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Old 04-15-05, 10:29 AM
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"The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D"

Has anyone heard or read any advance word on this other Robert Rodriquez film. What's the film's premise, is the 3D process implemented through the entire film or just select moments (i.e, "Spy Kids 3D")?
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Plot Summary: The story is about a 10-year-old outcast shunned by classmates and forced to spend summer vacation alone. With his two imaginary friends - the title characters - he goes on a mission to prove that dreams can become reality.

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After giving adult audiences something to sink their teeth into with the sexy, violent, innovative, visually stunning “Sin City,” filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is returning to family friendly fare with “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D.” Starring Kristin Davis, David Arquette, Cayden Boyd, Taylor Dooley, and Taylor Lautner, “Shark Boy and Lava Girl” is the story of a lonely kid who entertains himself by going on adventures with his imaginary friends, Shark Boy and Lava Girl.
Rodriguez credits his 7-year old son with coming up with the idea for “Shark Boy and Lava Girl.” “We’re playing in the swimming pool and we’re playing shark. He said, ‘You’re shark dad, I’m shark boy. Hey, let’s make a movie about shark boy and I’ll be the shark boy.’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever.’ So we’re drawing it out and it became this movie and I got really excited about that, [about] getting to work with my family on a movie for other families. So I thought, ‘This is something I can wake up in the morning and work on. This is going to be [something] we can put all our imagination into,’” recalled Rodriguez.

“The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” isn’t the first movie Rodriguez has made in 3-D. The final saga of the “Spy Kids” franchise proved Rodriguez has a handle on that style of filmmaking and box office receipts seem to indicate audiences are once again ready to embrace 3-D films. Even with all the hype that surrounded the April 1, 2005 release of “Sin City,” it’s “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” that holds the record for the biggest opening weekend for a Rodriguez film, and Rodriguez and James Cameron are being credited with reinvigorating the once popular form of cinema.

Besides being a devotee of digital filmmaking, Rodriguez is also famous for his love of green screens. At the premiere of the green screen heavy “Sin City,” the mom from “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D,” ex-“Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, laughed as she said Rodriguez doesn’t know how to make a movie without using green screens. Davis was lucky enough to get a peek at “Sin City” as it was being edited together and even though she watched Rodriguez work on it, she admits she has no idea how he actually pulls it off. “I was in Austin shooting the ‘Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D’ movie…and so I saw everything on the green screen like they shot it. And on the same laptop, he was just adding in everything and it was just unbelievable. I don’t know how he does it,” said Davis.

How tough is it for actors to work around green screens? Davis says it’s all about the imagination. “I think all actors have a wild imagination or we wouldn’t be actors. But Robert makes it very easy. He explains everything to you. They have this wonderful man who is dressed in green who helps you. In my movie I fly and the green man was there to catch me if I fell – but I never fell. I mean, we do a lot of weird things as actors and it’s just one of them.”

Davis didn’t disclose much of the plot of “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” while at the “Sin City” premiere, but she did say a little about her character. “I’m the mom. Lava Girl is kind of like my alter ego. I fly with Lava Girl and I fly by myself. David Arquette is my husband, and he and Robert have worked together so it was fun.”

From “Desperado” to the “Spy Kid” franchise to “Sin City,” and now “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl,” it makes you wonder how Rodriguez decides what to do next. Rodriguez explained the process at the press junket for “Sin City” by saying, “The bad ideas you don’t get excited about fall away, and the ones that come forward are the ones that get your blood pumping and get your heart pumping, and the ones you can’t sleep until you do them. Those are the ones that keep me up all night and keep me working.”

Catch “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D” in theaters on June 10, 2005.
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Or you can say SPY KIDS 4, and be done with it.
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Spy Kids 3D was horrible. The 3D scenes were almost unwatchable thanks to the anaglyph (red/blue) 3d glasses, and the story was lame to begin with. Hope this is better, but not hoping for too much. At least the premise sounds somewhat interesting (kids inherit their parent's super powers???)
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Spy Kids 3d was ok...i think it was a good way to test some HD technology...
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This is just something for kids. Little more.
Old 04-17-05, 10:19 PM
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yah...It was the kids idea...and his dad is making him a movie...i see no problem with that.
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There's a preview clip on the Best Buy Sin City promo disc. I haven't wacthed it yet but if I get around to it I'll post how it looks.
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Originally Posted by mikewendt
There's a preview clip on the Best Buy Sin City promo disc. I haven't wacthed it yet but if I get around to it I'll post how it looks.
The freebie disc has a pic and a blurb for the movie on the case but I don't see any clip anywhere on the DVD. I'm tired and might be missing it but I'm just not seeing it anywhere on there.
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Shark Boy & Lava Girl - 3D trailer looks better than the title suggests!

From the looks of the trailer, , Robert Rodriguez has another kid's hit on
his hands with his new 3D film "Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl".
He alone, among the leading film makers understands the pure magic of 3D stereoscopic movies to kids. I'll predict that all kinds of stuff will be coming out in 3D after this summer. "Polar Express" did FIFTEEN TIMES AS MUCH
in 3D IMAX theaters per screen as the flat 2 dimensional version did. There
is no reason why 3D can't be a big big thing again, especially for kids and teens. To get the wide release, Rodriguez has opt for the basic RED and
CYAN glasses technology. Who's to say that he won't also run some digital
polarized dates as well, he's no dummy! Since, he's mainly going the colored
glasses route...there is a way to get a better experience. Some theaters
are going to be offering the much better plastic glasses with cast acrylic lenses. The better glasses are also available on line for about $3. Google
"Shark Boy"or "3D stereo glasses"..there are several sources on line for these
better glasses. These plastic glasses make the DVD experience better too,
when that comes along. Of course the best 3D is polarized...that will come as
more theaters get the heavy duty digital projectors needed for polarized 3D.
For DVDs the plastic colored glasses are the logical way to go. Recent
computer processing has greatly improved the look of these anaglyph
3d movies, the glasses seem to be the weakest link...that's why I'd suggest
the better plastic glasses, or clip-ons like I'll be using (over 40 eyes!!)
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so... where's the link to the trailer?
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The trailer can be seen here: http://movies.channel.aol.com/movie/...main&mid=19470

I think at least ONE theatre will run a digital polarized (clear glasses) version; the new 3-D theatre at Mann's in Hollywood.

The eventual DVD release will of course be anaglyph also, but we may see a Sensio 3-D DVD version too at some point, which will be in full color. SPY KIDS 3-D just came out for Sensio, and the movie is a whole different experience without the red/cyan glasses.

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Looks pretty cool
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Looks entertaining. Definite big screen viewing needed.
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Originally Posted by 3dmoviebuff
"Polar Express" did FIFTEEN TIMES AS MUCH
in 3D IMAX theaters per screen as the flat 2 dimensional version did.
While the Polar Express was extrememly successful in its IMAX run, I don't think this figure is correct at all. The flat version still made more money then the 3D. It was around 162 million total, with like 45 million coming from the IMAX 3D version. Those are domestic figures but I can't imagine the international numbers differ much.

Of course, the 3D tech this is running on will be the normal kind so people in average theaters can see it, as opposed to an IMAX run. Either way, Spy Kids 3D was a hit with somehting like 110 million US, so I'm sure this'll be successful too.
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Actually, the 3-D version of POLAR EXPRESS was indeed far more successful than the 2-D version, if you look at the numbers.

The 3-D version played on just 60 or so screens, and made nearly $50 million.

The 2-D version made $210 million wordwide, but it took 3000 screens to do it.

Therefore, almost 25% of the box office came from just a small number of 3-D screens.
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Originally Posted by Steve Phillips
Actually, the 3-D version of POLAR EXPRESS was indeed far more successful than the 2-D version, if you look at the numbers.

The 3-D version played on just 60 or so screens, and made nearly $50 million.

The 2-D version made $210 million wordwide, but it took 3000 screens to do it.

Therefore, almost 25% of the box office came from just a small number of 3-D screens.
Ah, didn't notice the per screen thing there. My bad. It was nonetheless the most succesful for Imax 3D to date.
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Saw this with my kid tonight, and it made me respect Rodriguez even more. That may sound strange considering how absolutely craptacular this film is: the plot is stupid, the 3D gets annoying (and dulls all the color in the dream world, which you'd think would be vividly colored), and the jokes are lame. But it's not a movie made for anyone over 8. In a world where kids' movies are "supposed" to work on several levels, we have too many movies where half the jokes are over the kids' heads. Not so with this one, and as dumb as I thought it was, my 7-year-old was entertained all the way through it.

Before we'd gone, I had warned him of the horrible reviews (to which he replied he didn't care because it was 3D, Mom--3D!). In the end though, he was puzzled that the rating at IMDB is averaging 3 out of 10 stars and told me it was at least a 10 1/2.
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Originally Posted by tasha99
Before we'd gone, I had warned him of the horrible reviews (to which he replied he didn't care because it was 3D, Mom--3D!). In the end though, he was puzzled that the rating at IMDB is averaging 3 out of 10 stars and told me it was at least a 10 1/2.
Your kid is hilarious
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You know the neat thing about this movie is Robert Rodriquez's kid acutally had a dream about this and brought the idea to his dad and he made it. In the credits he gives credit to his kid and during several interviews he has done the same thing. A bad movie or not, I have not seen it, to be 6 yrs old and your dad makes a movie on your idea..pretty damn cool
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Originally Posted by the aftermath
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Yeah, sometimes.

The irony is we've walked out of better movies (Star Wars 3 (boring), Shark Tale (too many jokes were over his head since he was 7 and had never actually seen a mafia movie). There may be something to the idea of using kid ideas in a kid movie, and I think Rodriguez is very cool for doing this and giving his son credit.
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Originally Posted by slcsnkman
You know the neat thing about this movie is Robert Rodriquez's kid acutally had a dream about this and brought the idea to his dad and he made it. In the credits he gives credit to his kid and during several interviews he has done the same thing. A bad movie or not, I have not seen it, to be 6 yrs old and your dad makes a movie on your idea..pretty damn cool
his son also plays the young shark boy in the opening.
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I saw it with the kids. It will be hard for anyone older than 7 or 8 to sit through it.

The 3-D photography itself was decent if unremarkable, but it looks pretty horrid in the poor anagylph (red/blue) general release version. As stated, the color schemes have been completely muted and this is a perfect illustration of why very, very few 3-D movies have used this awful format for release. Even the 3-D movies of 50 years ago were shown in polarized and now we are going back to this 1920's technology just because theatres are too cheap to install a silver screen? No thanks!

I saw it in 35mm, I'm sure the digital DLP version would be a bit of an improvement.

The movie was shown in full color polarized 3-D (clear glasses) at the premiere in Austin and that's the way it should be seen. I'll watch it again when the eventual full color Sensio 3-D DVD version is released, but I'd bet even the general release DVD will have an anaglyph 3-D version which will look better on a home theater than the murky 35mm print.

No more movies released in anaglyph, please! They've never worked, especially in color. Wait for the digital projection rollout and then show us full color polarized 3-D.
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Originally Posted by Steve Phillips

No more movies released in anaglyph, please! They've never worked, especially in color. Wait for the digital projection rollout and then show us full color polarized 3-D.
from my understanding and please, someone correct me if I'm wrong, is that the reason that anaglyph is the predominent release form, is that for polarized 3D to work, it requires a specific kind of screen. That's why anaglyph is the preferred and less expensive way to present 3D films. The DLP presentation I saw of Spy Kids 3D was incidently anaglyph and not polarized.
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Anaglyph has NEVER, EVER been the predominent way to release 3-D films, and certainly not preferred. Polarized, clear glasses 3-D has always been the standard. 99% of all 3-D movies ever were released in polarized, even 50 years ago.

Every single one of the 51 3-D movies released from 1952-55, about two dozen more in 1981-85, and most of them in between were released polarized. SHARK BOY is only the fourth major film to ever be released in anaglyph, after THE MASK (1961), FREDDY'S DEAD (1991) and SPY KIDS 3-D (2003).

Besides these few partial 3-D films, a handful of porno titles were also released in the 70s, but only on a very limited basis. Some of the older, usually black and white, 3-D movies were also later downconverted to anaglyph for re-issue or TV showings but those versions are horrible and look nothing like the originals.

Polarized 3-D does require a silver screen, installation of some additional lenses, and a careful projectionist. It's that last part that is really the issue; today most theatres are not inclined to spend the extra money or go to the bother of having anyone monitor the film while it is being screened.

People act like it is so impossible to do, but it isn't. Damn, we had two dozen movies released in polarized 3-D form in the early 80s on a thousand screens at once, so it isn't impossible, it just isn't something the theatres want to bother with these days. We also have to remember that since most films only play in theatres for a short time these days, it is asking a lot for them to install new equipment for one film!

Anaglyph is simple, all the theatres do is hand out the glasses, but the results (especially with color films) are so poor there is little reason to bother with that either.

Digital projection makes quality 3-D easier because it is easier to control, and it can be accomplished with either passive polarized glasses and a silver screen, or with active LCD glasses on a regular white screen. Both provide a full color image, so that's where the future lies.

Leave the anaglyph glasses to the comic books and net pictures. It doesn't work for movies. Hollywood knew that 50 years ago, someone should tell Robert Rodriguez.

Wait to see SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL in polarized color 3-D.

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