Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Tom Fudge: A couple of years ago, a movie called Sin City hit the multiplexes. It was based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller, and it featured an unusual film making technique. Rather than building sets or filming on location, it filmed actors against a blank blue screen. Their surroundings were added later as visual effects.
This weekend, a similar movie will open around the country. It's called 300 . It's also based on a Frank Miller graphic novel, and it also uses the blue screen technique. 300 transports movie goers back to ancient Greece. The story is based on a real battle. It tells of how 300 Spartan soldiers held off a multitude of Persian invaders at Thermopylae. Beth Accomando is the KPBS film critic. She has seen the movie and attended a press conference where Frank Miller and his collaborators talked about the film.
- Beth Accomando, KPBS film critic
End Music: Eji by The Whitefield Brothers, from the album In the Raw (2001)