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Guilty Pleasures: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mormons From Outer Space

What the frack, Luke? Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but not according to Star Wars creator George Lucas. TV hit maker Glen A Larson’s re-jigged concept “Adam’s Ark“, reborn as Universal ABC’s Battlestar Galactica, faced multiple lawsuits from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox on the basis of copyright infringement.  To add insult […]

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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Unsung Heroes: Silent Running’s Drones

After the success of Easy Rider in 1972, Universal Studios gave five first time directors a shot to make their first full length feature on $1 million dollars, with complete creative control. Douglas Trumbull, after a fruitful collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, chose to write and direct another science fiction film. Only rather than […]

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Silent Running: Vintage Making Of Documentary

I’m a sucker for “making of “features, which are sadly becoming more of an afterthought on the latest film disc releases. Quite often they are chopped up into bite sized chunks, more often back-slapping talking heads with little insight, compared to the mammoth features of a few years ago. Of course there are exceptions, though […]

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The Great Unmade? Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune

Critics are abuzz with rave reviews of Frank Pavich’s documentary on one of the maddest, baddest gambles in Hollywood’s history – the still-born first serious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s ground breaking, Messianic Space Opera novel, Dune. The fall-out from the extensive, imaginative gathering of talent by visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky before the plug was […]

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