‘Hulk’ F/X. ‘X2′ Thefts.’Smallville,’ ‘Spidey’ and ‘Bulletproof Monk’: Comics2Film Wrap for April 29th, 2003

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‘Hulk’ F/X. ‘X2′ Thefts.’Smallville,’ ‘Spidey’ and ‘Bulletproof Monk’: Comics2Film Wrap for April 29th, 2003


Universal pictures presented a panel on “Hulk” at this weekend’s
WonderCon. Occasional Comics2Film contributor Douggary Grant was on hand as CG
F/X gurus Paul Giacoppo and Glen McIntosh hosted the session. Here’s Douggary’s
recap of the panel:

“They opened up the panel by talking a little about the long process
this film took before actually being made. The producer (Gale Anne Hurd) has
been trying to get this film made for almost twelve years. She had been waiting
for the right combination of cast, crew, and technology to come together, so she
could make the film the way it needs to be made.

“They spoke about how Ang Lee picked up his life and moved to the Bay
Area just so he could be directly involved with the lengthy pre and post
production to insure his vision was carried out. Lee had very strong
feelings of exactly how the Hulk should look and how the film as a whole should
be handled. 

“Giacoppo and McIntosh showed the new trailer which had a bunch of
awesome new scenes: it showed the accident that triggers Banner turning into the
Hulk, Hulk leaping, Hulk battling tanks, jets, and helicopters, and last but not
least the Hulk dogs (they actually looked pretty cool). 

“The most important thing to note was that the CG imaging of the Hulk
was far improved from the last trailer. I asked and got confirmation that the
previous trailer had included effects scenes that were not 100% finished but
that they felt looked good enough to make it into the trailer. I have read about
people complaining that Hulk looked too much like a game sprite or too ‘green.’
As far as looking like a video game character I can say its not even close, he
looks amazing! 

“For being too green, that Ang Lee has the Hulk go through several
different types of transformations throughout the film. There are actually at
least three different sizes (ranging from 9ft to 15ft!) and depending on his
‘mood’ the shade of green can change. 

“The panelists said Ang was VERY specific about what color he wanted in
which scenes and wanted the ‘jade green’ (the color he is when he swings the
tank around) to stay no matter what.

“They spoke about Ang being a long time fan of the comic and helping to
put together a style guide that was distributed to everyone working on the film.
It was a book containing actual panels taken from the comics. Many artists were
represented including John Byrne, Sal Buscema (who’s scale for the Hulk was the
one used in the film, about 5x human mass. They compared it to the Troll in
‘Lord of the Rings’), and Jack Kirby.

“There were a lot of test shots shown…test footage of body builders or
athletes doing various Hulk-like activities (like smashing faux office furniture
or leaping) they were very careful not to make Hulk look like Superman flying
when he took to the skies in one of his trademark 3 mile leaps. 

“They had tons of character studies done so they could make sure hulk as
real as possible. Anatomy experts were asked to make sure that the muscles moved
and flexed correctly. To do this right they did extensive studies of every part
of the Hulk’s body going through its entire range of motion. This footage was
gone over by experts and corrected where it didn’t behave just right. I can’t
imagine the amount of work that went into just these studies!”



Mutants all over the country are being hunted by frenetic fans according to a
write-up in USA

X-Fans are reportedly so excited about the upcoming “X2” that
they’re stealing posters from bus stops, including the one right in front of Fox
Studios in Los Angeles.

The studio reports almost 200 of the large-size ads promoting the move are
missing from 15 cities. The one-sheet advertisements are said to carry a $40
price tag.

Thanks to Movie City
for the lead.



a press release:

America Online, Warner Bros. Television and The WB Television Network have
teamed up to create new AOL-exclusive original promotional programming
surrounding The WB’s and Warner Bros. Television’s hit series
“Smallville.” This series of two- to four-minute episodic video
segments will focus on Clark Kent’s friend Chloe Sullivan (played by Allison
Mack) as she investigates suspicious happenings around the town of Smallville.
Beginning April 29 and continuing through May 20, a new “Chloe
Chronicles” video will launch each week on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET),
immediately following “Smallville” on The WB. These vignettes, best
viewed through AOL for Broadband, can only be seen on AOL Television at AOL
Keyword: Smallville.

The “Chloe Chronicles” video segments will follow the curious Chloe
as she tries to solve the mysteries of Smallville–featuring events that are
related to the show’s plot line, including hidden messages and clues to upcoming
episodes. This “companion programming” is designed to give viewers
further insight into the plot and characters of “Smallville,” adding
an additional layer to the mythology in each of the weekly episodes.

“We’re delighted to team with Warner Bros. Television and The WB to
offer this ‘Smallville’ content to our members,” said Patricia Karpas, Vice
President and General Manager, AOL Television. “This type of high-quality
companion programming is at the heart of our mission — to offer AOL and AOL for
Broadband members unique and compelling ways to experience their favorite
television shows. This is also an exciting example of how AOL Television can
help networks tap into and build loyal audiences for their shows.”

Added Lisa Gregorian, Senior Vice President, Television, Warner Bros.
Marketing Services, “The ‘Chloe Chronicles’ are a great way for Warner
Bros. Television to extend the ‘Smallville’ experience and to complement the
intriguing, compelling stories established by the series’ executive producers Al
Gough and Miles Millar. Our goal is to create companion programming that offers
new and exciting ways to engage the audience, just as music videos did for
record promotion.”

Suzanne Kolb, Executive Vice President, Marketing, The WB, said, “The WB
is always looking for new and innovative ways to promote our shows. The
partnership with Warner Bros. Television and AOL presents a great way to
increase viewer investment in ‘Smallville.'”

This project represents the latest collaboration between AOL Television,
Warner Bros. Television and The WB supporting “Smallville.” Most
recently, AOL Television celebrated Christopher Reeve’s guest appearance on
“Smallville” with online companion features that provided added
insight into Reeve’s character–including an exclusive sneak peek of the
fictional Time magazine cover and article seen in the show in which Reeve’s
character was honored as “Man of the Year.” The companies also teamed
up for a sweepstakes in which the winner would be “drawn in” to an
upcoming D.C. Comics “Smallville” comic book. In addition, AOL
Television offered an exclusive message from villain Lionel Luthor to the
residents of Smallville that couldn’t be seen anywhere else.



Back in January, “Bulletproof
Monk” was plagued by pirates who were already distributing the movie on DVD
in Hong Kong after the film was captured on videotape at an L.A. screening. Now,
Hollywood Reporter
says the sale of legitimate DVDs may be harming the

The film was released in China on almost the exact day that it was
released in theaters in the U.S. Overseas distributors fear that the release
will damage the movie’s box office in the same region.

Guangdong Face is
distributing the video, dubbed in the national Chinese language of Putonghua.



Spidey fans in the UK will get to see remastered episodes of the 1967
“Spider-Man” animated show on Channel 4 soon, according to today’s Variety.

Fox Kids Europe and Buena Vista International Television have renovated
prints of “Classic Spider-Man” from the original 35mm film negatives.

The C4 network has not yet announced an airdate for the restored show. Sony
has also expressed interest in the show, although they’ve got an all-new
animated “Spider-Man” due out this year.