27 April 2009

Mad Hatter’s Teaparty Pics

These pictures are early snaps from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie.

The Mad Hatter's Teaparty looks like the coziest garden party one could wish for. I for one would be delighted to go and have some tea and cake in that setting.
Here is Alice (Mia Wasikowska) on a boat. This is interesting, since in the original story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice did not travel anywhere on a boat. She only used her legs or she swam. So, this is something new that we'll be seeing in the film.


Tim Burton has truly captured the eeriness of the hall where Alice finds herself after falling down the rabbit hole. This photo is from the D23 Magazine.

Hopefully we'll see some new screen shots soon. In the meanwhile, we'll just have to use our imagination. "There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again." -Lewis Carroll

08 April 2009

Alice In Wonderland Makes It To The Great IMAX 3D Theatres

The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Corporation have decided that Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be perfect for an IMAX Experience. The film starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and several other stars (see earlier posting for casting details) will be released to IMAX 3D theatres simultaneously with the film’s release on March 5, 2010.

The top management of both Walt Disney Studios and IMAX Filmed Entertainment seem to be very exited about this movie-event of the year:

Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, said, "If ever there was a film that cried out to be presented in Disney Digital 3D(TM) and the premium IMAX 3D format, Tim Burton's fantastic interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' is that film. This is going to be an eye-popping cinematic experience as Tim takes moviegoers down the rabbit hole and into the dimensional world filled with incredible characters, sly humor, and wild adventures.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment is equally exited: "'Alice in Wonderland' is a fantastic addition to our 2010 film slate". "Combining a beloved Disney classic re-designed through the imagination of Tim Burton's creative vision with these incredibly outrageous characters and world class actors certainly makes for an event-status film, and we're pleased to add another level of excitement to this highly-anticipated movie."

03 April 2009

“Way down the rabbit hole”

The Alice in Wonderland film is being brought to the screen using a combination of live actors, motion capture, fully animated CG characters and CG environments.

“The way it’s being done is a mutation of things,” says Tim Burton who was filming in Cornwall, England for two weeks. Back in Los Angeles’ Culver City Studios the filming continued in strange looking sets: actors on soundstages were completely surrounded by green screen. “It’s not like Beowulf. It’s not a motion-capture movie. It’s kind of a mixture of some distorted live action and animation. I can’t relate it to anything because I’m not sure what to relate it to. It’s kind of new territory for me, so we’ll see.”

At The Jameson Empire Awards Tim commented on the style and progress of filming Alice in Wonderland:
"I like the 3-D aspect of it, I think it fits the material very well, and it doesn’t give me a headache like it used to." 3-D may be a way to go in some of Burton’s future films as well if this one proves to be a success: "I think it’s good for anything. There are other uses than having spears stuck into your face - I think there are more visceral, emotional uses, especially if you use lots of textures.”
The filming is going “Way down the rabbit hole. There's a long way to go."