Wired caught up with creature designer Neville Page, who discusses his work on several recent projects, including Prometheus, and, in the final seconds, the Blade Runner sequel.
It’s clear that Scott has a trusted circle of creative collaborators that he takes with him from film to film, including cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, production designer Arthur Max, editor Pietro Scalia, and costume designer Janty Yates. It seems Page can now be added to that exclusive club!
While Fox are hinting at something big at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con, until anything is confirmed a few events have been detailed which will keep us Prometheus fans happy.
There will be a few panel events, with various Prometheus crew, discussing a range of topics, including creature design with Neville Page, Blu-Ray with Ridley Scott’s regular Blu-Ray/DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika and the science of science fiction with Jon Spaihts
4:00-5:00 Character Design in Entertainment: From Script to Sculpt — When it comes to behind-the-scenes special features and “The Art of Making…” reference books for movies, gaming, and entertainment, oftentimes we only get a brief glimpse of what went into the design of a production. Leading creature and concept designer Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Super 8, and most recently Prometheus) goes in-depth about the specificity of character development, from script interpretation to full design execution, referencing select work from some of the spectacular films he has worked on. You will not only see the final resolve, but the roughest of sketches. A thorough Q&A will be a big part of the presentation. Room 7AB
5:00-6:00 Blu-ray Producers 2012 — Bill Hunt, Todd Doogan, and Dr. Adam Jahnke of The Digital Bits.com and Geek Monthly discuss the process of making great Blu-ray special editions with producers Charles de Lauzirika (Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man), Cliff Stephenson (The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation-Seasons One and Two), as well as Warner Home Video’s senior VP of theatrical catalog marketing George Feltenstein. Audience participation is encouraged. Room 5AB
6:00-7:00 The Science of Science Fiction: Canon Fodder — Aliens, robots, wormholes, superheroes…there’s more than a little science in all of these, but how can that science be kept straight and consistent across multiple movies and seasons of TV shows? Panelists Jon Spaihts (writer, Prometheus), Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Jaime Paglia (producer/writer, Eureka), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar Galactica, Defiance), talk about the ups and downs of respecting the science in ongoing science fiction TV and movie series. Moderated by Dr. Phil Plait (writer/host, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe, Discover magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog), and courtesy of The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences. Room 25ABC
Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Patrick Wilson and Kate Dickie, and is now on release around the world.
The name may not be familiar to casual movie goers, but sci-fi and fantasy fans will recognise Neville Page as the talent behind some iconic recent film design work, including Cloverfield, Tron Legacy, Avatar and more.
It was recently confirmed that Page was working on Prometheus, and MTV caught up with him at the Green Lantern premiere to ask a few questions about his latest work.
“I approach Ridley with great nervous energy because it is such an undertaking. ['Alien'] was the movie that inspired everything for me, not just creature design, but filmmaking in general… It is a huge undertaking to try and take it to the next level; to make Ridley proud, to make [H.R.] Giger proud, there’s a lot involved with that.”
And regarding the level of CG work, when compared with Alien, which was completed with a mix of on-set practical and minature effects:
“I don’t know, I can only asume that it’s going to be like with ['Green Lantern']… [We'll] use whatever it takes to make it look as good as it needs to look.”
Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof, based on an earlier, abandoned Alien prequel script by Jon Spaihts. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green and Kate Dickie, and is due for release on June 8th 2012.
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