John Gaeta Talks About Ninja Assassin with Boing Boing

May 8, 2009
Source: Boing Boing

John Gaeta Talks About Ninja Assassin with Boing Boing

In one of the few times we'll ever link to the website Boing Boing, they've posted a new interview with visual effects supervisor John Gaeta. While he's best known for his work on The Matrix trilogy and Speed Racer, Gaeta also worked on James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin, which is (oddly) the focus of the interview. It's odd because we still haven't seen a trailer or anything else for the movie, so I don't know why they randomly have an interview with Gaeta about it, but they do. There's not much new footage to be seen in this, but it's a good watch for those who are fans of Gaeta's work or interested in Ninja Assassin. Check it out below!

Most of the fighting footage you see in this comes from an awesome fighting training video we posted back in January. Other than that, Warner Brothers has been keeping a tight lid on the movie, even though it's completely finished. Release date is currently set for November 25th. I love Gaeta's statements about CG and specifically this one: "There's a sort of misconception that actors can be replaced by CG humans, that's never going to happen, ever." Hearing all of this only makes me more excited for Ninja Assassin, whenever the hell we'll get to see it. In the meantime, we'll let you know the moment anything new pops up online.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


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Dan W on May 8, 2009


Is anyone else really impressed with Rain? I don't know many pop stars that can go from singers to insane martial artists. Ninja Assassin looks pretty cool!

WidescreenWonderland on May 8, 2009


Why is this one of the FEW times you would EVER link to boingboing?

Nick on May 8, 2009


What John Gaeta is talking about is no less then a medium format revolution in the making. Maybe as big as the invention of cinema or video games themselves. Machinima is like the first baby step. He seems to be connecting dots between what he has learned about with total performance and image capture in the Matrix Trilogy(which is basically vr shot to film), and focusing it into interactive gaming platforms. He is talking about making common universe settings in game and film and making them the exact same in quality and visual presentation with "trapdoors" between… and if I am reading it correctly, he is talking about layering "filmed" or digitized? 2d or 3d performances of real humans/actors and placing them into some form of hybrid scenery that you can also play inside. That's mind blowing in it's implications and at the same time absolutely a common sense idea. Sounds like the film industry should jump on this now while they still have a young audience to steer. As for Ninja .. if these 87/11 guys were part of making Matrix martial arts super "moments", like Gaeta, and under the teachings of legendary kung fu director Woo Ping, they must be America's best. - ms. gmr / nyc crew

ms. gmr on May 9, 2009


Yes I love the opera song from Fifth Element during the credits of this interview.

CCloud on May 9, 2009


I'm more intrigued by your off the cuff remark about boing boing, what's that about?

nemof on May 9, 2009


#3 & #6 - Er, not meant to be off the cuff, I just mean that they rarely have anything movie related... I love the site, would love to link to them often, this is just one of the few good movie-related posts I've seen. They don't often have stuff like this, do they?

Alex Billington on May 11, 2009


This film is going to be a piece of crap. Why has it been delayed like 4 times. Then worst of all they dis Japanese culture... oh yes thats a good idea. Then they get a "POP" star... Jesus warners must be shitting themselves... think why did we spend so much money on this crap.

joe on Jun 28, 2009

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