By Sandra Kraisirideja
Francis Ford Coppola returns to Comic-Con after more than 20 years and Hall H is three-fourths full with no waiting outside. The same cannot be said for Ballroom 20, which has a very lengthy line of people waiting to get in for “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Fringe.”
Folks headed into Hall H were given masks of Edgar Alllen Poe’s face embedded with 3-D glasses. The panel is supposed to start at 11:45 a.m. More to come…
11:49 Real D video followed by standing ovation for Francis Ford Coppola. Composer Dan Deacon is already on the stage.
11:51 Val Kilmer is sporting long hair and shades. Coppola has a camera in front of his seat. I think I will be able to say I’ve been in a Coppola movie and received direction from him!
11:53 Apparently “Apocalypse Now” was shown without credits and instead audience members were given programs that listed the credits. This was the inspiration for the credits listed on the back of the Poe masks. In other words, Coppola is letting us know this is a keepsake.
11:55 Coppola confesses he does not like wearing 3-D glasses and did not wear his glasses the whole time during “Avatar.”
12:07 Just finished an extended clip of scenes from “TWIXT.” It looks like a mix of mystery and horror with some funny moments. Kilmer plays a struggling author who arrives in a small town called Swan Valley where a mass murder occured long ago.
12:11 Coppola believes cinema is still a baby and that there will be many more innovations to come and that 3-D is not the end-all-be-all of cinema. It will have “more surprises up its sleeve.”
12:15 Coppola asks why film has to be “canned” and pre-recorded?
12:17 Coppola is planning a live tour for “TWIXT” so he can perform the movie live and have it be unique for each audience.
12:18 Coppola is showing how he can make edits to his movie using his iPad. He is going to perform the movie again with live music.
12:25 The live performance is fraught with glitches but its sweet to hear Coppola work out the kinks. One thing that was different with the 3-D scenes there would be an animation of 3-D glasses letting the audience know it was time to wear them.
12:48 Panel ends.