adam Howard (Birdman, Pee Wee's Big Holiday).
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Room 26AB
Hollywood Location Scouts
Working closely with the director and production designer, location scouts are the artists who translate the script into reality by exploring the world to figure out exactly where the movies and TV shows should be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. ModeratorScott Trimble (Terminator: Genisys, Jurassic World) joins panelists Nick Carr (Spider-Man 3, Enchanted), Stephenson Crossley (Fear the Walking Dead, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stacey McGillis (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infiltrator), Kei Rowan-Young (Django Unchained, Chef), and Steve Woroniecki (Tomorrowland, X-Men: First Class).
4:15pm - 5:15pm - Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Fright Night: 30 Years of Screams
Horror screenwriter Greg Beville (Blackstar Canyon) details the special effects and making of Fright Night 1985 and how the film's practical effects compare to horror films today. Moderated by Now Streaming's Andrew Furtado (Nightbreed: The Director's Cut).
5:30pm - 6:30pm - Room 6A
Spirited Away Screening
Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away has captured the hearts of viewers all over the world. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes and a special screening of the beloved film, hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.
9:00pm - 11:30pm - Horton Grand Theatre
Friday - July 10th, 2015:
From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture
New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agent Kristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager), Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey's novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey's novel SAND for television.
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Room 29AB
Disney Animators: The Power of 2D
A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Room 24ABC
ILM 40th Anniversary
For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company's pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company's work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Room 7AB
How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood
Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein discuss why Hollywood "gets" comic book storytelling now when for decades it didn't. Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Christian Blauvelt (Deputy Culture Editor, BBC online).
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Room 25ABC
You Do What!? Women Working in Film Production
Cat Paschen (SFX makeup artist), Alicia Minette (metalsmith), Tamiko Brownlee (stunt performer), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer), Katrina Sainz (art director), and Lauren Hadaway (sound editor) discuss breaking into the traditionally male dominated fields of film production. Entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler will moderate the Q&A session.
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Room 26AB
Stunt People of Your Favorite Movies a.k.a. Getting Beat Up For A Living
Stuntmen and stunt actors from some of your favorite movies and TV shows like The Scorpion King, 300, Iron Man 2, Black Sails, and Jurassic World discuss their experiences in the life of a stuntman or stunt actor. Hear wild anecdotes and valuable insights about joining the Stunt industry. Moderated by Eric Cajiuat.
4:15pm - 5:15pm - Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
DC Entertainment: From Page to Screen
Never before has DC Entertainment been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen on this panel that shows your favorite stories and characters coming to life.
4:15pm - 5:15pm - Room 6DE
More Greatest Movies Never Made: The Sequel
Take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, from Philip Kaufman's Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original '70s Star Trek reboot that was never made) and Rick Berman's Star Trek: The Beginning to David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble and Alejandro Jodorowsky's mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (producer,Jodorowksy's Dune), Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Runner Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold), Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), Thomas P. Vitale (Planet X) and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Room 7AB
Lucasfilm (Hall H)
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
5:30pm - 6:30pm - Hall H
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Horton Grand Theatre
Going Back in Time: A Discussion and Q&A with the Filmmakers Behind the Back to the Future Feature Documentary
Director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich, and producer Lee Leshen discuss, take questions, and show clips from their upcoming film Back in Time, the feature-length documentary that shows the films' influence on the public 30 years later. Dean Cundey (legendary cinematographer for all three Back to the Future films, in addition to iconic movies such as Hook, Jurassic Park and many more), will join the discussion and be available for questions during the Q&A.
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Room 24ABC
An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC's Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hosers cast.
7:15pm - 9:00pm - Hall H
Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score.
7:30pm - 8:30pm - Room 5AB
Saturday - July 11th, 2015:
Warner Bros. Presentation
A "sneak peek" at a few upcoming releases from Warner Bros.
10:30am - 12:00pm - Hall H
Today's Costume Designers
The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 members Soyon An (Jem and the Holograms), Ann Foley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kristin Burke (Conjuring), and Ivy Thaide (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight) discuss the world of costume design for television and film. Joe Kucharski, editor of Tyranny of Style will be moderating.
11:00am - 12:00pm - Room 23ABC
Book to Screen
We're in a heyday for science fiction and fantasy on screen, whether it's the big screen or the small. Some of the most popular series out there take advantage of the in-depth world and character building of book series to populate their vivid worlds. Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film) discuss how their creations are coming to life on screen.
11:00am - 12:00pm - Room 7AB
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with writer/director Burr Steers and the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith for a first look at Screen Gem's adaptation of his acclaimed twist on the classic novel. Patient Zero An uprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as 'The Infected'. One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Join cast members Matt Smith, John Bradley, Natalie Dormer, and Clive Standen along with director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le for an exclusive first look of the film. Both panels will be moderated by Dalton Ross.
12:15pm - 1:15pm - Hall H
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his highly anticipated 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
1:30pm - 2:15pm - Hall H
High Def Horror: Hammer Horror Meets Harryhausen
Warner Archive and Trailers From Hell combine forces to sneak a peek at some exciting upcoming releases that will please fans of Hammer films and the legendary Ray Harryhausen. Award-winning director Joe Dante joins Warner Archive Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, D. W. Ferranti, and Matthew Patterson to discuss such classics as The Beast from 20000 Fathoms, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Them! and more. As an added treat, Dante will chat about the intricacies of the 1987 hit Innerspace, which Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing on Blu-ray in 2015. As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have giveaways for a few select fans.
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Room 25ABC
Filmmakers and talent from Legendary's upcoming Warcraft and Crimson Peak, distributed by Universal Pictures, will discuss the innovative slate and present never-before-seen material. Chris Hardwick (AMC's Talking Dead) hosts the panel that will also include surprises from highly anticipated legendary movies, including Great Wall, Krampus, and more.
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Hall H
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless, actresses Gal Gabot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), and other flat out fantastic females, who will open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson.
3:45pm - 4:30pm - Hall H
Documentary Film Making How-To
You will learn how to understand the specific nuances of nonfiction film and how to produce and direct your own with a minimal budget and existing, commercially available equipment. Topics include documentary narrative structure, how to conduct interviews, "writing," documentaries, the importance of access, when and how to use voiceover and/or re-creations, necessary gear, ethics, and releases and other legal necessities. Panelists include director/host Edward Doty (Fighting in Plain Sight, Documentality podcast), editor Jessica Hernandez (The Punk Singer, Bhutto), director Jeff Unay (Greaywater, Free to Play), and director Andie Bolt (WoWMoM).
4:10pm - 5:10pm - Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Presentation featuring a look at upcoming films from the Hollywood studio.
5:45pm - 7:30pm - Hall H
The Keys to Successful, Career-Changing Acting and Filmmaking in Today's New Entertainment Industry
Director Richard Hatch (Battlsestar Galactica Golden Globe nominee Captain Apollo, Tom Zarek, General Kharn, Axanar) hosts a discussion, lecture, and practical demonstrations on the state of the industry and how to powerfully up level your skills and performance in order to position yourself for breakthrough success in today entertainment industry.
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Room 30CDE
The Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror Film: Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, and SpectreFest
Thanks to a bold new school of filmmakers and creative talent, independent horror and genre cinema is enjoying an unprecedented resurgence of critical and box office success. Kicked off by You're Next in 2011, this new wave of indie genre film has continued to thrive and has broken through over the past year with The Babadook and It Follows. Hosted by the US' leading genre film festivals, we discuss this convention-defying movement with the directors, producers, writers, production companies and programmers who are progressively shaping the brave evolution of cinematic terror. Scheduled panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision /Cooties), director Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), director/producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Mette Marie Katz (XYZ Films -The Raid, The Raid 2), Christian Parkes (Founder/Director Beyond Fest), and Ryan Turek (Programmer - Beyond Fest), with more to be announced, featuring an exclusive sneak peek at Spectrevision's Cooties and Radius' Goodnight Mommy. Additional films to be discussed include The Invitation, The Witch, Cop Car and more! Added bonus: Join Turek and Shock Til You Drop Managing Editor Sam Zimmerman for a special round of Dead Rights Horror Trivia at the end of the panel for a chance to win passes to the renowned festivals hosting the panel! Moderated by The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato.
6:45pm - 7:45pm - Room 6A
Fight Club 2
Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, and artists David Mack and Cameron Stewart.
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Room 5AB
Sunday - July 12th, 2015:
Illustrators: The Hidden Gems of Film and Television
Art Directors Guild illustrators are the hidden gems of the film and television world. Their sketches, paintings, and storyboards form the foundation for all that you see on screens big and small. Whether they are alien planets or the dark alleys of Gotham, learn about the magic behind those incredible moving images. Panelists include Ed Natividad (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Amy Lynn Umezu (Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World), Patrick Rodriguez (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), and Jeffrey Errico (Terminator Genisys, NWA Straight Outta Compton). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Fantastic Four, Jurassic World).
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Room 23ABC
That's all related to movies worth catching this year - for the full schedule visit Comic-Con.org. As was announced last week, Marvel, Sony and Paramount are all skipping Comic-Con entirely. Lucasfilm will show up with Star Wars, but nothing from Marvel. The full programming schedule from Thursday to Sunday at Comic-Con 2015 has been revealed. We're anxious to head down to Comic-Con. Our coverage begins soon.