Thursday, April 08, 2010

Interesting Stories

Here's a trivia question for you:

Q: Who are the oldest living Best Actress and Best Actor Oscar winners?
A: Luise Rainer and Ernest Borgnine.

If you like old movies [ouch! what a segue!-Ed] and live in LA, you might want to check out the TCM Classic Film Festival, April 22-25. There will be several screenings with various stars, including this one, which I really wish I could go to:

Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau will share their memories of working with Alfred Hitchcock at a screening of North By Northwest (1959).

On a related note, last weekend I saw Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. If you're a fan of Hitchcock's movies I recommend you check it out. There's lots of echos of Hitchcock in this movie!

Hopefully they'll never try and rework North By Northwest into 3D, but if they do [and Turner would be the one to do it-Ed] then In-Three might be the company that does it. They are responsible for several of the 2D to 3D conversions that are out there. An interview with VFX Producer Matthew DeJohn and VP of Business Development Damian Wade can be found at Studio Daily which explains the process, difficulties, and the cost.
Generally, for a 100-minute or 120-minute 2D-to-3D conversion, you would need about 300 to 400 artists phasing in and out of production over about four to six months.
Typically, it’s about $80,000 to $100,000 a minute.

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