Remember The Thing? The one from two years ago that shot with all practical effects only to have them painted over with CGI at the last minute? StudioADI has released another one of their awesome videos, this one’s called “The Thing Torso Puppet.”
While it doesn’t show a torso (at all), it does show a cool pair of robotic legs that were going to be used to represent half of someone whose torso is being eaten by The Thing. You just can’t recreate the physics on display here, the way these legs fight with gravity isn’t something easily approximated with CGI. Another look into the film that could have been.
Per StudioADI, “Built to show Henrick’s legs kicking as he’s being swallowed by the “Thing” under the shack, this cable-controlled puppet had a personality of it’s own. Would love to dress it up and shoot it somewhere in public. Coming soon to a railroad crossing near you!”
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The Collection arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and Video On Demand today March 26th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD will both feature Ultraviolet Digital Copy. The Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with Director/Co-Writer Marcus Dunstan and Co-Writer Patrick Melton and a host of special features – from one of which this exclusive clip was taken. It’s a cool look at the practical effects work of the film that I’m sure is much longer on the Blu itself.
The Collection follows a twisted madman who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors. Starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), the film also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), Lee Tergesen (Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning) and Christopher McDonald (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), and is written by established horror writing team Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Feast series, Saw IV – Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). Directed by Dunstan, it is the second time he has directed a film the pair has written.
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So there’s been a lot of back and forth about whether or not the new Evil Dead is 100% CGI free or if they’re just using a tiny bit here and there for things like wire removal and color grading. I was expecting them to use a tiny bit of it to cover up small stuff that considering we’re in the age when CGI is used to remove blemishes and occasionally slim down the star of a romantic comedy… but maybe not?
Now we’ve got a cool look at a gag that doesn’t cover up its practical nature in the Evil Dead trailer. Thanks to reader DJBlack1313 for pointing it out. You’ll notice a cleaned up version of it above (Edit: The image above is from the first red band teaser – the one inside is from the newer full length) and inside you can see a version of it that made it to the trailer where the tube is visible.
The Fede Alvarez-directed remake stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas. It hits theaters on April 12th, 2013. Be sure to read PART ONE and PART TWO of my set visit!
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Director Fede Alvarez has stated that there is absolutely NO CGI in his upcoming Evil Dead remake. I’m not sure if this statement includes stuff like enhancements or some wire removal here and there (and I wouldn’t care if it didn’t) but the overall gist is that any big, gross gag you might see onscreen was 100% done in-camera and onset.
Speaking with io9 he said, “We didn’t do any CGI in the movie. There’s no CGI in the movie. Everything you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There’s a reason people use CGI it’s cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks. [Like] how you would make someone’s arm disappear.”
That last bit, about the illusions, sells it for me. I absolutely think its possible to create all kinds of magic (vines coming out of a mouth, arms being chopped off – various other sh*t I can’t tell you about yet) with a little slight of hand.
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