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#1 Chris Burke

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 06:12 PM

What are peoples opinion of the new HBO series? Saw episode 1 and loved it. This past weekend I rewatched the original. It has it's moments, but...... the new one is much better.
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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:28 PM

Crichton's Westworld was always like a trial run for his later Jurassic Park, but I liked the idea. Thought the HBO version looks great and has a lot of promise, but I have no clue how they plan to develop it over multiple seasons.


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#3 Chris Burke

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:04 PM

Let's see how the first 10 episodes do. I think they have lots of material to work with. It is a very solid idea. Much like Battle Star Galactica, it expores what it is to be human. Looks great. In Crichton's film Yule Brinners gazes and silence are very compelling. I think his role alone carried that movie. HBO's cast is stellar. Let's see what they do.
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 04:18 AM

The pilot is great, plenty of possibilities. Looks gorgeous too, shot on film entirely, huge production values, there's an online exclusive in this month's AC issue, it says David Mullen also did some additional photography on it.

 

Jonathan Nolan says they have a plan for 5 seasons approximately.


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#5 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 09:50 AM

I love the locations, most of which are here in L.A. It's also nice to see Jonathan following his brother and shooting the show on 35mm.

So far, I'm not too impressed with the story. I thought the first episode seemed a little bit weak. They spent too much time trying to tell you everything and not enough time letting the audience explore with the characters. It would have been a lot better had the first episode not explained everything and wrapped it up in a tight bow.

Other then that, it was shot well and plenty entertaining.
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#6 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 09:44 PM

So far, I'm not too impressed with the story. I thought the first episode seemed a little bit weak. They spent too much time trying to tell you everything and not enough time letting the audience explore with the characters. It would have been a lot better had the first episode not explained everything and wrapped it up in a tight bow.

 

I'd have to agree but I'll give it some time to develop.  I too watched Michael Crichton's 1973 film and I thought it could have been far better.  Conceptually, I'm sure the show will be going more in the direction of Blade Runner - self-awareness, existence, etc.  How effective it will be is another story.


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#7 Manu Delpech

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 11:35 AM

Second episode is fantastic. Available early on HBO, HBOGo, etc. 


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#8 Chris Burke

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 09:58 PM

In the first film. I loved the close up shots of the "hovercraft" pilot wearing aviator glasses. The second episode was very good. Lots to think on.


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#9 Darrell Ayer

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 10:23 AM

http://www.theasc.co...world/page1.php

 

Here's the article on Westworld from American Cinematographer


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 11:26 AM

The use of the fly was a little too obvious....  From ep. 1, you just know that the decommissioned host that woke himself up and later zipped himself back in the body bag will play a pivotal role when things turn bad.


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#11 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 07:45 AM

I thought the show is digital, but the pix in AC show otherwise.
My assumption had nothing to do with observation,  just "logic" - most shows now are digital.

 

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I am about to watch the 1973 film. I hope it would not be a big spoiler for the upcoming episodes.... :)


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#12 Chris Burke

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 09:17 PM

no it won't. Gotta love Yule.


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#13 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 02:15 AM

Second Episode started the season plot, which is nice to see.

After reading the AC article, the show gets more credit production wise. A lot of what I think is a visual effect, is actually clever lighting techniques that look strange, but are done in camera. There is still a lot of compositing work in the show, but it's only when necessary.

Can't wait for next weeks show! :)
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#14 Chris Burke

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 11:41 AM

With the third episode it only gets better. In respect to the first film I have a question. The Gunslinger / Android infrared vision, how would that have been achieved in the early 1970s?
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#15 John Holland

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 01:09 PM

Trying to remember as not seen the film since it's first release . It would have been an optical effect i.e done with an optical printer !


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#16 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 02:28 PM

I'd have to see a frame to make a guess. Were there electronic infrared video cameras back then? If so, then they could have just rephotographed the video monitor. Or it could have been faked. Of course there was infrared film back then but not the type that sees people through walls, turns them into glowing heat shapes, etc.
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Posted 18 October 2016 - 08:16 PM

Very primitive computing effects combined with optical composting.

http://www.newyorker...special-effects


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#18 Chris Burke

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 08:34 PM

I wondered if was anything other than shooting it off of a screen. Pretty cool to see an early example of scanning and film output. 

 

 

I would post a photo, but can't figure out how. I have posted pictures before, but can't remember. It is not that easy on this site.


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#19 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:38 PM

Chris,

I recently gave someone else a short description of the upload procedure here...

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=72874

 

Terrible quick finger spelling by me,  but it might give you the right nudge.


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#20 Chris Burke

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:44 PM

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