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How Jean-Jacques Annaud Made Chinese Oscar Entry 'Wolf Totem' (Exclusive Video)

How Jean-Jacques Annaud Made Chinese Oscar Entry 'Wolf Totem' (Exclusive Video)
In order to make his 13th movie "Wolf Totem" without CG wolves, Jean-Jacques Annaud ("Quest for Fire," "Wings of Courage"), who has made a career out of shooting with animals in exotic locations, had to grow wolf cubs--as he did with "The Bear"-- over two to three years and train them to trust humans. The production had to wrangle 480 technicians, 200 horses, nearly 1,000 sheep, and 50 trainers and handlers, including armed guards and local farmers. Annaud dreaded filming one sequence involving an aerial drone filming 200 horses and 25 wolves running together in a blizzard at night, which was more difficult and dangerous than you can imagine. "Digital can’t capture the soul or the instinct of an actor - human or animal," says Annaud, who prefers to use CG for post-production fixes. He's never happier than when he's working with his crew on remote terrain away from the comforts of home. It's when he.
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'Precious' In 3-D? Filmmakers Predict 3-D Dramas

New York – Movies are evolving ever more into 3-D, a shake-up of the medium that has been compared to the advent of sound or color in motion pictures.But if digital 3-D is so revolutionary, it will need to go beyond fantasy and animated blockbusters to drama and live action comedy. Explorations of Pandora may seem like the stuff of three-dimension wizardry, but what of a domestic drama such as "Precious" or a character-driven movie such as "An Education"?When color was widely introduced to Hollywood moviemaking in the 1930s, was first used predominantly in musicals and other films thought to be perfect platforms for rainbow hues. Many filmmakers are predicting a similar genre expansion for 3-D."We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater — it's in depth. Why couldn't a film like `Precious' be in 3-D? It should be," says Martin Scorsese.Like many seasoned moviegoers,
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