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Trailer Watch: Ang Lee's 3-D Epic 'Life of Pi' Heads for Oscar

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2012 at 12:55PM

Listening to masters Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese talk about the process of learning how to direct in 3-D was one of the highlights of CinemaCon. They embrace the technology while taking advantage of how it enhances their storytelling; they intellectually gauge how the placement of the camera will impact the audience.
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'Life of Pi'
'Life of Pi'

Listening to masters Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese talk about the process of learning how to direct in 3-D was one of the highlights of CinemaCon. They embrace the technology while taking advantage of how it enhances their storytelling; they intellectually gauge how the placement of the camera will impact the audience. As impressive as the "Life of Pi" CInemaCon footage (shot by David Fincher 's "Benjamin Button" D.P. Claudio Miranda) was for exhibitors and press, this trailer is visually stunning, especially the effect of a luminescent whale leaping out of the ocean at night. Lee could never have made the film before a CG tiger of this sophistication was possible. (Here's our Cinemacon coverage.)

Fox, which added clips of "Life of Pi" to its 3-D summer releases "Prometheus" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift," is giving "Pi" a full-court Oscar push. The movie opens on November 21, pre-Thankgsgiving. It has the right elements: globally popular literary source; heart-warming family story from an A-list Oscar-winning director ("Brokeback Mountain"); epic VFX. 

Check out the trailer.

This article is related to: Trailers, Ang Lee, Life of Pi, Video, Video, 3-D, 3D, Academy Awards, Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.