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***This is a post that I wrote almost exactly one year ago, but never happened to publish. My thoughts were something that I wanted to write down more for myself than any audience, really. It seems clear, in hindsight, that I was very green and nothing short of excited. It’s funny to take a look back now and see how far I have progressed in a year’s time, and how much I have learned since. So, please excuse my present tense for a past due article and, perhaps, you may share the same chuckle that I did when recounting my first impressions from my first major motion picture. Enjoy.***
Just recently I had my first day of my first “real job”. I write that with quotes for two reasons. For one, beginning a career in the film industry, it’s hard for me to think of anything as work or a job because I enjoy it so much that this is what I would do for fun if I happened to be something else, like… a banker. And secondly, no matter how good a production job may be, it still only lasts for a few months before the need to start booking the next gig arises.
It has been at least the better half of a year since I first got wind that Steven Spielberg would be bringing his talents to Richmond, Virginia, where my parents currently live, to film his long-awaited biopic of Abraham Lincoln. It wasn’t until I graduated from Ohio University, though, that the real anticipation began. ’Hurry up and wait’ is the common title for the game I played for roughly 4 months after I first submitted my resume. But now, after months of waiting, and a few extra weeks of post-interview call backs, I am now proud to say that I am officially working on Steven Spielberg’s, yes, Steven Spielberg’s next film.
In an episode of Seinfeld, George gets a job with the New York Yankees, and in his disbelief Jerry exclaims, “Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle… Costanza?”
To which George replies, “This is a dream… I’m busting, Jerry, I’m busting!”
I feel like George, right now. (No kidding)
So, as much as I would like to be the provider of some The Dark Knight Rises-esque spoiler info, (Batman-News.com) there is a strict confidentiality policy, and in the interest of keeping my job, I think I’m going to follow the rules. It also just seems like common sense to be courteous and not to spoil the film you’re working on. Instead, I thought I would provide a brief list of things that I’ve learned so far working on this sweet show:
1.) There are a lot of names to learn.
2.) Everyone is pretty friendly. Even the DP isn’t too good to come right up and shake your hand and introduce himself. So, don’t be shy.
3.) Wearing a headset is a quick way to really get a grasp of what’s going on on set.
4.) It feels very official to wear an ID badge with your picture on it.
5.) It’s fun to see actors in costume.
6.) No one is going to yell at you for asking questions.
7.) Never underestimate “Lunch Provided”. Let’s just call it Five Star Dining from 2:17 to 2:47 PM. Oh, and breakfast, too. Get there early. (You should be there early anyways!)
8.) It feels really good to have your name on the same call sheet as Steven Spielberg.
9.) It’s cool to witness the Director working his magic, but it’s even cooler when you wave ‘good morning’, and he waves back.
10.) As much fun as it may be, it’s still a job. Everyone is a professional, so take it seriously.
Well, that’s my life at the moment and I want to thank my family, my friends, and my girlfriend for being supportive and keeping their fingers crossed (and hopefully their arms, legs etc… crossed too) for me.
***Since I was unfortunately unable to attend the crew screening while working on a new project, I will simply have to purchase a ticket just like everyone else when Lincoln hits theaters tomorrow, and then nation wide on November 16, 2012!***
I have never really been a fan of the Halo video game series. What’s not to like – it features an interesting premise, gnarly sci-fi aliens, and super-badass future soldiers? I’m not sure. Something just always rubbed me the wrong way. The Halo universe finally caught my attention, though, when news began surfacing a few years ago about a potential feature film adaptation. It was even rumored that Steven Spielberg read the screenplay and absolutely loved it. Sadly, so far nothing has seem to come of our silver screen version. However, that all changed recently. Kind of…
A few weeks ago, Microsoft, the creators of Halo, released a five-part web-series entitled Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn that portray the events leading up to their forthcoming video game Halo 4, due for release tomorrow, November 6, 2012.
Forward Unto Dawn, which Microsoft funded itself, is certainly cinematic and could easily be the first step in Microsoft’s rekindling of the fire to transform Halo into a feature blockbuster. From this behind the scenes video, it sure seems the series was quite the undertaking. The five videos feature some surprisingly good acting coupled with action, fantastic production design, and great visual effects. The filmmakers did an excellent job of grounding this futuristic environment in today’s reality.
Check it out:
Interested in seeing the likes of Halo on the big screen?
Almost exactly one year ago I began working professionally in this industry and, unfortunately, up until now, I have not had much to show for it. During that expanse of time, however, I did have the privilege of being a part of two awesome productions; Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Now, with trailers recently released for both of those films, I can finally relish in the fruits of my labor for two movies that I am genuinely excited to see.
Coincidentally, both movies happened to be featured on IMDb’s home page at the same time.
There is no doubt that I will enjoy watching these when they hit theaters but I know they will also be a constant reminder of all of the wonderful people I worked with, the long and exhausting days I spent across dozens upon dozens of locations, and the unforgettable experiences of working in a career field that I love.
Last night’s opening scene of Breaking Bad, Episode 5.7 Say My Name, was just a riveting reminder of why this show is a king on network television. You’re goddamn right. Unfortunately, next Sunday marks the last episode before an extended hiatus, after which AMC will premier the final eight episodes. But what is one to do once the withdraws of being deprived of Heisenberg’s infamous Blue Sky set in? Well, hop on over to AMCtv’s Breaking Bad Page to check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into each of your favorite episodes. There is enough there to keep people happy during the upcoming down time. Most of the video content can also be found on AMC’s YouTube Channel.
For months we have seen glimpses and peeks of what 007 will be up to in his upcoming film, but now there are finally two full theatrical trailers for the twenty-third James Bond film, entitled Skyfall. These more in-depth previews of the storyline tease of the sinister challenges that bad guy, Javier Bardem, will present for Bond. Also, fans should breathe a sigh of relief as this trailer reveals that the new movie will, in fact, reintroduce the Q Branch!
Enjoy the domestic and international trailers (yes, they are different):
The latest installment of the 007 franchise starring Daniel Craig will hit theaters this November.
The good news is that July of 2012 has finally arrived and the widely anticipated release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is only mere days away. The bad news is that this third and final film will bring a prosperous seven-year run of Nolan’s Batman to a close. Yes, this will be Christopher Nolan’s final directorial installment into the Caped Crusader franchise, and the previews make no mistake of conveying the message that with this movie – “The Legend Ends.” Bearing that thought in mind, it begs one to wonder what the possibilities of ending a legend might entail. Thus the question of such a potential culmination arises – will Batman die in The Dark Knight Rises?
First of all, Nolan has stated that his intent is to complete his trilogy with “a unified statement, a real ending, a true conclusion.” What in life is more conclusive than the ultimatum of death? Knowing what we do about Christopher Nolan movies and his penchant for throwing audiences a third act curveball, we certainly should expect nothing less here. However, if this movie does not present the fatal demise of Batman, the marketing campaign would surely have audiences believe that, if nothing else, this storyline will really put its stamp on history – “Every Journey has its End,” “The Epic Conclusion to the Dark Knight Legend.”
Many have noted that Nolan’s grounded, realty-centric Batman universe relies on a great deal of content present in different story-lines from the original comic series. It would be a mistake to assume that TDKR will be any different. So, with Batman set to square off against Bane, his toughest adversary yet, we should turn to Bane’s biggest mark on the franchise’s comic history, Batman: Knightfall, for answers.
In the comics, Bane decides he wants to dethrone Batman and position himself as Gotham’s sole king. To do so, in Knightfall, he unleashes a terror storm by freeing and arming Arkham Asylum’s deadliest inmates to exhaust Batman until the point of an easy defeat. This element holds true as the trailer clearly depicts a large group of orange jumpsuit clad inmates marching out of a battered prison.
The trailers tease that TDKR will feature more than one of Batman’s Tumblers. Remember back in Batman Begins (2005) when Lucius Fox first presents Bruce with a desert-camouflaged schemed “batmobile,” and Bruce asks if it comes in black? Well, it seems that Bane and his terrorist crew have managed to commandeer these bridge-jumping military vehicles and put them to use for their own agenda.
The argument could be made that the trailer does not convey enough evidence to make this assumption and the Tumblers might even be fighting on Batman’s behalf. However, the trailer also gives us a tantalizing glimpse at “The Bat,” Batman’s Bat-copter/Bat-jet, as it flies in hot pursuit of these other Tumblers with guns blazing and all. What does that really mean though? Well, in simple logic it goes like this – If Bane has one, that means he knows where to get one. If Bane knows Batman has one, then Bane also knows where Batman got his, and can assume that Batman probably did not steal his from Wayne Enterprises. This leads us to our next point.
In Knightfall, Bane also becomes one of the few villains to uncover the true identity of Batman – Bruce Wayne. In one of the later trailers, we get a glimpse of Bane casually disregarding the cracked remains of Batman’s cowl. Without the mask, Bruce is, well, only Bruce.
Then, knowing the true identity of Batman, Bane gains entrance into the Wayne Manor and the Batcave where he confronts Batman in a hand-to-hand battle and ultimately wins by breaking Batman’s back over his knee.
Perhaps the most telling and important factor, though, that The Dark Knight Rises might actually kill off Batman comes from a different element of the trailers – GPD Officer John Blake.
Supposedly, he is just a run-of-the-mill beat cop on a special assignment from commissioner Gordon, however, his character gets featured quite frequently in most of the trailers. Also, if John Blake is an average John Doe cop, it would seem a strange and distracting choice to have a prominent actor, such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, play the role. Maybe misdirection is what is actually at play, though.
What is everyone’s first thought? Of course, John Blake becomes Batman’s trusty sidekick, Robin. Well, perhaps not. Years ago, Christian Bale stated that if the character Robin ever creeped its way into this trilogy, he would no longer be a part of it. Obviously, this makes the theory of Robin old news, but something that is worth noting are the names of those in the comic books who took up the role of Robin. First was Dick Grayson, then Jason Todd, but the third Robin was Tim Drake. That sounds eerily similar to John Blake, right?
Regardless, we know that Nolan wants to end Batman’s character arc, and probably with a bang. The trailers would have audiences believe that this bang could bring the death of Batman. And, if staying relatively true to the comic Knightfall, Bane will certainly be the bearer of Batman’s demise. Now we face the question – If Batman does die, which “Batman” will it be? Will Christopher Nolan simply unveil the end of the legend known as Batman – a symbol of justice and Gotham’s silent protector? Or, will the entity Bruce Wayne actually perish?
Therein lies the rub. Can you really kill a symbol, or will there always be someone to carry the flag? Perhaps, the end that audiences will come to meet is Bane, in fact, breaking Batman’s back and turning him into a paraplegic, as he does in the comics. Or, maybe in Nolan’s realistic depiction, Bruce Wayne as Batman will find a darker, more permanent close. Either way, the city of Gotham will, no doubt, be looking for someone with enough passion, mental cunning, and physical prowess to take up the reins of justice. Again, staying closely linked to the comics, Bruce Wayne was not the only person to put on the Bat-Suit. In Knightfall, there is even a “changing of the guard” in Bruce Wayne’s absence.
So, who better to take over – in a Nolan-style “leave the audiences wanting more” – than a young, motivated Gotham police officer, who already has the trust and support of Batman’s biggest ally, commissioner Gordon?
The Dark Knight Rises will obliterate box office records everywhere on July 20th, and surely give viewers their money’s worth clocking in at a whopping two hours and forty-four minutes. Do not drink too much soda because you will not want to sacrifice a second of this movie for a bathroom break.