Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ender's Game Update

Ender's game release date is coming up. More photos are popping up on the web, we certainly will get a trailer soon. For those of you who don't know Ender's Game is based off of the novel of the same name, and is considered one of the best science fiction novels of it's time. The author, Orson Scott Card is Mormon (LDS) and lives in North Carolina with his wife. The Book Ender's game is about a group of children that go to a combat school to learn how to fight alien invaders once they graduate from the school.
 To do this they play a game in zero gravity to learn about zero gravity combat tactics. Ender is great at the game, because of his skill he finds many enemies in the battle school. It all feels a bit like Harry and Draco at Hogwarts, except they aren't waving wands around and it's all in a high tech orbital school with real consequences.

Here's some words from the author of the book Orson Scott Card.

Orson Scott Card on filming the movie:

"Speaking of movies, I was on the set of Ender’s Game last week to record my one line in the movie – a voiceover of a pilot making an announcement to his passengers."

"The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood’s movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene."

"Stunt coordinator Garrett Warren took what he learned from the weightless work he did on Avatar built on it."

"There is a mechanism used for training gymnasts – a wheel they wear around their waists that allows them to rotate in space while suspended from wires. Warren used this on Avatar, which allows a great deal of apparent freedom of movement in space – once the computer artists have erased the wheel rig, you can’t tell that there’s any way a wire could have been attached.

But this is only the beginning. The illusion of freefall depends on the actors’ moving correctly. Where gravity naturally draws their limbs downward, in zero-gravity the arms and legs and heads continue in the direction of the last movement, until something stops them.

For the most difficult stunts, Warren brought in dancers from Cirque de Soleil. Being gymnasts by training, they tend to be small – they can bring off the illusion of children’s bodies.

And they have the strength and training to do constant movements and poses that defy gravity, without ever looking as if they’re working hard.

But all the children playing these roles had to do wire work themselves. Fitted with the wheel rigs, they were being moved through space like puppets – and at every moment, they had to make sure their “nonvolitional” movements followed the rules of inertia-driven rather than gravity-driven motion." Read more on his blog .

He summed up like this:

"If Garrett Warren doesn’t get a special technical Oscar for his achievement on this film, then there truly ain’t no justice. I’ve seen enough of the result to know that he has brought off the miracle of filming zero-gravity while still on planet Earth.

And almost everything you’ll see in that battle room, real people did. The computers didn’t animate it – they merely made the wires and rigs invisible."

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