Disney Movie Jobs in Moab
~ January 15, 2010
April, Disney Studios will film the science-fiction fantasy movie “John
Carter of Mars” (also known as "A princess of Mars") in the Moab area.
Preliminary work already is under way in London. Disney crew members scouted
the world for a location resembling the reddish planet Mars. Film crews
have been in Moab for more than a year, said Tara Penner, director of the
Moab to Monument Valley Movie Commission.
The Disney cast and crew could pump nearly $60 million into the Moab-area
economy during filming, which likely will take several months. In addition
to filming the movie in eastern Utah, Disney plans to hire nearly 400 people
to help with the movie in areas such as construction, security, and production
and location assistance. Preference in hiring will be given to Utah residents,
but residents from Western Colorado could be considered for jobs. People
interested should immediately send a resume detailing previous movie experience
For more details about the kind of jobs needed for the movie production,
go to www.moabcity.org/filmcommission/production_directory.html.
Also. . . from Uni-versal
"I am or I look Mediterranean: For the all action feature film
Carter of Mars we are starting to cast men and women of all ages who
look Mediterranean for a variety or roles!"
Rock Doc lends helping hand on Disney
~ January 25, 2010
Pixar has called on a Cliftonville couple to help it shoot its next blockbuster.
Alasdair Bruce and his wife Kim, aka the Rock Doc team, have been advising
the film crew working on John Carter of Mars, which is based on
the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs. They helped out at one of the sets,
a quarry in Dorset.
Director Andrew Stanton, who made some of Pixar’s best-received films
such as Toy Story, Wall-E and Finding Nemo, is behind the movie. The film’s
producers were keen to have the pair on set so Mr Stanton could call on
their rocky knowledge and expertise in geology. They helped make sure that
no damage was done to the site or to those working on location.
Dr Bruce said: “We were asked back while they did the filming to make
sure all was well because it’s quite a dangerous place.
There are a lot of loose pieces of rock and our job was to make sure
no one went where they shouldn’t have been. It was health and safety meets
geology, really, but good fun.”
couple were asked to put together a report for the film but later asked
along on location because of the nature of the site, which is a visually
stunning spot that has been used for such TV shows such as Doctor Who,
Torchwood and Blake’s Seven. “It was a very interesting experience,” said
Dr Bruce. “The film has aliens called the Tharks and features Willem Defoe,
among others, so perhaps we will meet some of the stars at some stage.
“It was tricky this time, though, as much of it is being done in CGI. The
crew were eager to re-create the rocky landscape of Mars, called Barsoom
in the Rice Borroughs (sic) books, as best they could. The film
will mix live action and animation and is set to hit cinema screens in
This filming location is in the Winspit Quarry caves in Dorset, England.
Quite likely this is for some of the earlier scenes where John Carter is
being chased by Apache Indians and ends up in a mysterious cave. That is
the starting point for him being transported to Mars.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Gets a 'John Carter'
January 18, 2010
Disney released an official statement today that announced some intriguing
additions to the cast and crew. Ciaran Hinds has been added in an unknown
part, and Disney proto-talent Daryl Sabara has been cast as a teenage Edgar
John Carter travels back to Earth, where he narrates his adventures
to Burroughs, who's his nephew. Young Burroughs grows up to become the
famous pulp author. The use of a narrator makes sense since the Mars books
are all in first person and are quite detail oriented.
WALT DISNEY PICTURES' "JOHN CARTER OF
BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON
BURBANK, Calif. (January 15, 2010) - Principal photography is underway
in London for Walt Disney Pictures' "JOHN CARTER OF MARS." Academy Award®-winning
filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen
in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world
inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first
of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom Series," the film chronicles the journey
of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and
mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.
Produced for Walt Disney Pictures by Jim Morris ("WALL•E," "Ratatouille")
and Colin Wilson ("Avatar," "War of the Worlds"), the live action/animation
film marks Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton's
("Finding Nemo," "WALL•E") first foray into live action. Stanton directed
and co-wrote the screenplay for Disney•Pixar's "WALL•E," which earned the
Academy Award and Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature (2008); Stanton
was nominated for an Oscar® for the screenplay.
"I have been waiting my whole life to see the characters and worlds
of 'John Carter of Mars' realized on the big screen," says Stanton. "It
is just a wonderful bonus that I have anything to do with it."
The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC'S "Friday Night
Lights", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") in the title role, Lynn Collins ("50
First Dates," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") as the warrior princess Dejah
Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man 3," "Shadow of
a Vampire") as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas. The cast also includes Thomas
Haden Church ("Sideways," Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming "Clash
of the Titans," "Patriot Games"), Samantha Morton ("Elizabeth: The Golden
Age," "In America"), Mark Strong ("Sherlock Holmes," "Body of Lies"), Ciaran
Hinds ("Munich," "There Will Be Blood"), British actor Dominic West ("300,"
"Chicago"), James Purefoy ("Vanity Fair," "Resident Evil") and Bryan Cranston
("Breaking Bad"). Daryl Sabara ("Disney's A Christmas Carol," "Spy Kids")
takes the role of John Carter's teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The creative team includes Oscar®-nominated production designer
Nathan Crowley ("Public Enemies," "The Dark Knight," "Batman Begins"),
costume designer Mayes Rubeo ("Avatar," "Apocalypto"), cinematographer
Daniel Mindel ("Star Trek," "Mission Impossible III," "Spygame") and video
effects supervisor Peter Chiang ("The Reader," "The Bourne Ultimatum").