As Executive Creative Director, Academy Award-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs, a longtime collaborator with Tim Burton, is now responsible for leading visual design at the innovative Fourth Wall Studios. While continuing to raise the overall creative output across all of the projects developed for the innovative transmedia RIDES.tv, he brings over 30 years of experience to the next generation of interactive storytelling with a platform that uses technological devices to enhance and add dimension to narrative while engaging fans on a whole new level.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Rick Heinrichs talked about how his interest in these transmedia platforms has developed, how he came to be involved with Fourth Wall Studios, that it’s both exciting and daunting to have so much input in something that’s still so new, and the approach that they’ll be taking with each of the different projects. He also talked about what led him to make his directorial debut with the short The Ledge (the pilot episode for The Gamblers) about a high school senior who tries to talk her lovesick stalker out of jumping off a building while two gamblers bet on the outcome, how collaborating with such creative directors throughout his career has influenced his own approach, and that he loves how collaborative an industry and art form film is. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
New posters have been released for the Sundance films Buck, The Art of Getting By (formerly titled Homework), and The Ledge. There’s also a new poster for the Anna Faris romantic comedy What’s Your Number? Hit the jump to check out the posters along with a synopsis for each film and its release date.
The theatrical trailer for writer/director Matthew Chapman’s The Ledge has landed online. Starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard, the thriller screened at Sundance earlier this year and takes place as a man (Hunnam) threatens to jump from the ledge of a building. As the story goes, it becomes clear that the threat stems from a romantic and ideological dispute between Hunnam and Wilson’s characters.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself. For my part, I think the cut gives away a little too much regarding Hunnam’s purpose on the ledge. Nevertheless, the film looks to have plenty of drama and Wilson seems to be in a similarly crazy role to his turn in 2005′s Hard Candy (which I see as a plus). The Ledge is scheduled to hit theaters stateside on June 29th.
Quite a few more acquisitions were made at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival today. Fox Searchlight picked up most of the worldwide rights to Homework starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, and the worldwide rights to Martha Marcy May Marlene starring breakout Sundance star (and sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley) Elizabeth Olsen. IFC Films acquired the U.S. rights to Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. Regarding the acquisition, Chapman had this to say:
“Having watched THE LEDGE play to audiences in Sundance and seeing their reactions, I believe that with the help of IFC Films we will reach the widest audience possible, which was always my intention.”
On the documentary side of things, Sundance Selects grabbed the North American rights to the Buck, a documentary about the real life “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman. Hit the jump to read the full press releases.
Continuing our coverage of images from films that will be featured at January’s Sundance Film Festival, we bring you images from two of the higher profile dramas that will be screened in-competition at the festival: The Ledge and Like Crazy. The Ledge stars Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Patrick Wilson, and Terrence Howard. The film centers on a man (Hunnam) threatening to jump from the ledge of a building by noon, and the people down below who are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Like Crazy tells the story of a long distance relationship between a young American guy and a young British girl. The film features Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Felicity Jones (The Tempest), and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone). Hit the jump to check out images and a brief synopsis for each films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 -30th.
The films playing in-competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced. Some of this year’s competitors include Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground, Paddy Considine’s feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur, Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge, Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life (which is about the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest), and a documentary about lovable Sesame Street resident Elmo (or rather, his puppeteer).
However, the movies playing in-competition at Sundance are only a fraction of the total number of films that play at the festival. This will be my first year attending the festival and I’m super-excited about going. Hit the jump for a full list of the in-competition films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.
Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson have joined the cast of first-time writer-director Matthew Chapman’s suspense film, The Ledge. According to THR, The Ledge centers on a man (played by Charlie Hunnam) standing on a high-rise ledge who insists he must jump by noon as the policeman below (played by Terrence Howard) tries to manage the situation. Chapman says the film “examines the different and sometimes dangerous beliefs people adopt as a means of surviving emotional trauma.” No word on what roles Tyler and Wilson will play.
Tyler will next be seen in James Gunn’s action-comedy Super while Wilson has the summer covered with The A-Team in June, Morning Glory in July, and The Switch in August.