Saturday, 1 May 2010

Fantastic Voyage Review...

Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer, based on a story by Otto Klement and Jerome Bixby.

The plot follows a crew that have been reduced in a submarine to one micrometer in length, so they can travel to a comatosed scientist's brain and remove a clot. However, the crew only has one hour to do so before their grow back to their normal size, as the film becomes a constant race against time, the team must face many obstacles to complete their mission.

Fantastic Voyage was a great insight into how we could go about this project, and despite the fact it's over 40 years old, it is always good to see different examples during the research process before i begin to develop my own animation. The film was slightly comparable to a disaster movie, in a way that everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. For me, this detured away from the hard work gone into the production design as i felt the storyline was way too extreme, it became completely unbelieveable. However, the build up to the story was well done, and i particularly liked a lot of the scenes in the HQ at the beginning, with the machines and technology which was very well designed. As you would expect from this period though, the compositing and green screening was pretty bad and at one point they actually managed to take a chunk out of an actors face.

This film also inspired Salvador Dali to produce a painting of the same name.

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