Behind the Scenes of ‘Ultraman Ginga’

The special effects genre known as “tokusatsu” helped take the Japanese film industry global, but now it is being replaced by computer graphics.

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ULTRAMAN

Ultraman – A science control officer battles alien and monster threats, to protect the Earth and defeat these intruders. Ultraman first appeared on Tokyo Broadcasting System in July 1966. The concept was imagined by Tsuburaya Productions, the SFX creator of Godzilla in 1954. Because, why not? Yeah.

WESTWORLD

WESTWORLD – The 2016 premiere season was the most-watched of any HBO original series. It’s based on a 1973 scifi Western, written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton, in his first theatrical feature. Westworld is a futuristic park where visitors explore fantasies artificially without personal consequence, no matter how illicit the delight. The series has been praised for its visuals, story and performances. Evan Rachel Wood stars as Dolores Abernathy, the oldest host still working in the park. In her burgeoning self-awareness, she discovers her artificiality and the hidden powers at play in running the park. Finally in 2018, SFX have caught up to enable a film fantasy portrayed visually in a way that’s believable/ stunning. It wouldn’t have been possible to realize the author’s vision in 1973. Since filmmaking needed 45 years to catch up. 


Entering the World of Willa Cather’s Archbishop

Today, these three pueblos are connected by freeways. Isleta and Ácoma have their own casinos. But each community still preserves its ancient identity. Eighty years after Cather’s novel was published and more than 150 since the events she recounted, it is possible to use her narration as a visitor’s guide.

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