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  1. So not to dampen anyone's enthusiasm, but just be clear again on what Cinerama is: It's a very specific format involving the use of a special camera with three lenses arranged in an arc capturing an ultra-wide 146 degree field of view. Shooting in Cinerama requires very specific planning and has major limitations because there's only one focal length, and the arced lenses mean you can't tilt the camera very much up and down or everything will distort horribly. It was fairly common in the 1960s for movies shot in any "normal" 65mm large format system to be shown in Cinerama theatres a la IMAX blow-ups. However that only made sense at the time because there was already a relatively large circuit of existing Cinerama screens. At the moment there are only three in the entire world, two in the USA, hence my magazine post about my studio offering temporary installation of removable versions for their screenings. So in this day and age just shooting a normal movie and giving it a Cinerama release doesn't really make any sense. That said! One option which has never actually been done but seems perfectly reasonable to me is that it could be treated sort of like how real IMAX film cameras are used for Hollywood features. Namely, compromising with the limitations of the camera by using it only for select shots or sequences, which would expand to fill the whole 146-degree curve of the screen. The conventionally-shot portions could be pillarboxed and use the center of the screen but not its full width, to heighten the effect of the switches and reduce unwanted distortion from showing a "flat" image on those screens.
  2. Dooo eeeet I cancelled mine keep it alive!!! Which one?
  3. @dmatrixfilmdx You're not wrong about it feeling incomplete, in a sense. What happened here is the eight million co-producers hired a French filmmaker, Eric Valette, on the strength of his R-rated psychological horror flick Maléfique. Well, he tried to make a movie in that same vein, but then those producers changed their minds at the last second and tried to retool it into a generic PG-13 thriller after principal photography was finished, and without pushing back the release date. So while it had originally been shot for an R, it was heavily cut to get a PG-13 and to "quicken the pace" for kids with no attention spans. And the producers figured the psychological horror angle wouldn't fly with the teen crowd, so they replaced or modified virtually all of the horror scenes Valette had shot originally. Almost all of the terrible CGI that saturates the fright scenes was shoehorned into the film in post-production to make it flashier. The stuff like the CG demon baby, the centipedes burrowing into hands, even the mouth-eyed lady from the poster were all added in to replace the original frights. As a matter of fact, if you watch closely, you can see the creepy old lady only even has the mouth eyes in one scene, at the bus stop. In every other scene where she appears she simply has big empty holes where her eyes should be, which was the original intent before all the post-production mucking about. Shannyn Sossamon, who played Beth, is on the record that Valette was quite upset with the whole thing and that he has a "director's cut" which will unfortunately remain unseen. Andrew Klavan, the screenwriter, is also on the record that he's unhappy with the finished film and it doesn't represent his vision. There's an article on VFX World from just before the movie's release about the last minute CG work, though being a VFX industry site it's written as if the CG saved the movie instead of ruining it: https://www.awn.com/vfxworld/one-missed-call-horror-gets-facelift If you get the chance I'd definitely recommend watching the Japanese version. It's one of my favorite horror movies. Definitely still flawed but a lot better than the remake. It also has two sequels, though only part 2 is any good and it's still a major step down.
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    That's what I told him, definitely a coincidence. Not upset just wondering how it should affect my plans~
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    CAYOM Magazine

    I mean there are probably enough unique elements to Oban in terms of some of the twists and character dynamics, but yeah, that's pretty much the basic plot summary. Like this is literally a 100% accurate Oban plot summary (granted, leaving out several details): In the year 2082, a vast variety of planets with intelligent life, including Earth, send teams to compete in the Great Race of Oban, a racing tournament on a mysterious ancient planet with the prize said to be the granting of any one wish. Eva Wei, the daughter of Earth's greatest racing manager and his now-dead wife, who was a racer herself, and a combat gunner Jordan Wilde, whose family was attacked by an alien race, become Earth's representatives after legendary racer Rick Thunderbolt becomes injured. However as friendships, romances, and rivalries bloom, it becomes clear some racers are willing to do anything to win the great prize - and the motives of the race's organizers come into question. I totally believe it's a coincidence, haha. Just a pretty striking one! Might need to wait a little bit longer to do my adaptation then.
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    CAYOM Magazine

    @YourMother the Edgelord Sounds a LOT like Oban Star Racers... I'm tryina do that one next year or year after. >.>
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    CAYOM Magazine

    'BIKER MICE' AND 'REBOOT 2.0' AMONG VICTIMS OF TRICRESCENT MEDIA SCALE-BACK After being delayed for nearly two years, but finally getting well into pre-production, Gold Crescent Pictures' Biker Mice from Mars has been abruptly pulled from the release schedule. A rep for TriCrescent Media confirms the project is "officially cancelled." Word is that the film was developed with the intention to tie into a cinematic universe which would also include the Extreme Dinosaurs and Street Sharks series, but that the studio's plans have been on shaky ground all the way back to the disappointing domestic performance of the first Extreme Dinosaurs in December Y1. The relative success of Street Sharks was enough to kick pre-production briefly back into gear, but confidence and goodwill has run out once more for the project. Extreme Dinosaurs II, being a sequel to an established property, will likely still move forward with slight story changes. Representatives have confirmed a future Biker Mice movie is possible, but would likely not tie into the other franchises and would need to be completely re-developed from scratch. The announcement comes as part of TriCrescent's move to slash its bloated slate for Y4 to focus on "essential films with high potential and smaller, quicker projects," we're told. Also on the chopping block is animated sequel ReBoot 2.0, which had been planned for a Christmas release - though in this case, sources stress, the film is simply being delayed (again) rather than outright cancelled. Those aren't the only casualties - among less-publicized films being removed from the studio's Y4 slate are Stuart Beattie's Hasbro-Marvel superhero flick ROM, pulled due to the glut of summer action flicks, the Cinerama historical war epic A Mere Matter of Marching, which would have been unable to make its Memorial Day date and is being pushed out of the year entirely to avoid competition with Steven Spielberg's Fortnight (and may or may not be outright cancelled - "indefinite hold" is what we're hearing), and the Frank Darabont-helmed Steven King adaptation N., which Red Crescent is now considering promoting as a Halloween release for Y5.
  8. Now that we're about halfway thru the final month I'm gonna start pumping and dumping some of my schedule out with less-than-ideal levels of effort. Starting with Biker Mice which actually has the prologue already written so uh. Expect an abrupt shift in quality.
  9. @Blankments Oh actually one other thing to consider! You had IMAX for Sir Thymes, yes? I had ReBoot pre-booked for IMAX on Christmas, but I guess there's not really a clear rule on whether players can transfer that sort of reservation between one another. We'd have to see what other people think. Also @cookie was pushing for me to make an IMAX screen-sharing deal with him anyway since Voltron is out the week before. If you'd rather keep Thymes where it is I'm okay with the January slot I temp-moved AmDrag into. Not ideal but I can deal with it.
  10. I coulda sworn when I first saw those posts they weren't finished yet! That's my bad then. Anyhow thanks and good luck against Voltron!
  11. So I just found out about Scott Evans, Chris Evans' sibling, and like... Captain America's gay brother is literally the perfect casting for the hero in Rock & Roll Heart Attack.
  12. Rock & Roll Heart Attack Release Date: January 31st, Y4 Studio: Red Crescent Pictures Genre: Supervillain/Romantic Dramadey/Music Director: Bill Condon Theater Count: 3,669 Premium Formats: 3D Shooting Format: Super 35 film (3-perf) (Post-converted to 3D) Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Release Image Formats: 2K DCP, 2K 3D DCP Release Audio Formats: 5.1, 7.1 Production Budget: $50 million MPAA Rating: R for violence, language, drugs and alcohol, and sexual content Running Time: TBD Major Cast: James Zeph [fictional actor] (Patrice Xavier/Scaleface), Scott Evans (Leo Rey/Reverb), more TBA

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