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Colors Play a Key Role in Production Design of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’

Colors Play a Key Role in Production Design of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’
In Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a woman and a humanoid ocean creature fall in love against the backdrop of Cold War tensions. While the Fox Searchlight picture, set for release Dec. 8, went to great lengths to capture its early ’60s period with stark realism, it highlighted the movie’s fantasy aspect as well, according to production designer Paul Austerberry.

In the movie, protagonist Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute who lives above a movie theater across the hall from failed artist Giles (Richard Jenkins). Austerberry reflected their friendship by designing their apartment interiors to be two halves of a whole. “Her world is water surrounded with cyan, blues, aged texture and furniture shaped with curves, while his place is bounded by gold and mustard colors to signify warmth and empathy,” says the production designer.

Rich detail went into the walls of Elisa’s place, where key scenic artist Matthew Lammerich layered a version
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Toronto's Top VFX Exec on Going Global and Working With "Master Artist" Guillermo del Toro (Q&A)

In his sun-soaked Toronto office, Dennis Berardi, CEO of local VFX powerhouse Mr. X, is visibly pleased with the presence his company will have at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. As he should be, since his company played a key role in the effects work behind two of Tiff’s most high-profile titles: Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi fable The Shape of Water and Aaron Sorkin’s buzzy look at an underground Hollywood poker game, Molly’s Game.

In 2014, Technicolor acquired Mr. X and paired the VFX house with Motion Picture Company, which has a global reach with offices around the...
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Technicolor’s VFX Unit Mr. X Completes Expansion Into Montreal

Technicolor-owned feature and TV visual effects studio Mr. X is today announcing that its Montreal studio is now open and operational.

The company also has bases in Toronto, where it is headquartered; New York; and Los Angeles. Managing director and founder of Mr. X, Dennis Berardi, cited Montreal’s talent pool and tax incentives as the reason the company chose the Canadian city as its next target for growth. “We now have locations in key incentivized cities and a client front-end Los Angeles location for screenings and better customer engagement,” he said.

Technicolor owned VFX house Mpc (the lead VFX house on recent VFX...
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Technicolor’s VFX Unit Mr. X Completes Expansion Into Montreal

Technicolor-owned feature and TV visual effects studio Mr. X on Monday announced that its Montreal studio is now open and operational.

The company also has bases in Toronto (where it is headquartered), New York and Los Angeles. Dennis Berardi, managing director and founder of Mr. X, cited Montreal’s talent pool and tax incentives as the reason the company chose the Canadian city as its next target for growth. “We now have locations in key incentivized cities and a client front-end Los Angeles location for screenings and better customer engagement,” he said.

Technicolor-owned VFX house Mpc (the lead VFX house on recent VFX...
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What Guillermo Del Toro's Shape of Water Is Really About

What Guillermo Del Toro's Shape of Water Is Really About
Back in August, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that production started on director Guillermo del Toro's new film The Shape of Water, although a release date has still not been set at this time. The announcement confirmed that the cast will include Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy Go-Lucky), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted). Fans haven't been given much to go on, in terms of plot details, until now, thanks to star Doug Jones.

The August report only described the story as an "other-worldly story", set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963, described as a "mysterious and magical journey." With the inclusion of Doug Jones, who has played iconic monsters for Guillermo del Toro such as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Fauno in Pan's Labyrinth, many
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Monster Hunter Movie Picks Up Steam As Capcom Opens Talks With Resident Evil Helmer

On January 27, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will close the book on Paul W. S. Anderson’s lucrative live-action series once and for all, but it seems the writer-director is already beginning to plot his next creative venture.

It’ll involve another project sourced from the video game industry, according to Deadline, as Anderson and producing partner Jeremy Bolt have entered negotiations to jump-start Monster Hunter at Capcom. First announced two months ago by series stalwart Ryozo Tsujimoto, Anderson is now in possession of the first script, and expressed his desire to engineer a new long-running film series based on Capcom’s fantasy RPG. An early synopsis teases, “an ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero.”

What lends Monster Hunter to a Hollywood adaptation is the fact that the franchise isn’t known for its central characters, which in
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Guillermo del Toro Starts Production on His “Other-Worldly” Next Film The Shape Of Water

I’ve been extremely curious about Guillermo del Toro’s next film project The Shape of Water. There hasn’t been a lot of official information released on it, but the film has officially started production in Toronto, Canada.

The film is described as an “other-worldly love story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.” It’s also said to a “mysterious and magical journey.” The movie has an incredible cast which includes Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Steve Jobs), and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted).

There’s been some rumored info regarding the story which is said to follow a “mute janitor named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who falls for an amphibious man who's being kept at the lab where she works. She tries to break him
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New Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Set Photo Features Milla Jovovich & Ali Larter

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Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) are reunited at long last in a new photo from the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Jovovich revealed the image via Instagram earlier today, confirming that Larter will be back as Claire, a role she played in both Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife.

These badass ladies be back! On set with @therealalil. #aliceandclaire #residentevilmovie #capetowndiary

A photo posted by Milla Jovovich (@millajovovich) on Sep 26, 2015 at 7:49am Pdt

The sixth Resident Evil film recently began principal photography in South Africa with Paul W.S. Anderson behind the camera. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is slated for a January 2017 release.

"Titled "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," this will be the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom's hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Constantin Film will produce Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
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Photography Begins On Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems announced that the sixth installment of the Sci-Fi, action horror film series, “Resident Evil,” has commenced principal photography in South Africa.

Titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, this will be the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Constantin Film will produce Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Director, Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film on location in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Milla Jovovich will reprise her starring role as Alice. Other headline cast includes Ali Larter (“Heroes,” Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” Resident Evil: Extinction) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (Edge of Darkness, Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Albert Wesker, Australian actress Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”), who has a huge social media presence,
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Full Cast & Official Plot Details Revealed

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Screen Gems has announced that principal photography on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is now underway. Slated for a January 2017 release, the sixth Resident Evil film stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, who will encounter some familiar faces from the franchise, including Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), Dr. Alexander Isaacs (Iain Glen), and more.

Press Release: Los Angeles, Sept. 18, 2015 -- Today Sony Pictures' Screen Gems announced that the sixth installment of the Sci-Fi, action horror film series, "Resident Evil," has commenced principal photography in South Africa.

Titled "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," this will be the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom's hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Constantin Film will produce Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Director, Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film on location in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Milla Jovovich will reprise her starring role as Alice.
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Veronica Ferres joins Pay The Ghost

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The German actress has joined Nic Cage and Sarah Wayne Callis in the supernatural thriller form Voltage Films and Midnight Kitchen Productions.

Voltage Pictures handles international sales in Toronto on the story of a haunted professor’s search for his missing son who vanishes at a Halloween Day parade.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Toronto on September 5. Uli Edel will direct from Dan Kay’s adapted screenplay from a short story of the same name by Tim Lebbon.

Voltage Films’ Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores are producing alongside Patrick Newall as well as Ian Levy of Midnight Kitchen Productions.

Frank Buchs and Mr. X’s Dennis Berardi and Cybill Lui serve as executive producers.
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Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'

Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith
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Nicolas Cage Thriller 'Pay the Ghost' Casts Sarah Wayne Callies

Nicolas Cage Thriller 'Pay the Ghost' Casts Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies has signed on to join Nicolas Cage in the upcoming thriller Pay the Ghost for Voltage Pictures.

The story centers on a New York professor (Nicolas Cage) whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade. One year later, the professor begins to sense his son's presence, uncovering clues that lead him to a vengeful ghost who abducts children every Halloween. Sarah Wayne Callies is playing the professor's estranged wife Kristen, an environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to get their child back before the spirit life claims him forever.

Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing from a script by Daniel Kay, based on a short story by Tim Lebbon. Nicolas Chartier, Craig J. Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall are producing, with Cybill Lui and Dennis Berardi executive producing. Production is slated to begin next month in Toronto.
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Sarah Wayne Callies Joins Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Pay The Ghost’

Sarah Wayne Callies Joins Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Pay The Ghost’
Exclusive: After evading zombies for three seasons on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies will hunt a sinister specter with Nicolas Cage in Voltage PicturesPay The Ghost. Cage will star as a professor whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade in New York City. One year later he begins to sense his son’s presence and uncovers clues leading to a vicious and vengeful ghost that surfaces each Halloween to abduct children. Callies will play Kristen, Cage’s estranged wife and a whip smart environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to recover their son before he’s lost to the spirit world forever.

Uli Edel (Body of Evidence, The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing the supernatural thriller from a script by Dan Kay, based on a short story by horror and fantasy author Tim Lebbon. Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall
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Technicolor to acquire Mr. X

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North American provider of visual effects to join Technicolor’s production services division, which includes Mpc.

Technicolor has reached an agreement to acquire Mr. X, a leading North American provider of visual effects to premier television and international film clients.

Mr. X joins Technicolor’s production services division, which includes Mpc, expanding Technicolor’s VFX services globally to high-end television and international film projects.

Mpc will continue to address leading projects for both its studio and advertising clients.

Mr. X and its clients will be able to access Technicolor’s post production portfoilo, and will operate as Technicolor’s VFX brand for television.

Dennis Berardi, co-founder and president of Mr. X, will become global managing director of Mr. X and will report to TTim Sarnoff, president of production services for Technicolor.

Sarnoff commented: “This significantly increases the spectrum of services we can offer our clients. Having Dennis Berardi’s leadership and his incredibly creative team join Technicolor
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Technicolor To Acquire Visual Effects Studio Mr. X

Technicolor is beefing up its TV visual effects business by striking a deal to acquire Toronto-based vfx studio Mr. X.

Mr. X will become Technicolor’s TV vfx brand. It will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Technicolor and will be part of the company’s Production Services division, which already includes vfx studio Moving Picture Company.

Mr. X’s credits include History Channel’s “Vikings,” Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” and FX’s upcoming “The Strain.” Its feature credits include Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming “Crimson Peak,” “RoboCop,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “42.”

Mpc will remain Technicolor’s vfx brand for “leading projects,” while Mr. X will pursue “high-concept TV, production, genre features and international film co-productions,” said Technicolor. Tim Sarnoff, Technicolor’s president of production services, told Variety “We believe that’s an area of substantial growth in the future.”

Mr. X has just completed it’s best year in terms of revenue,
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Enemy Lands Five but Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is Tops at 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

Despite not being nominated for Best Director, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle managed to pull off what we thought was the impossible (our Leora Heilbronn has pegged the drama as the film that should win, but favored Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy as the best bet) winning Best Motion Picture at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a Canadian Oscars). If the out of synch supposed “live” telecast wasn’t bad enough (all awards including the winning film were announced almost one hour prior to on twittersphere), the show’s producers gave Gabrielle winning producers Luc Déry and Kim McCraw the equivalent of end of toilette paper roll in terms of time.

The voters also choose Gabrielle‘s Gabrielle Marion-Rivard as Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the heavily favored Enemy grabbed five awards, Best Direction for Villeneuve, Best Original Score for the excellent Danny Bensi/Saunder Jurriaans pairing , Best Editing,
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Canadian Academy unveils nominees

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Canadian Academy unveils nominees
The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the Canadian Screen Awards nominees.

“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

“This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9. Congratulations to all.”

David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award. For the full list of winners invcluding television, digital and special awards click here.

The feature nominees in full:

Best Motion Picture

The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) – Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle

Empire Of DirtJennifer Podemski

EnemyKim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland

The F-Word – Andre Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher

GabrielleKim McCraw, Luc Déry

The Grand SeductionBarbara Doran, Roger Frappier

MaïnaKarine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin

Tom At The Farm (Tom À La Ferme) – [link
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