Sam Sheppard is an international film consultant specialising in script to screen workflows, post production supervision and stereo 3D with a minor in film-making in general. Sam was originally trained in New Zealand where he worked in post at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production and on set for such films as The Lovely Bones and Avatar. As well as working internationally as a technical specialist for SGO’s Mistika, training and advising in digital workflows for 2D and 3D production, Sam is also a founding partner of Silverscreen Pictures.
The Wolverine got his claws into the UK public this weekend, confirming the character’s popularity with audiences. A £4.7m start (including £939k from Thursday previews) may appear less than X-Men: First Class’ £5.6m opening, but that film had the benefit of one extra day and in terms of Friday to Sunday admissions, The Wolverine’s £3.8m comfortably beats First Class’ £3.4m. Over 45% of The Wolverine’s gross was from 3D presentations.
A brand new batch of trailers arrived this week and excitement is already building for some of the biggest Autumn releases and beyond.
First up is Keira Knightly in Joe Wright’s sumptuous Anna Karenina. With an all-star British cast, the Leo Tolstoy adaptation looks as lush and regal as 19th century aristocracy should. Out on the same day as Anna Karenina is another potential smash hit with a host of British talent involved, Dredd 3D. This time Karl Urban plays the titular Judge Dredd and the film looks to have nailed the darker, grimier aspects of the comic.
Kicking October off with a bang is Taken 2. It would appear that the gang behind the kidnapping in the first film haven’t learned their lesson and are ready to incur Liam Neeson’s not inconsiderable wrath once again; this time in Istanbul.
Finally, we were treated to the first teaser for 2013’s most anticipated animated film, Monsters University. A prequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved films, Monsters, Inc., University covers how Mike and Sulley became friends and if this first teaser is anything to go by, we’re in for another laugh riot. If you need a refresher on the original you can catch it on the big screen again in 3D in January.
Aardman have once again proven that they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Pixar when it comes to big screen animation with their brilliantly bonkers new film, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. Its release date just ahead of the Easter holidays may indicate its status as great entertainment for younger audiences but any film featuring a barking mad Queen Victoria as the main villain and a traitorous Charles Darwin clearly has its eyes set on the more mature viewers too.
A terrific Hugh Grant plays the noble Pirate Captain who’s not very good at amassing huge quantities of bounty but with the help of his loyal crew, he sets out to win the annual ‘pirate of the year’ competition. His quest takes him to Victorian London where he encounters the aforementioned Queen Victoria, who just so happens to have a vendetta against pirates. What follows involves endless sight gags, a case of avian mistaken identity and the best soundtrack of any ‘family’ film likely to be released this year.