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 Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means! Movie time!  There are quite a few films coming out this Summer, some are looking better than others and here is our breakdown of the must-see flicks for Summer 2016. So here we go!

 

 

 

“Search Party”

If you are a fan of such films as “Old School” and “The Hangover”, “Search Party” falls under the same raunchy/goofy style of comedy.  “Silicon Valley” stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch team up with Adam Pally to get in some serious trouble across the border.  Action and Apatowesque style comedy are like wine and cheese, a perfect fit in my opinion.  These guys are always funny and I am sure this film will be no different.

 

“The Free State of Jones”

Matthew McConaughey never seems to make a bad film, and here at FAT BOX we are suckers for a true story brought to life on the silver screen.  This summer war epic follows Mississippi farmer Newton Knight, (McConaughey) and his bold rebellion against the Confederacy in 1862, including his ensuing relationship with a freed slave, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  Like I said, we love a true story, and McConaughey looks almost identical to his character on screen.  This has the makings for a great film and “Seabiscuit” director Gary Ross definitely knows how to bring a true story to life.

 

“The Secret Lives of Pets”

The trailer for this film came out long before the movie was even close to being released, and now it’s here!  How time flies.  The directors of “Despicable Me” give us a glimpse into what really happens when you leave your furry little friend at home when you head to the office.  Voiced by an all star cast, Louis C.K, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, and Albert Brooks, this Universal picture has the makings for a definite summer hit.

 

“The Infiltrator”

Bryan Cranston bears a strange resemblance to Gene Hackman as a federal agent going undercover into the depths of Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring.  With the success of Netflix’s “Narcos”, it will be interesting to see how they tell another side of the Escobar saga.  Touted as the biggest sting in American history, Cranston alongside the great John Leguizamo look to make a great team in this 80’s thriller, also based on a true story.

 

“Lights Out”

Australian director James Wan has continued to terrify us with films such as “Saw”, “Insidious” and “The Conjuring”, all of which have produced equally terrifying sequels.  His latest film, “Lights Out” could be one of the scariest films so far.  Trailers for horror films can go either way.  If the trailer makes you jump out of your seat, chances are the film will give you nightmares.  This looks to be a nightmare inducing film which preys on one of our most basic fears, the dark.

 

“The Founder”

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, the hard-charging salesman who helped turn a humble little burger joint into a global sensation.  Not everyone was on board with the idea, and his biggest challenge happened to be the McDonald brothers themselves played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch.  Michael Keaton is an amazing actor, and placing him in the role of a real life figure such as Ray Kroc seems like an obvious choice.  Another period piece brought to life, definitely on our list of must-sees!

 

“Sausage Party”

In the same vein as “The Secret Lives of Pets”, this animated film shows the kitchen and journey of your everyday food items from their point of view.  The trailer begins quite innocent, but quickly takes an unexpected turn.  From the minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this R-rated animation also includes an all star cast including, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Cera.  Think of it as a twisted “Toy Story” with food.  This has all of the ingredients for an unexpected Summer blockbuster.

 

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Directed by Jon Favreau, (Swingers, Iron Man) “The Jungle Book” takes you on an unbelievable and nostalgic 3D visual journey.  MPC Visual Effects was the team behind creating over 1200 VFX shot for the film.  This movie does a great job of paying homage to the films that came before, but also taking you on a visual ride that reaches new heights of animation and compositing, even beyond James Cameron’s “Avatar”  

 

Take a look at some of the behind the scenes from “The Jungle Book”!



I wonder if it's the same bear that attacked Leo in “The Revenant”.

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If you haven't seen "The Revenant" yet, take this weekend and head down to your favorite local theater to experience filmmaking at it's finest.  The movie is beautifully shot, not to mention the conditions the cast and crew endured during production, is simply unbelievable.  

Of course we can discuss the bear attack scene, or the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio ate a raw Bison liver on camera.  We can talk about the 30 degrees below freezing, or sometimes 40 degrees at times with the wind chill. Not to discredit any of that - amazing.  But what captured me, and had me on the edge of my seat while watching this film was the stunning use of location.  

Everyone is busy with the day to day, technology has consumed us, and we are overloaded with content and advertisements almost every hour our eyes are open.  I feel that we have forgotten the beauty that lies just outside our city or town.  "The Revenant" takes place in a very different time in the world, a time lost by the distractions of today.  This documentary produced by 20th Century Fox not only shows stunning behind the scenes footage and the process of making the film, but also examines how they showed respect and paid tribute to Native American history and lore.

For another great read on the production and some of the more gruesome details of the making of "The Revenant", take a look here.

Dave DeSantis - Executive Producer

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As long as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still killing it in the box office, we will all have to wait to see any of the behind the scenes or cinema secrets used to bring this vivid world to life.  Fortunately for all of the franchise fans out there,  veteran Cinematographer, Dan Mindel, has shared some amazing behind the scenes photos with us via his Instagram account.

Dan Mindel has worked with J.J. Abrams in the past, as well as extraordinary filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Oliver Stone.  These photos are pretty cool, and will have to tide us over until we can watch the real deal behind the scenes featurette upon the film’s home video release.

What a cool job!  

Oh, and don’t worry, if you are worried about spoilers, no need to.  These snaps don’t give anything away.  And if you are worried about spoilers, the bigger issue here is why haven’t you seen the film yet?  Hurry!

Enjoy!

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 Chewie making sure his hair looks perfect.

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Final touches on BB-8 before his close up.

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RELATED ARTICLE: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - BEHIND THE SCENES

 

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 Fisher Dolly and Storm Trooper Helmet.

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 Beautiful shot.

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 Kylo Ren in battle.  The snowy battle took place on a sound stage, gotta love set designers!

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 The magic behind BB-8, all remote control.  Pretty fascinating design, none the less.

(Dan Mindel/ Instagram)

 #starwars #theforceawakens #behindthescenes #thisistheblogyouarelookingfor #jjabrams

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Everyone loves a good scare, and October is the prefect month for all of that. Whether you are planning your Halloween costume, or gearing up for the latest in greatest in scary movies, here are 13 FAT FACTS about some classic horror films you may not be aware of. We have also included some hidden links within the facts that will take you to some really interesting content.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

  • While filming “The Shining”, Danny Lloyd, who played the role of Danny, was actually told they were filming a drama.  He was too young at the time to know they were making one of the greatest horror films of all time.

 

 

 

 

  • Movie titles often change in the process of writing even all the way up to shooting.  “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was originally titled “Head Cheese”.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The true story behind “The Conjuring” is as follows:

    Eight generations of families lived and died in the house before the Perrons moved in. Andrea Perron suggests that some of the spirits from the families never left. Deaths include two documented suicides, a poisoning death, the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl, two drownings, and the passing of four men who froze to death. Most deaths occurred within the Arnold family from which Bathsheba Sherman was descended.

     

 

 

 

 

 

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt was among the list of actors who were offered the leading role in “The Ring”.

 

 

  • To make Samara’s walk as terrifying as possible in “The Ring”, they shot her walking backwards and reversed the shot in post production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE A FAT HALLOWEEN!

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Show Runners and American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is no stranger to the "fear factor".  The first season of AHS was a smash hit, and the show has continued to remain successful with their unique approach in which, every season is a completely new story.  Sure, the 2nd season of AHS it was a little bit of a challenge to look at familiar faces in a different light, but after a couple of episodes, your eyes adjust and you fall right in to the new world that Ryan and Brad have created without even flinching.

The latest and greatest is set to premiere in October, a perfect ramp up for Halloween, and if our calculations are correct, this season will be even better than the last as they continue to push the envelope and leave you asking yourself again and again "How are they able to put that on TV"?   

What do we know about Season 5?  Not much, we won't know much until we can actually see the intro to the show, the past 4 season openers have been littered with clues that tell us about what may or may not take place.  You can see the opener for Seasons 1-3 below.

We do know Season 5 will be taking place at an old hotel in Los Angeles.  Fans of the horror genre can all agree, there is nothing better than a creepy hotel, and it's always cool to see the dark side of Los Angeles.  Oh yeah, and it also should be noted that last year Ryan Murphy released a statement that all of the seasons are actually connected, there are some clues to support that as well.  Thanks NERDIST!

We also know that Lady Gaga will be playing a integral role on this run of AHS.  No Jessica Lange this time around, I will take Lady Gaga.  Here is a first look at the promo released on July 13th, 2015.  This is as Gaga as you'd imagine.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS POST AS NEW PROMOS AND DETAILS ABOUT AHS ARE RELEASED.

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UPDATE: JULY 7th, 2015

This behind the scenes making of "Where Are U Now" came out a few days ago.  Peeling the curtain back to see a bit more about how they made this video, definitely worth a look.

Let's kick this off by saying first and foremost, there has been a lot of negativity and bad press following Justin Bieber over the past few years.  From punching paparazzi, to peeing in a mop bucket and we can't forget about the DUI, Bieber went from the lovable 13 year old with a mop top dancing in a bowling alley to America's bad boy and pop sensation.  A natural progression for anyone who grows up in the spotlight with $200 Million dollars under their belt (if you ask me).  Aside from trouble with the law and becoming the focus of TMZ, The Biebs still manages to make some pretty great music and remain on top of the pop music food chain.  

The new chart topping jam "Where Are You Now", is a collaboration between Justin Bieber and EDM production powerhouse Skrillex & Diplo.  A smooth RnB intro leading into a heavy synth with intense reverb makes for a crazy yet original sound that is sure to be running through your head all day.  

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But wait...there's more!

On Monday June 29th 2015, the music video for "Where Are You Now" hit the internet.  This video is visually stunning.  A combination of live action, motion tracking, stop motion and art from the fans, this video is truly well done.  Fans were invited to the "Seventh Letter Gallery" in Los Angeles to help contribute to the video artistically, by using colored pens and pencils to sketch on frames of the video hanging on the wall.  

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These frames were then composited on to the edited video for an incredibly original and artistic effect.  You can freeze frame the video at nearly any point and see some really cool art.  

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Motion tracking was also used to paint on to the pop star.  Bright and vivid colors fill in Justin's fully tatted sleeves and face.  

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One of the coolest videos to come out in a long time.  Even if you don't like the Biebs, this is a great piece of art that utilizes some amazing video production tools and is worth a watch.  Check it out and be sure to leave your comments below!

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This has to be one of the most ridiculous plot lines EVER!  A tire that rolls around the desert blowing peoples heads off, what???  That being said, it is great to see something so original actually getting some traction..(Pun intended).  

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Shot entirely at the "Four Aces" movie set and surrounding Palmdale, California desert, this movie really is a trip.  The "Four Aces" set is pretty cool itself.  You wouldn't even think twice driving down the desert road that it was actually a fully functional movie set.  It really looks like a creepy old motel!  They have a few furnished rooms, a saloon, gas station, office, a bunch of old cars, it's all set up for you to turn the cameras on and start rolling.  Awesome!  The FAT BOX team can't WAIT to have the opportunity to shoot something here.

Check out the pics below.  

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Very Norman Bates.

Earning a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Rubber" is a MUST see!  Cinematically wonderful, ridiculous, unrealistic and amazing.  If you plan on doing one thing this Summer, it better be watching this movie.

 

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THE MUCH TALKED ABOUT AND ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY, "LIVE FROM NEW YORK!" will be hitting select theaters sooner than later.  We have always been SNL fans here at the FAT BOX offices, and can't wait to see all of the incredible and never before seen behind the scenes footage.  SNL has been a part of the trending fabric which makes up our society.  When something happens in the news, you almost definitely know that SNL will cover it in the satirical tone they have perfected over the years.  Check out the trailer below!

Working in live TV is a different beast unlike any other.  You have one chance and one chance only to get it right.  This kind of production is exciting, but can also be terrifying.  Here is another really cool featurette that will give you some insight in to how they broadcast an NFL game.  The amount of people working all at once, the cameras, the graphics and animation, it is simply amazing.  It is easy to say, live TV, there is nothing like it!

 

Check out these videos and leave your comments below!  What was your favorite SNL character of all time?

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FOR MANY OF US the release of "JURASSIC PARK" in 1993 changed how we viewed movies forever.  The cutting edge motion graphics and practical effects were ahead of their time and opened up a whole new world of possibilities which would change the course of movie making forever.  We will never forget seeing a T-Rex brought to life on the big screen like never before.  Now, 22 years later, special effects and 2D & 3D animation have advanced to a point where nearly anything is possible.  That being said, it seems like the perfect opportunity to take a journey back to Isla Nublar.  

Check out this cool video on the making of the original "JURASSIC PARK" below!

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Incredible 3D effects were used to tell the story of "JURASSIC WORLD".  This movie puts into perspective how far we have come cinematically, and what can be possible when great minds and creative talent come together.  

Of course, we love our on set behind the scenes footage over here at FAT BOX, so here is a cool 5 minute movie which shows a little more about the actual production of the movie from the crew's perspective.  Naturally, Chris Pratt is amazing.

Leave a comment or two below and tell us about your "JURASSIC PARK" experience!  "JURASSIC WORLD" opens JUNE 12th!

Happy Friday!

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The hit HBO series "ENTOURAGE" had an incredible 8 Season run.  The FAT BOX ~ video & animation team has always been huge fans of the show.  The show was so successful, that now years later we are being reunited with Vincent Chase and the gang to pick up where we left off in the first ever "ENTOURAGE" movie.  With an incredibly large fan base and following, you would think right off the bat, "everyone will go to see this movie"!  That may be the case, but regardless, Creator Doug Ellin and Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg put in motion an incredibly intricate and well thought out marketing plan.  Let's take a look.

The wheels were set in motion 2 years ago when the "ENTOURAGE" movie was greenlit by Warner Bros.  

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 The news exploded on twitter after Doug Ellin made it official and fans of the show instantly made the news a trending topic.

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Now, if you are unfamiliar with the Hollywood or the Production Process, you should know that movies can take a LONG time to make.  For example, the "LEGO MOVIE" took 4 years to make, the original "SLEEPING BEAUTY" took 8 years to make, with "AVATAR" taking a whopping 10 years to complete.  A movie takes a long time from conception to create the final product.  Keep in mind, this is after all of the contract negotiating, script writing, location scouting, etc.  You can read more about the PRODUCTION PROCESS here.

Alright, so the movie is finished, and now it's time to promote the release.  There is variety of different ways to go about this, from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to TMZ and even word of mouth.  But what is the BEST way to promote your new project?  Yep, you guessed it, VIDEO!  Here is how the "ENTOURAGE" marketing team got creative. 

The first "ENTOURAGE" movie trailer was released last year just before the holidays on December 23, 2014 with a release date set for June 12th, 2015.  This leaves plenty of time to promote the release, let's look at some of the ways they got the buzz going.

With the power of social media, the cast was able to give the fans constant, real time updates via Vine, Instagram and Facebook.  This included footage from the set as well as press and interviews for the movie.  It wasn't until they rapidly approached the release date when they really ramped it up.  Warner Bros. and HBO teamed up with Cadillac to create a great campaign showing how Jeremy Piven's character, super agent Ari Gold got himself back to Hollywood.  Check out the video below.

They followed this up with a Featurette about Vincent Chase, the lead and movie star played by Adrian Grenier, and a few more about some of the other cast members.

The most creative part of how video was used to market this film, was the morning show segments where Jeremy Piven made an appearance, playing the role of Ari Gold promoting his new book.  The book doesn't exist, but the Jeremy Piven reprised his eccentric character off the silver screen to promote the film.  Brilliant!

The "ENTOURAGE" movie will be released next week, June 3rd 2015.  Give us a call and let us come up with a creative plan and market you the "ENTOURAGE" way.

Don't forget to leave your comments below and remember to "Dream Big, Live Larger".

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Production is a tricky thing.  It doesn't matter what kind of movie, TV show, commercial, sketch or documentary you are making, a lot of time and effort goes in to making sure you are getting the full effect and captivating audiences.  This can be done with a great script, amazing interviews, vivid 2D or 3D animation, never before seen footage or incredible special effects.  Every part of the pre production process leads to that exciting moment when your cast is in place, the cameras are rolling director yells "ACTION"!

The upcoming Village Roadshow Pictures release, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD appears to have some pretty wild special effects.  Here is some behind the scenes footage that will give you a good idea of what goes in to a Hollywood Blockbuster.

Leave your comments below!

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There is no doubt that video is an integral part of our every day lives.  Just think about how many videos you see everyday while surfing the web.  If you want your business to be seen, you need a powerful and engaging video that will captivate your target audience.  

Here are 3 FAT STATS for you!

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 Contact FAT BOX today to see how you can get your name out there using captivating and high quality video!

 

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If you haven’t heard of Bill Burr, this is one entertainer you need to have at the top of your list.  Bill Burr is a veteran in the comedy world who you may also know “Patrick Kuby” in the AMC hit series “Breaking Bad”, reporting to lowlife attorney at law, Saul Goodman.  (Bill is on the right).

 

Since 2007, Bill Burr has been recording an hour long podcast in which he rants about everything from sports, women, politics, porkchops, travelling, stories from his past, etc. The list is endless.  The show is called “The Monday Morning Podcast” and will most definitely pick up your mood to start your week.  Recently Bill began recording a Thursday podcast where he checks in on the fans "before payday".  Recently he had the opportunity to sit down with a very special guest.

 

Most recently Bill sat down with SNL and Groundlings comedy alumni, Will Forte.  Will is also the star and creator of the new show on FOX, “The Last Man on Earth”.  This is a great episode and one of our favorites because it really gives some insight into the ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS while sharing a few funny experiences from their years in the business and shed some light on what it is like to be on the other side of the camera and the PRODUCTION PROCESS.

We highly recommend taking a listen.  Leave your comments below and be sure to check out some of Bill’s stand up comedy, and Will Forte’s new show on FOX, “The Last Man on Earth”.

Have a FAT Tuesday!

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FAT BOX HAS A NEW LOOK!

We are proud to present to you the brand new look of FAT BOX FILMS!  Our new interactive site makes it really easy to find exactly what you are looking for!  If you are newly acquainted with FAT BOX FILMS, here is a little bit about our team.

FAT BOX is a creative resource for ANY production need. Really.

We are high-end visual producers who have delivered unprecedented creative video & animation world wide, since 1995.

With over 100 CAMPAIGNS and more than 1,000 film, video and animation productions gracing FAT BOX, we command professional Producers, Directors, Script Writers, Film and Television Production Experts, 3D CG Animation Geniuses, 2D Motion Graphic Animators, Post Editors and Effects Specialists to a successful union of collaboration and success.

We are completely focused on delivering visually exciting experiences. Period.

After all, this is a partnership between FAT BOX and you.

We are a family of dedicated professionals here to make sure you are completely satisfied, so together we will continue to be long term partners and trusted friends.

Creative . Production . Post . 2d & 3d Animation . Print & Media

Thanks for checking us out, click on the REQUEST A QUOTE button to get in touch with us and help us bring your vision to the big screen!

 

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