How Pixar Brought Jack Jack’s Powers To Life In Incredibles 2

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Effects Artist Jason Johnston on the process behind Jack Jack’s powers:

“We met with the Art Director, Ralph Eggleston, and he was very specific in that Jack-Jack is the source of the fire, he’s not on fire,” Johnston added. “And what that means is that there’ll be no smoke and no embers ever coming off of him, but things that he has lit on fire can have them.”

Another crucial element: “We also don’t want it to be scary.”

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Part-Time Characters: Movies About Making Movies

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The One with Just Sam and Maria

This week in Part-Time Characters, we talk about movies about making movies, filmmaking and show business. In honor of the Disaster Artist, a movie about the production of The Room, we discuss our favorite movies that concentrate on the art of making a movie, the struggles behind the scenes and the final product the audience gets. Continue reading Part-Time Characters: Movies About Making Movies

‘The Witch’ Director on Feminism and Filmmaking

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Superb AV Club interview with Robert Eggers, director of The Witch:

In the early modern period, from the contemporary perspective, looking back, it’s clear that the evil witch is—it embodies men’s fears and ambivalences and fantasies about women and female power. In in that period, in this extremely male dominated society, the evil witch is also women’s fears and ambivalences about themselves and their power.

…But people understood that witches were truly a fairy tale, ogress, anti-mother, capable of the most horrible things. She really flew on sticks. If your children die, it could be a witch. If your crops fail, it could be a witch. So, how do I make that scary and real for an audience today? I have to really bring them back to the 17th century when that existed. I have to get all the details right in order for you to actually believe. It’s not just accuracy for its [own] sake.

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Everything You Missed When You Watched ‘Inception’

Inception goes a lot deeper than you may have expected.