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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.

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May 16 13 09:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Big Apple Models
Posts: 330
New York, New York, US

2 seconds in Photoshop.
May 16 13 10:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Good Egg Productions
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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  Quote 
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