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digital Artform

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Los Angeles, California, US

Crichton got a quote for generating the computer imagery from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He was told that the two minutes of footage would cost two hundred thousand dollars and require nine months—both prohibitive. He turned to a maker of abstract films, John Whitney, Sr., famed in art and film circles for his work creating animation with military-surplus analog electronics and motor assemblies. Whitney referred Crichton to his son, John Whitney, Jr., who was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps as an experimental filmmaker, but using computers. He agreed to do the effects in four months for twenty thousand dollars. … ovies.html

May 16 13 09:10 pm Link


Big Apple Models

Posts: 361

New York, New York, US

2 seconds in Photoshop.

May 16 13 10:14 pm Link


Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

Aww, I love Michael Crichton. I bought a copy of his posthumously published Pirate Latitudes, but it's been sitting on the shelf since I brought it home. I'm going to take it out, maybe start reading it tonight!

May 16 13 10:39 pm Link


Good Egg Productions

Posts: 16704

Orlando, Florida, US

Big Apple Models wrote:
2 seconds in Photoshop.

In 1973?

I'm really surprised that the felt they needed a computer to do this.  It's been over 30 years since I saw this film, and I don't remember the scene, but you'd think that there existed a filter that they could create and place over a panavision camera lens to achieve this look.

May 16 13 10:46 pm Link