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SciFi Movies & Edward Zwick Hollywood Director

AZ TRT S05 EP09 (224) 3-3-2024 

What We Learned This Week

  • Ed Zwick Hollywood Director & Producer with 40 years in the industry
  • ILM - Industrial Light & Magic is the premiere special fx company created by George Lucas
  • SciFi Movies predicted the Future – what has become reality?
  • The Internet & Choice – How the Martix movie showed us a new reality of virtual worlds that seem too real
  • AI Man vs Machine – Blade Runner and The Terminator movies give terrifying scenarios of AI run amok

 

 

Guest: Edward Zwick, Hollywood Director

ED ZWICK BIO (FROM TRIBUNE.CA)

 

More Bio Info from IMDB: HERE

 

 

 

 

Ed Zwick first hit the Hollywood radar screen as the producer/writer/director of the award-winning drama series Family, starring James Broderick (Matthew Broderick's father). Zwick landed the job after his short film, Timothy and the Angel, won first place in the student film competition at the 1976 Chicago Film Festival, catching the attention of the Family producers. He began as a story editor, then moved on to become a director and producer of the show, which ran from 1976 to 1980. Zwick went on to work on other critically-acclaimed series, including thirtysomething (for which he won an Emmy), My So-Called Life and Once and Again. In 1984, he won an "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials" Directors Guild of America award for the TV movie Special Bulletin.

 

His first venture into feature film directing came with About Last Night (1986), starring Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, then received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Director -- Motion Picture" for the Academy-Award® winning Glory (1989) starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington. He has also directed the major motion pictures Leaving Normal (1992), Legends of the Fall(1994) starring Brad Pitt and Courage Under Fire (1996) starring Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. Zwick worked with Washington yet again in The Siege (1998), then directed The Last Samurai (2003), starring Tom Cruise.

 

In 2006, Ed directed the Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond and followed that up with the 2008 drama Defiance, which also earned an Oscar nomination. Two years later, he helmed Love and Other Drugs.

 

In 2014, Ed brought the story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer to the screen in Pawn Sacrifice. Ed's latest film reunited him with Tom Cruise. The men worked together on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016). Ed was also executive producer of the TV series Nashville from 2016-2018.

 

As a producer of the 1999 Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love, Zwick won an Academy Award®. He is also the recipient of the American Film Institute's Franklin J. Schaffner Award, a Lone Star Film & Television Award Best Director award, the Humanitas Award and a Writers Guild of America award.

 

 

ABOUT ED ZWICK AND HITS, FLOPS AND OTHER ILLUSIONS: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood

 

This heartfelt and wry career memoir from the director of Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall, About Last Night, and Glory, creator of the show thirtysomething, and executive producer of My So-Called Life, gives a dishy, behind-the-scenes look at working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

 

"I'll be dropping a few names," Ed Zwick confesses in the introduction to his book. "Over the years I have worked with self-proclaimed masters-of-the-universe, unheralded geniuses, hacks, sociopaths, savants, and saints."

 

He has encountered these Hollywood types during four decades of directing, producing, and writing projects that have collectively received eighteen Academy Award nominations (seven wins) and sixty-seven Emmy nominations (twenty-two wins). Though there are many factors behind such success, including luck and the contributions of his creative partner Marshall Herskovitz, he's known to have a special talent for bringing out the best in the people he's worked with, especially the actors. In those intense collaborations, he's sought to discover the small pieces of connective tissue, vulnerability, and fellowship that can help an actor realize their character in full.

 

Talents whom he spotted early include Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington, Claire Danes, and Jared Leto. Established stars he worked closely with include Leonardo DiCaprio, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Craig, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Jennifer Connelly. He also sued Harvey Weinstein over the production of Shakespeare in Love-and won. He shares personal stories about all these people, and more.

 

Written mostly with love, sometimes with rue, this memoir is also a meditation on working, sprinkled throughout with tips for anyone who has ever imagined writing, directing, or producing for the screen. Fans with an appreciation for the beautiful mysteries-as well as the unsightly, often comic truths-of crafting film and television won't want to miss it.

 

 

 

Notes:

 

Seg 1

Special FX ILM

 

George Lucas Company, industrial light and magic

 

Built the company with money made from Star Wars, on Skywalker Ranch

Revolutionized, special effects, and movies first with Star Wars, then beyond, use of green screen and practical effects with models miniature creatures

 

Disney bought Lucas film and ILM Studios in 2012

 

long history for special effects with many famous directors using IM from George Lucas to Ron Howard to Steven Spielberg to James Cameron

 

Digital effects and computer graphics

On famous movies like the abyss, Jurassic Park, Star Wars movies, Conan, ET, Star Trek movies, poltergeist, Indiana Jones, movies, back to the future, Spaceballs, ghost, and for October, T2, etc.

 

TV

Amazing stories, the Mandalorian, Big Bang theory, Star Trek, the next generation, tales from the crypt

 

 

Animation Wall E

 

 

Many famous special effects, people, and even some future directors like Joe Johnson, started at industrial light and magic studios, also much of the cast of MythBusters worked there

 

 

Eras of Special Effects

Practical Effects

Wizard of Oz

SciFi movies in 1950s

2001: A Space Odyssey in 1969

Star Wars in 1977

ILM Studios of 1980s to 1990s

T2 in 1991

Jurassic Park in 1993

The Matrix in 1999

Modern Marvel Movies – computer digital effects / green screen movies

 

 

More on ILM from Wikipedia: HERE

 

 

 

 

Seg 2

 

Interview w/ Hollywood Director Ed Zwick

 

Ed joins the show to promote his Hollywood book on his 40 year career as a writer, producer and director in both movies and TV.

 

 

Seg 3 & 4

Did Sci Fi Movies predict the Future? Talking AI, Internet and Choice

 

Guest: Eric Almassy 

LinkedIn: HERE

Eric is a regional sales director, & also a part time Actor

Eric joins the show to discuss sci-fi movies, and what predictions about the future have come true.

 

 

Seg 3 - Internet & Choice

 

The Internet has created a connected world through cyberspace.

 

Now virtual reality and relationships online exist through dating websites and social media. The irony is people may be less social, as they still have trouble connecting despite more access to technology. An example is people text more than they talk.

 

The Internet has added new types of addictions, like just staying home and being online all the time, pornography & gaming addictions, where people get lost in virtual world.

 

The Matrix - virtual reality & the internet

 

People in the movie choose a fantasy ‘comfortable’ world (blue pill) vs a harsh and tough reality world. They would rather just plug into the Matrix and be in denial.

 

The problem of choice, as there are consequences with choices in the real world. The Matrix world provides all of your needs.

 

Matrix in the current modern world, a world where people would not leave their house and just build an entire alternate life online. You can work from home, and get anything you need delivered.

 

Another movie about tech and internet connection is Minority Report. This is government surveillance to extremes. It also discusses the choices we make, and control of our lives. Freedom vs danger is another theme. All themes that apply in a dangerous modern world.

 

Totalitarian governments like China are literally spying on their people, through what they search for on the Internet, their social media, and surveillance of cameras

 

Many western governments use surveillance through drone, satellites, and cameras. Also, sometimes protecting people, and sometimes intruding on their rights.

 

 

 

Seg 4 - AI Man vs. Machine

 

Blade Runner - staying human in AI & tech dependent world.

 

Blade Runner is a movie about androids and what constitutes being a human.

 

The android characters seem to have more soul than the humans, as the world of Blade Runner is cold and depressing. Androids or AI life forms have been created to do the dirty work, mining, prostitution and fighting wars, then, when not needed they are terminated.

 

The Terminator - AI and drones

 

Terminator movie came out in the 1980s and was an allegory about the fear of nuclear war. Will advanced weapons kill everybody? Cyberdyne Systems uses sentient AI machines who take over and build robots who try to exterminate the human race.

 

The irony is the humans initially created the AI to have more technology and better weapons, and it winds up wiping them out.

 

Raises questions about - just because we can, should we be building the weapons. With the same themes, as Jurassic Park, Wargames, or any biological type movie, basically science run amok.

 

Modern armies, have drown and surveillance equipment, and can hunt down people and kill them from a great distance. An operator of a drone could literally be on the other side of the world. The morality of these weapons is an issue today.

 

People choose technology out of laziness, and often give little thought to how it affects their lives. They do not want to do the task, make it easier.

 

 

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