The Phantom Menace 3D: Did it Look Good?

February 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. The Phantom Menace 3D is the only post-processed 3D film worth seeing.

Before we dive in any further, it’s important to talk about what those three words mean: post-processed 3D. From a simplistic view, there are really only two ways to create a 3D film. One method is to shoot natively in the format. The best example of this would be James Cameron’s Avatar, a film that was shot with custom-designed cameras that sport two lenses recording simultaneously. This allows the filmmaker to shoot in 3D right at that moment by having one lens film at one depth and the second lens film at a different depth, naturally creating the effect of looking into the distance rather than looking at a series of flat images on a screen.

The second method is what’s called post-processed 3D, the method used with every other 3D movie you’ve seen since 2009. There’s a reason critics and filmgoers possess a certain amount of hate for movies edited in this manner. Often it’s a cheap gimmick used to make a few extra dollars, one that usually looks terrible. Characters look as if they’d been flattened by a steamroller and then dropped onto the background, blatant fourth-wall violations, odd strobing.

Post-processed 3D is usually regarded in a lesser light than natively shot 3D for a pretty good reason. Native produces better films, post-process produces significantly more garbage and dreck. Avatar is the golden standard of 3D movies because it was designed, shot for shot, from the beginning to be 3D. Just about every post-processed film wasn’t, and it clearly shows when you show up in the theater to watch it. The question now is this: can Industrial Light and Magic avoid the pitfalls these other films fell headfirst into?

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TFN Interview with Daniel Wallace

February 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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TheForce.Net has an interview with Book of Sith author Daniel Wallace. The interview includes some pretty cool answers pertaining to the book and it’s contents.

TFN: Did you draw inspiration from any non-Star Wars sources for the way you wrote these Sith Lords’ inner thoughts? Can you summarize each of their writing styles in one word or phrase?

DW: Just like with The Jedi Path, I tried to understand the Sith philosophy as if it were a real thing. With the Jedi I drew a lot on Catholicism, Buddhism, and Arthurian codes. With the Sith I went even broader since each of the writers was so different. Sorzus Syn is kind of like a lawful evil Dungeons and Dragons magic user. Darth Malgus’s section is like a Napoleonic war journal. Darth Bane is an egotistical combat master. Mother Talzin is like a close-to-nature Wiccan shaman. I viewed Darth Plagueis as a scientific skeptic who wrote like Leonardo da Vinci. And Palpatine is the supremely arrogant know-it-all who thinks he has it all figured out.

Dan also touched upon the 3rd generation of Essential Guides which is still in the works. You can check out the full interview here.

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Around the Web

February 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Around the Web, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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First item up is the news that the ever original Hollywood is bringing out yet another remake.  This time it’s the ’70s scifi TV show, Space: 1999.  Of course, it’s retitled Space: 2099, mostly because we already know what happened in space in 1999 and it wasn’t all that exciting.  I remember the original TV show and my memory was that, like 1999, it wasn’t all that exciting either.  Hopefully, the new movie from ITV Studios America and HD Films will be, but the early poster isn’t very reassuring on that score.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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New Teaser Clip of Darth Maul

February 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Star Wars News, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive teaser clip of Darth Maul from this season The Clone Wars. Movie goers at AMC, Cinemark, Regal theaters and any that feature CineMedia’s First Look will get to see the clip before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D. For everyone else, you can catch the clip here.

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‘Knight Errant’ Update

February 10, 2012 at 7:48 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Over on TFN’s forums, comic writer John Jackson Miller provided a few updates on the next upcoming arc of the Knight Errant series.

ESCAPE definitely gets back to the Sith-versus-Sith dynamic — and it’s probably the darkest, most intense storyline I’ve done for SW. Kerra’s happy moment won’t last long!

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Book of the Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side Review

February 10, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars Books | 2 Comments
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‘The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.’ – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine

For nearly 35 years we have learned many things about the Dark Side of the Force and the Sith in general through the expanded universe.  Daniel Wallace has taken those explorations to the next level with his Book of the Sith.  After the break you can read my review of this unique book.

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New Release: ‘Book of Sith – Secrets from the Dark Side’

February 10, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Not only is The Phantom Menace 3D out in theaters, but Daniel Wallace’s Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side is out as well. This interactive book includes a Sith holocron book container and a whole lot more. With Valentine’s Day coming up, maybe this is the gift you’re looking for? Continue Reading New Release: ‘Book of Sith – Secrets from the Dark Side’…

Now Playing: ‘The Phantom Menace’ in 3D

February 10, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Star Wars News | 2 Comments

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D…now playing in a theater near you.

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