Oz in the News 4.27.13

Great trailer: ‘The Little Tin Man’  Matthew Perkins received a lot of support when his proposed film, The Little Tin Man, sought money on Kickstarter. Thanks to fans’ enthusiasm and generosity, he was able to make it, and a trailer just popped up this week. The Little Tin Man tells the touching and funny story of a frustrated dwarf actor (played by Aaron Beelner). When he hears Martin Scorsese is remaking The Wizard of Oz, he decides he’ll do anything to be cast … in any non-Munchkin role.

17 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “The Wizard Of Oz” 1) This “fire” was actually apple juice spewing out of Dorothy’s shoes; the film was sped up to make it look like fire.  5) The scarecrow face prosthetics that Ray Bolger wore left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to vanish.

From Depression to optimism: lyricist Yip Harburg  “I changed my philosophy of writing from ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’ to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ because even though we were all down and out, that American dream that my immigrant parents came over for was still there. … That rainbow still has to be reached. … We’ve got to find out what our values are. … What are our moralities?” The goal, he continued, was “to see to it that our songs are now uplifting and to make the American spirit work for us as our forefathers had planned, not for economics alone, but for this greater thing that is more, as Shakespeare said, in heaven and earth, Horatio, than your philosophy has dreamed of.”

Sony Imageworks Takes Us On The Yellow Brick Road to OZ  “We played the [baboon] army as silhouette from the beginning,” he says. “It was a great lighting exercise, shot by shot, with every cut revealing a little bit more. It’s pure visual storytelling. We relied heavily on what Sam had done with the previs team from The Third Floor to tell that story but it was great to be part of the lighting design and what we hid and revealed with fog. It was a great virtual cinematography challenge, and not often in VFX do you get to be so immersed in the visual storytelling.”

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