[Shout out to Nigel!]

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Transformers marks your second time as sequence supervisor at ILM. What sequences did you work on?

I was sequence supe on the Scorponok desert attack sequence (along with Nigel Sumner), the Blackout attack sequence that begins the film (along with Leandro Estebecorena), and the end battle sequence (along with Nigel and David Hisanaga). The end battle included the last fight between Optimus and Megatron, Blackout getting lazered and destroyed, Starscream attacking the F-22’s, and a few other shots here and there. The shots I personally did were pretty much in those sequences, too, and a few others. It was nice to have a lot of variety– some daylight desert work, nighttime work, aerial work, and urban battle work.

August is usually a slow time in the entertainment industry. With the fall TV lineup set, writers, producers, directors, and casting directors take much-needed vacations, while network execs spend quality time in their summer homes. But the current contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have sparked rumors that writers, actors, and directors may all strike next year. Many are speculating that if the writers and producers don’t come to an agreement by Oct. 31, the contract’s expiration date, the WGA could ride out its contract until June 2008, when the AMPTP’s pacts with the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America expire. The unions, negotiating for better residuals and new-media compensation, could unite for a “perfect storm” strike that might effectively shut down the industry.

 Something tells me that “Stardust” will ultimately be remembered much like “Moulin Rouge” or “Mulholland Drive” – everyone will either love, love, love it, or despise it to its very core.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to dispute the genius of Neil Gaiman, who recently unveiled twenty minutes of footage from his upcoming flick “Bewoulf” – and said that its groundbreaking mix of CGI, motion-capture and 3D might just convince Robert Zemeckis that the time is finally right for “The Fermata.”

Is there no end to the carnage wrought by subprime madness? Far from being “contained,” the fallout is now spreading to fictional realms populated by some of the mightiest icons of human civilization. On Wednesday afternoon, the Financial Times published a scoop breaking the news that funding for a slate of upcoming blockbuster movies may be delayed because of Wall Street’s current woes.

The studio in question is MGM: The movies on the list include “The Hobbit” and the next installments in both the Terminator and James Bond sagas.

Disney is renaming the Disney-MGM Theme Park in Orlando to Disney’s Hollywood Studio. But the park will not just be renamed, but restructured into different lands (almost like how
Universal handles Islands of Adventure). According to Jim Hill, there are plans to increase George Lucas’ presence in Disney’s Hollywood Studios into an entire George Lucas Land that will stretch from the Indiana Jones Outpost to the Tatooine Traders.

At the heart of the revisited area will be Star Tours 2.0, complete with a brand-new 3D ride film as well as elements from Disney’s Living Character Initiative. Rumor has it that a scene or two from Indiana  Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular might be replaced with new stunt sequences from the upcoming Indiana Jones 4.

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