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15 Responses to “BB Video: "Ninja Assassin" - John Gaeta on Hybrid Entertainment Merging Film and Games.”

  1. Albdirs says:

    Xeni, nice piece. Was the VitaminWuter product placement intentional?

  2. Xeni Jardin says:

    @albdirs, hah, no it wasn’t! I bought that out of my own pocket cash! We tend to stock the studio fridge and the field sets with it, I don’t know why. It’s less caloric than sodas, without fake sweeteners, but it’s fruity-ish. And it doesn’t turn you into a speed rager. I am kind of addicted to it. I guess we’re losers for letting that sit on the set without having received any promotional funding for it.

  3. Xeni Jardin says:

    PS: shit, dude, there’s a half-drained Vitamin Water bottle on my desk right now as I type this. “XXX acai blueberry pomegranate” if you must know.

  4. Darryl says:

    That clip with the caucasian female kicking butt. Are those the rehearsals from Kill Bill? Uma’s stunt double?

  5. neokimchi says:

    Gaeta didn’t invent bullet time. John Woo did it before him. But someone may have done it before Woo, even.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    That was quite stimulating. But why was he hiding his long, flowing locks?

  7. Trent Hawkins says:

    Ninja Assassin?

    does he assassinate Ninjas or is he just a ninja with a redundant title like “Ninja, Assassin, hired killer, eliminator, executioner”?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Actually ninja is a reading of the kanji for shinobi no mono which means something like secret person. Shinobi no mono might practice espionage rather than warfare.

  8. Ratdog says:

    @ Antinous/ Moderator
    “Actually ninja is a reading of the kanji for shinobi no mono which means something like secret person. Shinobi no mono might practice espionage rather than warfare.”

    Wow, you learn something everyday.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What John Gaeta is talking about is no less then a medium format revolution in the making. Maybe as big as the invention of cinema or video games themselves.

    He seems to be connecting dots between what he has learned about with total performance and image capture in the Matrix Trilogy(which is basically vr shot to film), and focusing it into interactive gaming platforms. He is talking about making common universe settings in game and film and making them the exact same in quality and visual presentation with “trapdoors” between… and if I am reading it correctly, he is talking about laying “filmed” or digitized? 2d or 3d performances of real humans/actors and placing them into some form of hybrid scenery that you can also play inside.

    That’s mind blowing in it’s implications and at the same time absolutely a common sense idea. Sounds like the film industry should jump on this now while they still have a young audience to steer.

    – ms. gmr

  10. Xeni Jardin says:

    @ #4 DARRYL Ah, I spoke incorrectly earlier. The stunt footage we’re looking at in that portion of the episode is from the movie “Serenity.”

  11. foxdie says:

    Ok seriously, if anyone knows help me out. Or, John, if you are looking at the comments since you are featured, like I know I would be, let me know. Does John Gaeda have a blog, website, chatroom or a forum that he writes in? He seems like a really interesting mind, from the VFX innovations he’s come up with to reading about his experimental projects he’s worked on to his disdain for Hollywood, I’m really interested in what he has to say.

    In 2003 when the sequels were about the come out, he registered on my forum and posted some really neat comments, but the database from the previous owner was a pile of crud and we lost a lot of old user emails. So I’ve been searching for awhile now…

  12. guernican says:

    Gosh, I’ve never seen Xeni before.

    She certainly oozes comfort in front of the camera.

  13. hbl says:

    I know those pre-production clips are pretty old now, but I still cannot get over how ripped Rain got for that role. I think he takes the body transformation cues from Mr Bale, cos there’s a vid on youtube which shows his workout regime, and he exclaims at the end something to the effect of “after this film, no more working out. ever!” Which is pretty much verbatim what Bale said after American Psycho.