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Director Gabe Ibáñez On The Creation of His Powerful Sci-Fi Film ‘Automata’

Director Gabe Ibáñez On The Creation of His Powerful Sci-Fi Film ‘Automata’

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Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.

Writer/Director Gabe Ibáñez was driven to tell a story that blurs the lines between science fiction and reality. Ibáñez gives audiences a compelling look into the theory of evolution and what life might be like for mankind in the not too distant future. With powerful performances from a cast including Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster, AUTÓMATA is a sci-fi film noir that explores the potential dangers and complexities when mind and machine merge.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with director Gabe Ibáñez to discuss the creation of ‘Automata,’ the challenges of bringing it to screen and what may be next for this director in the rise. 

Gabe Ibáñez

Gabe Ibáñez

What intrigued you early on about the world of filmmaking and made you pursue it as a career?

I have been working many years with images. First, I was a visual supervisor to the artist. After working many years with images, you need to go to the furthest point. I started to make some of my ideas into short films. Believe me, I was very happy doing short films but one day a producer came to me and said “I want you to make this movie with this script.” That was my first opportunity to shoot a movie, so I did! After that I began to work on my first script, which is ‘Automata.’ Everything came about in a very smooth way, first with short films and then with movies.

How would you cite as your biggest directorial influences?

My biggest influences are some of the biggest directors in the world like Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Kurosawa. Those are my biggest influences. When it comes to ‘Automata.’ the influences are classic science fiction movies from the 60s and 70s like ‘The Andromeda Strain,’ ‘The Omega Man’ and ‘The Planet of the Apes.’ Those were the years when science fiction movies had a strong philosophical concept behind them and were for more than just entertainment.

What sparked the idea for ‘Automata’ originally?

When I was growing up, my grandfather had a box of science fiction books and magazines. I would read the Isaac Asimov books with all the stories about robots. That is the kind of thing that was always in my mind from that point. The first time I decided to write a script, I wanted to do this kind of Isaac Asimov-like universe. Also, there is a very important idea in the film that is important now and will be more important in the years to come; technological singularity and the idea of artificial intelligence going beyond human intelligence. This will be a very important paradigm in the next years. This was a very important idea in the Isaac Asimov books, as well. I also read a story in the news a few years ago about a 3D printer that was able to create almost all the pieces to create a new 3D printer. It was almost able to self-produce another machine. These ideas influenced ‘Automata.’

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The film features a tremendous cast. What can you tell us about the casting process for the project?

Antonio Banderas was the first person I sent the script. He loved the story and wanted to produce the movie. Melanie Griffith has a relationship with Antonia, so she came aboard. Working with Millennium gave us the opportunity to work with great people like Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster.

What are the biggest challenges you faced in bringing this film from script to screen?

One of the biggest challenges was to try and make a movie today the way movies used to be done many years ago. An example is the robots in the movie. Today, people often use computer graphics to do the robot scenes. We decided to work with very classic techniques and move the robots with puppeteers. Using a very classic or old fashioned way to work with elements in the shooting is very difficult because no one is used to working this way. Approaching the movie in this way is one of the more difficult things we could have done. We were trying to make a movie like one of the classic science fiction movies from the 60s or 70s. We were looking to achieve the highest values for the movie we could and it was difficult because no one is working in that direction now. Working in a different direction is always difficult.

Gabe Ibáñez's 'Automata'

Gabe Ibáñez’s ‘Automata’

What is the biggest lesson you have learned as a director from your experiences on this project?

That is a good question. I learned the same thing I learned with my first movie, which is how difficult it is to make a movie. There is a big difference between what you want to do and what you are able to do. Making movies is very difficult because there are so many people and elements involved. It is a miracle to be able to accomplish what you envision. I learned this and in a way I learned the same thing with my first movie. It is a very important lesson in making movies.

What is up next for you as a director? Are there any projects you have set your sights on?

That depends on how well ‘Automata’ works. I am working on two science fiction scripts. One script is about space, the moon and the limits of the solar system. The other project is contact with extraterrestrials. These are two small science fiction movies in the same way “Automata” is and are two very realistic science fiction movies, so I am working on them.

What is the best advice you can pass along to aspiring filmmakers?

It is very difficult to do a movie. There are a lot of elements that are out of your control. We never know how many movies we are going to do in our lives, so try to make the movie that you want. Make the best movie you can. Sometimes, the road of making a movie is difficult, so the road has to be interesting to you because you never know where the road will take you.

Thank you for your time today! I really enjoyed ‘Automata’ and can’t wait to see you next project!

Thank you, Jason!

‘Automata’ opens in theaters and VOD on October 10th, 2014. To learn more about the film, visit the official website at www.automata-movie.com.

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

In celebration of this week’s San Diego Comic Con, and the most fun action film of the summer: THE EXPENDABLES 3, we have BRAND NEW Comic Con posters and a kick-ass behind-the-scenes featurette! Make sure you take a look at all your favorite action heroes in the stunning Comic Con posters below and join the fun when it hits theaters this AUGUST 15! 

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes your favorite action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

 

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

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Get ready for this summer’s BIGGEST and MOST FUN action film: THE EXPENDABLES 3! This August, watch the ultimate team battle it out against Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) in the most exciting and kickass event of this summer. In anticipation of the film’s release, we’re excited to share an incredible new motion poster starring the badass who started it all – Sylvester Stallone – along with a BRAND NEW poster below!

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

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Brace yourself for non-stop action as Lionsgate has just unleashed a brand new trailer for ‘The Expendables 3. New Team. New Attitude. New Mission.

Our favorite tough guys are rolling into theaters for the most FUN event of the summer…and we have an explosive new trailer and banner to share! Featuring the largest ensemble of action stars ever, THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.
THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be rolling into theaters this AUGUST 15, 2014!

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

Hang on for…ONE. LAST. RIDE. In anticipation of the biggest, baddest, and most FUN action film of the year, Lionsgate has just released THE EXPENDABLES 3 ROLL CALL and 16 CHARACTER POSTERS! It’s time to check out the greatest collection of action stars on the silver screen…ever.  Check them out in the gallery below!
THE EXPENDABLES 3 involves a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Check out all 16 character posters and watch the roll call below to witness your favorite action heroes and original badasses (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger) join all-star additions (Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell)…and see what they’re up against when they come face to face with the ruthless Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson)! Be sure to watch this star-studded cast in all their ass-kicking glory when it hits theaters August 15, 2014.
SYNOPSIS: In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Cast (Character): Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Jet Li (Yin Yang), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Kellan Lutz (John Smilee), Ronda  Rousey (Luna),  Glen Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Robert Davi (Vata), with Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), with Harrison Ford (Drummer), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench)

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The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

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This summer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford will join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3! Your favorite living legends and original badasses Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to their roles to do some major ass-kicking

Also joining the all-star cast this year is Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.This action hero dream team is officially BACK and READY FOR ACTION! Can’t wait until next summer? Meet the gang NOW in the brand-new TEASER TRAILER that just debuted directly to the Expendables fans across the film’s official social media accounts.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be BOOMING into theaters everywhere August 15, 2014.

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MACHETE KILLS: Check Out The Lady Gaga “Aura” Trailer

MACHETE KILLS: Check Out The Lady Gaga “Aura” Trailer

'Machete Kills'

‘Machete Kills’

Lady Gaga makes her acting debut in the upcoming movie MACHETE KILLS alongside an all-star cast featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.

Check out this new trailer for MACHETE KILLS featuring a sneak preview of Lady Gaga’s never-before-released song “Aura” — from her forthcoming album ARTPOP, available November 11.

To celebrate the song, MACHETE KILLS created a special lyric video featuring the entire “Aura” song that will launch Tuesday, October 8. Stay tuned to @MacheteKills for the launch of the lyric video.

Can’t get enough Machete?  Do not be ashamed. Few can.  Head over to the official MACHETE KILLS site and Facebook page for more action and the latest updates about the film.

MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere October 11th.

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MACHETE KILLS: New Red Band Trailer Features Babes, Blood And Badasses!

MACHETE KILLS: New Red Band Trailer Features Babes, Blood And Badasses!

'Machete Kills'

‘Machete Kills’

Babes, blood, and badasses…. The MACHETE KILLS red band trailer has it all!  Trust us when we say you are going to want to watch it more than once.  See why by checking it out on IGN now at this location or check it out below!

In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy.

With an all-star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mel Gibson, and Danny Trejo as the legendary Machete, MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere October 11th.

Can’t get enough Machete?  Do not be ashamed. Few can.  Head over to the official MACHETE KILLS site and Facebook page for more action and the latest updates about the film.

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MACHETE KILLS: A Murder’s Row of Characters Featured On The New Poster!

MACHETE KILLS: A Murder’s Row of Characters Featured On The New Poster!

Think you can handle Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez AND Lady Gaga all on the same poster?  Well, the gang’s all here. See for yourself by checking out the final poster for MACHETE KILLS.
In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy.  MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere October 11th.
Can’t get enough Machete?  Do not be ashamed. Few can.  Head over to the official MACHETE KILLS site and Facebook page for more action and the latest updates about the film.
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MACHETE KILLS: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer For The Film!

MACHETE KILLS: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer For The Film!

An action tour de force!

An action tour de force!

See why you don’t want to mess with Machete in the explosive new trailer for MACHETE KILLS live on Machinima.  If you fail to do this, you’ll have to answer to the man himself:

With an all-star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mel Gibson, and Danny Trejo as the legendary Machete, MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere October 11th.

Can’t get enough Machete?  Do not be ashamed. Few can.  Head over to the official MACHETE KILLS site for more action and the latest updates about the film.

Synopsis: In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. 

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