A few months ago, the Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo got together to unleash another one of their incredibly-awesome Mondo Mystery Movies upon an unsuspecting Austin populace, and—as is always the case with a Mondo Mystery Movie—those in attendance had no idea what the film-in-question might be. After stringing ticketholders along for weeks, the night finally arrived, everyone seated and anxiously awaiting the official announcement from host/Mondo creative director Justin Ishmael. Soon enough, we learned that the film was Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park…and that Mondo had the film’s “dino wrangler”, Phil Tippett, on-hand for a post-screening Q&A. I sat down with Tippett shortly thereafter to ask a few questions of my own. Wanna know what Tippett has to say about George Lucas’ Star Wars Blu-rays? The making of Jurassic Park? Read more after the jump, folks.
If you’re a film nerd, you know who Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and John Rosengrant are. That’s because between the three of them, they’ve worked on some of the biggest sci-fi films of the last 35 years including Star Wars, E.T., The Abyss, Robocop, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Iron Man, and Terminator 2. So when I got to speak with the three of them to discuss their incredible work on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, it was a bit challenging, as I could have spent all day asking them questions about dozens of films. But I only had five minutes…
During my limited time with these masters of visual effects, we talked about what they did on Jurassic Park, the 24-month pre-production schedule, what changed along the way, and what hurdles visual effects are about to overcome. In addition, with Tippett and Rosengrant working on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Tippett talked about working with director Bill Condon; Rosengrant talked about the Bella birth sequence and how they combined makeup effects on Kristen Stewart with CGI to make her look extra thin. Also, they’re using a “little bit of puppets and some hybrid effects.” Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today I got to talk with Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and John Rosengrant about their amazing work on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. They were talking to the press this morning to help promote the October 25th Blu-ray release. While I’ll have the full interview online next month, for all you Twilight fans, I was able to ask Tippett and Rosengrant about their involvement in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
While Tippett talked about working with director Bill Condon and how the film has over a thousand visual effects, Rosengrant talked about the Bella birth sequence and how they combined makeup effects on Kristen Stewart with CGI to make her look extra thin. Also, they’re using a “little bit of puppets and some hybrid effects. Hopefully we bring a realism to that sequence.” Hit the jump for more.
The idea behind the Alamo Drafthouse’s Mondo Mystery Movie is a great one: the guys at Mondo (check out MondoTees.com if you’re unfamiliar with these brilliant menfolk) pick a movie to screen at the Drafthouse, get a “special guest” who’s somehow associated with that movie to appear during a post-screening Q&A, produce about 200 very fancy, very film-geek-friendly works of art based on whatever movie they’ve picked…and then they deliver it all to a pumped crowd. Ticketholders get to watch the movie the Mondo guys picked, engage in a Q&A with the special guest, and take home one of those specialty prints. Sure, tickets are pricey, but just wait’ll you see what this month’s ticketholders took home last night. It’s all after the jump, folks…