Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 9, 2009
Moto Hata – Motoyoshi Hata
(B. 1963 – died July 9, 2009)
Moto Passed away from cancer at about 1:30am on July 9th, 2009. He had been battling cancer for a year or more.
Moto’s impressive body of work includes:
300 (2006) – special effects sculptor
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) – sculptor
Men in Black II (2002) – project supervisor
The Time Machine (2002) – key artist
She Creature (2001 TV movie) – key artist
Planet of the Apes (2001) – designer/sculptor
Bicentennial Man (1999) – sculptor
Fight Club (1999) – sculptor
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – lizard puppeteer
Men in Black (1997) – sculptor
Baja Run (1996) – assistant director
Species (1995) – “Sil” suit paint scheme
Guyver: Dark Hero (1994) – creature effects
Guyver (1991) – creature effects head for “max” character, shop supervisor
The Abyss (1989) – technician
Society (1989) – head technician
Work credited as Motoyoshi Hata (9 titles)
Lady in the Water (2006) – special effects crew
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – scultping department
Underworld: Evolution (2006) – sculptor/painter
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – sculptor
Thir13en Ghosts (2001) – special makeup effects crew
Deep Rising (1998) – sculptor
Mission: Impossible (1996) – sculptor
Se7en (1995) – sculptor
Kung Fu Rascals (1992) – Sushi Chief
Rick Baker and Moto Hata
Moto Hata working on Juggernaut maquette
Moto Hata doing work for Planet of the Apes
Moto sculpting Mr. Hydes fist for the 2003 film 'The League of Extraodinary Gentlemen'
Moto Hata sculpting
Moto Hata displaying his amazing sculting ability
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 26, 2009
Jim Lowe – Times Argus Staff
Science fiction has long attracted hordes of movie-goers, perhaps because it predicts the future.
“People are interested in the future and what it holds,” explained Eric Reynolds, creator of the Savoy Theater’s Sci-Fi July film festival, now in its third year. “I’m fascinated by the future. I would love to see what the earth looks like in 500 years – if human beings are still around – and I enjoy a good action-adventure story, which a lot of science fiction has.”
This year, Sci-Fi July will present nine science fiction films at the Montpelier art film theater, from the classic 1956 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to the 1986 thriller “Aliens.”
“There are different kinds of science fiction,” Reynolds said. “There are very positive and negative science fiction stories. This summer, for instance, there are two vastly different science fiction films that have already come out, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Terminator Salvation’ – they’re very different futures.”
One of the attractions is certainly the technology.
“Everything we do is centered around technology – the computers and the Internet,” Reynolds said. “I think we’re making our way to what science fiction has shown us already.”
Science fiction has also helped mold the technology, particularly the original 1966 “Star Trek.”
“Even scientists use that as a guide for technologies that they’d like to see,” Reynolds said. “I think we have those – the cell phone looks very much like the communicator from the original ‘Star Trek.’”
Sci-fi also predicted the personal computer, among other things.
“All sorts of things have grown out of what people imagine,” Reynolds said. “Science fiction more and more is becoming science reality.”
Several of this year’s films were on Reynolds’ list from the beginning, but there wasn’t space to schedule them.
“Films like ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘Brazil’ were on the list the very first year, but I just didn’t have room to show them,” he said. “They’re great films – ‘Close Encounters’ is a favorite of mine.”
In Steven Spielberg’s 1977 Oscar-winner, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” follows a line worker who, after a encounter with UFOs, is drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. In a very different vein, Terry Gilliam’s 1985 cult classic, “Brazil” pillories government bureaucracy with a tale of an unimportant civil servant drawn into the world of terrorists over a young woman he dreams of.
Last year, “Barbarella,” Roger Vadim’s 1985 erotic sci-fi spoof starring Jane Fonda, was the most attended film the festival. Hence, “Logan’s Run” and “Flash Gordon,” in the same vein. An Academy Award winner for visual effects, Michael Anderson’s 1976 “Logan’s Run” chronicles a future society which maintains its equilibrium by killing anyone who reaches the age of 30. Mike Hodges’ campy 1980 “Flash Gordon” is based on the macho comic book super-hero of the same name.
“I would love to have some classic films in there, so ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and “Dr. Strangelove’ certainly fit that bill,” Reynolds said. “They both happen to be about the Cold War. They’re sort of from the same era, showing different aspects of that.”
In Don Siegel’s 1956 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which was subjected to several remakes, a community finds that its citizens are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. “Dr. Stranglelove,” Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy starring Peter Sellars and George C. Scott, satirizes the nuclear scare.
Another that Reynolds has wanted to present from the beginning is “Planet of the Apes,” Franklin Schaffner’s 1968 film based on the novel by Pierre Boulle in which apes rule and humans are subservient.
“I actually read the book a couple of years ago,” Reynolds said. “I thought it was a great book. It’s very different from both movie versions.”
Charlton Heston. starred, as he did in a number of sci-fi films, including “The Omega Man” (1971) and “Soylent Green” (1973).
Sci-Fi July has been attracting a small but dedicated audience since its inception, one that is growing.
“The same people who come again and again – but that group is slowly getting larger and larger,” Reynolds said. “It seems to be mainly younger people, people in their 20s and early 30s.”
But, that is changing. After complaints about the original 11 p.m. screenings being too late for some “older” people, Reynolds added matinees.
“And we got a much wider range of people,” he said. “I think it’s people who like seeing classic or even campy films, and films that they have heard of but not on a large screen. They love the fact that we’re still doing it.”
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 11, 2009
by Peter Knegt
The Museum of Modern Art will present a major exhibition exploring the full scale of filmmaker Tim Burton’s career, both as a director and concept artist for live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. The exhibition will be on view from November 22, 2009 through April 26, 2010.
“There is no other living filmmaker possessing Tim Burton’s level of accomplishment and reputation whose full body of work has been so well hidden from public view,” said Ron Magliozzi, MoMA’s Assistant Curator. “Seeing so much that was previously inaccessible in a museum context should serve to fuel renewed appreciation and fresh appraisal of this much-admired artist.”
The exhibition will bring together over 700 examples of Burton’s rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, and includes an extensive film series spanning Burton’s 27-year career. The exhibition explores how Burton “has taken inspiration from sources in pop culture and reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering him an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.”
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Burton himself, and by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, and Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, with Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. Included are little-known drawings, paintings, and sculptures created in the spirit of contemporary Pop Surrealism, as well as work generated during the conception and production of his films, such as original “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Corpse Bride” puppets; “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” and “Sleepy Hollow costumes;” and even severed-head props from “Mars Attacks!” Also featured are the first public display of his student art and earliest nonprofessional films; examples of his work for the flash animation internet series “The World of Stainboy” (2000); a selection of the artist’s oversized Polaroid prints; graphic art and texts for non-film projects, like “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories” (1997) and “Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys” (2003) collectible figure series; and art from a number of early unrealized projects. Additionally, a selection of international posters from Burton’s films will be on display in the theater lobby galleries.
Burton’s entire cinematic oeuvre of 14 feature films will screen over the course of the five-month exhibition in the Museum’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters: “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), “Beetlejuice” (1988), “Batman” (1989), “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), “Batman Returns” (1992), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), “Ed Wood” (1994), “Mars Attacks!” (1996), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “Planet of the Apes” (2001), “Big Fish” (2003), “Corpse Bride” (2005), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), and “Sweeney Todd” (2007). His early short films “Vincent” (1982) and “Frankenweenie” (1984) will also be featured.
In conjunction with Tim Burton, MoMA will also present “The Lurid Beauty of Monsters,” a series of films that influenced, inspired, and intrigued Burton. Taking as its starting point a screening of horror movies that Burton organized in Burbank in 1977, the series includes such films as “Jason and the Argonauts” (Don Chaffey, 1963), “Frankenstein” (James Whale, 1931), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (Robert Wiene, 1920), “The Pit and the Pendulum” (Roger Corman, 1961), “Nosferatu” (F. W. Murnau, 1922), and “Earthquake” (Mark Robson, 1974).
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on May 21, 2009
This flick sports a great tagline: “Nothing says ‘date movie’ like a 3D ride to hell”
The story centers around Tom who returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believes he’s innocent.
Patrick Lussier (Darkness Falls, Scream, Dracula 2000) is the Director and Editor
Todd Farmer (Devil’s Commandos, Jason X, The Messengers) is the Writer.
Some of the crew that made this a bloody good time:
Andy Weder (Twilight, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Van Helsing) is the special effects supervisor
Jeff Ogg ( Transformers, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes) is the special effects foreman
Sarah Mays ( Zombieland, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, RoboCop 3) is the makeup department head
Gary J. Tunnicliffe (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, Feast) is the special makeup effects designer
My Bloody Valentine 3D [Blu-ray]
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on April 28, 2009
Harold Ramis film is described as an Adventure Comedy. “Year One” has a fun tagline: “Meet your ancestors”
Here’s the story: A couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Black and Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.
The stars bring a lot of comedy experience with names like Jack Black, David Cross, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria and many more.
John Blake (Planet of the Apes, Dracula, Pet Sematary) is the makeup department head
Kim Ayers (Angels & Demons, The Office ) is the key makeup artist,
Lisa Reynolds ( Zombieland,The Gravedancers, Boxing Helena ) is the special effects foreman
Collin Fowler (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Van Helsing, Blade Runner) is the visual effects coordinator
Hammerhead Productions (Cloverfield, I Am Legend, Queen of the Damned) contributed with visual effects
Expect a June 19 release for this Apatow Production
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