FEATURETTES

Watch: Featurette for Richard Linklater's 12-Year Project 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

The release of Richard Linklater's 12-year passion project Boyhood is just under two weeks away, and audiences everywhere need to go out of their way to see the film that is not only a remarkable cinematic achievement, but also a beautiful coming-of-age tale. Now a new featurette on the original and unique film has surfaced, featuring Linklater talking about the inception of the project along with stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Much of the talk is about the unorthodox production, shooting a few scenes every year for 12 years, and how amazing it was to reunite as Ellar Coltrane aged before their eyes. Watch now!

 Posted July 1 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: SoundWorks Featurette on 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation finally released How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters last month, and the film is definitely on par with the original fantasy adventure. Now a new featurette dives into the sound design and editing of the animated film, which is always fascinating since all of the sounds in the film have to be manufactured behind the scenes. SoundWorks Collection always has the coolest, in-depth look at this element of production, complete with insight from talents who bring the sounds to life, like Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Randy Thom and director Dean DeBlois. Watch below!

 Posted July 1 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Featurette Highlights Incredible VFX

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

We've already seen an awesome side-by-side comparison video showing footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before and after visual effects have been applied to bring the apes to life. Now a new featurette explains more about how those effects were done, with Weta Digital responsible for more state-of-the-art technology allowing motion-capture performances to happen at a set on-location. Some of the talents behind these mind-blowing effects talk about the process, albeit briefly, as we see footage of performers like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell and their fully rendered ape alter egos. We can't wait to see this. Watch!

 Posted June 24 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Video Recalls Simian Flu Epidemic

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The most recent TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looked back at the past events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to set the stage for the summer sequel. Now a new video explains some of the events that have happened between the first film in 2011, and where the human race finds itself 10 years later. Government activity has been suspended, a large sect of the population has been wiped out by the simian flu (shown in the end credits of the first prequel), and the world is in chaotic, apocalyptic times. This video shows a series of newsreel footage and reports about the dark times leading to the dawn of the apes. Watch!

 Posted June 13 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Meet IMAX's New 3D Digital Camera Used on 'TF4' in New Featurette

IMAX 3D Digital Camera Featurette

Time to take a look at IMAX's shiny new toy. Today, IMAX has announced and unveiled first official photos and a video featurette for their new IMAX 3D Digital Camera, a new camera system designed to capture 3D footage at IMAX-resolution. The camera was already used on Michael Bay's TF4, or Transformers: Age of Extinction, and gets some extra time in the featurette focused on that; it was also used on the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and Hubble 3D docs. It's kind of small, looks versatile, and shoots at 4K in 3D. "IMAX’s fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera delivers stunning image quality and is smaller, lighter and easier to use than other 3D digital camera systems on the market." Check this out.

 Posted June 13 in 3D, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Fox Searchlight Created a LEGO Version of 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

The Grand Budapest

Though Fox Searchlight has already release The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters, the film is poised to hit Blu-Ray & DVD next week on June 17th. Normally these occasions aren't worth writing about, but in order to celebrate the release of the Wes Anderson comedy, the studio commissioned a huge LEGO version of the title hotel. Ryan Ziegelbauer and a team of eight builders put the model together, and as the featurette below indicates, they spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. It's composed of more than 50,000 certified LEGO bricks from collectors and wholesalers from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 different states in the U.S. Now we just wish they would sell this in stores. Watch!

 Posted June 13 in Cool Stuff, Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Focus on Score in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Featurette

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This weekend, in addition to the raucous comedy of 22 Jump Street, families will have some entertainment with another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Early buzz on the film has been pretty great, and the last featurette for the animated film showed off some of the new dragons encountered by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. Now a new featurette focuses solely on the score, composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. Powell comments on his task, "I believe it’s my job to be slightly behind your emotion as a viewer, never in front of it.” Watch!

 Posted June 11 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: First Footage from 'Fury' Features Fatigued, Filthy Fighters

Fury

How's that for some alliteration? For some reason, Wargaming.net is the first to debut footage from David Ayer's tank drama Fury after showing off a cool featuette at E3 this week. There's tons of great footage both from the film and behind the scenes, showing off the fatigued five-man crew of the titular tank as they carry on a mission behind enemy lines. Brad Pitt gets back in World War II mode, though this looks a little less exaggerated and stylized than Inglorious Basterds. But he's still got a great cast including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal at his side. This looks pretty great. Watch!

 Posted June 10 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Meet New Dragons in Latest 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Featurette

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The first featurette for the DreamWorks Animation sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 showed us that five years has passed since the events of the first film, and dragons are fully integrated into the island of Berk. Now a new featurette shows off some of the new dragons we'll be encountering in the sequel that finds Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) encountering a new threat along with a new ally, his estranged mother (Cate Blanchett). And she brings with her knowledge of new dragons, including her own four-winged companion Cloudjumper. There's plenty of other new dragons to be discovered as well, so watch the featurette below!

 Posted June 4 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Behind the Scenes Featurette for Cannes Opener 'Grace of Monaco'

Grace of Monaco

After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last month, the delayed, once-hopeful awards contender Grace of Monaco will likely hit theaters sometime later this year. But if the reviews out of France are true, it likely won't be in the Oscar race. The film was once slated for a March release before being held for Cannes, and now we get a better look at the film starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth by way of a nearly 10-minute featurette that comes from Cannes. Kidman and Roth discuss the story and the real-life characters of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, and we see plenty of footage from the film as well. Watch!

 Posted June 3 in Cannes 14, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Tom Cruise Explores the 'Edge of Tomorrow' in 13-Minute Featurette

Edge of Tomorrow

With just under two weeks until Tom Cruise gets back in action with the sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, it looks like Warner Bros. is sending up a bit of a hail mary for those who haven't entire picked up on the story from the previous trailers. The easiest way to describe the film is Groundhog Day or Source Code with an alien invasion. But a new 13-minute featurette led by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt dives even deeper into the characters, the aliens, the plot, the action and just might show too much from the film and the co-stars kicking some ass and dying over and over. But the buzz has been good, so we're on board.

 Posted May 27 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Gareth Edwards Breaks Down Skydiving Scene in 'Godzilla'

Godzilla

Right now you should be checking out Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' new take on Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards. There's already a sequel in development after dominating the box office and exceeding expectations in its first weekend, so it's definitely worth checking out on the big screen. But for those who have seen the film, then you might want to check out the latest Anatomy of a Scene feature from The New York Times which features Edwards talking about the impressive "Halo Jump" sequence (from the first trailer) where Aaron-Taylor Johnson and a military team dive into a ravaged San Francisco. Watch!

 Posted May 21 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Whoa: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' MoCap Comparison Video

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

With films like Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin in our past, we've seen some impressive comparisons between motion-capture performance video and the final product completed with visual effects. However, the work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters later this summer, is one of the most impressive uses of this technology I've ever seen. No, I haven't seen the film, but this short video released by Fox highlighting the performances of Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and some of the other ape performers briefly but impressively shows you how much of the actors' actions and performances inform the final shot.

 Posted May 20 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: A Breakdown of the Visual Effects in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Whether or not you enjoyed the villain-crammed comic book action that unfolded in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hit theaters a couple weeks ago, it's hard to deny that there are some pretty damn impressive visual effects in the film. Now a new featurette from ImageWorks breaks down how some of those effects were put together. This particualr featurette puts an emphasis on the movement of Spidey, as he swings through the city or fights one of the three villains in the film. It looks at the software that takes real physics into account and also tiny details like muscle flexing in the computer generated characters.

 Posted May 19 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

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