2012 Comic Con International Film Panel Guide

Don't miss your chance to preview The Hobbit, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 or Django Unchained at the biggest pop culture event of the year.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Another year, another exhausting pilgrimage to the biggest pop culture convention in the world. (Remember when comics were involved? Whatever happened to that?) This year's Comic Con International is packed to the gills with film panels, which is a good thing for us since we work at the CraveOnline Film Channel.

If you're as laser-focused as we are on the cinema side of things, you've got The Hobbit, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Django Unchained, Pacific Rim and god only knows what other surprises in store… and that's just Hall H.

Scheduling could be a real nightmare if you don't know what you're doing, so we're here to present the 2012 Comic Con International Film Panel Guide to highlight all the biggest, weidest and even the most esoteric film-related panels running from July 12-14. We'll single out the biggest and best panels around, but there's something for everyone, so check it all out now.

[Disclaimer: Events, locations and guest appearances are subject to change.]


Wednesday, July 11

Wednesday's a bit of a wash, film-wise, so get some early shopping done and then head over to the advance screening of Dredd 3D at 10pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp at 710 5th Ave., San Diego, at 10pm. Get in line early, since it's first come, first served, and whatever you do… don't forget to RSVP!


Thursday, July 12

The biggest movie panels on Thursday don't get started until early afternoon, so finish up your shopping right away and get in line for Hall H. They fixed a lot of the problems in Hall H lately, so there's really not a bad seat in the house and plenty of room for just about everybody. At 2:05, Walt Disney Studios in will be in Hall H presenting their upcoming animated slate, including Frankenweenie, Oz, The Great and Powerful and Wreck-It Ralph, with guests Tim Burton and Sam Raimi in attendance. Don't miss it.

You also will feel like crap if you don't catch the Expendables 2 panel in Hall H at 4:45, where Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold-flipping-Schwarzenegger will all share the stage at the same time. We expect the universe to collapse in on itself sometime during the presentation.

Later on, don't forget to check out martial arts expert Ric Meyers at his yearly Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza in Room 6A at 7:30pm. Whether you are a kung fu movie enthusiast or not, it's always an eye-opener.


Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting

Thursday, July 12: 10:00am – 11am @ Room 2

Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts-and-bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money, using available video technology and desktop post-production software. Whether you're shooting your first zombie short or that story about the leather-clad girl who pilots a steampunk dirigible, this course will take you from script to final product so that you, too, can enter your own movie into the CCI: IFF. This first class covers the specifics of pre-production on the cheap, including screenwriting, casting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril-Midnight Whistle), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (writer/producer, Fear News), Vera Vanguard (producer/star, GothGirl), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).


TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit

Thursday, July 12: 10:15am – 11:15am @ Room 6DE

The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis (Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests. 


DreamWorks Animation

Thursday, July 12: 11:15am – 12pm @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

DreamWorks Animation's chief creative officer Bill Damaschke anchors a diverse group of filmmakers to demo and discuss the artistic ambition and technical innovation that goes into moviemaking at DreamWorks Animation. Moderated by Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly


Trailer Park

Thursday, July 12: 11:30am – 12:30pm @ Hall H

A Comic-Con tradition comes home to Hall H! See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in that new-fangled 3D contraption (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall). 


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2

Thursday, July 12: 12:45pm – 1:45pm @ Hall H

Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story's final chapter. You will be shown exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 and be treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. 


Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph

Thursday, July 12: 2:05pm – 3:05pm @ Hall H

Walt Disney Studios hosts a Q&A panel featuring the imaginative director of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland); a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy); and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), and director Rich Moore (Futurama).


Hotel Transylvania

Thursday, July 12: 3pm-4pm @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Animation superstar and 12-time Emmy nominee Genndy Tartakovsky, who previously created Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Sym-Bionic Titan and Star Wars: Clone Wars, makes his directorial debut this year with Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania. Join Genndy for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from Hotel Transylvania and an exciting look behind the scenes of this very unique project, which boasts a hilarious voice cast.


Low Budget/Big Genre: Making it Fun

Thursday, July 12: 3:15 – 4:15 @ Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Script developers, producers, writers, and actors discuss lower-budget genre movies and some of the tools they use to make them so much fun that people keep coming back for more. Panelists include writer/director Eric Forsberg (Syfy, The Asylum, Active Entertainment), Micho Rutare (development executive, The Asylum), actress Gabriel Womack (Triassic Attack, Copperhead), Mark Beltzman (Re-Animator, the Musical), Karen Goodman Forsberg (producer and co-founder, Big Bear Horror Film Festival), and Bill Lundy (writer, Silent Warning, Alien Siege on SyFy; head of Scriptwriters Network). 



Thursday, July 12: 3:25 – 4:25 @ Hall H

Jackie Chan & JJ Productions Limited are happy to bring you Jackie Chan's upcoming classical full-action feature movie CZ12, which is produced and directed by Jackie Chan. The movie stars Jackie Chan, Kwone Sang Woo and with a special guest appearance by Oliver Platt. It is filmed in multi-territories including China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Australia, and  Latvia. Trailers will be presented and a Q&A will be held for the film. 


The Expendables 2 – Real American Heroes

Thursday, July 12: 4:45 – 5:45 @ Hall H

Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of the sequel to 2010's smash hit film preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion. 


Blu-ray Producers 2012

Thursday, July 12: 5pm – 6pm @ Room 5AB

Bill Hunt, Todd Doogan, and Dr. Adam Jahnke of The Digital Bits.com and Geek Monthly discuss the process of making great Blu-ray special editions with producers Charles de Lauzirika (Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man), Cliff Stephenson (The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation-Seasons One and Two), as well as Warner Home Video's senior VP of theatrical catalog marketing George Feltenstein. Audience participation is encouraged. 


RiffTrax Live

Thursday, July 12: 6pm – 7pm @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short. Join the riffers for fun, laughs and the latest news about their upcoming "Manos" The Hands of Fate and Birdemic live shows, playing for only one night each in select movie theatres nationwide this August and October. RiffTrax.com is the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don't make movies, they make them funny! 


The Virtual Drive-In

Thursday, July 12: 6:15pm – 8:15pm @ Hall H

Come with us again to those thrilling days of yesteryear where one of the few places you could see offbeat genre films was at your local drive-in, huddled safely in your car as the summer sky darkened around you. At least that was the germ of an idea that gave birth to this panel last year, and the reception by those fans who attended was so positive they're doing it again. So, welcome to the second edition of the Virtual Drive-In, where you will preview three twisted tales by some talented filmmakers who will all be appearing on the panel to discuss their work and take your questions. Moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett. The featured films are:

BrandedA dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where mega-corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population deluded, dependent and passive. One man's quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world. Appearing on stage is director Jamie Bradshaw.

Crave— Aiden (Josh Lawson) fantasizes about a better life away from his gruesome job as a crime scene photographer working alongside his detective friend Pete (Ron Perlman)-a heroic life where he falls in love with the perfect woman and dispenses justice on the hard streets of Detroit. When he meets the alluring young Virginia (Emma Lung) and steals a gun from a crime scene, the line between his darkest fantasies and reality begins to blur, with deadly consequences. This visually arresting psychological noir begins its festival run with its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and continues on to other festivals around the world. Appearing on stage: Josh Lawson (House of Lies) and director Charles de Lauzirika, with other guests to be announced.

Coldwater— "Make sure the past isn't watching you." Andre agrees to help out his friend Robert by taking over a housesitting job at an unusual house nestled in the heart of Coldwater Canyon. As the day turns into night, Andre experiences strange things that lead him to believe he is not alone and that someone or something is watching him. Appearing in person are writer/director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and star Ivan Djurovic (24).


Inside The Batmobile

Thursday, July 12: 7pm – 8pm @ Room 6DE

No vehicle has ever captured fans' imagination like the Batmobile. Be the first to see an exclusive Comic-Con, 22-minute sneak peek at the upcoming documentary The Batmobile, an in-depth examination of its many incarnations and impressive history. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring distinguished Batman experts George Barris, designer of the famed 1966 Batmobile; Andy Smith, builder of the modern-day Dark Knight "Tumbler"; respected producer/author Michael Uslan(The Boy Who Loved Batman); Ralph Cirella and Jon Hein, hosts of GEEKTIME! Sirius-XM Howard 101; Batmobile designer Tim Flattery (Batman Forever); Batmobile builder Charley Zurian (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin); and a few surprise guests. Stay to the end, when a drawing among all panel attendees will determine which lucky five fans can sit in a Batmobile — which is on display all weekend in the "Batcave" between Hall H and the Bayfront Hilton 


A New Generation of Spike and Mike Animation

Thursday, July 12: 7:15pm – 8:15pm @ Room 6BCF

See the greatest short animations the world has to offer: one hour of award-winning, artistic, funny, and entertaining short animated films from around the world. See winners from the 2012 Annecy Animation Festival in France, such as Second Hand and Friendsheep. Meet Spike of the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation and Gary Sohmers, the "King of Pop Culture" and Antiques Roadshow celebrity. Free Spike and Mike DVDs handed out while supplies last. 


Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza

Thursday, July 12: 7:30pm – 10:30pm @ Room 6A

Celebrate 15 years of the craziest, coolest, comical, and most cheer-worthy Asian action film fight scenes ever witnessed by human eyes! This time promises to be one of the most lunatic laugh-n-thrill fests yet, with the best (and worst) the East has to offer. As always, award-winning writer, consultant, professor, World Martial Art Hall of Famer, and Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie scripter Ric Meyers is your host, welcoming guest stars such as Comedy Film Nerd podcasters Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, independent action film idol Eric Jacobus, and even the legendary actor, choreographer, stuntman, and movie icon James Lew (and maybe even more). 15th time's the charm. Don't miss this one! 


Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Panel Playback

Thursday, July 12: 8pm – 11pm @ Room 25ABC

Didn't get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! In this three-hour block, Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of the day's popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote on what they want to see. It's democracy at its finest AND it's a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)  


Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Thursday, July 12: 8:30pm – 10:30pm @ Ballroom 20

San Diego Comic-Con premiere screening of the ultimate fanboy documentary from executive producers Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles, and Thomas Tull. Q&A to follow with director Morgan Spurlock (Warrior Poets) and special surprise guests. 


Next: Total Recall, Resident Evil: Retribution and the Worst Cartoons Ever!



Friday, July 13

Weirdly enough, Friday is a pretty light day in Hall H unless you're a big, big fan of the Resident Evil franchise (the fifth film in the series will previewed in Hall H at 4:05pm, with Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Paul W.S. Anderson in attendance), or unless you actually have high hopes for Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake (Wiseman and his cast, including Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston will be in Hall H at 4:35pm). It could be a good day for surprises, however, in case films like Neill Blomkamp's follow up to District 9Elysium puts on an impressive show.

Come to think of it, the only "Must See" panel for Friday is Jerry Beck's annual Worst Cartoons Ever! presentation, which you owe it to yourself to see in Room 6BCF at 9pm. Beck's got the best taste in bad cartoons you can possibly imagine, and every year shows wonders and horrors from animation history past that you can't find anywhere else. If you've already seen Worst Cartoons Ever!, you've probably already worked your schedules around it. If you haven't, make sure you stop by. It's a beloved Comic Con institution for a reason. And hang on to your seat, because Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Gauntlet of Animation starts right afterwards in the same room.

And speaking of cartoons, anime fans won't want to miss the exclusive premiere of Berzerk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King in Room 32AB at 8:30pm. The adaptation of Kentaro Miura's popular manga series will be followed by a preview of the second film in the motion picture trilogy, Berzerk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Doldrey Wars. You either have no idea what that is, or it's one of the main reasons you're excited for Comic Con this year.


Comic-Con Film School 102: Production

Friday, July 13: 10am-11am @ Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Day 2 of this four-day course on microbudget moviemaking focuses on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques, lighting on the cheap, and crew positions you need (and don't need) to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril-Midnight Whistle), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (writer/producer, Fear News), Vera Vanguard (producer/star, GothGirl), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).


ParaNorman: Behind the Scenes

Friday, July 13: 10:45am – 11:45pm @ Hall H

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, and Sam Fell discuss making their new stop-motion-animated comedy thriller, ParaNorman, made in 3D. Never-before-seen footage will be shown from the Laika movie that Focus Features is opening nationwide on August 17. Panel will be moderated by Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly). 


From Imagination to Screen-The Art Department of Industrial Light & Magic

Friday, July 13: 1pm – 2pm @ Room 7AB

Creative director David Nakabayashi and the art directors of ILM — Christian Alzmann (Cowboys & Aliens, The Last Airbender), Yanick Dusseault (Star Trek 2, The Avengers), Alex Jaeger (Pacific Rim, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Aaron McBride (Noah, Battleship) — discuss the legacy of ILM's first art director, Ralph McQuarrie. The team will also cover some of the most memorable moments to come through their department during the company's history, spanning over 35 years and more than 350 films.


Spotlight on Michael E. Uslan, The Boy Who Loved Batman

Friday, July 13: 1pm – 2pm @ Room 9

Comic-Con special guest Michael Uslan is the originator and executive producer of the Batman movie franchise, from Tim Burton's Batman to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and such animated Batman films as The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Year One. An original fanboy who attended the world's very first comic con 49 years ago, he went on to write such comic books and graphic novels as Batman: Detective #27, Detective Comics, The Shadow, Archie Gets Married, The Spirit Black & White, and The Question. He won an Emmy Award for bringing Where Is Carmen San Diego to television. His memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, tells the story of his life-long quest to bring a dark and serious version of The Dark Knight to the Silver Screen. Q&A and a book signing following. Introduction by David Uslan of Graphicly. 


ASIFA: Hollywood's State of the Industry

Friday, July 13: 2pm – 3pm @ Room 32AB

What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is 2D ever coming back? Is there a Stop-Motion Renaissance? How do I get a job? Panelists include Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek), Jamie Kezlarian Bolio (Lion King, The Illusionist), James Parris (Spider Man, Benjamin Button), Ramin Zahed (editor Animation Magazine), Josh Scherr (Uncharted III: Drakes Deception, Jax & Daxter), and a stop-motion animator from Laika's upcoming ParaNorman. Join the discussion! 


Walt Disney Animation Studios: Wreck-it Ralph: The Art of Story

Friday, July 13: 3pm – 4pm @ Room 6DE

Join Walt Disney Animation Studios story artists Nancy Kruse (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Leo Matsuda (Wreck-It Ralph, Princess and the Frog), Raymond Persi (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Lissa Treiman (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled) and Josie Trinidad (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), and writers Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph) as they discuss the art of story for the upcoming feature Wreck-It Ralph, in theaters November 2nd.


Motion Picture and Television Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild

Friday, July 13: 4pm – 5pm @ Room 24ABC

Film starts with an idea that must be brought to life by a team of creative men and women. The illustrators and storyboard artists use their skills and imaginations to develop the transcendent visuals of the big screen, be it adventure son distant worlds or earthly hovels. Meet the artists as they discuss their craft and answer questions: moderator Tim Burgard (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Benton Jew (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Dave Lowery (Oz the Great and Powerful), Derek Gogol (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Trevor Goring (Real Steel), and Chris Baker (War of the Worlds). 


Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution

Friday, July 13: 4:05pm – 4:35pm @ Hall H

In Resident Evil: Retribution, we learn more about Alice's mysterious past as she continues to hunt those at The Umbrella Corporation responsible for the T-virus outbreak, a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, including the return of Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. Appearing in person: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson. Please join them for a preview and discussion of this highly successful film franchise, based on the popular video game series, and watch never before seen footage from the latest installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, in state-of-the art 3D. 


Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium

Friday, July 13: 4:35pm – 6:35pm @ Hall H

Total Recall – Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick's classic story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," this brand new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston on stage.

Looper – In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented-but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper"-a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)-is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good…until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Writer/director Rian Johnson will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt to discuss the film.

Elysium – Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.



Friday, July 13: 5:30pm – 6:30pm @ Room 32AB

At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature. Room 32AB


Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, July 13: 7pm – 8pm @ Room 6BCF

In 1982, Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott's classic adaptation of SF master Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was released to theaters and forever changed the face of cinematic science fiction. Filmmaker, BR expert, and acclaimed author Paul M. Sammon (Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner) hosts a 30th anniversary celebration of this influential masterpiece. Sammon (who was present throughout BR's filming and met Philip K. Dick) will interview numerous BR cast and crewmembers, including BR art director David Snyder and BR: The Final Cut producer Charles de Lauzirika. Be there to meet these and other very special BR guests. 


Stripped: The Comics Documentary

Friday, July 13: 7pm – 8pm @ Room 25ABC

It's the documentary film that comic strip fans have been waiting for. Stripped sits down with the world's best cartoonists to talk about how comic strips work, why they're so loved, and how artists are navigating this dicey period between print and digital. Set to music by Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), and with notable interviews from Jim Davis (Garfield), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade), Kate Beaton (Hark A Vagrant), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jeannie Schulz (Charles M. Schulz Museum), and over 70 others-this film will be an incredible experience for comics fans. Join the directors, twice Eisner-nominated Dave Kellett and twice Sundance-nominated Frederick Schroeder, and editor Ben Waters for exclusive sneak peeks of the film, a Q&A, and news of one secret participant that comics fans will go nuts for.  


Resident Evil: Damnation Worldwide Trailer Premiere, 7-Minute Sneak Peek, and Filmmaker Q&A

Friday, July 13: 7:30pm – 8:30pm @ Room 5AB

The next action-packed installment in the Resident Evil franchise continues. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the worldwide 2D trailer premiere (in English) of Resident Evil: Damnation, the all-new, 3D sequel to the full-length CG animated feature Resident Evil: Degeneration, based on the Resident Evil (known in Japan as Biohazard) series of games. Fans will also get an exclusive look at the first 7 minutes of the Japanese theatrical version of the film, followed by a Q&A with Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Japanese producer of the Resident Evil franchise) and Makoto Kamiya (Resident Evil: Damnation director). 


Moving to the Web: Be Your Own Producer

Friday, July 13: 7:30pm – 8:30pm @ Room 26AB

Actors Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Tara Platt (Resistance: Burning Skies), Phil Morris (Smallville), and Stephanie Thorpe (Elfquest: A Fan Imagining) and director Steven Calcote (Shelf Life) discuss how producing content for the web has liberated them from an often obstructive studio system. 


Showcasing the Best in Korean Animation

Friday, July 13: 7:30pm – 8:30pm @ Room 32AB

Korea's leading animation studios such as NSAC, Goindol, KOMACON, and e-Dehi introduce and showcase the latest and greatest trends in Korean animation. They will also give an exclusive world premiere of their latest productions. 


Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Panel Playback

Friday, July 13: 8pm – 11pm @ Room 25ABC

Didn't get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! In this three-hour block, Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of the day's popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote on what they want to see. It's democracy at its finest AND it's a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)


Berserk Screening

Friday, July 13: 8:30pm – 10:30pm @ Room 32AB

Comic-Con exclusive! See Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I-The Egg of the King with a special intro by Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Experience the start of an epic anime trilogy, and catch a special sneak peek of Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II-The Doldrey War


Worst Cartoons Ever!

Friday, July 13: 9pm – 10pm @ Room 6BCF

Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) returns with an all-new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made, including the Phys Ed superhero Mighty Mr. Titan, space cadet Johnny Cypher, and some of those 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons. Have a ball with the best/bad animation ever! 


Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Gauntlet of Animation

Friday, July 13: 10pm – 12am @ Room 6BCEF

You, the lunatic fringe, vote for the films you love and hate. Which films will survive? Only you can say. See our 2012 collection of great animated sick and twisted shorts, with enough craziness and hilarity to make your stomach churn with delight!. 18+ only. Creators of Dr. Tran will be there to answer questions, along with Bill Plympton. Featured are award-winning shorts from the Annecy Animation Festival in France: Tram and Pythagasaurus from Aardman Animation. Meet Spike in person and Gary Sohmers "King of Pop Culture" and Antiques Roadshow celebrity. Free DVDs to attendees while supplies last.


Next: Django Unchained, The Hobbit, Man of Steel and Iron Man 3!



Saturday, July 14

Take our advice and camp out in Hall H on Saturday, July 14. This is the big one, folks. Quentin Tarantino's showing up with Django Unchained at 11:30am, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are expected to kick serious ass with presentations of Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit between 2:30 and 5:00pm, and Marvel Studios – after a frustrating absence last year – is expected to make some big announcements at 6pm. Expect Iron Man 3 footage and official confirmation of their upcoming projects and god only knows what else. This is it, people. The last day for film junkies at Comic Con (the studios all pack it in before Sunday), so get good and comfy and enjoy some previews of the biggest movies of 2012, 2013 and beyond before actually roaming the convention floor on Sunday, July 15. It's okay. That's when all the merch is cheapest anyhow.


Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild

Saturday, July 14: 10am – 11am @ Room 25ABC

In collaboration with a highly skilled art department, the production designer lays out the design plan that will guide a small army of illustrators, set designers, decorators, carpenters, sculptors, painters, and artisans of every sort in creating small worlds to warm the heart and entire civilizations to fire the imagination. Designers include Suzuki Ingerslev (True Blood), Bill Creber (original Planet of the Apes), Rick Heinrichs (Dark Shadows), Thomas Walsh (Vampires), Dominic Watkins (Snow White and the Huntsman), and moderator John Muto (Terminator 2:3D). Room 25ABC


Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew

Saturday, July 14: 10am – 11am @ Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Day 3 of this course on microbudget moviemaking deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making any money. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril-Midnight Whistle), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (writer/producer, Fear News), Vera Vanguard (producer/star, GothGirl), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica) and actors Susan Smythe, Brian Stevenson, Kat Steel, and Brad Upton


Save the Date: Your New Favorite Film

Saturday, July 14: 11:30am – 12:30pm @ Room 5AB

This may be the first comic book film that isn't based on an actual comic book; instead, Save the Date uses the style and sensibility of indie comics by renowned graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown as a jumping off point to tell a contemporary story of the trials, pain, and happiness of modern love. Explore the challenges and advantages of working in film versus comics with cartoonist/screenplay co-writer Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Darth Vader and Son), director Michael Mohan (One Too Many Mornings), and producers Jordan Horowitz (The Kids Are All Right) and Michael Roiff (Waitress), and discover how the cast has been influenced and inspired by comics and geek culture, with Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down), Geoffrey Arend (500 Days of Summer), and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim). Join them for a lively session moderated by Noel Murray (The A.V. Club). 


Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

Saturday, July 14: 11:30am – 12:30pm @ Hall H

The Weinstein Company presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino. Fans will get to see exclusive footage from Django Unchained and take part in a special discussion with Tarantino and the cast. You won't want to miss this! 


Open Road Films: End of Watch and Silent Hill: Revelations 3D

Saturday, July 14: 12:45pm – 1:45pm @ Hall H

Global exclusive! Catch an early look at the highly anticipated action film End of Watch, with special guests Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña who play police officers patrolling the meanest streets of south central Los Angeles, and writer/director David Ayer (Training Day). Also, based on the groundbreaking video game franchise from Konami, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to the hit film Silent Hill. Experience the world premiere of 3D footage from an unparalleled horror experience with special guests Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Kit Harington (HBO's Game of Thrones), director Michael J. Bassett, and producer Samuel Hadida.


Trailer Park I

Saturday, July 14: 2pm – 2:30pm @ Hall H

See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in 3D (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall). 


Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups

Saturday, July 14: 2:30 – 5pm @ Hall H

Legendary Pictures: Pacific Rim

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.

Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel – ???

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film's ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.


Costume Designers and Illustrators: From Concept to Reality

Saturday, July 14: 5pm – 6pm @ Room 24ABC

Join a discussion with the creative minds that help bring your favorite sci-fi, fantasy and comic book characters to life on the big screen through the art of costume design and illustration. Learn how Costume Designers Guild members Shawna Trpcic (The Cabin In The Woods), Monique Prudhomme (Underworld Awakening), and Varya Avdyushko (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) and costume illustrators Christian Cordella (Snow White, Hunger Games, Thor), Constantine Sekeris (Green Lantern, Thor, Star Trek), Phillip Boute Jr. (Man of Steel, Star Trek, Hansel & Gretel, Twilight), Brian Velenzuela (Star Trek, The Sorcerer's Apprentice), and Rosi Gabl (xXx, Mission To Mars) take costumes from concept to reality. 


Trailer Park II

Saturday, July 14: 5:15 – 5:45 @ Hall H

Once more with feeling! See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in 3D (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall). 


Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3

Saturday, July 14: 6pm – 7pm @ Hall H

Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. 


Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Panel Playback

Saturday, July 14: 8pm – 11pm @ Room 25ABC

Didn't get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! In this three-hour block, Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of the day's popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote on what they want to see. It's democracy at its finest AND it's a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)


Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards

Saturday, July 14: 11:05pm – 11:55pm @ Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

The films have been shown, now it's time to award the recipients of the 2012 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con's Gary Sassaman talks to this year's trio of judges — Steven-Charles Jaffee (winner of last year's CCI: IFF best documentary award for Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird), journalist Borys Kit (The Hollywood Reporter), and filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys) — about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.