Ang Lee is am ambitious filmmaker, but ambition doesn’t always pay off. With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon he fused emotional relationships with the dazzle of wuxia action, and in Life of Pi he told a story about spirituality and survival through an innovative use of CG and motion-capture performance. In Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Lee is once again pushing the boundaries of filmmaking shooting the film in 120 frames per second (five times the normal rate of your average movie). What results is a stunning and unique viewing experience, but ultimately a failed experiment.
Ang Lee is one of the most stylistically ambitious filmmakers of this decade, stunning viewers with his all-CGI (except for the star) 3D adaptation of Life of Pi in 2012. His latest, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is even more ambitious, having been shot in 4K, 3D, and on 120 frames-per-second cameras (that’s 96 frames more than film standard, which is 24). If your brain doesn’t hurt yet, the crew has released a short featurette that discusses the challenges of shooting in such a way, and how the film will look when it hits theaters.
The 2016 New York Film Festival is shaping up to have one of the most ambitious lineups in years. On top of opening with the very first documentary in the festival’s history with Ava DuVernay‘s ‘The 13th,’ this year’s fest will also host the world premiere of a big innovation in cinema technology.
Following his incredible CGI work in Life of Pi, Ang Lee took a similarly ambitious approach with his latest project, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. We’ve been intrigued for months by reports that Lee shot the action sequences in 120fps to give them a more realistic and immersive feel, and while you can’t really grasp that in the first trailer, it’s still plenty compelling.
Before Ang Lee began production on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the director was set to follow Life of Pi with another 3D film, moving the action from the ocean to the boxing ring with the story of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s legendary match. The untitled film has found new life as Lee has moved the project from Universal to Studio 8, with Ray Fisher and Selma’s David Oyelowo emerging as frontrunners for the main event.
Though yet to film, FX's upcoming terrorism pilot 'Tyrant' had already attained a significant amount of buzz even prior to hiring 'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to helm the pilot. Lee ultimately dropped out, but now 'Harry Potter' director David Yates has stepped in to guide the hotly-anticipated series by directing its pilot episode.
While FX has several hot new properties in development, our most anticipated is 'Homeland' producer Howard Gordon's upcoming Middle Eastern drama 'Tyrant,' which was scheduled to have a pilot directed by 'Life of Pi' Oscar winner Ang Lee. Now, Lee has reportedly backed out of the project, but what does it say of 'Tyrant's future going forward?
Hot off the heels of Pi Day, ScreenCrush and GuySpeed are partnering up for a 'Life of Pi' contest! We're giving away one Blu-ray copy of Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated film, which also earned him Best Director.
Ang Lee certainly has the world at his feet after picking up a second Best Director win at the 84th annual Oscars for his adaptation of 'Life of Pi,' but his next project will prove a bit closer to home, so to speak. Lee will next take his directing talents to TV to direct the pilot episode of FX's buzz-worthy drama 'Tyrant,' developed by 'Homeland' producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, but what attracted Lee to the project? Get the inside scoop on 'Tyrant' inside!
'Life of Pi' won the 2013 Oscar for Best Cinematography with director of photography Claudio Miranda taking home the Academy Award for his work. The win was mildly controversial since a) Roger Deakins was again denied an Oscar for his beautiful work on 'Skyfall' and b) 'Life of Pi' was largely constructed in the digital space (the film also took home the Best Visual Effects Oscar). Any existing debate over the 'Life of Pi' win took a big leap forward this morning when veteran cinematographer Christopher Doyle spoke out against the Oscar saying, "it’s a f---ing insult to cinematography." And he was only getting started...