to the Center of the Earth: 3-D" is coming to
theaters this summer. The all digital movie, meaning
it was shot digitally and will be shown in select
theaters digitally, was directed by visual effects
veteran, Eric Brevig. The producer is Charlotte
Huggins, whom I've been familiar with since her days
in the large format film industry. At WonderCon 2008
in San Francisco, New Line Cinema invited
journalists to sit down with Huggins to discuss the
The concept of 3-D movies is as old as cinema
itself. In the last few years, filmmakers have
brought it back with newer digital cameras and
digital projection. The results are images that are
incredibly steady, and the picture is sharp. Though
not my cup-o-tea, 3-D can be especially fun for
kids, and that's where "Journey" can succeed.
According to Huggins, the family friendly movie
(produced with Walden Media) was conceived as a
three-dimensional experience from the beginning.
After the success with "Hannah Montana 3-D" (2008),
it looks at though kids could be lining up with
their parents to see Brendan Fraser battle dinosaurs
and man-eating plants.
Huggins is no stranger to 3-D. She worked at nWave
Pictures, which has produced a number of 3-D short
films in the IMAX format for many years, including
"Encounter in the Third Dimension" (1999), "Haunted
Castle" (2001), and most recently, "Fly Me to the
Moon" (2008). She's also an experienced visual
effects producer and producer of other large format
Making the jump to feature films was actually pretty
easy, says Huggins. The luxury of a bigger budget
and more time made "Journey" a pleasant experience
for her. In large format, budgets are much, much
lower than a standard Hollywood feature film. Crews
are a lot smaller and financing is often a very time
consuming factor in getting large format films made.
Huggins has experienced working in large format, but
was looking for something new to tackle. She found
it in producing "Journey."
"I wanted to focus on kid friendly features," says
Huggins. Despite large looming dinosaurs and gooey
plant life, the film should be kid friendly.
What was another plus in producing "Journey?"
"We had Brendan," says Huggins with a grin.
"Journey" stars Brendan Fraser as a scientist whose
theories make him the laughing stock of the
scientific community. On an expedition to Iceland,
he and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson, along with
Hannah (Anita Briem), stumble upon an entrance which
leads them (after a very long fall) to the center of
the earth. Once there, they find a wondrous world
filled with beauty and danger. It's scheduled to
open in theaters on July 11, 2008.
Director Eric Brevig and producer Charlotte