Ed Kramer added to StarFest lineup

Ed Kramer at StarFest

Ed Kramer
Award-winning Visual Effects artist at StarFest

Mr. Kramer has worked in the VFX industry for more than 30 years. He spent 12 of those years as a Senior Technical Director and Sequence Supervisor at George Lucas’s company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). He was an integral effects creator for some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, including the Academy Award winning Pirates of the Carribbean II: Dead Man’s Chest. Four other movies he worked on received Oscar nominations for Visual Effects: Twister, The Perfect Storm, Star Wars Episode I and Star Wars Episode II. If you recall the droid factory and the fiery lava planet in Star Wars II and III, the skittering scarab beetles in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the T-Rex and dinosaur stampede in Jurassic Park II, the Quidditch course in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Kraken in Pirates of the Carribbean II, or the Rock Monster in Galaxy Quest, you have experienced an impressive sampling of some of Ed’s many visual effects creations for film and television. He also helped create the Columbia Pictures “Lady with a Torch” logo seen at the beginning of every Columbia Pictures film since 1993.

Ed is currently the Visual Effects Supervisor for Denver-based Bloom Animation, and is a professor of Computer Graphics and Visual Effects for Regis University and the Colorado Film School. Through Bloom, he is also involved in two potential efforts to build large-scale studios in the Denver area. One of these is a feature-film studio with a plan to hire up to 200 animators to create a slate of both traditional and CGI animated films. The vision for the other would be a boutique-style digital 3-D movie production company that would utilize a Pixar-style approach to create virtual sets and locations, together with an elaborate process of virtual storyboarding, to revolutionize how visual effects in feature films are created and to save producers tremendous amounts of money in the process. This effort is being spearheaded by one of the most influential Visual Effects artists in the history of cinema.

At StarFest, Ed will show footage from his many years in CGI, hilighting important milestones in the evolution of the industry. He will also conduct a Q&A to discuss what it was like working at ILM on Star Wars and so many high-profile feature films, and any aspect of his VFX adventures the audience is interested in finding out about. Depending on the progress of the new studio ventures, he may be able to give us a glimpse into Denver’s future as the country’s newest high-tech feature film production center.

Back to the Future Trilogy Quiz/Contest

Back to the Future TrilogyWin a Blu-Ray copy of the Trilogy
Available in stores NOW!

Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (1985-1990) When teenager Marty McFly is blasted back to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself in a time-shattering mess that could vaporize his future and his very existence! Then, Marty and Doc launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix it is by going back to 1955 all over again! Then, stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, McFly discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc! It’s up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get… back to the future!

You can read more details at the movie’s website.

 

Trilogy Extras

  • The Physics of Back to the Future, an interesting, if too short, discussion with physicist Michio Kaku about how the films mostly get the science part right.
  • Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence, a nice look at the original ending of the film, with an optional commentary by Gale.
  • Back to the Future Night, an archival featurette hosted by Leslie Nielsen which aired on NBC prior to the first televised broadcast of the initial film.
  • Deleted Scenes, over three discs, 16 excised moments, some with some pretty bad print damage, all with optional Gale commentary.
  • Michael J. Fox Q & A (SD; 10:20), where the star reminisces about the films.
  • Q & A Commentaries with Zemeckis and Gale, a kind of weird but interesting set of sessions at USC after the films had been screened for an audience, hosted by the ubiquitous, and sometimes hard to understand, Laurent Bouzerau.
  • Feature Commentaries with Gale and co-producer Neil Canton, a more nuts and bolts style set of commentaries which are interesting and very informative.
  • Archival Featurettes, a compendium of older documentaries on the films, which includes:
  • Making of the Trilogy: Chapters One, and Three A 2002 documentary released with the DVD version of the films.
  • The Making of ‘Back to the Future’ Parts I , II and III.
  • Another vintage set of documentaries.
  • The Secrets of the ‘Back to the Future’ Trilogy, a Kirk Cameron hosted TV special which answers fan questions about the series.
  • Behind The Scenes, a series of archival material which includes:
  • Original Make-up Tests, where you can see Lloyd before his Einstein-Stokowski transformation Outtakes over three discs, with gags and on set mishaps.
  • Production Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Designing the DeLorean
  • Designing Time Travel
  • Hoverboard Test
  • Evolution of the Visual Effects Sequences Designing Hill Valley, more production design info.
  • Designing the Campaign, marketing info.
  • FAQs, text only questions about the series, with answers by Zemeckis and Gale.
  • Back to the Future: The Ride, with both the video components and actual ride footage from the theme park attraction.
  • Music Videos of Huey Lewis and the News performing Power of Love and ZZ Top performing DoubleBack.
  • Photo Galleries, which include production art, storyboards, photos, marketing materials and character portraits.
  • Theatrical Trailers and Teasers for all of the films.

Play now to win a copy.

Scared.com Littleton Zombie Crawl

2010 Historic Downtown Littleton Zombie Crawl

This is a quick reminder about the upcoming Littleton Zombie Crawl to be held in Littleton Colorado Saturday, October 09 from1:00pm to 3:00pm. Featuring CASH prizes, photo opportunities, and Movie Studio Prizes.

With the opening of all of the Denver Haunted Houses the week before, it seemed only natural to kick off the Haunted House season with Zombies. Zombies from some of the local Denver Haunted Houses will also be attending including Zombies from the awesome City of the Dead Haunted House at the Mile High Market Place and Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch at I-225 and Parker Road. The entire parade will be lead by a New Orleans Style Funeral Jazz Band. It could quite possibly be the biggest Zombie Event ever held in the Littleton.

The Littleton Haunted House Zombie Crawl will start at the Adventures in Dance store at the Woodlawn Shopping Center (1500 West Littleton Blvd). Crawlers will proceed West down Littleton Blvd to Main to S Rapp St. Then the parade will head South to W Alamo Ave, then East to S Prince St., then North to Reinke Bros.Haunted Mansion. The entire route is about 1.2 miles.

ZOMBIE INSTRUCTIONS:

Show up in costume, ready to crawl, at Adventures in Dance at 1:00pm. The Adventures in Dance studio is located at the Woodlawn Shopping Center on Littleton Blvd. The Kick off to the crawl begins at 1:30pm

Remember to Dress to impress at the Second Annual Zombie Crawl brought to you by Reinke Bros., Scared.com, Hauntedratings.com and Adventures in Dance. Be prepared for prizes and giveaways and of course, plenty of undead!

Latest News: A. Michael Lerner of Halloween VI will be joining in the Zombie Crawl!

2010 Zombie Crawl Schedule of Events
1:00 pm Meet at Adventures in Dance Event kick-off and crawl starts down to Main St.
2:00 pm Crawl ends at Reinke Bros. parking lot Prizes and giveaways for the best of the best.
3:00 pm Pig Roast! Private party for Zombie Crawl participants.

Here is your chance to get your Zombie On!  Everyone is welcome, living or dead! For more info call (720)261-0570.

The Sorcerers Apprentice | Starland Screening Quiz/Contest

The Sorcerer's ApprenticeScreening Thursday, July 8th
AMC Cherry Creek 8 – 7pm

In modern day Manhatten, the master sorcerer Balthazar Blake attempts to protect the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath, an evil wizard with nefarious plans. Horvath is determined to claim New York City for his own evil purposes, and enlists an illusionist to help him toward that end. Given the formidable forces working against him, Blake does not feel that he can accomplish this mission alone. To help in his venture, he seeks out a seemingly average guy, Dave Stutler, who is recruited to be Blake’s apprentice.

Stutler is initially skeptical, and reluctant to get involved, but eventually is convinced by Blake to help in this cause. Blake gives Stutler a crash course in magic, and mishaps invariably ensue. There is also a love interest in peril angle to the storyline that provides additional motivation for Stutler. Together, Blake and Stutler take on Horvath in a classic good versus evil struggle.

Play now for tickets.

THE KARATE KID | Starland Movie Screening Quiz/Contest

THE KARATE KID
Screening Tuesday, June 8th @ 7:00pm
UA Colorado Mills Theater, 14500 West Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
Ticket drawing Monday June 7th at 6pm – play now!

In the new Columbia Pictures movie The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China.

After his arrival, Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but culture differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully.

In order to survive, the young Dre turns to an unlikely source for tutelage in the ancient martial art and philosophy of Kung-Fu.

This movie is rated PG. Play now for tickets.

ComicFest Photos by Anginet

Photo by Anginet Page

Frankenflash?

The reason ComicFest exists is because of one person, Jason Page. The reason that Jason still exists is because of one person, Anginet Page.

Anginet is a person of many talents, however. One of which is taking great photographs. In spite of my inability to keep track of things like photo disks, Jason and Anignet were able to send me a replacement CD of photos for the website. Now that the photos have been posted, everyone can admire her work in its own album folder under StarFest 2010.

Do yourself a big favor and take a look at Anginet’s great images from the ComicFest Convention and get a real idea about what the conventions are really all about, people having fun. Thank you Anginet and Jason for sharing your talents at Denver’s own ComicFest convention.

Metromix Photo Journal of StarFest

Jordan GonzalesSixty Great Photos from StarFest

Photo journalist Matt Farley brought his camera to StarFest and captured a great selection of shot taken at the convention. It’s an interesting cross-section of the costumes and people you’ll see at a typical StarFest convention… like the next one April 15-17, 2011 in Denver. See Matt Farley’s photo journal of StarFest at Metromix.

Jordan Gonzales

Jordan GonzalesReporting on ComicFest

ComicFest 2010 has officially drawn to a close after a weekend filled with fun. Numerous fans came through and got to spend some time getting to meet and talk with an impressive array of comic creators. Everyone agreed that ComicFest’s second year was a big step up from the first year, mainly thanks to event organizers such as Jason Page, Charles O’Neill, Bruce MacIntosh, and Mike Hance, the rest of the staff, and the volunteers. Exhibitors such as Zach Howard noticed and appreciated the improvement, and the future of ComicFest looks bright.

Read more of Jordan’s thoughts about ComicFest at examiner.com.

There is also an informative interview with Whilce Portacio available at his site.

BTW, if you run across any StarFest, HorrorFest or ComicFest articles, video or stories, please let us know, we’ll be happy to give them a plug here at Starland.com.

STARFEST PHOTOS

StarFest HorrorFest and ComicFest HotelsCalling all photographers…
We want your photos

We’ve finally started to upload some of the photos that were taken at this year’s StarFest convention to our photo gallery. It’s going to take a while to post all of them, but we hope to have several hundred for you to look through.

Please look through the photos. You are encouraged to submit comments. We’ve reactivated the photo comment feature, now that we can moderate it. Your comments won’t appear instantaniously, but we’ll get them up there ASAP – if they aren’t mean or inappropriate.

We are very interested in adding your photos to our collection. Please zip your photos together into a single file and attach it to an email to photos@starland.com. Be sure to include your name in the email so we can give you proper credit for taking the photos. We’ll try to sort them when they are posted. We need your photos to be at least five inches (360px) on the longest side. We’d prefer to reduce the size for you to match the other photos on the site.

IRON MAN 2 | Starland Screening

Iron Man 2 | Starland ScreeningTuesday, May 4 @ 7:00pm
Colorado Center Theater – I-25 & Colorado Blvd.

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2.”

The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces. 

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense Sci-Fi action and violence, and some language.

Play for tickets.

For more information visit the official movie website.