Last month I was one of the several domestic and international press members that was invited to step into the world of The Day the Earth Stood Still, which hits the DVD shelves in a 2 Disc set, a 3 Disc Special Edition with Digital Copy and a 3- Disc Blu-ray Special Edition with Digital Copy on April 7.
The first stop on our little tour was the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City, CA, where we were treated to a screening of the film in Blu-ray. I have to say, this was quite the optimal setting to watch the amazing special effects of the film and it looked simply fantastic. Big-screen Blu-ray. You just can't go wrong, folks. After the screening and an awesome dinner on the lot (studio cafes and commisaries are amazing...), we were each granted an exclusive interview with producer Erwin Stoff, who has a long history with star Keanu Reeves. He has produced such films of his as The Matrix, Constantine and A Scanner Darkly and Street Kings along with other blockbusters like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and I Am Legend. Click below for my exclusive video interview with this blockbuster producer.
The next day we headed to The Lot in West Hollywood, CA for a roundtable demonstration and Q&A session with Aaron Sims. Sims was the character designer of the film and he was primarily responsible for the design of the new GORT for this remake, but he also handled several other character design aspects on the film.
From there we were on the road again, this time to Santa Monica, CA to the highly-regarded visual effects house, Hydraulx. The company was formed by brothers Greg and Colin Strausse, whose names you might recognize as The Strausse Brothers when they made their directorial debut on the awesome sequel (or reboot?), Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem. We were lead into the plush screening room where Colin Strausse and Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff Okun put on a demonstration of the work they do at Hydraulx and the work they did on this film.
We were then broken up into groups where we were given a more intimate demonstration by Colin Strausse, in which he showed us some of the intricacies that go into the work they do at Hydraulx. Click below for our group demonstration with Colin Strausse.
The last stop at Hydraulx and our two-day press tour was an exclusive interview with The Day the Earth Stood Still Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff Okun. Best known for his "invisible" special effects, for films that span many different genres, Okun was responsible for the effects in such films as Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Red Planet, Deep Blue Sea and Die Hard 2: Die Harder. Click below for my exclusive video interview with this visual effects artist.
Well, that about wraps up my two-day excursion for The Day the Earth Stood Still, which hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7. That's all from Hollywood. Peace in. Gallagher out!