Televised Aliens

Wellington-based Weta Workshop is working with Disney XD on a television movie called Skyrunners creating, what the star of the show American Kelly Blatz describes as, a “unique and frightening … transparent” alien “with a mouth full of teeth”. The 22-year-old actor-musician talked about coming face-to-face with the Weta-created alien creature in Skyrunners. “It was amazing,” Blatz said. “We walk in there and it’s all dark. This thing — no matter how close you are it still looks completely real. So everyone [steps back] — it was really eerie. Just the lighting and everything.” Skyrunnersis the tale of two brothers who stumble across a downed UFO and decide to keep it and then proceed to uncover an alien plot to take over Earth.

Wellington-based Weta Workshop is working with Disney XD on a television movie called Skyrunners creating, what the star of the show American Kelly Blatz describes as, a “unique and frightening … transparent” alien “with a mouth full of teeth”. The 22-year-old actor-musician talked about coming face-to-face with the Weta-created alien creature in Skyrunners. “It was amazing,” Blatz said. “We walk in there and it’s all dark. This thing — no matter how close you are it still looks completely real. So everyone [steps back] — it was really eerie. Just the lighting and everything.” Skyrunners is the tale of two brothers who stumble across a downed UFO and decide to keep it and then proceed to uncover an alien plot to take over Earth.

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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her…