A Geek’s-Eye View of Making Movie Magic

May 20, 2009  •  Post A Comment

What could be geekier than being a fan of “Star Wars”? How about having a deep interest in knowing all about the technology used in making famous science fiction films?
Science Channel calls its new series “Science of the Movies,” which debuts May 26, “a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art and science.”
The show is hosted by Nar Williams, geek-in-chief at AchieveNerdvana.com, a blog about sci-fi, technology and geek culture.
In the first episode of “Science of the Movies,” Mr. Williams talks with John Dykstra, inventor of the Dykstraflex, the motion-control rig used to create the shot of the Death Star exploding in the original 1977 “Star Wars” film, now known as “Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope.”
In the same episode, Mr. Williams demonstrates the newer, most popular motion-control system Milo, used for the spidey sense scene in the first “Spider-Man” film. Finally, he straps on a body-mounted camera like the ones used in “The Dark Knight” and simulates a chase scene.
“We’re excited to introduce viewers to new host Nar Williams, who uncovers the secret world of the engineers, inventors and innovators creating mind-blowing movie effects,” said Science Channel general manager Debbie Myers. “Nar’s genuine enthusiasm for this series comes through in every episode, and our viewers will love riding along with him as he immerses himself in the action.”
Future episodes of the series will look at creating the miniatures used in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” and a lesson in re-creating a real-looking crime scene from the folks who make Showtime’s “Dexter.”
Authentic Entertainment produces “Science of the Movies” for Science Channel. Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan are executive producers for Authentic and Jack Smith is executive producer for Science Channel.

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