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Ender’s Game Effects Feature Shows How They Battled Gravity

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Ender’s Game blasts its way into theaters on November 1. While it is widely known that Gavin Hood’s film takes some liberties with, and makes some significant changes to Orson Scott Card’s novel, one thing fans are eager to see are the zero gravity scenes at Battle School. In the book these are some of the most vivid, exciting moments—even more so than what has been turned into those big action spectacles—and they have the potential to be incredible, if they’re done right. This new behind the scenes feature, “Building Ender’s World,” digs into the special effects of the film, of these scenes and much more.

Set in a futuristic world where the human race has survived an invasion by an alien race known as Formics. The inventive heroics of one man, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kinsley) saved the day. In order to prevent this from happening again, the military has started looking for future leaders, young, but strategically gifted kids, who think like their fully grown, overly conditioned counterparts no longer can. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one of the most gifted recruits, and is taken to Battle School, an orbiting military academy, and pitted against his classmates and pushed towards his breaking point.

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Ender’s Game Gets The Obligatory Mondo Posters

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Ender's GameBecause the movie is just a few weeks away, and because it’s kind of a big deal, it seems like a foregone conclusion that director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game would get the Mondo poster treatment. Composition wise, they look similar to the real-world offerings from Lionsgate, which is a strategy that doesn’t really work in their favor.

The only way to say it is that these two one-sheets, from artist Martin Ansin, simply come across as jumbled and messy. That’s been an issue all along, ever since the first posters started rolling out. It’s like they want to tell the entire story of the movie in a single spot, throwing random images and pieces of information at your eyeballs. There’s so much going on that it’s like an assault on your senses. Maybe it’s my own personal aesthetic, but these just aren’t doing it. I feel like they’re yelling at me.

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Ender’s Game Delivers Seven New Clips

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Just in case you forgot that the release of Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game is right around the corner, Summit Entertainment is doing their damndest to remind you of that fact. In this instance their efforts take the form of seven, yes, seven, new clips. This is practically a gallery of videos.

The first clip gives you a nice view of the battle between the ships commanded by Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) and the alien race called Formics as their ships swarm around a giant block of space ice. A longer look than what we’ve previously seen from this moment in the film, this looks more like part of an elaborate training exercise, or at least what Ender believes is a training exercise, rather than footage from and according to Hoyle military skirmish. We’ll have to wait and see how the film plays with this reveal, but we can get to that.

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Harrison Ford And Ender’s Game Take On Morality In Latest TV Spot

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One of the big issues at the center of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game is the idea of ends justifying means. In the wake of an alien attack, the military of Earth looks for bright strategic minds in the least likely place, children. As you can clearly see from the latest TV spot for director Gavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) upcoming adaptation, which opens wide November 1, this question remains a key component of the story of the film as well.

Despite being young and shy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is the best and brightest of the recruits at Battle School, an orbiting military academy where ruthless future commanders train. When Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis) asks Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), “What will be left of the boy” when all is said and done, that’s a valid question, and one that the film will hopefully seek to answer. If it doesn’t, this commercial from Summit Entertainment is horribly misleading bit of marketing.

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The First Ender’s Game Clip Resurrects A Dragon

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Now that Gravity is in theaters and out of the way, the next big theatrical science fiction release is Ender’s Game. Fans of Orson Scott Card’s novel have been waiting for this adaptation for a long, long time, and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was only too happy to oblige. With less than a month until the November 1 release date, we’ve seen trailers, posters, and pictures galore, but now Summit Entertainment has unveiled the first clip, and Harrison Ford makes a funny.

In the future, an alien race called Formics invaded Earth. While humanity was able to win the day, thanks in large part to the ingenious heroics of one Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), it was a costly victory, one that the powers that be are in no way eager to repeat. In order to prevent this from happening again, the military begins looking for the next brilliant military mind in the most unlikely of places, among the young. Promising recruits are sent to an orbiting military academy called Battle School. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one such recruit.

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Interactive Ender’s Game Panoramas, Images, And An IMAX Poster

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Ender's Game Imax PosterWhen Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game drops on November 1, you may feel like you’re watching a big time summer blockbuster. From what we’ve seen thus far, the movie is full of humongous action sequences, tons of special effects, and an all-star cast. Now you can explore two of the intricately detailed sets from the film with a couple of interactive panoramas, as well as see some of this on display in more contextual manner in a fresh collection of stills, and gawk at a brand spankin’ new IMAX poster.

This IMAX poster continues the Ender’s Game trend of releasing jumbled, messy looking one sheets. You get what they’re going for, with the one small body controlling an entire armada, leading it much like a conductor, but it’s chaotic to the point of distraction. Perhaps it looks better as a full-sized image on a movie theater wall, but even blown up to as large as you can get it on your computer screen, it’s too much.