Richard and his fellow actors being shot in front of the green screen.
Monday night we had our Photoshop Elements class and our instructor Michael shared some of the details of his week in Las Vegas at Movie.Con.
Not surprisingly, my ears perked up at the mention of new technology shared, specifically mention of The Hobbit. Like many others, Michael was not sold on the new 48 fps technology–”almost too perfect-looking”–but he also stressed Sir Peter and his crew are still “working on it” so he is waiting to pass final judgement until he sees the entire film. Smart move.
He was also amazed at the extensive use of green screen in many movies today. “I saw these scenes [in The Hobbit] shot in this beautiful building, and then I realized–the building didn’t exist. All these little computer geeks were hard at work creating those images on computer with the actors shot against green screen.” Of course, having seen the video blog entries by Sir Peter, we were already aware of the use of green screen in TH. And we also know there will be loads of beautiful NZ scenery to appreciate as well.
Some of that lovely location scenery in New Zealand.
And Benny reminded me I had been shot on green screen for last year’s Puttin’ on the Ritz production as a faux news anchor. Oh, yes–I am very in the know. LOL
Just a few other comments re the week:
Michael estimated some 25-30 well-known actors and actresses were present for the event. Charlize Theron was given a special decade award by NATO (this threw us until he explained that stood for National Association of Theater Owners) and she is, he says, “even more gorgeous in the flesh than on screen, if you can believe it.” He described her as very witty and charming and quick with the clever quips.
Sometimes life is so unfair, isn’t it?
Michael also pointed out that a lot of Hollywood actors are really–short in person. “Sylvester Stallone? You should have seen him at the podium. The guy’s practically a midget!! Jeremy Renner was there–on the short side, too. Tom Cruise–yeah, I saw him a few years ago and he is–tiny. Remember The Last Samurai? There’s a tracking shot where he’s actually walking on these boxes, plus the angle of the camera makes the man walking next to him seem much shorter than he is . . .”
I thought of Richard, and how he always wanted to be a few inches shorter “because most actors aren’t that tall.” Personally, I love every six feet and two inches of him.
Michael also mentioned his excitement over a new sound system by Dolby that was displayed at the convention. “You know Surround Sound and being encircled by speakers? Well, this adds speakers overhead. So if a helicopter is flying into the shot on screen, it will sound as if it is coming in over your head.” He said it would be next year before the technology would be available to theaters but The Edge is planning to retrofit at least two of its eight screens to accomodate it.
And now, for some Richard Armitage.
- Peter Jackson To ‘Hobbit’ Naysayers: Wait Until You See The Whole Movie (m.deadline.com)
- Trailer Park: Peter Jackson defends ‘Hobbit’ footage (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)