Friday, April 19, 2019

Profiles by VICE: Phil Tippett

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Phil Tippett is the Oscar-winning stop-motion animator and designer behind some of the greatest fantasy creatures and sci-fi set pieces in cinema history. From his humble beginnings as an alien patron in the iconic Cantina sequence from 'Star Wars: A New Hope', to pioneering stop-motion techniques used throughout 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi', to seamlessly merging practical animation and CGI in Jurassic Park and beyond. In 'My Life in Monsters', VICE chronicles Tippett's legendary life work, illustrating the process behind his greatest creations, the emotional hardships of transitioning into Hollywood's digital revolution, and completing his return-to-form, stop-motion opus with the brutal, dystopian 'Mad God'.

Monday, March 04, 2019

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Ep. 1 Ponyo is Here

Last February, Japanese TV network NHK World  started to broadcast a documentary series about Japanese animation director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, recorded over a period of 10 years.

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An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Japan's foremost living film director, Hayao Miyazaki -- creator of some of the world's most iconic and enduring anime feature films. Miyazaki allowed a single documentary filmmaker to shadow him at work, as he dreamed up characters and plot lines for what would become his 2008 blockbuster, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea." Miyazaki explores the limits of his physical ability and imagination to conjure up memorable protagonists. This program is the first of a 4-part documentary, "10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki." Episode 2 will air on March 30 (JST). Episodes 3 and 4 will air in April and May. All episodes will be available on our video-on-demand site after the broadcast.

In the history of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki is probably the film director with the greatest number of documentaries behind him showcasing him at work. The longtime relationship of Studio Ghibli with the Japanese TV network NHK has given us the chance to take a glance into his creative process over the last decades. 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki is a new four-part documentary series by NHK World, based on the footage from those previous documentaries, retold for an english audience. Here, a chronological list of these documentaries that in some cases were also published with english subtitles, back in the day, on DVD and Blu-ray

■ 2017 | Owaranai hito Hayao Miyazaki (終わらない人 宮﨑駿)

Even after being retired from making long feature films, Hayao Miyazaki is as busy as ever. This 69 minute documentary shows Miyazaki working on the short film Kemushi no Boro and using new CG animation techniques for the first time. January 29, 2007. Catalog number: NSDS-22364

■ 2013 | Yume to kyōki no ōkoku (夢と狂気の王国)

In this two-hour long documentary released theatrically worldwide, director Mami Sunada follows Studio Ghibli filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, Kaze Tachinu and Kaguya Hime no Monogatari. English subtitles. Catalog number DVD: VWDZ-8162 | Blu-ray: VWBS-1528

■ 2013 | Kaze Tachinu 1000-nichi no kiroku / intai sengen shira rezaru monogatari (宮崎 駿の仕事 「風立ちぬ」1000日の記録/引退宣言 知られざる物語)

This two-hour long documentary follows Miyazaki in his quest to make his latest film Kaze Tachinu and his later declaration of retirement. Catalog number DVD: NSDS-19809 | Blu-ray: NSBS-19808

■ 2011 | Futari / Kokuriko-zaka ・Chichi to Ko no 300-nichi sensō ~ Miyazaki Hayao × Miyazaki Gorō (ふたり コクリコ坂・父と子の300日戦争 ~宮崎 駿×宮崎吾朗~)

In this 73 minute long documentary we follow Miyazaki's son Gōro on the making of his film From Up on Poppy Hill and the disputes with his father. Catalog number: DVD: VWDZ-8156 | Blu-ray: VWDG-8156

■ 2009 | Ponyo wa kōshite umareta ~ Miyazaki Hayao no shikō katei ~ (ポニョはこうして生まれた。 ~宮崎駿の思考過程~ )

This 5 DVD | 2 Blu-ray set features over 12 hours of the making of Gake no Ue no Poyo. The first press includes a 6-page Ponyo sticker book and a bonus drawing tutorial DVD hosted by producer Toshio Suzuki. Catalog number DVD: VWDZ-8128 | Blu-Ray: VWBS-1093. These discs were also included in the Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Box sets of the film with the catalog numbers: VWDZ-8146 and VWBS-1079 respectively.

■ 2007-2008 | Hayao Miyazaki's work (宮崎 駿の仕事)

This DVD collects two NHK documentaries, the first aired on March 27, 2007: Eiga o tsukuru Miyazaki Hayao sōsaku no himitsu (映画を創る 宮崎駿・創作の秘密) [59min] and the second aired on August 5, 2008: Miyazaki Hayao no subete “PONYO” mitchaku 300-nichi (宮崎駿のすべて~“ポニョ”密着300日) [87min] that covers Miyazaki during the completion of his latest film Gake no Ue no Ponyo. Catalog number: NSDS-12876

■ 2003 | Lasseter-san Arigato (ラセターさん、ありがとう)

This documentary released on DVD is a present that Studio Ghibli made for the founder of Pixar John Lasseter for his invaluable help provided in the distribution of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in the US. English subtitles. Catalog number: VWDZ8054

■ 1998-1999 | Sekai Waga Kokoro no Tabi (世界・わが心の旅)

This two-disc DVD set collects the documentaries that follow Studio Ghibli founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in various trips to places that inspired them in their works. In the first documentary Takahata visits Canada to meet the animator Frederic Back. In the second, Miyazaki visits France and the Sahara Desert to follow the footsteps of Antoine de Saint-Expéry. English subtitles. Catalog number: VWDZ-8062

■ 1997 | Mononoke Hime wa Koushite Umareta (「もののけ姫」はこうして生まれた)

This 6 hour and 40min documentary on how Princess Mononoke was born was first released as a 3 VHS tapes box set and re-released in 2001 as a 3 DVD box set. It has no English subtitles. Catalog number: VWDZ-8016

Saturday, February 16, 2019

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL directed by Robert Rodriguez

TEASER TRAILER (Dec 18, 2017)

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis
Based on the Graphic Novel ("Manga") Series: "Gunnm" By Yukito Kishiro
Produced by: James Cameron and Jon Landau
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson


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From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

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SWAN SONG from the motion picture ALITA BATTLE ANGEL:  
Alita Battle Angel out Feb 14th (US) 
Director : Floria Sigismondi
Exec Producer : Coleen Haynes
Producer : Coleen Haynes
DP : Philippe Le Sourd
Prod Designer: Kristen Vallow
Editor : Clark Eddy
Colorist : Stefan Sonnenfeld @Company 3
VFX : Eric Saindon @ WETA
Production Company: Maavven

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware


Future Cities, a full-length documentary strand from WIRED Video, takes us inside the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen. 
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We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware". 
Future Cities is part of a new flagship documentary strand from WIRED Video that explores the technologies, trends and ideas that are changing our world. Subscribe to the WIRED YouTube channel to ensure you never miss an episode. 
Premiering in February, the second season of WIRED’s Future Cities series takes us inside one of the world’s biggest startup nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. WIRED’s four-part series will look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba. And we will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural situation and explore the future challenges – and solutions – these nations are facing.
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Sunday, December 30, 2018


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Over 12 billion miles from Earth, a gangly ship sails through interstellar space. It is, by far, the most distant object made by human hands. In 1977, NASA launched twin Voyager spacecraft. An emotional, cinematic documentary, The Farthest tells their story through first-hand accounts from the passionate men and women who built the ships and guided their journeys. Negotiating a series of perils on its Grand Tour of the outer planets, Voyager beamed back spectacular images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But their moons offered bigger surprises—volcanoes, geysers, and a liquid water ocean. On the chance of discovery by intelligent aliens, each spacecraft carried a Golden Record with music and spoken greetings. The mission has earned its place in the pantheon of human achievements. Long after our sun has flamed out, the Voyagers are likely to be sailing on, perhaps the only evidence that we ever existed.