“Back To The Future” I & II Comparison.

Cinematic trivia utterly fascinates me. It’s mostly what I use the internet for and this little nugget from “Back To The Future: Part II” always impressed me:

Claudia Wells (Jennifer in “Back To The Future“) was unable to reprise her role as she had stopped acting because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Elisabeth Shue was then cast as Jennifer, and all the closing shots of “Back To The Future” were re-shot for the beginning of this film.”

“Back To The Future” and “Back To The Future: Part II” were shot roughly 4 years apart and Michael J. Fox visibly aged a little.

Folks, we didn’t have Youtube while I was growing up but I’m glad we do now because…

You May Also Be Interested In…
* “Back To The Future” Concept Art
* “The Godfather”: Robert DeNiro’s Audition Tape
* On The Set: The Movie Filming Locations Channel

Photos From The “World War Z” Glasgow Set.

It’s really strange walking around the centre of Glasgow just now. Every so often you’ll hear the words “Dead Body”, “Zombies” and yesterday, I even overheard a wee girl say “Is this Judgment Day Dad?”.
It’s quite creepy.
The “World War Z” production has rolled into town!

For roughly 2 weeks, George Square will be doubling for Philadelphia as Brad Pitt films his scenes for the post-apocalyptic zombie flick “World War Z” and if you ask me, it’s one of the best things to happen to the city for a while. The streets are totally buzzing!

I live 5 minutes walk away from the set and I’ve been going down as much as possible. I can’t believe how quickly the Square has been transformed to look like Philly and we’re not just talking about putting a couple of American flags here and there either.

Painted road signs and markings have been removed and replaced with American signs, traffic lights have been pulled down and been replaced with (much cooler looking) ‘WALK’ and “DON’T WALK’ signs and streets have been renamed.

The really cool stuff happened a couple of days ago when a huge car crash was staged! Surprisingly, the producers of “World War Z” have no problem with the public getting up real close with their cameras most of the time and yesterday, we got to walk along the crash scene which was great because they actually had dummies lying dead in their crumpled cars and…actually, shall I just shut up and show you some of the the photos I took?

You should get yourself down to George Square and take all of this stuff in because in a matter of days it’ll all be gone.
Click HERE for a video of the car crash.

Thundercats & Jessica Rabbit’s Dress.

I was watching “Thundercats” the other day and reliving my youth a wee bit and was surprised at how good it still is.
No seriously it is!

I was thinking about all the effort that got put into cartoons in the 80’s.
The time it must have taken to draw a single episode etc…
It’s all up there on the screen and it looks good.

Big long flashy colourful animated opening credits,
Big matte painted background scenery and a big 80’s theme tune with loads of whamy bar guitars on it!

That’ll do for me!

“Thundercats” came out when?
1982?

Long before CGI took over the entire world and fucked it,
I used to wonder how animators and artists made things look shiny and sparkly.
Things like lightning and twinkles on metal.
It never looked like it was just painted or just drawn.
Know what I mean?
How was that done?

I still don’t understand it really…

Here’s some screen shots incase you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about:

It’s the same with Jessica Rabbit’s dress in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
How did they make that sparkle?

Someone once told me that the film was physically scratched into by hand to create the sparkle on that dress but know what?

I don’t think I believe that.

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