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Quint visits ILM with Jon Favreau and sees some IRON MAN stuff!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It’s been a life-long dream for me to visit ILM, Skywalker Ranch and Pixar Animation Studios (well, with Pixar maybe not life-long, but it feels like they’ve been in my life forever). In one trip to San Francisco I got to achieve a couple of those dreams. Two out of three ain’t bad, right?

I was excited when my exclusive visit got approved, but it wasn’t until I was in the cab with the lovely Tamar from Paramount and she called for directions that the geek-out really began. “Okay… building B… Behind the Yoda Fountain…” she told the cabbie. “Behind the Yoda Fountain.” Yeah. My excitement level sky-rocketed. On the way, the driver pointed out a triangular building saying, “That’s Francis Ford Coppola’s office.” I turned to look as we passed and sure enough there was an awning that declared “Café Zoetrope.” Then the driver pointed at a diner across the street and said he often saw George Lucas and Coppola having coffee over there. I didn’t get the name of the place, sorry… but it’s across the street from Café Zoetrope. Just past the Zoetrop offices were some really awesome looking titty bars. I wish all the skeazy areas looked like this. It was like old time Vegas, with bright neon signs and electric girls in the middle of a strip-tease, lights flashing “girls, girls, girls!” out from the windows. It wasn’t long after that we hit the Presidio where ILM is now located. Sure enough there was a Yoda fountain.

We entered the lobby and we beat Favreau by a few minutes, so we had a look around. Yeah, there were cool Star Wars things around, like a full sized Boba Fett and Darth Vader, but what really caught my eye was a giant statue dedicated to the legendary Willis O’Brien. I took a few pics of it. Check it out:

Tamar and I took turns doing silly poses with Darth Vader… me holding his hand like we were BFFs and she pretending to be choked by him.

We were acting the fool pretty hardcore when the ILM heads came down to meet us. A little red-faced I shook their hands. I asked them how they were doing and they said a little depressed. The Oscars were the day before and they were a little gut-punched that TRANSFORMERS got beaten out by THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Almost on cue, Jon Favreau came in with his assistant. I said hello and we caught up a little bit before heading in through security. They have these little poles set up that have green lights. If you pass through them without a badge those green lights turn red and alarms sound. Someone tripped the alarm when our group went through. I wish it was the Death Star alert soun... that would have been great. It was a regular alarm sound, though, and we just got waved through. I was frankly a little disappointed when no Stormtroopers came running. You’ll find this report to have only a few tidbits of IRON MAN stuff in it. Favreau later told me that he was only given one tour of ILM when he first came down to check on his effects and he couldn’t get another one, so he used me as an excuse to tour it again. We both just kinda geeked out. That said, we did go into the screening room and rewatched the WonderCon reel and trailer. By now everybody will have seen the trailer, but what was interesting was that, because I’d just seen them both, Favreau sat next to me and kind of commented on the footage and trailer. I told him he should release a commentary on the footage or the new trailer, that fans would get a kick out of it. It’s the little things that get us excited. Like knowing in that sequence where Stark is testing out the thrusters and is floating around the garage… that they only had one arm device built. Originally it was just going to be one hand and the two feet thrusters, but at the last minute they decided they wanted both hands to have prototypes, so one arm device is practical and the other is completely digital. Watching it I couldn’t pick out which was which. I’ll go ahead and jump ahead a bit to meat of the visit, a sit down with Favreau and digital demi-god Ben Snow (who brought Kong to life with Weta) where we watched a few sequences from the flick. Most of them have been seen by now. One was a detailed look at the machine Stark uses to assemble his suit. I asked Favreau when we were walking the halls and gawking at the awesome history around every corner (more on that in a minute) how he was going to handle the suit-up. I said, “Surely, it won’t be like in the early comics when he walked around with his suit in a briefcase, right?” He laughed and said he always loved that, but no. Stark can’t just turn into a superhero. There can’t be any spur of the moment changes. Stark has to go to his lab and suit up. There are a half-dozen machines that put the suit on him. Stark stands like DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man (minus the nakedness) as different machines assemble his suit. One puts his right arm on, the other his left, another the backplate, another the chestplate, etc. It’s a complicated system. Favreau loved that Stark couldn’t be an off-the-cuff superhero. In fact, Ben Snow pointed out that Tony Stark very much has to put on the armor like a knight would. It’s a long process. Favreau will definitely consider making it more compact and easier to assemble later on. “I guess the idea is that if we get to do a few of these it’ll get easier and easier for him to get the suit on,” Favreau said. “But now he needs a whole automated assembly line.” That said, he didn’t like the idea of nanotechnology or “the suit comes out of his bone marrow” stuff from the recent books. Personally, I’d keep it the way it is, but start having Stark send out the fully automated suits, which he controls from his home. Keeping the Superman comparisons going, Favreau said he didn’t want Stark to be able to jump into a phone booth like Superman and be on his way, but he also liked the added reality of the machinery. He takes off slow and lands fast, the opposite of Superman. Snow said that Favreau put a lot of rules on him and the ILM guys. He’d rather sacrifice cool for realism’s sake. Speaking of realism, Favreau wanted to show me some of the dog fight sequence (read Iron Man vs. Jets) to show how he really wanted the effects grounded in realism. Favreau said he was adamant that actual background plates were used for this sequence, that it wasn’t all just CGI. So they sent up real planes with film cameras to get POVs and background plates. He said they didn’t want it to be like STEALTH where everything was perfectly framed all the time with extremely dynamic camera movements. Instead they looked at the aerial photography for TOP GUN and pulled those apart, figuring out what made it feel real. There was a realism to the bumpiness of the camera and little things, like little sparkles of frost that gathered on the camera’s lens for this shot of Iron Man flying through clouds… I was shown the original plate and the final scene and there’s a moment where the sun is behind the clouds and peeks over and really shows every flawed detail on the lens, results of actually shooting at these heights. They also ran a shot you can see in the latest trailer of Iron Man hugging the bottom of a jet… it’s a close-up as Iron Man hangs on… starting at the top of his head and he the he looks up right at camera. Favreau said that even though 90% of the shot was CG (Iron Man and the jet) he still wanted ILM to use the original clear plate so when they plugged in the CG elements there was already a great lighting reference and a jitteriness to the camera that sells the shot. I had to stop them there because I thought the suit in that shot was the practical suit. Listen… I’m not one of those people who thinks everything is practical. I’m very, very discerning when it comes to CG work. Usually when people tell me I won’t be able to tell the difference between a CG shot and a practical shot, I do. Not because I have a brilliantly trained eye or anything, I’ve just spent my whole life fascinated with effects and watch out for tell-tale signs of practical work and CG work. Here, even though they replayed it 3 or 4 times, I couldn’t believe the suit was CG. Of course, this is one shot, but still… it moved within the shot. You can take still frames of Jar Jar from Episode 1 and it looks photoreal, but then they move him and it’s a cartoon. Favreau agreed that ILM’s work on this has been phenomenal so far and that there have even been times when he’s given them notes saying the work needs to be done only to have them thrown back at him. “I’d go, ‘Guys, people are going to judge me on this stuff. To you guys it looks good because you’re used to looking at CG. I don’t like CG.’ Then Ben would go, ‘Um… I believe that’s practical.’” The suit also adjusts during flight. Flaps would come up, tilting him left or right as he flew… You can see these flaps in action in the first trailer when he throws on the brakes and the jets fly past him… The flaps shoot up. I told him I really liked that detail because it gives the suit a personality as well as keeping it in some kind of reality. Favreau said his main inspiration for the flaps were the snow speeders in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. “Now, there was probably no aerodynamic purpose for those, but something told you it was cool when you saw those flaps moving.” Motion Capture was brought up and I found out that even though they did do some mo-cap work (with a guy in a wind tunnel) it was really only good for reference and most of the actual flight stuff was completely digital without mocap work. Favreau did say that on the next film he’d want to do more mo-cap work Peter Jackson style for the animatic stages. The next shot was Iron Man rolling away from the jets. Favreau told me to keep an eye on the shoulder flaps. The flap on his shoulder goes up and he immediately shoots away in a roll. That’s cool, but my favorite part was seeing the tiny alterations in the flaps as he was flying, like a bird’s wing making minute corrections while flying. Quick stuff, but the devil’s in the details, right? It was about this point when I said, “I wonder which crappy New Line movie will beat this work at next year’s Oscars?” There was a chorus of “Awwww…” and “Too soon” and “You’re rubbing salt in the wound,” from the ILM techs in the room. This was before the New Line absorption into WB, so maybe they’ll have a shot next year. I took this time to compliment Snow’s work on Kong and told him that in my opinion, one of the best CG shots ever created is in that movie… when you see that close-up of Kong’s eyes. Favreau said that it was Kong and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest that took away a lot of his cynicism for CGI. He said especially because he was doing Iron Man he was willing to give the technology a chance, saying that making a machine move was easier than something with hair or a human body by itself. Favreau cited DAREDEVIL, a film he was in, as having glaring CGI and he didn’t want that. Snow corrected him and said the Mark 2, the silver suit, was just as difficult as Kong was. Favreau was like, “Really? Well, it looks great. I think it’s still my favorite suit. That’s why we gotta do War Machine!” Snow took a deep breath and said, meekly, “Okay.” I asked about the power supply problem, which goes back to those early ‘60s issues. If you remember, in the early days Stark had to pretty much plug himself in every few hours or his heart would stop. Favreau said they do play with that a little bit in the movie. He said Iron Man’s power running down is Iron Man’s main weakness, his Achilles heel. Favreau didn’t want to make him invulnerable or else he’d become boring. We left the theater at this point and looked around ILM a bit. Lucas apparently collects foreign posters and there large framed Italian posters up everywhere. Everything from early Kurosawa movies to obscure Italian noirs to the Sergio Leone Man With No Name Trilogy. I myself collect foreign posters and have many Italian posters, so I was, of course, drawn to them. Also along the walls were display boxes featuring props (everything from INNERSPACE maquettes to Cocoon miniatures (this was disintegrating a bit… it was the boat and little teeny doll versions of the old people… Favreau said, “This is what they’d look like if it didn’t work.”) to ships used in Wrath of Khan to Howard The Duck props) and matte paintings. The famous matte painting of the Los Angeles suburb at night from the beginning of ET was there as was stuff from HOOK and Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS. I was taken to Javva The Hutt, the ILM in-house coffee shop and given an Iron Man Javva Buck. They give out Javva Bucks to workers who do a good job and it can be used as currency. They make them specific to specific projects. The Iron Man one had Iron Man where a president’s face would be and said something like “Iron Standard” on it. I saw a board where the operator had past Javva Bucks for everything from Jurassic Park to Indiana Jones 4 (it was a photo from Raiders of the room where they keep the ark). I opted to keep mine instead of spending it, but I did get a really good hot chocolate.

The rest of the tour comprised of visits to the computer animation cubicles, a photo-op with the Han Solo in Carbonite prop as well as a constructed Jar Jar in Carbonite piece, the merchandising department and, finally, the gift shop where I picked up Lucasfilm and ILM shirts for friends and family. Going to the computer animators area was pretty cool. Their cubicles were set up like you’d imagine… some were Transformers geeks and had toys hanging everywhere, some were GI Joe, some were Star Wars. When I first got there and met with the 4 or 5 animators working, Favreau introduced me and said “... he's from Ain’t It Cool News… so hit your safety screens!” That got a laugh, but that didn’t stop me from seeing one little bit of animation on a screen… it was from the Iron Monger fight was a bird’s eye view. It had Iron Man taking off, flying at camera, and Iron Monger blasting off, too, giving chase. It was pretty sweet seeing these guys work… crunching numbers and seeing it work on the screen. You don’t often get looks at this kind of thing. As I was looking at one of these pages of numbers and code Favreau said, “If you could read computer language you’d know everything that happens in the movie.” My favorite part of this segment of the visit, possibly of the whole visit, was watching Favreau walk into another cubicle across the way from the Iron Man peeps, thinking it was more of his movie. The guy working at his desk was deep in thought and when Favreau walked in, the dude’s eyes widened and he jumped up. Literally. He jumped out of his chair and blocked his monitor. I asked Favreau what he saw later and he said the only thing he saw were ruins, so I had to guess it was from KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. The trip to merchandising was odd. The walls were now covered with pages from Star Wars comic books and advertising posters. Everybody was nice and being a pack rat myself I saw a lot of cool stuff I’d love to have at my house (there was even a room of Star Wars merchandise… everything from Japanese Darth Vader figures to Stormtrooper Golf Club Bags). I’m told there was a rush to hide certain things before we got there. I can only imagine it was Indiana Jones related. As it was, I saw a standee of Ford swinging his whip around and that cool Bronze maquette of Indy riding a horse that’s on sale now. That was pretty much my trip. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my adventures. I’m salivating for IRON MAN at this point. I hope it can live up to the anticipation now. Many thanks to the always lovely Tamar for setting up the visit, to Ben Snow for entertaining us, to Favreau for showing me around and to ILM in general for letting me infiltrate the place. -Quint

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  • April 21, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by Jubba


  • April 21, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Dear Quint

    by Silverglade

    That entire article you just posted is so damn awesome. Thank you for sharing all of it.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Skywalker Sound

    by Silverglade

    Quint, did you get an opportunity to see Skywalker Sound, like THX heaven, etc?

  • April 21, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    silver, gotham

    by Quint

    I have not been to Skywalker Ranch, so no Skywalker Sound for me either. I'd love to go... this trip was only ILM. I'm not complaining, mind you. ILM is pretty awesome. Some day I'll get to go to the Ranch, I'm sure... by hook or by crook. But that day is not here yet.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Can you take me with you next time, Quint?

    by Orionsangels


  • April 21, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    My Left Nut

    by The+Hitman

    That's what I'd give to tour Lucasfilm at the Presidio. Do they have tours for the "common folk" or do you have get the hook up from some hot, hot, hot redhead named Tamar. She's foxy!!!

  • April 21, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by GiftedInThePants

    You tapped her ass right?

  • April 21, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Favreau Conversation

    by Aquatarkusman

    Did he explain that whatever you brought up was exactly like this time on "Made," like he did precisely 938 times in the Dinner for Five series?

  • April 21, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Darth is forcing her head down to the dark side.

    by Baron Karza


  • April 21, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    So Did You and Tamar Hook Up Afterwards?


    She looks like the kind to go for shark-hunting sea-faring men. Man, Javva the Hutt and a Yoda statue and Iron Man Bucks. Totally awesome place.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by sarsy

    can you post a few more pics of tamar?

  • April 21, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    RE Tamar's cans

    by dr sauch

    :-0 WIN! Can't wait for Ironman. Love Favreau. Still hate Lucas.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I guess Tamar

    by enoodle123

    Has some fans. Great article though, very cool.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Gungan Slayer

    damn i wish i could visit ILM, or better yet, work there

  • April 21, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    That chick is hot.

    by jrbarker

    hot I say

  • April 21, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Quint > San Francisco locations you mentioned...

    by S.Lowrey

    The name of the Zoetrope place is called the Sentinel building at the corner of Kearny and Columbus. The titty bars you were talking about were probably all on Broadway (at Columbus.) That's North Beach. If you kept going on columbus you must have passed by Washington Square where the Scorpio Killer in Dirty Harry was getting ready to snipe his victims. If you kept going on Columbus you would have passed by Bimbo's 365, which can be seen in the background of the Bullitt chase scene (though he's all over the city.)

  • April 21, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    you took a picture of the PR rep? seriously?

    by I87D

    this is why bloggers don't get taken as seriously as they should... no offense to Tamar, she did her job. but it sounds like did it a little too well...

  • April 21, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    The Geek Jerusalem!

    by darth rod

    Thanx for the article Quint, awesome. Could you post more Photos of the holly ground? (with or without the smoking redhead)

  • April 21, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    More pics. please!


    Preferably WITH more pics of the smokin hot redhead!

  • April 21, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    "This cafe mocha is my kind of scum...."

    by Alfred_Packer

    Waiting for someone to ask if the female baristas wear gold bikinis..

  • April 21, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Oh Quint, why'd you post that shot of "the smoking redhead"

    by half vader

    You know that it's about the only thing that could distract a desperate Star Wars geek from the rest of the article. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Yes yes I know, "souvenir" right? <p> Now what was the piece about again?

  • April 21, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Tamar - I'd hit it

    by Rupee88

    Sorry to bring it down the lowest common denominator, but that's something we can all agree on.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    That's great, man.

    by Herb West

    You are lucky to be in a position to do that kind of thing. Great story and pics!

  • April 21, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by pursued_by_bear

    Quint gives us geeky Iron Man goodies, but all the fools want to talk about is the smoking redhead. <p> Excellent report, crusty dog! Bring on Tony Stark!

  • April 21, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Quint .. your my hero ...

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    damn those pics were sweet ...good job ... and god i cant wait for iron man

  • April 21, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Which Thruster-Arm? - Suggestion

    by BetaSword

    Well, I guess Prototype on the left Arm is CG, I've only got a pretty crappy FLV, but it gives me a bit of the Frenzy-CGI-Colorizing in the metallical-shine. Also, I think, that the Advances in showing Robot-Parts from Transformers were adding quite more knowledge to the Ironman-CGI-Team, as several elements simply reminds me on TF, about the CG. Well, I also like CG in general, especially, when they put enough effort into it, not like, for example the StarGate:Atlantis Building-Collapse as seen in 4x20, which gives me a: Which noob did render that?, as it totally looked way under the other CG, used in several other ways(like the Mule-thing on that Planet with the Naquadria).

  • April 21, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Great article

    by Bob of the Shire

    Hot redhead + ILM = Geek greatness. Quint is truly a lucky man.

  • April 21, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by waites

    Great read! much appreciated!1

  • April 21, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Such an enthusiastic look on her go Vader!

    by Sappers Forward

  • April 21, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Tamar from paramount = hard cock

    by messi

    of Robert Downey Jr.

  • April 21, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Paramount was wise to send Tamar. Very wise indeed.

  • April 22, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Damn you, Quint!

    by vich1

    Vic from Screen Rant here - I'm insanely jealous you bastard! I tried like hell to get into "The Ranch" but couldn't manage it. Nice report, btw. :-)

  • April 22, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Great article Quint.

    by mr.brownstone

    I enjoyed reading that very much!

  • April 22, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Stealth's aerial filming style

    by AlwaysThere

    Nothing short of perfection actually.

  • April 22, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by Chris.Scott327

    I work in visual effects, and I LOVE ILM. I grew up wanting to work at ILM. When I first moved to California, I made a pilgrimage there. One day, I'd love to work there - there's something amazing and magical about telling your cubical buddies you spent the day on a pirate ship. Or with robots. Or on a space cruiser. VFX is the greatest career path ever - and ILM is the most spellbinding and incredible of all.

  • April 22, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    ...and Then Tamar Pissed on the Dark Lord of the Sith...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...and he squeezed the shit out of her.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by alice 13

    iron poodles!

  • April 22, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    Theres no special effect sweeter then a hot women and tamar is one hot women.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Wow, it's a chick!! Drooooooollllzzzzzzzzz

    by random dude

    You people are kind of pathetic. Whatever.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Great Place to visit

    by snowmanfan

    Hey there, I actually work in this building, not for ILM, LucasArts, or Lucasfilm but I highly recommend anyone coming down to visit if they get the chance. I always pass by Yoda, Vader, and Boba Fett in my way to work and I love seeing people getting geeked out because I was totally like that when I first visited here. I think there are public tours of this facility, if you call in advance? I'll try to get the information for you soon. BTW, Skywalker Ranch is not here in the Presidio; it's up in Marin along with Skywalker Sound and something else.

  • April 22, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Tamar is delicious...

    by poeticwarriorII

    and I can't wait for Iron Man!

  • April 22, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I actually had no idea there were going to be screening announcements today. I was asked to hold the article until at least late March, but I ended up getting buried in other work. I've been home maybe one month this year so far and that month has been spread apart. I put the article off to clear the build-up of articles and told Tamar I'd post it today. Low and behold, Capone sent in his screening info. No conspiracy. I'm excited for it. And by the way, Paramount didn't pay for anything for this trip. I was already in San Fran for WonderCon and this was the day after the Con ended. I stayed an extra day. AICN footed the bill.

  • April 22, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Great stuff Quint...

    by RipVanMarlowe

    ya lucky bastard. Can't wait for this one. May not end up being the best super hero movie this summer, but looks like it could be the most all-out fun.

  • April 22, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    forget ilm, I want to get into Tamar

    by ironic_name

  • April 22, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Tamar? I'd smash the granny out of her

    by Steve Rogers

    (That means I would bone her very hard)

  • April 22, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Coolest place on Earth

    by kwisatzhaderach

    except Skywalker Ranch. Thanks Quint.

  • April 22, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    More Pix Pls.

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

  • April 22, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I can only hope that Tamar isn't reading this...

    by Jam Banjo

    ...the deluded talkbacks of 14 year old boys trapped in 30 year old men's flabby bodies. As soon as I saw that pic I knew what this talkback would be degraded too. I didn't know people actually used the phrase 'tap that' in real life. Another reason humanity is doomed. Sigh. As for the article, great stuff, very interesting, cheers for that. God I'd love to visit (or work) there one day...

  • April 22, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Great Quint! But next time...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...take me with ya, ok? Thanks.

  • April 22, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Thanks also for the O'Brien pics Quint

    by half vader

    That's pretty awesome. I bet Ray Harryhausen would be pleased. Speaking of which, how are those low-budgeted cg animated movies he's working on going? Haven't heard anything about them for ages. Couldja chase 'em up at some point? Thanks crusty sea-dude.

  • April 22, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Oh and Quint

    by half vader

    Skywalker Ranch is so damn cool. I got to try on the original Fett helmet. Haven't been to ILM though. <p> Still, Archive building<supercute (and super nice from the sound of it) girl in tight yellow sweater. She's gorgeous. Priorities, geeks! Priorities!

  • April 22, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    lovely Tamar from Paramount

    by ATARI

    more like "hot and I want to fuck Tamar from Paramont"

  • April 22, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    How about some T&A with Tamar?

    by SpencerTrilby

    er... I meant "Q&A", but the aesthetes caught my drift.

  • Especially because my geeking never includes Tamar - not to be cliche at this point, but what a gorgeous creature.

  • April 22, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    ...*in real life

    by Darwyn

  • April 22, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    More photos of Tamar please

    by TheBloop

    Me likey that long red hair pre-milf style.

  • April 22, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Tamar, i would hit that like a fist of an angry god

    by Mr_X

    cool article, nice geek moments, looks awesome!

  • April 22, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I never realised just how many under 10 year olds actually post here.

  • April 22, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by TheBloop

    Get your fucking high horse, you prude. Either your an ugly fat chick who is jealous or a total power tool nerd who never had a date in your life.

  • April 22, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Tamar is quite lovely

    by ArcadianDS

    and this article was fantastic. You could have should have taken more pics.<p> Did I mention that Tamar is quite lovely. And not in a 'zomg interweb geeks drool over any wimmenz' kind of way, but in a 'there could be 50 other women there and she'd still be quite lovely' kind of way.<p> So her voice - please tell me she sounds like Lauren Bacall.

  • April 22, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    our dream

    by mvckalel

    I think it's a dream for ALL of us to visit not only ILM, but Skywalker Ranch and Pixar too, like you mentioned...hope next time you can take ALL of us, lol...

  • April 22, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Chris.Scott327

    Okay... now I want to see some ILM goodness - anyone know where I can get 1080p quicktimes of the REVENGE OF THE SITH trailers? That'd be awesome!

  • April 22, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Is Tamar still in the SF area cuz I might look her up

    by Tacom

    Great piece Quint. The flaps on the snowspeeders in TESB were cool but you know it would have only been thought of using old fashioned model work. A lot of CGI does look real now but the motions still off. Like the frame rate speed is still on video instead of film. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing Iron Man cuz it'll be great to actually like Tony Stark again. Oh and ILM were definitely ROBBED at the Oscars! Golden Compass winning was bullshit.

  • April 22, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I guess you're an under 10 year old. And an asshole.

  • April 22, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Golden Compass beating Transformers

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Further proof the Academy don't know shit.

  • April 22, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Nice read

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Good show, old boy. I don't know a lick about IRON MAN...but I'm quite jazzed for it.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    wow quint

    by kungfuhustler84

    very cool. You and Mori are easily the best writers on this site, dude. That sounded so damn fun, I am extremely jealous. that O'Brien statue was defnitely pretty fantastic. I am in college right now and reading what you guys do is really inspiring me to go for a career in film so I can keep immersing myself in cinema as much as possible. And poor ILM. I almost kicked a hole in my TV when Golden Compass won.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by StovetopStuffin'

    OMG, it's a real live girl!!! Quick fella's, don't let her get away!!!!!! man, you guys are fucking pathetic.

  • April 22, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Good lord you fuckers are pitiful

    by Bass Bastardson

    Seriously. Can there not be a picture of an attractive woman that doesn't elicit a huge chorus of "I'd fuck that five ways from Sunday!" and "Lookit them melons!" FUCK. It makes me feel gross to be in the company of such uncouth douche bags. Is the stereotype true? Are you all fat, basement-dwelling virgins? If you are let me share with you a little secret - you will never in a million years get laid by saying "Hey lady, I'd give my left nut to touch those sweet cans! Can I blow my load on your face?"

  • April 22, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by m_reporter

    Actually that works for some girls, although they ask for money afterward...

  • April 22, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    A mate passed up a chance to see the ranch

    by bongo123

    he was visiting rels out there and his uncles buddy worked at the ranch and offered him and his folks a wee peak, his folks went, he went and got hammered at a bar with his cousins... ahh ye gotta love the Irish putting the alcohol before geek mecca lol

  • April 22, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by jig98

    iron man opens 4 hours early a week from thursday! there is a god!!

  • April 22, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    peeing Yoda statue?

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Anyone else think that when they first scrolled by. It's an awesome and awsome, when you look at it, but scrolled that image popped in my head. If I'm alone there, call it one for the under ten crowd. In all seriousness that look like a cool ass place and those really cool pictures. I really like where Favreau's going with the Iron Man movie. The realism bit. Gotta like a lady who's into Star Wars. Cool pic with the Vader statue. Sounds like a hell of a fun trip. Watch where you put those hands, Vader. That was one more for the under tens.

  • April 22, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST awesome statue and an awesome picture

    by CrichtonAstronut

    damned lack of an edit option.

  • April 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck's this??

    by Puddleglum

    How about next time some pics of IRON MAN, Quint? (a fucking Yoda statue? Vader SHOULD be choking your wanna-be girlfriend for being with your stupid ass.)

  • April 22, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Hot Chocolate is ok....

    by kdoc13

    at Java the Hutt, but the Espresso tastes like Bantha Poodoo.

  • April 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by kdoc13

    And yes, more pics of Tamar please.

  • April 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by kdoc13

    Forgot, preferably in the Princess Leia metal Bikini. For christsakes Quint, didn't you think to pick one up at the gift-shop?

  • April 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by Bass Bastardson

    Ah, yes - good point. But I really don't think most of these guys should get anywhere near a prostitute. I'd be afraid that after the fucking, they would knock her down and stomp her to death, hoping that a wad of money would magically pop out of her chest. That kind of thing could cause trouble.

  • April 22, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Didn't they have Java the Hut in Veronica Mars

    by CrichtonAstronut

    The Neptune Coffee Shop.

  • April 22, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by classyfredblassy

    Boy don't get horny till they reach 13. Don't know were you are getting this 10 year old thing from. Sounds like my fat chick comment hit too close to home. Don't worry, those 12 dozen glazed doughnuts will be there to comfort you.

  • April 22, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Monday after WonderCon

    by agro23

    I was there touring on the same day! How funny. That was probably you with Favreau's entourage that passed us going the other way on the bridge with all the props. Did you get to see the room with the rows of pre-production books? They had one for Snowcrash!

  • April 22, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Yep, Java the Hut was in VM

    by flickchick85

    I wonder if the VM writers heard about this, or if it was just a coincidence. I have a feeling it's the latter. Anyway, this was a great article. I loved the Pixar one, too. All envy aside, I hope you get invited to more places, Quint, so I can at least read about them!

  • April 22, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint

    by Archive

    Iron Man is the first movie that has me squirming with anticipation since Return of the King! To hear stories about such talented craftspeople on it... it's just enough to tide me over for next weekend. Thank you, sir!

  • April 22, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Tamar is beautiful.

    by one9deuce

    A trip to ILM with a beautiful redhead? I want your job Quint.

  • April 22, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by agro23

    I'm pretty certain anyone can book a tour of the ILM Presidio facilities. When my tour left there was a Japanese tour group outside getting ready to go in.

  • April 22, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Someday they'll erect a statue of Frank Oz with his hand up Yoda

    by hyperboycomics

    Someday... I feel violated now. I said 'erect' and 'ass' in the same sentence

  • April 22, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Crap! They cut it off!

    by hyperboycomics

  • April 22, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    thanx for carbonite jar jar photo agro23

    by darth rod

    that image is priceless and brought some warmth to my cold heart

  • April 22, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I'd fuck her till her head fell off

    by ironic_name

  • April 22, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    im stalking her as we speak!

    by ironic_name


  • April 22, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Terrific pic agro23

    by SpencerTrilby

    and to every easily offended and/or wet blanket bitching about the testosterone-laden comments: chill out... it's an AICN talkback mates! It's like expecting an Ollie Stone TB without right wingnuts or a Roman Polanski one without pedophile rants. Get a grip... <p> Besides, there's a slight possibility (according to my experience) that she knew exactly what to expect when asked for the pic and (gasp!) agreed to do the pic for that very reason. Could you believe it? A woman with a sense of humor?!

  • April 22, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Willis O'Brien statue

    by Beezbo

    I want one.

  • April 22, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Welcome to the Internet...

    by Happyfat73

    Enabling awkward virgins to anonymously lust after a gorgeous woman in a manner they'd never dare in real life since 1992.</p> Seriously... do you guys talk like that to girls in real life? No wonder people perceive geeks as virgins.

  • April 22, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I hate you, Quint.

    by HaveBeerWillTravel

    I mean, I love you. But, dude, I hate you.

  • April 22, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    the best thing about the jar jar in carbonite

    by Quint

    That's funny in and of itself, but the best thing is there is a little piece of paper taped up next to it. It's a printout from the IMDB news column. Subject line: "Jar Jar Binks voted most annoying character ever put to film" and then a paragraph of smaller text talking about the online poll. Gotta love that.

  • April 23, 2008, midnight CST

    What kind of name is Tamar anyway?

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Seriously. Oh and nice article.

  • April 23, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Wow! Tamar, what a total sweetheart

    by dirtsandwich

    I'm in love! You can't just have one picture. Lets see some more of her.

  • April 23, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    A petition to see more Tamar

    by dirtsandwich

    I'm in! Who else? Sign up.

  • April 23, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'm sure Tamar is waiting desperately for your call.

  • April 23, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    As for boys not getting horny til they're 13, guess you were just a late developer. Bet you've really put Tamar off now.

  • April 23, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST


    by odo19

    took a great photo.

  • April 23, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Is Darth Vader gonna have to choke a...

    by Mr_X

    You geeks would never have an opportunity to have a fine looking woman like that. Unless of course you became a contestant on beauty and the geek. Tamar, understand that this website gets no pictures of ladies, beautiful or otherwise. Take it as a compliment, you're quite lovely. And we're only saying what those geeks at lucasfilm are thinking!

  • April 23, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Tamar's Terrific Ta-ta's

    by Dick Bahls

    Some one please post some more exotic pics of Tamar. She should definitely have her own website. Now that I moved back into my parent's basement I have plenty of time to "surf the web" if you know what I'm taking about! I'm in my late 30's and love to buy Star Wars toys & "surf the web"!!!!

  • April 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I just bought tix

    by Abominable Snowcone

    for Iron Man online. They are having early evening shows (not midnight) on Thurs May 1st. Check it out. I shall go, and then I shall come.

  • April 23, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    That Tamar sure is purty

    by Abominable Snowcone

    AiCN needs a regular contributing hot chick geek

  • April 23, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Great Article

    by Saluki

    Golden Compass winning was a huge mistake. I didn't even know why it was nominated.

  • April 23, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    TAMAR for regular member at AICN!! :)

    by Frye777

    Who gives a fuck about the lucasranch and sw? Give us this hot chick as a regular member. Enough of this boys' club at AICN. Come on!

  • April 23, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Great article... I think... TAMAR!!!

    by Razorback

    Let's talk, baby. ;)

  • April 23, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Man, if I was in a cab with her....

    by dirtsandwich

    I'd put a gun the the driver's head and tell him "DRIVE...YOU FUCK!" Take me to the most romantic spot in town. Make sure it's at least 2 hours away, so I have time to get to know her and gaze into those gorgeous eyes. Also Cabby, tell the clowns at Paramount that Tamar isn't coming back. Also tell SW and ILM to fuck off, that you can't make it. I'm going to market this beauty and we'll make billions then retire together and live in the most exotic and erotic places in the world. Yes, I'm fat and live in the basement,...but it was just a thought.

  • April 23, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Transformers was like a glitter covered Turd!


    Still amazes me that people can't get over Transformers losing out? No matter how good the technical FX are if they're used ALL the fucking time or so in your face they become Mind Numbing and bolting them to a retarded movie can't help either.

  • April 23, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach you seem to be

    by TheBloop

    some type of expert when it comes to the sexual desires of 10 year old boys. Was that you in the trench coat at the IMAX showing of Hannah Montana 3D in Newark last week? You sick fuck, I will bitch slap you into a coma.

  • April 24, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    The hell with the Tamar chick I want to know about ILM and Iron

    by drompter

    What can I say? I'm a ten yrs old.

  • April 24, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by blondeman

    That chick is hot, if I had gone I would have been all like "ooooh, another CGI superhero movie, great....why don't we just go makeout for like 2 hours and I'll write some fluff piece about the movie".

  • April 24, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    How can a goddess like that be hiden from mankind?

    by dirtsandwich

    When all we see is fucked in the head celebrities, malnourished boney-ass models that look like alien greys, celebrities with crotches that the EPA would label toxic, celebrities that have their tits hanging out or wearing see through shirts, "Hey...over here, look at me. I'm so insecure that I need you to look at my boobies. Please, please like me." Stupid teen bitch skanks that all have the same lame-ass tatoo on their lower back...."ouuu, cum on my tatoo!" Then comes Tamar. A classy stunning red head beauty. More beautiful then any celebrity or model. Fantastic figure and all we are given in just one picture. She's sitting on a gold mine, because whatever Paramount is paying her, ain't enough.

  • April 24, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I LOVE realistic visual touches, which help to convince us...

    by JDanielP

    ...of what is happening on screen is REAL, within the fantasy experience. Such visual touches are just one reason why appreciate a director like James Cameron. And when I can make such a comparison, a GREAT sign for this picture. Cheers to you, Fav.

  • April 24, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I don't mean

    by dirtsandwich

    she doesn't make enough for her current profession, I mean not enough compared to if she was a model. I'm sure she does have a kick ass salary. Which makes her even hotter....

  • April 24, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I got a face for print. heh

  • April 24, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    There's 6 scenes from IRON MAN online...

    by BudWhite

    Not sure if this is new or not, but I found a bunch of clips from the movie on The movie looks fucking dope!

  • April 25, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by jaxjagz911

    Isn't quint that guy that treats his friends like shit when they travel long distances to meet him in Texas? I believe so.

  • April 25, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    What is the story behind that? I don't know what you're talking about.

  • April 26, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    And this leads in to the next logical article...

    by Teddy Artery

    A breathless 1200 word essay on Tamar. She is pretty cute, I'll give ya that.

  • April 26, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by jaxjagz911

    I'm not gonna air dirty laundry here.. he just acted like a dick and he knows it

  • April 27, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    The Presidio

    by PirateEmery

    I went there several years ago for my job (petty cash courier for the company that runs the fitness center) and I was told that I COULDN'T take any pictures. Did they become more relaxed about their policies or is Quint cooler than me? And yeah, the library in the lobby is pretty awesome.<p> Also, this was where I picked up my Indiana Jones fedora. Prized possession indeed...

  • April 29, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Iron Man clip now online with commentary

    by Bass Ackwards

    Quint's influence over Favreau is almost complete!