Spotlight : January 1997
By Todd Vaziri
A whole batch of DANTE'S PEAK ads have flooded the
airwaves, and it looks like it will be a pretty intense movie. The interesting thing
about the ads is Digital Domain's significant credit in the commercials. In a single
screen, all of the major credits are listed, and right in the center of the screen is
"Visual Effects and Animation by DIGITAL DOMAIN". I think this is great for the
industry. It's about time that more companies are getting recognition for their
Links: DANTE'S PEAK, Digital Domain
It looks like this summer will be yet another effects
filled movie season, which is great for effects fans. More significantly, it will be
the season of disaster/man against nature flicks. Take a look at the films coming out
this year: VOLCANO and DANTE'S PEAK (volcanoes), TURBULENCE (good ole' airplane
genre), THE FLOOD (self-explanatory), THE LOST WORLD (more dinosaurs), THE RELIC
(ancient beast), among others. What's next? Earthquakes? Geysers?
Links: VOLCANO, DANTE'S PEAK, TURBULENCE, THE LOST
WORLD, THE RELIC
Speaking of THE RELIC, the Peter Hyams film will finally
be released this month after being delayed since last summer. VIFX supplied many
effects sequences for the film, which stars Tom Sizemore and Penelope Ann Miller, and
was shot in my backyard, Chicago. Hopefully, the film will be a lot better than last
summer's Chicago film, CHAIN REACTION. Since Sizemore and Miller aren't household
names, Paramount is hyping the film as "from the producer of ALIENS and TERMINATOR 2."
Gale Anne Hurd is a fantastic producer, but isn't it a stretch for Paramount to
mention a ten year old film (albiet a classic) and a film that was actually produced
by James Cameron (Hurd was executive producer)?
Links: THE RELIC, CHAIN REACTION
It was a fairly even season for effects films at the
North American box office. The big winner was 101 DALMATIANS, which will end up
earning over $100 million. STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT and SPACE JAM also did very well
at around $90 million. JINGLE ALL THE WAY and MARS ATTACKS! both had decent opening
weekends but dropped in the rankings quickly; each will earn around $50 million. The
big losers at the box office were DAYLIGHT and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, each earning
around $35 million.
Links: 101 DALMATIANS, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, SPACE JAM, JINGLE ALL THE
WAY, MARS ATTACKS!, DAYLIGHT, THE LONG KISS
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