Speed Racer is “poptimistic”: interview with John Gaeta, part 1

In today’s episode of Boing Boing tv, Xeni visits with John Gaeta, the Academy Award-winning Visual Effects supervisor of the Matrix trilogy, to learn more about his digital craft in the new film Speed Racer. This latest Wachowski brothers project reinterprets the classic 1960s Japanese anime series of the same name, and opens in theaters nationwide on May 9.

Gaeta explains how he used VR “bubbles” and a mysterious team known as the “world unit” to create the film’s “poptimistic photo-anime” feel. The live action Speed Racer is saturated in a candy-colored palette so rich, audiences may just leave the theater with a contact sugar high.

View interactive samples of the digital building blocks behind the movie in a related online feature in VRMAG, “Speed Racer Uncovered.”

And Gaeta adds a special message for Boing Boing tv viewers, who are already well accustomed to all things digital — “For optimal viewing experience, see Speed Racer at a digital cinema or IMAX theater.” He’s not kidding, with a feature like this, analog projection just doesn’t do the work justice.

(Special thanks: John Gaeta; Andy and Larry Wachowski; and David Pescovitz)

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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3 Responses to Speed Racer is “poptimistic”: interview with John Gaeta, part 1

  1. Tenn says:

    I am more than poptimistic. I’ll watch for the colors.

    POTimistic?

  2. Earth Man says:

    I am less than poptimistic.

  3. gigarizel says:

    Here is a very interesting video showning some similar things with spherical panoramas and 3D.
    http://www.dagbladet.no/kultur/2007/04/18/498153.html
    You don’t really need to know norwegian to follow it. These are the same guys who did http://www.xrez.com/

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