When shopping the different cruise lines we often wonder what kinds of cruises they have to offer. Here’s a thought what kind of cruises do American cruise lines have to offer you when looking in to the kind of cruises that are available. There are sites that give a review and will help you to see what American cruise lines have to offer you at the price that you can afford. (Cruisecritic.com) is one that offers a review and some pricing info that is helpful. (Geocities.com) has some really helpful info just make sure to put any cruise Hawaii and it will take you right to the page that is mentioned here. You can always ask your local travel agent to I am confident that they will be able to help find what kinds of cruises are available with American cruise lines. If the first travel agent can not help you with what you are looking and wanting to know then ask them to direct you to someone that will be able to better help you.
The first thing that you need to decide is how much you have to spend for a cruise no matter what kind it is that the American cruise lines have to offer. What kinds of discounts are available to you as well for this is another thing to keep in mind. Check out the sites and plan to have a great cruise no matter where you decide to go.
We have all wondered what it would be like to take a 3-day cruise to some place exotic. There are adds on TV and the computer that show just how much fun that everyone looks like they are having. So what kind of fun things do you get to do on a 3-day cruise and how much fun can you really have. There are some sites that give a really good description of how much fun you can have on their 3 or more day’s cruises. (Meissnertravel.com) has a great description of what they have to offer in the way of fun along with good prices for the cruises they are mentioning. (Cruisemates.com) is another good one that gives good info on how much fun you can have on these kinds of cruises. If you are not interested in what’s happening on the ship they usually make stops and fantastic beaches too. Some of the pictures that I have seen on TV and online just make me want to go to those beaches and play in the water.
When taking a cruise of any kind it is up to you how much or how little fun that you want to have. Having friends come along if they can is something that is truly fun for all of you. Everyone expects to have the best time no matter what they intend on doing on the cruise for the amount of money that they spent, unless they won the cruise.
The story of TRON starts in the fall of 1975 when a young animation artist called Steven Lisberger witnessed a demonstration of computer generated imagery during a gathering of Boston-area filmmakers. Dr. Phillip Mittelman, president and founder of the Mathematical Application Group Inc. (MAGI) of Elmsford, NY, hoped to generate interest and ultimately business in the computer aided generation of three-dimensional objects – traditionally a sore spot with animators. Rendering correct perspectives of objects such as buildings, vehicles etc. was of prohibitive complexity and cost in time and labor. Mr. Lisberger, as an artist trained in animation, recognized the possibilties of the computer as a new and powerful tool and years later the techniques of computer generated imagery (CGI) together with the unique method of ‘backlight compositing’ became the main principles of TRON.
Early concept drawings by John Norton, Peter Mueller background.
While working on an animated animal-based parody of the Olympics entitled ‘Animalympics’ Lisberger began planning for his next project. When Animalympics grew from a six-minute short to a feature-length animation for NBC’s Olympic television package, Lisberger decided to move his studio to the West Coast since the Boston area could not provide enough skilled artists. After the move in early 1978 work was progressing at a rapid pace and Animalympics was on schedule for the 1980 Olympics. However politics intervened and the United States did not participate in Moscow, leaving NBC with a big loss and Animalympics without an outlet.
Suddenly TRON evolved from the topic of infrequent discussions at the studio to a full-fledged concept of an electronic world. At some early point it was envisioned to use real actors in combination with CGI instead of 100% animation. Trials with video compositing were encouraging and the concept was adopted. But to implement this in a motion picture was much more complicated. After trying numerous techniques the team decided on ‘backlight compositing’, in which black and white images of the actors and environments were re-photographed with backlight and colored filters.
Early trials using video compositing.
The scenes and costumes were decorated in black and white outlines and patterns designed to resemble circuits on electronic boards. Each frame was blown up to 24 by 12 inches (???) and separated out into multiple layers of high contrast images (one containing the outlines, one containing the background, etc.). These images were then individually backlit and re-photographed with colored filters, combined with CGI and composed together with the help of mattes. The results were unlike anything ever seen before in motion pictures.
Early test shot, format 11×8.5″ (click image for large version)
Disney wasn’t Steve Lisberger’s first choice since he felt the notion of computer-generated animation frames would go against the traditional art of hand-drawn animation cels. But Disney’s open-minded production chief Tom Wilhite decided to take a chance.
At that point in time Disney was in a slump and haven’t had a solid hit in years. They had relied on rehashing earlier successes or themes pioneered by other studios (‘The Black Hole’ was riding the space wave, ‘Condorman’ the super hero wave, ‘Dragonslayer’ the fantasy wave etc. Other hit movies included ‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ and others.) and needed a new theme.
Tom like the concept and was fascinated by the fresh and unique idea of computer-based mythology but the older Disney-guard was reluctant at best. The visual compositing techniques were unproven, Lisberger’s directing talent unknown and the willingness to take any sort of risk not present.
The TRON crew was asked to create a two-minute demonstration of how the finished product would look and equipped with a laughable budget they set out to achieve the impossible. Utilizing left-over robot costumes from ‘The Black Hole’ and hockey gear, a few frames of CGI and with the help of Sam Schatz, a local frisbee expert, they created remarkable test footage that generated an enthusiastic response.
Now with full executive backing the production processes were adapted to the big screen (35mm film to 70mm film) and things were ready to roll.
Stills from the two-minute test footage
Three production cels of the same scene: regular shot, high contrast negative, circuit reveal cel (from left to right, click images for larger versions)
During this time the story of the character TRON evolved as well and changed from a simple ‘electronic being in a football videogame’ to a resistance fighter in an electronic world populated by other beings representing information and programs.
Basic story boards were used for the outlining of the events and their visualization. From these boards the need for CGI backgrounds etc. was determined.
As detailed in The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean, the proposed story for the fourth film was for Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Barbossa to meet up in the newly founded New Orleans, before they sail to find the Fountain of Youth together. Johnny Depp signed on to return in September 2008, and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio began writing under the guidance of producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is set for release in 2012.
Geoffrey Rush has confirmed that he will be returning as Barbossa. Keira Knightley has stated that she does not wish to continue playing Elizabeth Swann, as she wants to do different projects. Orlando Bloom has also stated that he will not return.
In June 2009, Bruckheimer stated Disney would prefer the fourth installment of Pirates be released before The Lone Ranger film, which he, Depp, Elliott and Rossio had been working on for release in Summer 2011. He also hoped Verbinski would return to direct after his BioShock adaptation had been put on hold.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2009, Bruckheimer stated he intends to begin filming in April and May 2010. Rob Marshall entered negotiations to direct in August 2009. Hollywood Elsewhere announced a possible steampunk flair in the fourth installment.
On September 11, 2009, at the D23 convention, the title was announced as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Johnny Depp in full Jack Sparrow make-up.
In September 2009, Dick Cook, Chairman of Walt Disney Studio Entertainment, resigned after working for Disney for over 38 years. The circumstances of his resignation are unknown, but most speculate he resigned due to his conflicting business tactics with CEO Bob Iger. Iger sought out “new ways of doing business”, while Cook remained a traditionalist. After Cook’s resignation, Johnny Depp’s faith in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has somewhat shaken, with Depp explaining that “There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment. It was all born in that office”. Depp also explained Cook was one of the few that accepted his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow, claiming that “When things went a little sideways on the first Pirates movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.”
Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it’s up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.
Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film “Earth,” brings “Oceans” to the big screen on Earth Day, 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and “Oceans” boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, “Oceans” offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful yet enchanting motion picture that unfolds on April 22, 2010.
Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) attempts to work his gothic magic over one of the best loved stories of all time… Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’, which first told the story of a young girl, who after following a rabbit down a hole, is transported to a strange world. Whilst the disney version of the tale relied on sweetness and light to delight the audience, Burton fans can be sure to look out for the same cartoon traits as earlier masterpiece ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.
The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.
Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp as he collaborates with Burton for the seventh time. “This character is off his rocker,” Zanuck says.Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, 19, best known for HBO’s In Treatment, has the coveted title role. “There is something real, honest and sincere about her,” Zanuck says. “She’s not a typical Hollywood starlet.”
There is the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness (Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen, whose favorite retort is “Off with their heads,” has a moat filled with bobbing noggins), but Zanuck assures most kids can handle it. “The book itself is pretty dark,” he notes. “This is for little people and people who read it when they were little 50 years ago.”
Disney’s A Christmas Carol a multi sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy award winning film maker Robert Zemeckis,captures fantastical essense of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event.
Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth), But When the ghosts of Christmas Past , Present and yet to come to take him on an eye-opening journey revaling truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before its too late.
From the director of “Wild Hogs” comes a comedy sure to make every family member laugh. Best friends and bachelors Charlie (John Travolta) and Dan (Robin Williams) are about to have their worlds turned upside down when they are put in charge of taking care of six year-old twins, while at the same time trying to close a new business deal. Join the stellar cast of Matt Dillon, Seth Green, Bernie Mac and Kelly Preston as they embark on a new adventure full of debacles and a realization of what is truly important in life.
Two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee ( Robin Williams ) and the other a fun-loving bachelor ( John Travolta ) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives.
John Travolta and Robin Williams team up in the Walt Disney Company’s Old Dogs, a family comedy that pairs the two as close business partners whose lives are thrown into disarray when twin seven-year-olds are put into their care. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, co-stars, along with the couple’s daughter, Ella, who makes her big-screen debut here. Wild Hogs helmer Walter Becker directs a script by Evolution scribes David Diamond and David Weissman, with producing duties going to Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams, and Robert Levy.
A archetypal account is brought to activity with hand-drawn action from Walt Disney Studios.Cursed by a witch doctor, Prince Naveen implores the admirable Angel Tiana for one kiss. I remember this movie from my childhood,,If a angel kissing a frog works in fairytales, absolutely it will plan now, right? Am i right i am not sure enough . Join the creators of “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid” on this absolute funny and agitative adventure admitting the French Quarter. The acclaimed choir of Anika Noni Rose, John Goodman, and Oprah Winfrey accomplish this new circuit on a archetypal account all the added delightful. We are justing waiting fot this great disney movie now. clock is ticking…