• Making ‘Dune' - Here's How Denis Villeneuve and His Team Pulled Off Sci-Fi Epic

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the making of Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    “Maybe there's a self-preservation chip that I don't have,” Denis Villeneuve said with a laugh. The Canadian director has good reason to say that, considering that his last movie was a sequel to an all-time classic, Ridley Scott's “Blade Runner,” and his new one is an attempt to put Frank Herbert's massive sci-fi novel “Dune” on the screen. That's a task that had previously confounded directors including Scott, Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch (who, to be...
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  • Why ‘Dune' Production Designers Built a ‘Visual Bible' Before Day One of Shooting

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the making of Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    Before any set on “Dune” was constructed, before anyone began VFX designs or the cinematographer began mapping out lighting, Denis Villeneuve worked with production designer Patrice Vermette on crafting a “visual bible” for how every bit of the film would look.
    Villeneuve had come to Vermette with some rough “scribbles” based on ideas the director had had in his mind for “Dune” since he was a teenager. Vermette then took those ideas and went to work for seven...
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  • Why ‘Dune's' Biggest Visual Effects Challenge Wasn't the Worms But the Sand

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the making of Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    The sandworms get all the love and attention, but if you ask “Dune's” visual effects supervisor, Paul Lambert, it was the sand around the worms that proved to be the most challenging to create.
    When it came to designing those monstrous, iconic sandworms, the good news for the VFX team is that Denis Villeneuve knew exactly what he wanted. These were simple, slow-moving, ageless beasts-hulking beings with rigid plates all along their bodies, revealing small...
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  • ‘Dune' Costume Designers Were Inspired by Everything From Balenciaga to Tarot Cards to Insects

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the costumes of “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line Issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    Denis Villeneueve was very clearwith costume designers Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan about what “Dune”was and what it wasn't. He wasn't looking for sci-fi or steampunk, and that's exactly why he wanted West and Morgan in the first place.
    “It was clear that Denis wanted this psychological, multilayered, political drama peppered with mysticism that was right up my alley,” said West, who had initially been reluctant to take on the sci-fi classic. “Immediately I read the book, and...
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  • ‘Dune' Composer Hans Zimmer Reveals the Note That ‘Tore the Enamel Off My Teeth'

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the making of Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    At the moment in “Dune” when Paul Atreides sticks his hand into a box and feels a surge of enormous, unrelenting pain, Hans Zimmer wanted singer Loire Cotler, who he describes as a sweet and gentle person, to “unleash that inner female strength” for what would become a primal wail in his “Gom Jabbar” theme.
    “She sang just one note, and it tore the enamel off my teeth and ripped my eyeballs out,” Zimmer said. “She's like, ‘Something like that?' Yep! Something...
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  • ‘Dune' Cinematographer Still Finds Sand in His Luggage 2 Years After the Shoot

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about Greig Fraser and “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    As the cinematographer on “Rogue One,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the upcoming “The Batman,” Greig Fraser knows big. That's why he was so impressed when he first spoke to Denis Villeneuve about “Dune” and the director didn't even talk about the size of the movie.
    “There's a lot of people and a lot of studios making films of scale - the world's exploding, buildings falling, the world's going to die,” he said. “And, you know, I've been fortunate enough to be part of that...
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  • The Sound of ‘Dune': The Giant Worm Was Hard, But the Magical Voice Was Harder

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the sound in “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line Issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    When Denis Villeneuve told supervising sound editors Mark Mangini and Theo Green that he wanted “Dune” to blur the lines between sound design and music, it was a direction that they'd heard before. “I've lost count of how many directors have encouraged that, but unless you have somebody really forcing it to happen, it tends not to happen,” said Green, who began his career as a composer. “But Denis encourages cross talk.”
    As a result, the sound team had sketches from Hans Zimmer's...
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  • Why ‘Dune' Editor Traveled to Budapest But Wouldn't Go on the Set

    4 monthes ago - By The Wrap

    This story about the editing of “Dune” first appeared in the Below-the-Line Issue of TheWrap's awards magazine.
    For film editor Joe Walker, one of the oddest parts about making “Dune” came unexpectedly. The film was his fourth with Denis Villeneuve, after “Sicario,” “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049,” and he'd spent the first three of those sitting to the left of the director as they edited together. But “Dune” was partly edited during the pandemic, and the two men collaborated from separate locations via video links screens.
    “He sat to the right of me for six years, on and off - and to be...
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