Alexander Huls for The Atlantic on the CGI advances in Jurassic Park:
Jurassic Park’s revolution was technological, but more importantly, it was popular. If Spielberg and Lucas saw the future of cinema in those shots, it was the public who made that future a reality. Sam Neill and Laura Dern’s stunned awe upon seeing a real-looking brachiosaur on its hind legs eating from a tree was a perfect mirror of our own. Audiences believed. When that dinosaur’s feet came down with a thud, the reverberations rippled past dumbstruck viewers and into moviemaking itself.
I remember seeing that very shot in a movie theater and being completely and utterly amazed.
First Look of the Day: Daniel Day-Lewis channels the Great Emancipator for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, in theaters November 9 — just in time for awards season.
Entertainment Weekly offers a peek on set:
There are numerous reports about Day-Lewis attempting to fully immerse himself in the mindset of someone who lived during the mid-1860s by avoiding the trappings of 21st — not to mention 20th — century life during the shoot, but Spielberg says his star never delved so deeply into character that he refused to acknowledge the modern world.
“Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings,” Spielberg says. “Daniel never went into a fugue state. … All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique.”
People on set did refer to the actor as “Mr. President,” including Spielberg, but the director says that was just part of the effort to maintain atmosphere. “I was calling [all] the actors by their character names,” he says. “That was something I felt was important to establish a little authenticity, maybe even more for me than for them.”
The image is amazing. Undoubtedly, the film will be as well.