attended a private screening of Tomorrowland Movie and interviewed
Raffey Cassidy. The movie will be released in theaters
nationwide today, May 22. The movie is about optimism and the
future, Tomorrowland. In the movie, the premise that the
futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to
Walt Disney’s vision. The characters of the movie obtain
a pin to jump-start their quest for Tomorrowland and use their
courage, hope and determination to make a difference.
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alt="tomorrowland-pin" width="500" height="259" /> The
movie provides a powerful and optimistic view into the future.
It will have you thinking about the way you think about the
future and the role you play in the outcome future. You will
be entertained, but you will also have something to talk about.
Grab your pin and take me to Tomorrowland!
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/> The film stars George
Clooney (“Frank Walker”), Britt
Robertson (“Casey Newton”), Tim
McGraw (“Ed Newton”) and Raffey
Cassidy (“Athena”). The film was written and
produced by Brad Bird (Director / Producer
/ Writer), Damon Lindelof (Producer /
Writer) and Jeff Jensen (Story By).
“Tomorrowland” features a screenplay by “Lost” writer and
co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof
& Bird & Jeff Jensen, and also stars Hugh Laurie.
When the concept of “Tomorrowland” was just percolating in
writer/producer Damon Lindelof’s mind, Sean Bailey, president of
production at Disney told him about a box that had been discovered
in a closet at the studio. The “mystery box” contained all sorts of
fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters
seemingly related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964
World’s Fair. Lindelof imagined that these findings were a guide to
a secret story that nobody knew about; a place called Tomorrowland.
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- For the props
department, creating props for the different time periods of the
film—1964, 1984 and 2014—was a challenge. There are different
influences and materials that affect the manufacture and design of
the props for each era, so every prop needed to be carefully
researched and analyzed to make sure the technology and materials
they planned to use existed in the time period. Then the filmmakers
had to try and find the real parts to make things
style="text-align: left;">Designed by illustrator Tim Flattery
of “Men in Black” fame, the plasma ray guns used in the comic-book
store scene feature interactive light that spills out into the
environment, adding to their air of authenticity. The guns were
built with a very small but powerful wireless battery pack that
fits on the end. Upon the actor hitting the trigger, the gun throws
interactive light out the front. When the “plasma” is empty, a red
light goes on and, as the gun recharges, the lights turn blue
- Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland had to dress almost 400
extras in 1964-era attire for the Hall of Invention and Unisphere
Plaza World’s Fair scenes.
style="text-align: left;">The 1964 jet pack designed for Young
Frank (Thomas Robinson) was a feat of engineering and imagination.
It has 40 different fasteners on the backpack frame and has mounts
for Electrolux vacuum cleaners on the sides. Control cables operate
the small shovels on the back. Cables run through the jet pack onto
the handles so the actor can control it. The jet pack was fastened
to a plate and could be easily removed from the frame so that
Thomas did not have to walk around with 20 lbs. of jet pack on his
back between takes.
style="text-align: left;">For the 1964 World’s Fair, the Walt
Disney Company created three rides, the It’s a Small World ride
being the one we remember most. Though quaint by today’s standards,
back in 1964, Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr.
Lincoln were revolutionary in how they used robotics and ride
technology to create a thematically rich experience.
Exclusive Interview With Raffey Cassidy
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/> We also had the opportunity to interview Raffey
Cassidy, a young and talented actress, who plays Athena, a robot
child and hero of Tomorrowland alongside George Clooney.
Raffey Cassidy underwent training in swimming, gymnastics,
wirework and martial arts, which was the primary focus of her
training as her character kicks some serious butt in the movie.
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height="500" /> During the interview she shares some
insight on what it is like to play the superhero, preparation for
her mysterious character and hopes for the future:
What is the best part of playing a
Athena? Raffey Cassidy: Playing
Athena was fun. She is very intelligent, smart and mysterious
and doesn’t show emotions. The best part of the role was
doing all her stunts and so many fight scenes. Scenes
that went back and forth. What was the
most difficult part of playing role?
Raffey Cassidy: Athena has no background to go off
of so I got to create it. Also, not showing
emotions. Favorite scene in the
movie? Raffey Cassidy: The Eiffel
Tower scene was my favorite. Favorite
Stunt? Raffey Cassidy: The
Flip What do you want people to take away
from movie? Raffey Cassidy: I would
like people to think about the future and about the way they
interact with each other and communicate with each other. We
need to interact face to face more and less with
technology. Favorite Disneyland Ride in
Tomorrowland? Raffey Cassidy: Space
Mountain Favorite Disney ride of all
time? Raffey Cassidy: California
Scream Favorite Hobbies?
Raffey Cassidy: I love creating special effects
scars and bruises on the face and arms. I create a lot of special
effects. For additional information about the
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