TV Mini-Series 1: Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000)

ON THIS PAGE:

  • Introduction
  • Press Items: Affiliate Marketing Kit
  • Advance Press Kit
  • SciFi Mini-Series Website: Frank Herbert’s Dune
  • VHS Editions: Video Rental Promotion
  • DVD: Standard Edition Two-Disc Set
  • DVD: Special Edition Three-Disc Set
  • Dune I and II: The Complete Blu-ray Box Set (Japan)
  • Book/DVD: The Secrets of Frank Herbert’s Dune
  • Magazine Articles
  • Trading Cards (Rittenhouse)

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Introduction

“SCI FI Channel’s made-for-television production Frank Herbert’s Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece, tells a timeless tale of mythic heroism and intrigue, set in a well-crafted universe of complex ecological, religious, and political systems.”

~ From the Heuristix’ lesson plans

for school-based use of the mini-series. ~

For fans of Dune, the 2000 Sci Fi Channel six-hour mini-series of “Frank Herbert’s Dune” allowed much-needed time for more character and plot development. This makes the convolution and devolution of “plans within plans” more enjoyable to watch as they were woven and finally frayed. (After all, “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” ~ Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, Promotional Calendar.)

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Press Items: Affiliate Marketing Kit

“A new messiah is coming. One man. One planet. One destiny.”

In 2000, the SciFi Channel presented “Frank Herbert’s Dune.” This original, six-hour mini-series won numerous accolades and awards.

The exceptionally rare affiliate marketing press kit for that television event included:

  • Tri-fold kit folder.
  • 27 pages of information.
  • 3 transparencies (slides).
  • 1 postcard.
  • 1 “bill stuffer” promotional ad.
  • 1 full-size poster.

(See more detailed descriptions below.)

About Press Kits and Affiliate Marketing Kits

Regular press kits for TV shows typically go to newspapers, magazines, and other reviewers, plus to broadcast affiliates. An affiliate marketing press kit differs from the regular press kit, as it not only highlights the content of the TV show, but also seeks to get “buy in” from network affiliates who can promote the event. Press kits in general tend to be relatively rare; marketing kits are even harder to find.

So, an affiliate marketing kit might include any combination of cast and crew notes, posters, mini-posters, transparencies (slides), and trailers or screeners to show the production values. It usually also includes more unusual pieces, such as flyers and promo postcards that affiliates can send out with regular billings or special mailings, camera-ready copy to be used in print materials, scripts for TV and radio advertisements, etc.

For students of culture and marketing, the affiliate materials give a lot of insight into the inner workings of franchise events. The packaging on the kit also tends to be at least a bit more dramatic – even spectacular – and such is the case for some of the promotional items provided for SciFi’s “Frank Herbert’s Dune” mini-series (2000) and “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” mini-series (2003).

Details: The “Dune” Affiliate Marketing Press Kit

The Frank Herbert’s Dune Affiliate Kit includes the following sections and items:

Folder. Maroon tri-fold cardstock kit folder, with silver foil imprinting of lettering and logos.

Front Matter (2 pages): Cover letter, kit distribution list.

TAB #1: Consumer Advertising (1 page): Promotional plan.

TAB #2: Local Ad Sales (3 pages): Sales hot sheet, promotional opportunities, SciFi channel marketing support.

TAB #3: Cable in the Classroom (8 pages): Lesson plans, apparently geared for late middle-school and high school. This set of plans, prepared by Heuristix Instructional Design, was used as an educational and promotional tool. It includes a section introducing Frank Herbert, the storyline of Dune; a section of background reading and questions/activities to complete before watching the mini-series; a section of notes to prepare viewers for while they watch; and a section for synthesizing materials after the mini-series.

Lesson Plan (cover sheet)

Part One: Introduction; The Story of Frank Herbert’s Dune; Frank Herbert, Author of Dune (2 pages)

Part Two: Before You Watch (2 pages)

Part Three: While You Watch (1.5 pages)

Part Four: After You Watch (1.5 pages)

TAB #4: Marketing Materials (9 pages, plus other materials as noted): How to create an event, suggested affiliate marketing plan, black-and-white ad slick (camera-ready copy), 3 color transparencies (key art/poster, Paul Atreides, Paul and Princess Irulan), promotional postcard (5×7), billstuffer (5.5×7), full-size poster (22×34), sample promotional letter, suggested copy for “on hold” and billing messages, and 3 order forms (marketing materials, billstuffers, postcards).

TAB #5: Cross Channel Incentive Program (4 pages): Creating a SciFi marketing and local ad sales support program for this event, enrollment form, affidavit submission form, and order form for “premiums” (T-shirt, hat, jacket, pullover, knapsack, mugs, sunglasses case, ballpoint pen, light-up super ball, key ring).

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Advance Press Kit

A NEW MESSIAH IS COMING IN DECEMBER … as a widescreen event on December 3 and we’re ecstatic that you want to promote it to your fans.

Two-Pocket Folder (full-color, printed), with attached clear plastic holder for the slides.

4 color transparencies/slides

LEFT POCKET

Cover Letter of October 30, 2000, from Jean Guerin (Director, Publicity) and Andy Heidel (Manager, Publicity). 1 page

Cast Biographies (3 pages) and Production Credits (4 pages). 7 pages total

Cast Biographies

  • Alec Newman / Paul Atreides
  • Saskia Reeves / Lady Jessica
  • William Hurt / Duke Leto
  • Julie Cox / Princess Irulan
  • Giancarlo Giannini / The Emperor
  • Matthew Keesler / Feyd
  • Ian McNeice / Baron Harkonnen
  • Uwe Ochsenknecht / Stilgar
  • James Watson / Duncan Idaho

Production Credits

  • John Harrison / Director
  • Richard P. Rubinstein / Executive Producer
  • Mitchell Galin / Executive Producer
  • David R. Kappes / Producer
  • Vittorio Storaro / Director of Photography
  • Mirken Kreka Kljakovic / Production Designer
  • Theodor Pistek / Costume Designer
  • Ernest Farino / Visual Effects Supervisor/Second Unit Director

Production Notes (7 pages)

RIGHT POCKET

Cover Letter of November 9, 2000, from Cid Swank (Publicity). 1 page

Notice. Please note: You have received a rough cut of Frank Herbert’s DUNE. 1 page

Press Packet. Frank Herbert’s DUNE Releases to 65 Million Screens Nationwide. October 30, 2000. 2 pages

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SciFi Mini-Series Website

Frank Herbert’s Dune

Links in this section are from the internet archive Wayback Machine for the (then) SciFi website. The links are not available on the current (renamed) SyFy website.

Main Page. News updates with links, from October 24, 2000 through June 22, 2001. A slightly updated version of the Frank Herbert’s Dune webpages were posted in March 2003, for the premiere of the Children of Dune mini-series. See this link for the Dune_2k Main Page.

Features. A list of interview transcripts and video interviews with members of the cast and crew. Also includes link to Cable in the Classroom feature, but it appears the contents for both versions — PC and Mac — were not archived until 2003 when the website for Frank Herbert’s Dune was reposted prior to the premiere of the Children of Dune mini-series.

CAST. William Hurt (Duke Leto Atreides). Robert Russell (Dr. Yueh). Ian McNeice (Baron Harkonnen). Julie Cox (Princess Irulan). Alec Newman (Paul Atreides).

CREW. John Harrison (Director; Scriptwriter). Vittorio Storaro (Cinematographer). David Kappes (Producer). Harry Miller (Associate Producer; Editor). Jim Healy (Special Effects Supervisor). Graeme Revell (Composer). Philip Lenkowsky (Guild Agent). Lori Wyant (Script Supervisor). Phillip Seeger (Stand-In).

CABLE IN THE CLASSROOM. Cable in the Classroom – Frank Herbert’s Dune Study Guide: Right-Click and “Save Link As” to Download the materials in Zip (PC) or Stuffit (Mac) formats. (Extracts as a Word document.)

Bios. A list of names with links to individual profiles for key cast members and crew.

CAST. William Hurt (Duke Leto Atreides). Saskia Reeves (Lady Jessica). Alec Newman (Paul Atreides). Laura Burton (Alia). P.H. Moriarty (Gurney Halleck). James Watson (Duncan Idaho). Giancarlo Giannini (Emperor Shaddam IV). Julie Cox (Princess Irulan). Ian McNeice (Baron Harkonnen). Matthew Keeslar (Feyd). Uwe Ochsenknecht (Stilgar). Barbara Kodetova (Chani).

CREW. John Harrison (Director; Screenplay Writer). Mitchell Galin (Executive Producer). Richard P. Rubinstein (Executive Producer). David R. Kappes (Producer). Harry B. Miller III (Editor). Michal Caban (Choreographer). Vittorio Storaro (Cinematographer). Graeme Revell (Composer). Theodor Pistek (Costume Designer). Miljen “Kreka” Kljakovic (Production Designer). KNB FX Group (Special Creature Effects). Fabrizio Storaro (Visual Effects Designer). Ernest Farino (Visual Effects Supervisor; Second Unit Director).

Credits. This page gives a list of key cast members and the roles played, and crew members and their positions in the production. No additional links.

Events. Special promotional events, dated from June 29, 2000, through January 25, 2001. Includes a reading from the Dune prequel House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, interviews with Anderson and Rebecca Moesta about this prequel, mini-series trailer releases, interview with Director John Harrison, and news items.

Gallery. Links to photos of 20 characters (usually 3 photos per character), plus 4 other features (from 4 to 12 photos for each).

CAST. Duke Leto Atreides, Jessica, Paul Atreides, chain, Baron Harkonnen, Princess Irulan, Feyd, Stilgar, Emperor Shaddam IV, Gurney Halleck, Rabban, Guild Agent, Dr. Yueh, Duncan Idaho, Dr. “Liet” Kynes, Alia, Rev. Mother Mohiam, Mother Ramallo, Piter Devries, Otheym, and Thufir Hawat.

OTHER. Cinematographer panoramas by Vittorio Storaro, special effects, general set designs, behind the scenes.

Downloads. Links to a Dune mini-series browser, screensaver (PC and Mac versions), desktop, poster (in small, medium, and large versions), and 3 desktop images.

Press. A small number of press items/releases, dating from November 19, 1999, through July 21, 2000.

Community. Links to message bulletin board, chat, and member homepages.

Ask John Harrison. Links to responses by Director/Script Writer John Harrison to questions submitted about production, design elements, characters, plot, etc. Questions posed from July 3, 2000, through November 27, 2000.

Browser Skin.

Contests. There was a contest with the prizes being vials of sand from the Arrakis set of the mini-series. Winners were drawn at random on December 11, 2000, from entries on the SciFi website.

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VHS Editions: Video Rental Promotion

The SyFy mini-series of Frank Herbert’s Dune and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune were broadcast in 2000 and 2003, respectively. Home video versions of them were released in both VHS and DVD editions. These were still within the transition period for media formats that was emerging in the early 2000 decade.

Laserdiscs had been phased out by the 2001, while VHS tape cassettes were still going strong. Then DVDs started taking over for VHS, and the battle became whether HD (High Definition, in red-topped disc cases) or Blu-ray format (blue-topped disc cases) would win for the next generation of enhanced quality in picture and sound.

All of that is background for why these promotional VHS covers for the UK PAL editions of Frank Herbert’s Dune have some historical significance. I have not seen similar kinds of promotional materials for the 2003 release of Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.

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DVD: Standard Edition Two-Disc Set

Frank Herbert’s Dune – Two-Disc Edition. UPC = 012236115175.

From case back cover: Academy Award® Winner William Hurt stars in this four hour, epic presentation of Frank Herbert’s visionary masterpiece of galaxy spanning intrigue and adventure. In the far future, the remote desert world of Dune becomes the epicenter of a spectacular struggle that will spark a revolution, fulfill an ancient prophecy and forever change the galactic balance of power. A breathtaking, special effects powered new adaptation of this acclaimed sci-fi classic!

EPISODE ONE

  1. Opening / Arrakis
  2. The First Test
  3. Apprehension
  4. Navigation
  5. Enter the House Atreides
  6. justice Rules Here
  7. A Profitable Commodity
  8. “Respect Does Not Buy Peace”
  9. Into the Desert
  10. Desert Power
  11. Messiah
  12. Devious Plans
  13. Royal Reception
  14. Spice Beer
  15. The Bond
  16. Attacked
  17. Evil of the Baron
  18. Help
  19. Fear Is the Enemy

EPISODE TWO

  1. Survival
  2. Question of Betrayal
  3. No Mercy
  4. Destiny
  5. Worm Attack
  6. The Cave
  7. “The One in Your Dreams”
  8. Spice
  9. The Challenge
  10. A Legend Among the People
  11. Water for Arrakis
  12. Infliction of Pain
  13. Feyd Will Rule …
  14. Stealth Assassins
  15. Meeting with Reverend Mother
  16. A Call to Arms
  17. Beware the Legend
  18. Connected
  19. Training
  20. “The Maker Is Dead”
  21. Consecration
  22. Changing of the Water
  23. Cross Over

EPISODE THREE

  1. First Strike
  2. “We Will Have Victory”
  3. Feyd’s Trick
  4. The Child Knows
  5. Reverie of an Oasis
  6. The Maker
  7. False Pit
  8. “I Never Left Your Service”
  9. Insight of the Princess
  10. The Emperor’s Spy
  11. What Is Best for the Boy?
  12. How to Deal with the Muad-Dib
  13. Ending the Feud
  14. The Prophecy Revealed
  15. Spiritual Trance
  16. Final Approach
  17. “I Am Your Duke”
  18. Preparations
  19. “The Sleeper Has Awakened”
  20. The Slaughter
  21. Surrender Now
  22. End Game
  23. Death of a Tyrant
  24. Behold the Desert Power

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Behind-the-Scenes” Featurette – An Exclusive Inside Look at the Making of “Frank Herbert’s Dune” (25 minutes).
  • “The Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune” – An Interactive Written Treatise by Vittorio Storaro.
  • “Exclusive” Cast and Crew Information Provided by Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Extensive Photo Gallery of Authentic Stills and Sketches.

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DVD: Special Edition Three-Disc Set

Frank Herbert’s Dune – Three-Disc Edition. UPC = 01223612529.

From case back cover: Academy Award® Winner William Hurt stars in Frank Herbert’s four and a half hour Director’s Cut which includes thirty minutes of never-before-seen footage of this science fiction classic.

In the distant future, the planet Dune is the only source of a mysterious spice that gives whomever controls it dominion over commerce and civilization. By way of an ancient prophecy, a young man realizes his destiny as Dune’s messiah and leads a rebellion against the corrupt galactic empire and forever changes the balance of power. A spectacular version of this science fiction odyssey!

PART I

  1. Main Title / Wasteland of the Empire
  2. Responsibility for Breakfast
  3. Strange Dreams / The Test
  4. In a Fighting Mood
  5. The World of Spice
  6. An Elegant and Vicious Plan
  7. Looking for Allies
  8. Strange, Dry Planet
  9. The Value of Water
  10. A Risky Tax Scheme
  11. Traps and How to Evade Them
  12. “I Would Change Nothing”
  13. First time in a Stillsuit?
  14. Worm Attack
  15. The Leader’s Legacy
  16. Distracted by Confidence
  17. Things Change / “The Mahdi”
  18. Hunter-Seeker and the Maid
  19. Blessed Are the Incompetent
  20. Parties, Politics and cannibals
  21. Gurney’s Loyalty
  22. An Unrefined Little Princess
  23. Stilgar’s Gift
  24. “Light of My World”
  25. “Traitor … The Shields!”
  26. Baron Harkonnen Keeps His Word
  27. Saved by the Fremen
  28. Into the eye of the Storm

PART II

  1. “You’ve Seen the Bodies?”
  2. The Desert Duke
  3. Princess Irulan’s Wrath
  4. Indiscriminate Executioner
  5. “How Is My Sister?”
  6. Running from the Worm
  7. In the Fremen’s Den
  8. The Woman of His Dreams
  9. Desert Creature
  10. Learning to Kill
  11. “I Was a Friend of Jamis”
  12. Liet’s Legacy
  13. Raiding the Spice Racks
  14. Plans for the Lovely Feyd
  15. Leadership Through Combat
  16. “The Navigators Are Concerned”
  17. How Creamy the Skin
  18. Party on Giedi Prime
  19. Unstoppable Desert Power
  20. Mother Ramallo’s Oracle
  21. “Share the One You Love”
  22. The Secret of the Spice
  23. A New Crop of Fedaykin
  24. Baron Harkonnen’s Guest
  25. “Subdue the Maker!”
  26. Sayyadina – The Consecration
  27. Wrapping Feyd Around Her Finger
  28. The Agony and the Ecstasy

PART III

  1. The Warning Signs
  2. Muad’Dib’s Vision of Victory
  3. The Temptation of Feyd’s Uncle
  4. Alia Knows Things
  5. Visions of Grass
  6. A Challenge to the Maker
  7. The Return of gurney Halleck
  8. “Something More Cunning”
  9. Sardaukar Assassin
  10. Captive Guild Agent
  11. On Being an Atreides
  12. The Legend of the Kwisatz Haderach
  13. “He Could Have Killed Her”
  14. A Dangerous Trance
  15. “I Am the Tool of Fate”
  16. Trophy Princess
  17. “Long Live the Duke!”
  18. A Task for Otheym
  19. Leto’s Shrine
  20. Reinvent Humanity / Harkonnen Blood
  21. “They’re Coming”
  22. Muad’Dib’s Sister!
  23. The Storm is Coming
  24. Rabban’s End
  25. “Paid for with the Blood of Our People”
  26. Past and Future Emperors
  27. The Last of the Harkonnen
  28. End Credits

SPECIAL FEATURES LIST

  • Audio commentary by the Dune production team: John Harrison, Ernest Farino, Harry Miller, Greg Nicotero, Tim McHugh
  • Willis McNelly on Dune Featurette – Willis McNelly author of the Dune Encyclopedia gives insightful perspective on Dune and his long-time friend Frank Herbert.
  • The Lure of Spice Featurette – A behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film.
  • The Color Wheel Featurette – lessons of Life and Light with Master Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • Walking and Talking with John Harrison – Exclusive interview with the writer/director of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
  • Defining the Messiah Featurette – Talks with Religious Scholars, such as Rabbi Mordachai Finely, Elaine Pagels, Munir Shaikh and Jungian psychologist Gabrielle Bodo.
  • Science Future/Science Fiction Roundtable Featurette – Distinguished Science fiction writers Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Michael Cassutt, and director John Harrison discuss with award-winning inventor Ray Kurzweil the emerging technological paradigm shift and the moral issues that surround it, moderated by Arthur Cover.
  • The Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune – Essay by Vittorio Storaro.
  • Photo Gallery including stills and sketches from the film.

SPECIAL FEATURES DESCRIPTIONS

DISC ONE

The Lure of Spice Featurette. A behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film. (Length = 25:39.)

Interview with Graeme Revell. (Length = 05:08.) At the end of this featurette, there is a screen to sample the soundtrack. “Press the play button to listen to a medley from the original soundtrack album by Graeme Revell from the mini-series Frank Herbert’s Dune. Available from GNP Crescendo Records.” Medley edited and mastered by Chris Neel. The screen also gives the links for GNP Crescendo and Graeme Revell. (Length = 07:24.)

Photo and Sketch Gallery

  • Visual Effects
  • Storyboards
  • Character and Costume Sketchs

Audio Commentary. Audio commentary by the Dune production team: John Harrison (writer and director), Harry Miller (film editor), and Ernie Farino (second unit director and visual effects supervisor).

DISC TWO

Willis McNelley on Dune. Willis McNelly on Dune Featurette. Willis McNelly, author of the Dune Encyclopedia, gives insightful perspective on Dune and his long-time friend, Frank Herbert. Segments: About Dune, About Frank. (Length = 12:17.)

Science Future / Science Fiction. Science Future/Science Fiction Roundtable Featurette. Distinguished science fiction writers Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Michael Cassutt, and director John Harrison discuss with award-winning inventor Ray Kurzweil the emerging technological paradigm shift and the moral issues that surround it, moderated by Arthur Cover. (Length = 28:31.)

Appropriately, Ray Kurzweil was present on a TV screen, via some kind of satellite or other connection. This panel was held sometime around late 2001 or  in 2002. (Production copyright listed as 2002.) Panelists spoke of it being early in the century and also mentioned the 9/11 disaster. Topics ranged from technology, surprises in a non-straight-line future trajectory, where do we get the wisdom to navigate where technology could take us, and how science fiction fits in with reflecting current fears yet inspiring different futures.

Cast and Crew.

Production Notes.

Audio Commentary. Audio commentary by the Dune production team: John Harrison (writer and director) and Greg Nicotero (one of the principals from KNB Effects Group).

DISC THREE

The Color Wheel. By Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC. The Color Wheel Featurette. Lessons of Life and Light with Master Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. (Length = 12:37.) Storaro shares his conceptual framework for colors, lights, and shadows – and how he has applied these elements to the stages of character psychological development and plot evolution in Frank Herbert’s Dune. Of interest is that he also mentions many scientists and philosophers who have explored colors and their significance. The entire presentation has subtitles.

The Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Essay by Vittorio Storaro. (Slides.)

Defining the Messiah. Defining The Messiah Featurette. Talks with religious scholars, such as Rabbi Mordachai Finely, Elaine Pagels, Munir Shaikh, and Jungian psychologist Gabrielle Bodo. (Length = 13:05.)

Walking and Talking with John Harrison. Walking and Talking with John Harrison. Exclusive interview with the writer/director of Frank Herbert’s Dune. (Length = 11:11.)

Children of Dune Sneak Peek Preproduction Gallery. (Slides.)

Trailer Gallery. Rambo Trilogy and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. (None for Frank Herbert’s Dune.)

Audio Commentary. Audio Commentary. Audio commentary by the Dune production team: John Harrison (writer and director), Harry Miller (film editor), Ernest Farino (second unit director and visual effects supervisor), and Tim McHugh (visual effects supervisor, from Area 51).

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Dune I and II:

The Complete Blu-ray Box Set (Japan)

There is a Japanese-produced box set of four Blu-ray disc, fully remastered and distributed in 2017 by Happinet. UPC 4907953089358. I have only seen them available for sale on eBay, as of late 2018. They have typically been priced in the range of $175 to $225. I do not own this set, and as far as I have been able to investigate, it has no new special features. But, it is currently the only Blu-ray edition available.

The easiest way I have found to locate images of this box set is by doing a search on eBay with the UPC number. It’s worth the search — the artisanship that went into crafting the box and cases is superb!

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Book/DVD:

The Secrets of Frank Herbert’s Dune

“One man. One planet. One destiny.”

~ Frank Herbert’s Dune, slogan on promotional mailers

For fans of Dune, the 2000 Sci Fi Channel six-hour mini-series of “Frank Herbert’s Dune” allowed much-needed time for more character and plot development, making the convolution and devolution of “plans within plans” more enjoyable to watch as they were woven and finally frayed. After all:

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” ~ Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, Promotional Calendar.

The Secrets of Frank Herbert’s Dune, text by James Van Hise and DVD produced by Michael D. Messina (ibooks, 2000). ISBN 9780743407304.

In The Secrets of Frank Herbert’s Dune, James Van Hise takes us on a fascinating and authorized behind-the-scenes tour of the production of the mini-series. A cross between a family scrapbook and a filmography case study, this 160-page book includes:

  • 165 black-and-white photos of cast, crew, and scenes.
  • 38 black-and-white photos and line drawings of production designs for costumes, sets, and special effects
  • An insert of 16 additional pages with 27 color photos of cast members, sets, and production designs.
  • 4-page list of credits for cast and crew
  • Behind-the-scenes DVD, produced by Michael Messina, with background interviews of key members of crew and cast. (I found the video essay on Director of Cinematography Vittorio Storaro’s use of changes in color schemes through the series a particularly fascinating piece of film work.)

The DVD is packaged in a sealed sleeve in the back of the book.

Text by James Van Hise. DVD produced by Michael D. Messina. Publication by iBooks, 2001; ISBN 074340730X and 9780743407304.

Book Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

The Players

  • House Atreides
  • House Harkonnen
  • The Emperor
  • The Fremen
  • Bene Gesserit
  • The Spacing Guild

Production

  • Production Design
  • Costume Design
  • The Mechnical Effects: KNB
  • Visual Effects Commentary
  • Netter Digital
  • Digital Firepower & E=mc2 Digital
  • Title House Digital
  • AI Effects
  • Area 51
  • Cinematography

Cinemetography Ideation

Credits

DVD List of Features

I. Introduction

  • In the beginning … [Length = 07:26.] Richard P. Rubinstein (executive producer), Mitchell Galin (executive producer), John Harrison (director), David Kappes (producer). Followed by a trailer with a series of clips of main characters and scenes from the mini-series (Length = 01:00).

II. Cast and Characters

  • Mini-Movie. [Length = 17:01.] The Players. Richard P. Rubinstein (executive producer), Mitchell Galin (executive producer), William Hurt (Duke Leto), John Harrison (director), Alec Newman (Paul Atreides), Barbora Kodetova (Chani), Julie Cox (Princess Irulan), Saskia Reeves (Jessica Atriedes), Ian McNeice (Baron Harkonnen), P.H. Moriarty (Gurney Hallek), Uwe Ochsenknecht (Stilgar; no interview clips), Giancarlo Giannini (Emperor Shaddam IV; no interview clips), and Matt Keeslar (Feyd).
  • Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 08:12.] The Players. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

III. Production Design

  • Mini-Movie. [Length = 07:04.] Production Design. John Harrison (director), Miljen “Kreka” Kljakovic (production designer), Barbora Kodetova (Chani), Julie Cox (Princess Irulan), Saskia Reeves (Jessica Atriedes).
  • Design Sketches and Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 05:48.] Design. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

IV. Costume Design

  • Mini-Movie. [Length = 02:54.] Costume Design. John Harrison (director), Theodor Pistek (costume designer; no interview clips), and Matt Keeslar (Feyd).
  • Costume Sketches and Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 04:52.] Costume. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

V. Special, Mechanical, and Visual Effects

  • Mini-Movie. [Length = 06:58.] Effects. David Kappes (producer). Special Effects. Jim Healy (special effects supervisor), Larry Horricks (second unit assistant director). Mechanical Effects. Visual Effects. Ernest Farino (visual effects supervisor).
  • Design Sketches and Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 04:06.] Effects. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

VI. Cinematography

  • Mini-Movie. [Length = 05:05.] Cinematography. Alec Newman (Paul Atreides), Vittorio Storaro (cinematographer – “writing with light and movement”; not director of photography), Matt Keeslar (Feyd; voiced comments), Julie Cox (Princess Irulan), Saskia Reeves (Jessica Atreides; voiced comments), William Hurt (Duke Leto), and John Harrison (director).
  • Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 02:42.] Cinematography. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

VII. ‘Family’ Snap Shot Album

  • Cast and Crew Still Photo Gallery. [Length = 05:23.] Family. Series of still photos in a slide show, with soundtrack.

VIII. DVD Credits [Length = 00:57.]

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Magazine Articles

Chicago Tribune TV Week, December 3-9, 2000. Cover, page 4, advertisement from page 12.

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SciFi, Volume 7, Number 3. December 2000.

Frank Herbert’s Dune Revisited, by Melissa J. Perenson. The New Sci Fi miniseries attempts to do justice to the epic novel. Pages 62-69. Includes headshot photos to identify the 18 main characters; plus 21 other photos, of scenes from the mini-series.

One man. One planet. One destiny. Advertisement. Page 102.

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Starlog #232, January 2001, pages 43-47, with a double-page foldout of the “Art of Dune” (costumes, ornithopters, set design). Includes two articles by Joe Nazzaro

Colors of Dune. Vittorio Storaro’s conception of color usage to portray evolutions in Paul Atreides’ spiritual journey.

Prophet of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Background on the book, and elements of mini-series production including cast, staging techniques, and John Harrison as writer and director.

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Wrapped in Plastic, No. 51, February 2001. Special Dune issue, pages 2-20. Descriptions in quotation marks are from the table of contents. Other details taken from the articles.

Dreaming of Dune, by John Mitchell. “For years David Lynch’s film Dune was ridiculed. Last December, the Sci-Fi Channel aired a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel. How do the two versions compare?” Sections on the novel, and film versus mini-series. The film/mini-series comparisons include emphasis, directorial approaches, technical and production, and actors in major roles (Paul, Duke Leto, Jessica, Chani, Stilgar, Baron Harkonnen, Feyd Rautha, Princess Irulan, Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam). Pages 2-11.

Speaking about Dune: Everett McGill, an interview with Craig Miller. “The actor who played Stilgar talks about working on the film!” Pages 12-14.

Promoting Dune. “Never again will a Lynch film inspire as many tie-in products as Dune did. We take a look at some of them.” An overview – with many photos – of books, posters, stickers, magazines, trading cards, buttons, and comics. Pages 15-17.

Thinking about Dune: Lynch’s Movie Reconsidered Without Preconceptions, by Craig Miller. “Does Lynch’s film make any sense to viewers who haven’t already read Herbert’s novel?” Pages 18-20. Opening of the article:

Wrapped in Plastic has now published two major analyses of David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune. In issue 33 we compared the film to Frank Herbert’s original novel, and in our current issue we compare the film to the recent Sci-Fi Channel mini-series. But there is at least one other major approach: does the film have any appeal for viewers who have never read herbert’s book, and thus don’t come with any preconceptions?

That’s where I come in, because I’ve never gotten around to reading the novel.

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Trading Cards (Rittenhouse)

This was a numbered, limited edition set of cards for the SciFi miniseries. (Mine is #554 of 999.) See Jeff Allender’s House of Checklists page on Dune – The Miniseries Commemorative Set Rittenhouse Archives – 2003 for a complete listing of base cards and titles, chase cards (Alec Newman autograph, two costume cards — Duke Leto Atreides, Emperor Shaddam IV), promo cards, and album.

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