Sunday, April 30, 2006

There be sentinels on X-Men: The Last Stand


The April 28 edition of the Tonight Show featured Leno sitting down to talk with Hugh Jackman about his role as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand and they revealed a clip with Colossus giving a canon-ball special and Wolvie ripping the head off a sentinel.

Someone got smart and posted the piece on YouTube and I've posted it here too:



Thursday, April 27, 2006

Looking for a Commissioner

The Greater Victoria Film Commission announced yeasterday that they have posted for a new Film Commissioner of the Greater Victoria Film Commission.

The GVFC is a not-for-profit organization that services film production; promotes the locations, skills and creativity inherent in Victoria and Vancouver Island to the global film industry. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Film Commissioner is responsible for the overall activities of the GVFC, including operations, production/location services, community liaison and providing industry information and statistical data to media, industry, labour and government.

From the posting, some details on the possition:

Working Conditions:

* Generally Monday to Friday business hours with provision for call out evenings and weekends to service production requirements
* Indoor/outdoor environment
* May require some overnight travel


Selection Criteria:

Education:
* College graduation, courses in business, media, public relations would be an asset


Experience:
* Minimum five years of industry experience at the Locations Manager level.

Knowledge:

* Knowledge of the film industry including production services, studios, facilities, unions, equipment, crews, transportation and accommodation, weather stats and resource info
*
Some knowledge of film production companies, their organizations and how they work
* Knowledge and understanding of not for profit organizations and their structure
* Knowledge of municipal politics, infrastructure and bylaws
* Excellent working knowledge of digital cameras and associated software
* Basic knowledge of small business, including preparing and managing operating budgets, contracts and facilities.


Skills and Abilities

* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Ability to manage multiple priorities and produce results in a high-pressure environment with limited human and financial resources
* Excellent judgment, negotiation and persuasion abilities
* Excellent organizational and administrative ability
* Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with industry personnel
* Ability to manage stress and meet deadlines

More information at MediaJobSearch

X-Men get new wings

Seems the X-jet will be a little different in this movie. FilmForce has an interesting article about the modifications and changes made visually and functional to the plane that started out in the comic as a SR71-Blkackbird, capable of crossing the Atlantic London to New York in under 2 hours.

Trek talk follow up


Seems some of the information in the last article about the new Star Trek XI film was not completely accurate. It appears that the man behind the lens of MI:III is not jumping in to the directors chair, yet.

"The whole thing was reported entirely without our cooperation," says director J.J. Abrams with a hint of regret. "People learned that I was producing a Star Trek film, that I had an option to direct it, they hear rumors of what the thing was going to be and ran with a story that is not entirely accurate."

What story are they going to pursue? "We've made a pact not to discuss any specifics" So it seems the whole Academy days idea is out the door. The movie might not even contain know cast or characters.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

New Begining for Star Trek

Star TrekParamount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.


The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission.

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

Star Trek gets a new begining

Star TrekParamount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.


The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission.

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

Friday, April 21, 2006

X-Men set for Premiere

X-Men the Last StandPremiere Magazine has the X-Men on the cover for its May issue, on stands now. Two versions of the cover exist for Collectors, one with Storm, Wolverine and Iceman the other features Pheonix, Beast and Mystique.

The issue looks at the hot summer line-up at the Box-office and who's going to finnish at the top of the heap.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

X-Men 3 website comes alive?

I was going to report on the opening of the X-Men: The Last Stand web site, which is fabulous, but I don't know if it's just me but I can't get it to open in the popular Firefox browser. Internet Explorer works fine for the site.
The site has expanded beyond the trailers and now features picture downloads (image to left: Kitty and Bobby skate on a frozen pond, shot in Victoria). Don't miss the mutant profiles and type in a mutant name at the top for a search. There is a mobile phone section marked as coming soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bill Duke Talks X-Men: The Last Stand

Bill Duke
Bill Duke has given an interview to blackfilm.com in regard to his role in next months release of X-Men: The Last Stand. The conversation covers many parts of his role and again talks about Ratner's control over the script:

Duke: I hadn’t read all of the comic books. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t read the script that we shot. We weren’t allowed to do that. All you read was the scene that you had and you never saw the script at all.

Check out the rest of the article on blackfilm.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

New X3 Video


MSN has posted a behind the sceens look at the largest movie shot in Victoria, X-Men: The Last Stand. The video clips include interviews with Hugh Jackman and Brett Ratner.
The problem is you must have and use Internet Exporer 6, Windows Media Player 10, and Flash 7 to see the sneak peek.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Images for In The Land of Women

In The Land of Women
Blackfilm.com has posted a slew of new images from the film In The Land of Women, shoot here in Victoria back in the spring of last year. The movie stars Meg Ryan, Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Makenzie Vega and Olympia Dukakis. Most of the film was shot in the Oak Bay area and some in Mayfair Shopping Centre doubling as a Mall with a cinema.

The film tells the story of a man, Adam Brody, who moves to Detroit to care for his Grandmother, Olympia Dukakis, after breaking up with an actress. Not planning it he forms a bond with the family across the street.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New office for Film commission

Christine Larsen, the new Administrator of the Greater Victoria Film Commission announced that the offices of the commission have now officially moved to #201, 468 Bellville Street. This is next to the Wax Museum in the Blackball ferry offices building.
To write the office the new mailing address is:

Greater Victoria Film Commission
PO Box 34
794 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1H2

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fan Films worth seeing... got more?

Zelda fan filmI have been aware of the world of fan films since the eighties when Karl and Dan created Revenge of the Socks. The internet has created a perfect forum for the showcasing of these films as places like Filmforce and ifilm have popped up to host things like Troops and Grayson.

Now something new for video game fans, Zelda: The Hero of Time, a fanfilm made because they could. Fan films are a world unto themselves and the trailer for this one looks great. Check it out, and if you see any other fan films that are worthy drop me a line I'd love to check them out.