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Mark Ruffalo & The Avengers Sequels

He plays Dr. Bruce Banner in the summer blockbuster “The Avengers” – and he is the third actor to play the doctor and his raging alter-ego, the Hulk. His name is Mark Ruffalo and he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill – literally and figuratively.


Ruffalo, in this scene from “The Avengers,” is probably best known for his supporting actor role (opposite Leonardo DiCaprio) in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.” (Walt Disney Studios)

“Hulk Smash Box Office!”
Ruffalo replaced actor Edward Norton, who was originally cast to play The Incredible Hulk (Norton’s difficult demands apparently cost him the role). It has turned out to be a career-maker for Ruffalo, who just signed a six-picture deal to play the hulking green giant.

After ”The Avengers,” Mark Ruffalo will appear as the Hulk in five more films, according to insiders. Two of those are Avengers sequels and at least one will be a Hulk movie that he will star in (plus we also expect him to show up in “Iron Man 3″).


Before Ruffalo was cast as the not-so-jolly green giant, Joaquin Phoenix (“Walk the Line”) was being considered for the part. 

Ruffalo, who was interviewed at the premiere for “The Avengers,” described Bruce Banner’s alter ego as ”a loose cannon – he’s the teammate none of them are sure they want. It’s like throwing a grenade into the middle of the group and hoping it turns out well!” He’s also called the famous Marvel character “my generation’s Hamlet.”

When asked about the talents of “Avengers” director/co-writer Joss Whedon, the actor had this to say: “I was so impressed and blown away by how much he packs into this movie and how exciting it is and what a great ride it is, and how it just works on every level.” And work it does; early reviews for “The Avengers” are calling it one of the best superhero movies to date.


Ruffalo also provided the motion capture for the face and body movements of the Hulk – while Lou Ferrigno (who played the Hulk in the 1970s television show) will provide the Hulk’s voice. As you can see, Ruffalo’s facial likeness comes through amazingly. (Walt Disney Studios)

Bringing Monsters to Life
It’s not only great Hollywood visual effects artists who bring creatures like the Hulk to life. Actors like Ruffalo learn how to act through years of dedicated training. Ruffalo has definitely honed his craft and it shows both in the character of Dr. Banner and the computer-generated Hulk. What do you think of Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk?

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DMA Film Students at Harry Potter Premiere: Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Movie Review

In just over ten years, the Harry Potter film franchise has collected $2 billion in domestic U.S. box office, with as much as half of that coming from international revenue. The latest and last film in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, has premiered and set records for midnight screenings. Teens in Digital Media Academy’s Filmmaking Summer Camp got to attend a free pre-screening of the film on July 14 - BEFORE the movie premiered the next day – at a 3D IMAX theater in Santa Clara, California.


Digtal Media Academy summer campers arriving on the red carpet.


A Harry Potter costume contest was also held for attendees. Here DMA Filmmakers mug(gle) for the camera. 

The Potter Premiere
Fans and DMA filmmakers alike were excited to see the thrilling final chapter in the Harry Potter saga. And the incredible IMAX 3D theater certainly didn’t disappoint, either.

The 3D that is used here and stars Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have really grown into their roles. The 3D is some of the best you’ll experience, and the acting is some of the best of all the films. There are surprise performances, too; John Hurt plays wand-maker Ollivander to perfection, and the way Alan Rickman delivers the devilish character Severus Snape is Oscar-worthy.

And what did the DMA student campers think about getting to go to the exclusive free premiere? “I was so excited when they told us we were going to the Harry Potter premiere,” said DMA filmmaker Matty G., “As a Brit I have always been a fan, and it was great fun!”

The film builds lots of excitement on the way to the much-awaited showdown between Harry and Voldemort – even though we all know the ending, going there again in the movies is just that much more fun. But in the end, the characters, the story and the era all come to a very satisfying end. Dumbledore, who speaks from beyond the grave near the film’s end, says it best, “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Indeed. Thank you, J.K. Rowling.


DMA Instructor Travis Schlafmann with student campers on the red carpet. 


DMA Filmmakers cast a spell on the box office with the magic of Photoshop. 

Making Tomorrow’s Magic
DMA Filmmakers spend a week at DMA’s Stanford Filmmaking Summer Camp learning how to make digital movies from the pros. The program is taught by a professional filmmaker, and taking in a movie premiere like real Hollywood filmmakers can be part of the evening activities included in a week of a Digital Media Academy summer-camp filmmaking program. Sharpen your filmmaking skills and get treated to a special movie event! Have you seen the last Harry Potter film? What did you think?

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