VFXShow 251: Retro: Dune (1984)


David Lynch’s Dune (1984)

Sting and THAT codpiece

Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan (in his film debut) as young nobleman Paul Atreides.

It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and many of the visual effects were practical effects. It included a soundtrack by the rock band Toto, as well as Brian Eno.

The film is in the distant future, the film chronicles the conflict between rival noble families as they battle for control of the extremely harsh desert planet Arrakis, also known as “Dune”. The planet is the only source of the drug melange—also called “the spice”—which allows prescience and is vital to space travel, making it the most essential and valuable commodity in the universe.

The film was a box office bomb, grossing $30.9 million from a $40 million budget, and was negatively reviewed by critics, who heavily criticized the screenwriting, lack of faithfulness to the source material, pacing, direction, and editing, although the visual effects were praised originally, – but you will need to listen to this episode to see if the team agree!

The Dune worms high on melange for this episode are:

  • Matt Wallin         @mattwallin     mattwallin.com
  • Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond      www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.   www.fxguide.com

The team also discuss the Warner Bros HBO max decision and the future of cinema formats.

Note, the new 8111 podcast can be found here. Eighty-one eleven is hosted by visual effects artist and VCUarts Professor Matt Wallin. Each episode is a conversation with a guest who worked at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic during its 40+ year history. Guests discuss their journeys and career paths, and how working at ILM changed them. New episodes every Monday.

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