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September 12, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Bran Ferren is an affable, red-haired, round-faced whiz person. Neither face nor name sets off a large clanging of bells, but Ferren and his team bear responsibility for, among many other items in and out of film, that hungry and ever-growing plant in "Little Shop of Horrors." They also did hallucinatory passages in "Altered States," Ferren's first film, and a tornado for the Sally Field film "Places in the Heart." They helped on "Star Trek V" and the forthcoming "Second Sight."
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September 22, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Did you hear the one about the wanna-be director who made his first film simply by setting up his camera and inviting hundreds of wanna-be gagsters to tell the funniest joke they'd ever heard? And how the resulting talking-heads filmic funfest turned out to be, in the words of that great comic pundit Pee-wee Herman, so funny we forgot to laugh? No? It's no joke.
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September 22, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Did you hear the one about the wanna-be director who made his first film simply by setting up his camera and inviting hundreds of wanna-be gagsters to tell the funniest joke they'd ever heard? And how the resulting talking-heads filmic funfest turned out to be, in the words of that great comic pundit Pee-wee Herman, so funny we forgot to laugh? No? It's no joke.
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September 12, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Bran Ferren is an affable, red-haired, round-faced whiz person. Neither face nor name sets off a large clanging of bells, but Ferren and his team bear responsibility for, among many other items in and out of film, that hungry and ever-growing plant in "Little Shop of Horrors." They also did hallucinatory passages in "Altered States," Ferren's first film, and a tornado for the Sally Field film "Places in the Heart." They helped on "Star Trek V" and the forthcoming "Second Sight."
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March 22, 2006
Eisner show: Guests for the March 28 premiere of "Conversations With Michael Eisner," an occasional talk show that the former Disney chairman will host for CNBC, will be Martha Stewart, Sony Chairman Howard Stringer and technologist Bran Ferren.
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August 13, 1998
Caribbean Visions--"The Love Letter," above, by Shastri Maharaj of Trinidad & Tobago is part of the show of contemporary works at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. * Lost and Found--Assemblage works by Beth Bachenheimer, Melisse Herman, Maddy Le Mel, Roger Marshutz and Frank Miller go on display Sunday at the Platt Gallery in Bel-Air.
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March 16, 1999
* Bran Ferren has been named to the new post of president of research and development and creative technology for Walt Disney Imagineering. Ferren, 46, had been executive vice president of the division, which develops rides and other technology for Walt Disney Co. In 1987, Ferren received an Oscar nomination for special visual effects.
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December 5, 1999
In the all-digital future of Michael A. Hiltzik's "Hollywood 2010" (Nov. 7), filmmakers "would have to give up much of the vocabulary of filmmaking." I protest. The raw material of movie-making--character, story, acting, pacing, blocking, camera, lighting, editing, music--all remain the same. Only the tools change. It is in the dark cinemas that 100 years of moviegoing will be discarded. At $100,000-plus per screen, only major markets will convert to digital projection. Ticket and concession prices will rise; moviegoers with fewer entertainment dollars will be priced out of theatrical exhibition; first-run attendance will drop.
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February 16, 2000 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two more top executives said Tuesday that they have left Walt Disney Imagineering, the company's research and development arm, to join a high-tech start-up company. Bob Weis, who supervised the creative design of Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Fla., and the renovation of Tomorrowland at Disneyland, and Marshall Monroe, who helped design numerous attractions at Disney theme parks, said they have joined Z.
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February 12, 2000 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney Co.'s top research and development executive said Friday he will be leaving the company to start a new firm with one of his top lieutenants. Bran Ferren, 47, president of R&D and creative technology at Disney Imagineering, said he and his R&D vice president, Danny Hillis, are starting Applied Minds, which will consult on new technologies for entertainment companies and other clients.
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March 25, 1987 | TERRY ATKINSON
The attention they get doesn't even begin to compare with that lavished on many other Oscar winners. But the technical gizmos and gadgets singled out for Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have their stars, too. This year's standouts, whose designers and inventors were recognized at a ceremony and dinner Sunday, include an optical printer that looks like one of the battle machines from "Star Wars."
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