By Charles Webb
"He knows what he wants - he says 'This is how we're going to do the scene,' and we'll often just do it in one take." Muyzer, whose VFX company has worked alongside Blomkamp since his feature debut, "District 9," and spent four years developing the dystopian action film "Elyisum," says this approach is "scary for the people behind the scenes," but Blomkamp's approach allows him to sidestep studio and screening notes: there are no backup shots or cuts, only what the director has put on the screen.
"Elysium," which is out this week on home video, follows Matt Damon's character Max, a factory worker who suffers a lethal dose of radiation poisoning, and must get to the orbiting city of Elysium in order to be cured. Like "District 9," "Elysium" sees the writer-director creating social commentary in a sci-fi action film - this time with plenty of robots, killer exoskeletons, and exotic, flesh-shredding guns, all courtesy of the Vancouver-based Imagine Engine.
The studio, which is working on the "Ninja Turtles" and "Child 44," largely supports Blomkamp - they're already moving on to the director's next film, the Hugh Jackman-starring "Chappie."
It's no secret that readers become protective of their beloved novels when a film company takes on the ambitious task of turning it into a movie. Fans rally behind their favorite actors to play the lead roles and voice their concerns over the script staying true to the book. When it comes to Stephenie Meyer's, "The Host," the response has been no different.
Luckily fans have been warm to lead actors Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons, but will they be happy with the script? Cast your worries aside Meyer fans! When MTV News headed out for a behind-the-scenes look at the big-screen adaptation of Meyer's novel, she told us that she's had more input in this film thanks to director Andrew Niccol.
The always wonderfully deadpan Bob Balaban is back for the second in a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," which are premiering this week on various blogs.
Today's clip gives us a look at the Anderson's work with the children who starred in the film. They had lots of fun.
It only seems appropriate that the most Wes Anderson-y movie ever have an equally Wes Anderson-y look behind the scenes.
Michael Bay knows how he likes his movies: big, loud and sleek. In this exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," members of the cast and crew recall what it was like working with the director's distinct style.
It's called ATT-ATT, and it stands for "All the toys, all the time." That basically sums up how Bay likes to shoot his films. When approaching a particular scene, the director prefers to have all different types of film equipment ready to go if inspiration strikes at any particular moment.
A lot goes into making a World War II epic like "Red Tails." You can just ask one of its stars Tristan Wilds. In this exclusive look behind the scenes, Wilds guides us through the making of George Lucas' pet project.
For over twenty year, Lucas attempted to bring the amazing story of the courageous Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen. Having finally succeeded in moving ahead with the project as producer, all there was left to do was film the thing.
What can you expect from the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"? Well, according to director Guy Ritchie, you can expect everything to be "bigger and better."
MTV News was lucky enough to head to the London set of the film back in January to chat with Ritchie and leading men Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law about the latest installment in their steam punk-esque, action-packed franchise. Ritchie said that this time around you can expect everything to be a bit more extreme because now he "knows the identity" of his colorful characters.
"I supposed I stuck my toe in the water creatively on the last one. I'm probably a little bit more confident about who these guys are," Ritchie said.
Working on a J.J. Abrams production isn't all secrets and mystery; there's also a lot of joking going on too. "Super 8" cast members Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee and Riley Griffiths shared their memories from working with the notoriously secretive director in this exclusive behind the scenes clip from the upcoming Blu-ray, hitting stores on November 22.
The clip also shares with us a peek of Abrams giving his young stars Courtney and Elle Fanning direction during a scene from this past summer's homage to the early films of producer Steven Spielberg. "J.J. is super nice," Courtney told cameras for the clip. "He's very interactive in his directing, and he knows what he wants."
It's always a welcome surprise to wake up to a brand new production diary from the set of "The Hobbit." Peter Jackson and his team have really made these video blogs something to look forward to, and the latest continues the tradition of amping up anticipation for the two-part fantasy prequel.
The fourth production diary focuses on what is arguably the biggest difference between "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, the way it's being filmed. In the ten minute video, Jackson takes viewers through the technology being used to travel back to Middle Earth.
If "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" left you cold, its sequel — "Retaliation" — should warm you right up. The Rock is on board as Roadblock, leading an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis as the original Joe, Ray Stevenson as bad guy Firefly, RZA as the Blind Master and returning "Joe" veterans Channing Tatum as Duke and Ray Park as Snake-Eyes. It's a strong cast and a great assortment of classic "Joe" characters that has at least this fan very, very stoked.
We haven't seen much from the film yet, but a new "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" sneak peek courtesy of Entertainment Tonight is shining some light on the subject. Read what ET found out on the set of the "Joe" sequel beyond the jump.
"Immortals" is just two weeks away from hitting theaters, but if we were able to move in God Speed, we'd be at that November 11 release date a whole lot quicker.
I'm talking about the speed with which Zeus, Poseidon and the other immortal powers of Olympus move against their adversaries, the Titans, in the Tarsem Singh-directed epic. Aside from the perpetually shirtless Henry Cavill and the eternally gorgeous Freida Pinto, perhaps the biggest draw of "Immortals" is the glorious battles between the Gods and the Titans, some of the most breathtaking violence I've ever seen committed to the screen, thanks largely to the otherworldly pacing of the sequences. Get an early look at God Speed for yourself in today's "Immortals" Mondays exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette!
"Immortals" hits theaters on November 11, 2011.