Archive for the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Category

Aang Finds His Dæmon

June 18, 2010

Film blog Daemon’s Movies recently released 29 new photos of The Last Airbender, including some really cool behind-the-scenes shots! Things are really beginning to ramp up as we draw ever closer to the July 1st release date! More tv spots have been released in the past few days than I can count, and I really don’t know where to begin!

That being said, please excuse me if I’m tardy with news & such. Between a hectic work schedule, and taking care of my father during and after his surgery, it is going to be hard to keep the site up to speed. Rest assured that Charles will do his best to fill the void.

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Sokka Goes Green

January 28, 2010

New photos have surfaced over at Last Airbender Fans featuring Jackson Rathbone as Sokka taken from the Greenland set early last year.

“Enter the Dragon is like a religion to me.”

December 31, 2009

The latest issue of Empire Magazine featuring Matt Damon in Green Zone on the cover contains an in-depth article on The Last Airbender, as well as a few shot from the set. /Film posted the following shots from the article courtesy of Craig G via Last Airbender Fans seen below.

Catching Up

October 7, 2009

Hey, it’s been awhile. After a brief hiatus, due in large part to family and professional obligations, and in small part to the lack of interesting news, we’re back in the saddle again. Time to catch up!

Shaun Toub spoke with Thomas Attila Lewis on the red carpet at the Emmy’s briefly about his experience working on the film. He believes it’s ‘an incredible film’ and ‘visually unbelievable.’ Toub went on to describe how the world is ‘full of mystique’ with a really complex protagonist.

Cliff Curtis (Fire Lord Ozai) spoke on The Last Airbender with CraveOnline.

Cliff Curtis: How was shooting The Last Airbender?

CraveOnline: It was wonderful. It was really great and it’s also great that I’m going to be able to work the two. I’m not giving up film. I’m just doing another job that happens to be on television.

Cliff Curtis: Are you playing a character from the animated series?

CraveOnline: Yes, I am. I’m playing fire lord Ozai.

Cliff Curtis: Did you take anything from the animated form?

CraveOnline: I’ve not watched it. I didn’t want to watch the animated form because I knew the director, M. Night, was going to depart from that.

Cliff Curtis: You must be dealing with a lot of pyrotechnics. How do you deal with that?

CraveOnline: Fire, well, that’s a good spin. Is there anything in particular about fire? Yeah, just don’t touch it. I don’t know, don’t touch it, you’ll get burned. In particular, I’m so in the world of making a movie. They have safety meetings before anything is done and all the safety people gather around, so I’m so protected from the fire, I don’t even get near it.

Cliff Curtis: Do you have a visceral feeling when the explosions go off?

CraveOnline: No, because both of my characters, whether it’s Rabbit or the fire lord, actually are very comfortable in those situations. So I pretty much just ignore it.

Cliff Curtis: Both this show and the Airbender movies, this will be the first time you’ve played the same character more than once. Is that a different approach?

CraveOnline: I’m yet to discover that. I don’t really know. You’re right, I haven’t done that so I’m about to figure out what that’s like. I think the big difference so far that I’ve discovered is that in a film, it’s very contained. So we know before going in to make the film what the film’s going to be, and then when the film is completed, we find out what it is. Whereas television, as far as I’m discovering, it evolves. As the show evolves, everything’s fluid. Characters can disappear tomorrow as you see in the pilot.

Cliff Curtis: What is M. Night like on the set?

CraveOnline: He’s very deliberate and predetermined, extremely. He’s planned everything. Storyboarded to the frame.

Cliff Curtis: So you’ve seen the movie already pretty much?

CraveOnline: No, he doesn’t show those to you unless he’s trying to explain what he wants in a scene, so I only get a portion of that, that’s relevant to what we’re shooting.

Finally, Entertainment Weekly brought us an exclusive look on the set of The Last Airbender, with four new photos of Noah Ringer, Shaun Toub, and Dev Patel. Click the images below to view in high resolution.

Sneaking the Last Airbender

July 4, 2009

We’ve got a new article featuring another set visit, this time  focusing more attention to the CGI and movie magic of the The Last Airbender.

On a private tour with other select journos, VFXWorld initially spoke to Marshall, who explained the scope of the ambitious film.

“We are creating a completely fantastical, make-believe world,” Marshall said referencing the cavernous converted sound stage that was home to more than five huge sets representing key sites within the four nations. All of them were impressively practical while also including the telltale green-screen drapes and vfx set extension markers that portend the vast amount of CG work to come.

Marshall continued, “A couple of firsts on this film for Night: One is shooting all this green-screen. He’s never really done much of that before…at all. He’s expanding his talent and range and that’s what I find exciting about it. He’s taking his filmmaking style and applying it to this fantasy world, which he hasn’t done before.

“And for me it’s been really exciting because I haven’t worked on a movie, that I can remember, that has a totally made up world. We get into a little bit of fantasy in Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, but they are still in the real world. But this is like our Star Wars.

You can read the rest of the article at VFXworld.com

LEEEEMUR! Dinner…

June 30, 2009

Don’t listen to him, you’re going to be my new pet!

Today we finally have confirmation from Producer Frank Marshall that everyone’s favorite flying lemur will indeed be in The Last Airbender! Yes, both Appa and Momo are now in!

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What Makes Airbender Special?

June 24, 2009

So what does, or rather will, make The Last Airbender so special? Tara Bennet of SCI FI Wire enlightens us after a visit to the set.

Over the course of a century, the world is nearly shattered by relentless battles until the only hope for peace appears in the form of Aang (Noah Ringer), a bald little boy with some serious kung-fu skills. An Airbender from the Air Nation, Aang discovers that he is the legendary Avatar, the lone human who can harness the powers of each element to restore balance to the ravaged world. Together with Katara (Nicola Peltz), his Waterbender best friend, and her headstrong brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), Aang reluctantly goes on the journey to fulfill his destiny of restoring the world through his remarkable gift of “bending” the elements to his will.

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Secrets And Glimpses Of The Last Airbender Filming

June 24, 2009

Original Article By Meredith Woerner at io9.com

Last Tuesday io9 was a guest of Paramount, along with a few other reporters, on the set M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film,The Last Airbender. We headed over to Night’s favorite cinematic city Philadelphia, to see what the the director of The Sixth Sense would do with an expansive fantasy world. Night is, in a sense, building an entire world with only the cartoon and a specific, but loyal, following of fans to keep him in check (some of the biggest fans being his own daughters, who were the inspiration behind his tackling the project).

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M. Night Shyamalan, Dev Patel Go Big With ‘Last Airbender’

June 23, 2009

Original article By Eric Ditzian at MTV.com

PHILADELPHIA — The lavish ice palace had gone silent. The Fire and Water nations were no longer waging acrobatic battle between its frosty walls, and from the snow covered steps to the blown-glass chandeliers hanging above the balconies, a beautiful tranquility had descended. Meanwhile, the production was in full, hectic swing across town, where another massive hangar housed another set for M. Night Shyamalan’s gargantuan, fantastical adventure story, “The Last Airbender.” Packs of extras wearing Samurai-like battle gear wandered here and there. Workers drilled and sawed and hammered. And Shyamalan and his star, Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, were in the middle of it all, filming a pivotal fight scene.

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Exclusive: Weapons of The Last Airbender

June 1, 2009

At the request of Barry Howe of Lethallithics.com and Paramount, we’ve pulled the images and descriptions of the Water Tribe weapon props. Hopefully we’ll be able to run the article as we draw nearer to the film’s release.