// Thursday, November 17, 2011
7:00 p.m. Phil Tippett: Illustrated Talk, followed by Starship Troopers
(Paul Verhoeven, U.S., 1997). Join special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park; Robocop; Empire Strikes Back)
in a wide-ranging discussion on the movies, special effects, and his
influences, followed by Verhoeven’s intergalactic bug-attack epic Starship Troopers. (129 mins, plus lecture)
// Friday, November 18, 2011
7:00 p.m. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Nathan Juran (U.S., 1958). Introduced by Phil Tippett. For this fantastical tale from a 1,001 Nights,
Ray Harryhausen perfected the integration of three-dimensional animated
figures and live actors, and inspired generations of filmmakers and
special-effects artists to come. (88 mins)
Behind the Scenes is a collaboration between
BAM/PFA and the San Francisco Film Society. Major support for Behind the
Scenes has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support has been provided by the San Francisco Foundation and
the BAM/PFA Trustees.
When I saw AleksandrPetrov's 'The Old Man And The Sea' years ago I was blown away by the beauty and epic scale of the film. It's stunning! A real animated hand painted masterpiece. I recently found the 'making of' vids listed below and was impressed at the amount of research and reference that went into creating the film (and all his films). It's awesome how he used his own models for staging and lighting. The water reflection studies are great as well. All this tactile reference really shines through and gives the film a higher level of authenticity.
If you can get past the subtitles the 'behind the scenes' clips are fascinating to watch and a rare opportunity to see Petrov at work. Enjoy!