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UTA Inks Design And VFX Studio Aaron Sims Creative

  • Deadline
Exclusive: UTA has signed design and VFX studio Aaron Sims Creative in all areas. The signing signals UTA Production’s expansion into the concept design and visual effects space, as the agency will work with Asc to expand its reach, impact and integration with domestic and international film and TV productions.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with UTA in this pivotal next step of our studio’s growth. They have been essential in expanding our reach and access to the most exciting projects in the industry,” stated Asc founder Aaron Sims.

Sims has worked alongside numerous FX industry legends including Stan Winston and Rick Baker. The studio is renowned for its work on sci-fi, horror and adventure projects across television and film, including Netflix’s Stranger Things and Warner BrosReady Player One, Wonder Woman and Aquaman among other titles.

Director Patty Jenkins, a frequent Asc collaborator,
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Spotlight lands world sales on three from Zee (exclusive)

Open 24 Hours, Daddy’s Girl, and Dark Light join slate.

Los Angeles-based Spotlight Pictures has acquired world sales rights to the first three English-language genre films from Zee Studios International, the international arm of India’s Zee Entertainment.

Spotlight will launch sales at the Efm in Berlin next month on Open 24 Hours, Daddy’s Girl, and Dark Light.

Horror-thriller Open 24 Hours premiered at FrightFest London and Fantastic Fest last year and takes place in a rural all-night gas station where a paranoid woman takes a job after setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Brendan Fletcher and Vanessa Grasse star for director Padraig Reynolds.
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India’s Zee Making Push Into English-Language Genre Film Production (Exclusive)

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Zee Entertainment, one of India’s largest media groups, is making a committed foray into the English-language movie production business. The initiative is spearheaded by Dubai-based Shibani Kapur, Zee’s CEO of international production.

“We are targeting high-concept, low-budget films, in the genre space and with the kind of international cast that a company like Lionsgate or New Line would recognize,” Kapur told Variety. “We want these movies to travel.”

Kapur’s unit Zee Studios Intl. aims to deliver up to four films per year, made with budgets between $1 million-$5 million. It has completed its first two productions and is currently finishing a third.

Its first picture was “Open 24 Hours,” a psychological horror film set in a rural gas station. Directed by Padraig Reynolds and starring Brendan Fletcher and Vanessa Grasse, it has been selected for all the major fantasy festivals including Sitges, Fantasticfest Frightfest U.K., Screamfest in L.
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Channing Tatum's Gambit Delays Shooting Until March 2018

The long-awaited Gambit movie has hit a slight snag. Channing Tatum has been trying to get this movie off the ground for a long time and, lately, the production has been picking up steam. Recently, it was reported that the movie was set to begin filming in February. However, it's now said that Gambit has bumped back filming slightly, with the production now set to begin March 2018.

So, what does this mean? Odds are, things just had to get shuffled around a bit for less-than-serious reasons. If Gambit begins filming in March, that still leaves Channing Tatum and the production team plenty of time to get the movie finished in order to make the February 14, 2019, release date. So there's no need to move around your 2019 Valentine's Day plans just yet. The production is still set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, with stage work expected to be conducted at Big Easy Studios.
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The Creepy Emmy Contenders of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Legion,’ and ‘Westworld’

The Creepy Emmy Contenders of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Legion,’ and ‘Westworld’
Without “Game of Thrones” in Emmy contention, the VFX race has become wide open, with “Stranger Things,” “Legion,” “Westworld,” “American Gods,” and “Black Mirror” stepping up with creepy characters and supernatural situations.

Highlights include the Demogorgon creature from “Stranger Things,” the exploding kitchen from “Legion,” the final reveal of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and all of her inner workings from “Westworld,” the incredible sex scene from “American Gods” with Bilquis, the Queen of Sheeba (Yetide Badaki), and the disgusting spider with a human head from the “Playtest” episode of “Black Mirror.”

Meet the Demogorgon from “Stranger Things

The cool thing about the Demogorgon from “Stranger Things” (directed by the Duffer Brothers) is it fits so well with the ’80s low-tech vibe. As the boogeyman from the Upside Down (named from “Dungeons & Dragons”), the creature represents a wonderful hybrid of practical and CG.

Aaron Sims Creative did the design, and the
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‘Stranger Things’: How the Duffers Created Their Scary The Upside Down

‘Stranger Things’: How the Duffers Created Their Scary The Upside Down
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” from the Duffer Brothers unmasks the dark side of the ’80s, and its nightmarish Upside Down also represents the perfect allegory for Trump’s America, too. Everything gets unhinged when a monster invades from another dimension and kidnaps youngsters. It’s Spielberg meets King meets Kubrick.

Creating the Town of Hawkins

For the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the Duffers shot in Atlanta, which still retains its mid-20th century sense of suburbia. “We weren’t making a slick, glossy version of the ’80s, but, rather, a gritty, textural feeling that is lost in high-definition movie-making these days,” said production designer Chris Trujillo.

For the central Byers house, the art department built a set with the right “lived in” look. It contained strategically interconnecting rooms, and set dressing from estate sale pillaging.

Cinematographer Tim Ives, meanwhile, took his cues from “E.T.,” using the Red Dragon and
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Power Rangers concept art shows alternate Rita Repulsa designs

Thanks to PowerRangersNow, we’ve got a look at some early design work from Lionsgate and Saban’s big screen reboot of Power Rangers, with illistrator Aaron Sims sharing some of his concept work for the film’s villain Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. Take a look at the designs here…

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Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Power Rangers stars Becky G as the Yellow Ranger,
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New Logan Concept Art Shows Alternate Wolverine, X-23, Professor X Designs And More

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Logan has been a bigger hit than anyone ever expected. Just yesterday, it was revealed that Hugh Jackman’s final adventure as Wolverine has passed $500 million at the worldwide box office, with $184 million coming from domestic showings and $339 million from overseas. That’s awfully impressive for an R-rated comic book movie, especially one that strays so far from the norm.

Last week, we saw an interesting batch of concept art from the James Mangold-helmed released and today, we’ve got even more to share with you. The photos in the gallery above offer up a fascinating look at alternate designs for each of the lead characters. Award-winning concept design and visual effects studio Aaron Sims Creative (Asc) is responsible for these pieces and looking at their take on Logan, it’s clear to
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Interview: Legendary Effects Artist Alec Gillis on Creating The Monster for Director Bryan Bertino

  • DailyDead
A24 recently released Bryan Bertino’s The Monster, and to celebrate the film’s opening, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with one half of the legendary team that brought the titular monstrosity to life, Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. During our interview, Gillis discussed how he and creative partner Tom Woodruff Jr. approached the design of the creature, his experiences collaborating with Bertino, and more.

Congrats on your work on the film, Alec. I loved the fact that what you and Tom created here becomes this metaphor for something much bigger, too.

Alec Gillis: Oh, yes. That was one of the things that attracted us to the script when we read it. We knew we could pull the creature off, but if Bryan is able to pull these characters off with his actors, this could be a really unique horror film. We were happy to play that support role for this.
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‘Stranger Things’ Demogorgon: Meet the Man Behind the Upside-Down’s Faceless Monster

‘Stranger Things’ Demogorgon: Meet the Man Behind the Upside-Down’s Faceless Monster
If Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has taught us anything (besides how to punch a hole through dimensions), it’s that childhood and creepy stuff go hand-in-hand.

That winning combo created the man behind “Stranger Thing’s” monster, Hollywood’s go-to creature guy Mark Steger, who has both performed and choreographed movements for all things eerie in projects such as “World War Z,” “American Horror Story” and “I Am Legend.” In an interview with IndieWire, Steger detailed some of the influences and surprisingly complex biological inspirations that went into creating the Demogorgon.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Composers Discuss Creating That Haunting Theme Song

“I got a call to go meet with the Duffer Brothers, who I didn’t really know anything about at the time,” Steger said. “They showed me the lines for the creature and we discussed different film influences that they were playing with. John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing
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Creepy New Stranger Things Concept Art Offers Alternate Version of Barb's Last Scene

Warning: spoilers ahead.

Another piece of concept art has surfaced for Stranger Things and this one features a version of Barb's demise that's different than what made the final cut. This vision of her death is even more jacked up than what we ended up seeing in the series. Check it out:

The art was created by Aaron Sims, and in an interview with ScreenCrush, he explained what the original plan for Barb's death was:

“Based on our original discussion with the Duffers on this design, we wanted to go really graphic with it to highlight the horrific aspects of Barb being eaten, and something then growing on top of her—thus, the ribs poking out of her stomach in the first shot.”

There's another piece of concept art that you can see below with a few different changes. For example, she's got a spider crawling out of her mouth.
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‘Stranger Things’ Concept Art Suggests Things Could’ve Been Way Worse for Barb; Plus: What’s Up With That Egg?

‘Stranger Things’ Concept Art Suggests Things Could’ve Been Way Worse for Barb; Plus: What’s Up With That Egg?
Barb (Shannon Purser) had a rough enough time in Stranger Things season one that creators Matt and Ross Duffer have gone out of their way to promise “justice for Barb” in season two (well, should the show get a season two). But apparently, things could have turned out even worse for the fan-favorite character. Artist Artist Aaron Sims has shared […]

The post ‘Stranger Things’ Concept Art Suggests Things Could’ve Been Way Worse for Barb; Plus: What’s Up With That Egg? appeared first on /Film.
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Q&A: Mark Steger Discusses Bringing The Monster to Life on Netflix’s Stranger Things

If your summer this year will forever be synonymous with Netflix’s Stranger Things, then you’ve discovered the wonders and dangers that lurk within the small town of Hawkins on the nostalgic new series. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Mark Steger, the actor who plays The Monster on Stranger Things, to discuss what attracted him to the role, getting into the mindset of the creepy creature, the films that influenced his performance, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mark, and congratulations on your excellent work on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Mark Steger: Thank you, I’m glad it’s resonated with so many people.

How did you prepare—mentally and physically—to portray The Monster on the series?

Mark Steger: In my work, I’m was always driving my body to transformed states and
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‘Stranger Things’: See Cool Early Concept Art For The Demogorgon Monster & The Upside Down World

‘Stranger Things’: See Cool Early Concept Art For The Demogorgon Monster & The Upside Down World
Netflix’s new original series “Stranger Things” follows a mysterious disappearance of a young boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) in Hawkins, Indiana, and the town’s subsequent search for him. In the series, Will’s three best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) try to find Will themselves with the help of a mysterious new girl with telekinetic powers who calls herself Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). They soon discover that their town is being attacked by a faceless beast from a parallel dimension, and decide to call the beast the Demogorgon, based off the character in “Dungeons & Dragons,” and its alternate world the “Upside Down.”

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: Watch a Video of Netflix’s Throwback Series Side by Side With Its Retro Influences

Now, concept artist Nuttavut Baiphowongse has released some early concept art of the Demogorgon on his Facebook page. Some feature
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Concept Art for Rocksteady, Bebop, and Krang

Despite the grumbles of geeks everywhere, the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was not only a hit movie, but it's also getting a sequel. I skipped the movie completely but have heard from a few people that it actually is pretty good, so I'll watch it on Blu-ray. Early in development there was a heavier alien angle, when leaked it blew up the internet and with the bad buzz that followed that portion was said to have been very diminished. A casualty to that was an appearance of fan favorite villain Krang. Thanks to The Aaron Sims Company via ScreenCrush we have concept art for Krang and the mutant duo of Rocksteady and Bebop.

Krang looks incredible and menacing. His suit looks like it could do some real damage. Rocksteady and Bebop don't seem that much different from the cartoon designs. If these three characters are in the
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See Unused 'Tmnt' Concept Art for Krang, Rocksteady and Beebop

With a sequel to this year's reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles already set for release on June 3rd, 2016, there's no doubt we'll be seeing plenty more recognizable characters pop up from the comic books and animated series. In fact, the original script for the first film actually had much more sci-fi craziness, but it ended up being rewritten and cut in favor of a simpler (or rather more stupid) storyline. The casualties from those cuts meant that we didn't get to see new versions of well-known villains like Krang (and his exo-suit), and the duo of Rocksteady & Beebop, but now some concept art has surfaced. Here's unused concept art for Krang, Rocksteady & Beebop from Aaron Sims Company (via ScreenRant): As you can see, these are pretty ultra-realistic versions of the characters, much like the new designs of the turtles (which also had some creepy alternate designs here and
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See Concept Art of Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Aaron Sims visual effects company has designed characters for such films as "Edge of Tomorrow," "Noah," "Maleficent," "World War Z," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and countless others. One of the company's artists is Tsvetomir Georgiev, who worked on Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie. On his Facebook page, he decided to unveil some of the earlier designs, giving us a look at several characters that didn't appear in the movie, including Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady. Check out all the artwork below. Concept Art: (click to enlarge)
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Striking Concept Art from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

First of all, if you haven't seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet you need to go out and see it now. It's hands down one of the best films of the year. Whether you've seen it or not, here's a beautiful series of concept art that was created for the Matt Reeves-directed movie by the Aaron Sims Company.

Asc worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Asc worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

These illustrations are stunning and cool. These are part of the reason that this film turned out so freakin' well.
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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Concept Art

Aaron Sims Company have posted some spectacular concept art that they created for the just released "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" over at Concept Art World. Designs for Caesar, Koba, Cornelia, Maurice and the ape society can be seen, the company working closely with Weta to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. Click the shots below to access the full gallery.
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The Marvel Experience Reveals Its Multi-Dome Complex Design

The Marvel Experience Reveals Its Multi-Dome Complex Design
Last year, we reported that Marvel is teaming up with Hero Ventures for The Marvel Experience, a massive travelling show that will hit the road later this year. While the exact dates have not been announced yet, Marvel has released an illustration of what this 80,000 square-foot complex will look like from the outside. Take a look at the photo, then read the official press release for more details.

Canvassing a 2-acre footprint of more than 80,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art, custom built multi-Dome complex will represent the first time a venue of this type, size and scope will be utilized for a mobile tour. From the outside, The Marvel Experience resembles a temporary S.H.I.E.L.D. installation or "Mobile Command Center," with the facility's apex towering more than six stories high. Inside, a maze of connected Domes will lead guests through an array of interactive games and original
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