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AMC Presents Three New Episodes of 'Cinema Secrets' in November

(November 02, 2001)
AMC turns its focus to high-wire acts, speed and stop-motion photography in three new episodes of its original series, CINEMA SECRETS, beginning Friday, November 2.
The episodes will feature in-depth looks at recent films such as SNATCH, DRIVEN, and SHREK, and notable classics like LOGAN'S RUN, GONE IN 60 SECONDS and THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD.

CINEMA SECRETS, Fridays at 10:00 PM (ET), examines the tricks of the trade of Hollywood's special effects gurus. By juxtaposing the fX secrets behind both new and old films, the series offers a unique perspective on how advances in technology and old-fashioned ingenuity combine to achieve new heights in special effects wizardry.

In "Wired," premiering Friday, November 2, actors Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi, and fight master Yuen Wo-Ping, discuss how cast and crew used innovative wire work to push the limits of filmmaking in the Oscar-winning CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000). For the gravity-defying bamboo battle scene, a complex maze of cables and cranes was constructed in the rugged Chinese jungle to rig the actors for what appeared to be a magical tree top ballet. The episode explores how director Ang Lee paid homage to the original master of Chinese sword-fighting films, King Hu, with a look at his wire work in TOUCH OF ZEN (1969).

On Friday, November 16, AMC premieres "Road Rage," which examines how filmmakers past and present have made high-speed car chase scenes so realistic. For DRIVEN (2001), director Renny Harlin used a combination of live and computer-generated effects. Special effects coordinator Colin Chilvers and visual effects expert Ray McIntyre explain how their team mounted the high-speed crash that broke all the laws of physics.

Conversely, the cult classic GONE IN 60 SECONDS (1974), considered the ultimate in car-chase movies, depended entirely on live-action stunts and sheer audacity. Daring director and stunt man Toby Halicki made high-speed history with a yellow Mustang dubbed Eleanor by engineering a raw, 40-minute chase scene in which 93 vehicles were destroyed without professional stuntmen or big-budget special effects.

November's third new episode of CINEMA SECRETS, "Frame by Frame," premiering Friday, November 30, examines advances in stop-motion photography and digital animation. The most complicated shot ever made, in SWORDFISH (2000), examined the "bullet time" filming technique. By placing 134 still cameras along the path of the shot, each recording a single frame in sequence, filmmakers duplicated what a live-action dolly would do if it could move at a speed of 300 miles-per-hour. The result is a scene that captures the shockwave of a major explosion. Stop-motion photography is used extensively in animation, as demonstrated in the claymation film CHICKEN RUN and in SHREK (2001).

CINEMA SECRETS is a GRB production on behalf of AMC. Gary R. Benz and Andy Thomson of GRB are executive producers of the series. Marc Juris and Jessica Falcon of AMC are also executive producers of this original series.

AMC is the nation's premier classic movie network, bringing timeless favorites to a broad audience by placing them in a fresh and contemporary context. Award-winning original documentaries, series and specials are infused with the energy and excitement of Hollywood past and present. Launched in 1984, AMC is currently available in 81 million homes.

AMC is owned and managed by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) and NBC, Rainbow manages American Movie Classics, WE: Women's Entertainment, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, MuchMusic USA, Rainbow Sports, News 12 Networks and MetroChannels as well as the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. In addition, Rainbow is a fifty-percent partner in FOX Sports Net. AMC is one of the assets included in a new series of Cablevision common stock -- Rainbow Media Group tracking stock (NYSE:RMG) -- which began trading on the NYSE on March 30th. MGM (NYSE:MGM) owns a 20 percent stake in four of Rainbow's national networks -- AMC, Bravo, IFC and WE: Women's Entertainment.

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