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#1 David Regan

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:39 PM

Just saw this at an advance screening, I liked it for the most part, but as far as story goes felt it was a bit short. Visually I enjoyed it for the most part, the beginning was very warm toned, which I felt set things up nicely, and as the story progressed so did the color scheme. I don't know just how much of the film was CG and how much was built sets, but the scenic NY city shots felt nice. Speaking of CG, I can't be sure but the opening scene of him driving the car, really through me off, either the car was extremely well polished and cleaned for each take, or it was CG, it was just too 'sharp.'
One question I had was about the blue flares that showed up frequently. They were a thin horizontal line, and I'm not sure what causes flares to look like that. Does it have to filters or lens coatings, or a particular type of lens? I noticed it was shot super35 but printed anamorphic, but I'm not familiar with that process so I don't know if it has anything to do with it. It was just something that I kept noticing.
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:04 AM

I believe a majority of the shots of the car were CG. I know someone who did locations for this movie over the summer and he happened to have some of the computer storyboarding on his laptop. Been waiting awhile to see this movie, big fan of The Last Man on Earth, just have never had the chance to read the novel.

How did Smith do playing Neville?
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:04 AM

It was shot with anamorphic lenses as far as I know.
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:52 AM

I suspect it's shot with a mix of Super 35 and anamorphic. One one hand I've seen some behind the scenes stills with an anamorphic 40mm CF Primo on the camera and in the trailer there are some anamorphic flares also, but on the other hand there are many night shots in the trailer that have spherical bokeh. Since these seem to be wide-angle CU handheld/steadicam shots, I don't think that an anamorphic zoom was used, hence my suspicion that they must have mixed formats.

Looks like we'll have to wait for the new AC to find out.
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 02:55 PM

Been waiting awhile to see this movie, big fan of The Last Man on Earth, just have never had the chance to read the novel.


Obviously The Omega Man is another one which used The Last Man on Earth as its starting point. It'll be interesting to see what new spin they put on the story this time 'round.

OH WAIT, so apparently Smith's character's name is Robert Neville, just as Heston's was in Omega Man...so there you go :)

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 12 December 2007 - 02:58 PM.

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#6 Max Jacoby

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:36 PM

Where does this 'The Last Man on Earth' come from? The film is based on the book 'I Am Legend' by Richard Matheson, as is 'The Omega Man'.
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#7 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 08:28 PM

Where does this 'The Last Man on Earth' come from? The film is based on the book 'I Am Legend' by Richard Matheson, as is 'The Omega Man'.


So was "The Last Man on Earth", co-scripted at one point by Matheson:

http://en.wikipedia....iki/I_am_legend
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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 08:48 PM

The new Cinefex to hit the newstands has an article on 'I am Legend" -- it says this about anamorphic:

Efx Supervisor Janek Sirrs: "We knew this was going to be a very difficult matchmoving job, because nearly the entire movie was shot handheld and anamorphic, which is the most difficult matchmoving scenario you can imagine."

"Anamorphic is an absolutely beautiful cinematographic tool, " added digital effects supervisor David Smith, "but it provided us with quite a bit of challenge in being able to track and matchmove the shots because it results in so much distortion, which changes as you move a camera through a scene. All of that distortion has to be dealt with before we could properly track the plates. There were a lot of smaller distortions within specific anamorphic lenses, and we had to deal with those aberrations, as well." Imageworks worked with Yannix Technologies to develop a proprietary tracking tool for anamorphic that concurrently addressed the lens distortion and camera track issues.

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#9 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:01 PM

I wonder if some effects houses keep shortcut tools to make it easier to composite vfx into different shots, depending on what lens was used and to what degree the distortion is. :/
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:03 PM

As for VFX and match-moving, slightly coming from that background:

They definitely keep track of what millimeter the lense is, the tstop, lens height, focal distance, orientation etc. Thats why Cooke and has the lens data box, and Arri too. The better 3D tracking programs can figure out zooms etc. also. For compositing they also have built in grain match for various film stocks and processing.

For something this high end they pull out Knoll/etc. to custom program build new ALG etc. Technology?! Same with Transformers and the like.
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:05 PM

As for VFX and match-moving, slightly coming from that background:

They definitely keep track of what millimeter the lense is, the tstop, lens height, focal distance, orientation etc. Thats why Cooke and has the lens data box, and Arri too. The better 3D tracking programs can figure out zooms etc. also. For compositing they also have built in grain match for various film stocks and processing.

For something this high end they pull out Knoll/etc. to custom program build new ALG etc. Technology?! Same with Transformers and the like.


Knoll is woefully inadequate. I really wish they would update it significantly. You can always spot a knoll fake flare in movies.
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#12 will griffith

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:34 AM

How did Smith do playing Neville?

Won't be mentioned for an Oscar, but not many could have pulled it off.
There has been a lot of critical comments about the movie itself, but none
about Smith's performance.

I kept comparing this movie to Castaway as I was watching it...and not
just because he's on an island. :)

There is a lot more action in Legend to give him a break, and I'm not
saying he's Tom Hanks, but I think Smith has become more versatile.
I mean come on... could Tom Hanks carry a sitcom, action comedy film,
action drama, drama, and action suspense drama, etc. etc.?

The movie is not perfect, but some of the suspense scene filming/editing.... WOW.
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#13 timHealy

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:42 PM

... could Tom Hanks carry a sitcom, action comedy film,
action drama, drama, and action suspense drama, etc. etc.?


I don't mean to hijack the thread but: are you kidding?

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000158/

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Date of Birth:9 July 1956, Concord, California, USA more
Mini Biography: Born in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family... more
Trivia: Married first wife Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months... more
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 49 nominations more


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OK back to I Am Legend .....

Edited by timHealy, 17 December 2007 - 12:43 PM.

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#14 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:39 AM

Saw it tonight. It was OK, a good suspense/thriller, but not too memorable. It would have helped if he wasn't being chased by cartoon mutants the whole time. Really took the realism out of it for me.

Performance wise, he was great as usual. Can't really compare it to Castaway, totally different movie and pacing.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:51 PM

Can't really compare it to Castaway, totally different movie and pacing.

I agree about it being totally different, but I guess it was the whole
"talking to non-human characters" thing that stuck with me.

Dealing with something that found him at the end was familiar as well...
can't elaborate without spoiler though.
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#16 will griffith

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:02 PM

I don't mean to hijack the thread but: are you kidding?


... ok ... geez I guess I will replace "MORE" with "SURPRISINGLY" versatile.

"He is surprisingly versatile...but no Tom Hanks." -Will Griffith

I would put my money on Smith in a fist fight though, you have to give
me that!
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:36 PM

I enjoyed the way Andrew Lesnie shot the first scene that takes place in the dark with the mutants, where Smith chases his dog into the buildling where the deer went. I was impressed with how dark he let the scene go, and for a good part of it, the only illumination coming from Smith's flashlight. It brought a lot to the scene to make it more intense, and more confusing, just how one would feel in the given situation. I feel that many film makers would add some ambiant light to the scene to let the audience see the location, and I thought it was a nice move to let it play so dark. Bold, so to speak. I also liked what appeared to me a large portion of minature VFX work to depict the city, instead of just pure CG. I was disappointed in the story (could have been so much more) and the poor quality of the mutants.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:23 PM

where Smith chases his dog into the buildling where the deer went.

That was one of the more suspenseful scenes I've ever seen.
It looked amazing in 2k....but unfortunately 2k made the outdoor
zombies look even more unrealistic.
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#19 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:37 AM

That was one of the more suspenseful scenes I've ever seen.


Yeah, that was definitely intense, especially since we hadn't seen the mutants yet.
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:52 AM

I remember seeing " The Omega Man " when it came out it was a very dark movie and Charlton Heston gave a good performance , didnt see a lot of the zombies which is a good thing anyway dont know if i will bother to see this remake .
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