Visual Effects Blamed For Slipped Movie Releases - InformationWeek
05:06 PM

Visual Effects Blamed For Slipped Movie Releases

Directors of Spider-Man 3 and Ghost Riders told fans this week that some of the special effects used in their movies proved daunting and have held up production.

Hollywood directors experimenting with groundbreaking special and visual effects found themselves apologizing to comic-book fans for slipped release dates and showing raw footage at the 2006 Comic-Con International, the nation's largest comic book convention.

More than 100,000 comic-book fans jammed into the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Studios discovered an appearance at the show is best served by unveiling new or exclusive movie footage in exchange for instantaneous feedback from zealous fans.

Directors also apologized for slipped movie release dates, pointing to difficult visual effects for the delay. "We had to come up with a whole new program to create the fire, and to be honest with you, that's the reason it's been taking so long to finish the film," Mark Steven Johnson, the director of "Ghost Riders," told the crowd on Saturday. "A lot of the Sony Pictures Imageworks effects were groundbreaking. Sony Pictures unveiled at Comic-Con first-time footage of "Ghost Rider," an adaptation of Marvel Comics hero Johnny Blaze who sells his soul to the devil to save his father. The event brought out Johnson, along with producers Michael De Luca and Avi Arad and stars Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes. More than 6,500 fans packed into Hall H, the convention center's biggest room, to see the fiery visual effects.

Johnson said Cage, who plays lead character Johnny Blaze, wore a green neoprene hood over his head with interactive lights to mark the spots that fire should appear. "We'd get his expressions and movement, then digitally remove his head and put the flaming skull in its place," he explained.

The audience also roared for Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man 3." Director Sam Raimi apologized to the crowd for having to run raw footage of cast members Tobey Maguire, Topher Grace, Thomas Hayden Church, Bryce Dallas Howard and Kirsten Dunst because visual effects on the movie proved complicated and time consuming. Comic book fans in crowded Hall H didn't seem to mind.

"You're going to see really raw stuff, as some shots we slugged together this week," Raimi explained.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
1 of 2
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
2017 State of IT Report
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends for 2018
As we enter a new year of technology planning, find out about the hot technologies organizations are using to advance their businesses and where the experts say IT is heading.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll