We’re headed to an off-site tomorrow, and may not be around to post. So we’d like to take a moment to point out for horror fans that IFC’s set visit and making-of special on "Land of the Dead" debuts this Sunday and airs throughout the month â€” you can check times here.
Still, from the start, ["The Producers" exec. producer] Sanger said, he was impressed by Steiner’s 35 and 45-feet "grid heights," the space between a stage and the top of a lighting grid, because they made it easier to shoot large dance scenes.
"If our cameras tipped up during a shot, you didn’t see the ceiling," he said. "A 45-foot grid â€” this is a standard that you only see in Hollywood stages." Having the production’s studio, office and support space under one roof also saved money, Mr. Sanger said.
Kim Zetter at Wired News looks over Jason Scott‘s "BBS: The Documentary," a five and a half hour film about the early days of the internet. Scott is releasing the doc under a Creative Commons license, and it looks like he’s distributing the DVDs himself. Hard core, yo.
The LA Times Christine N. Ziemba profiles Triggerstreet.com, an online filmmaker community that’s actually an offshoot of Kevin Spacey‘s production company, Trigger Street Productions. Aspiring screenwriters can have their work reviewed and rated by their peers, though to get your work looked at you have to review others’ first.
The New York Times Caryn James has a complete fluff piece about losers and failures being more popular, film and television-wise, than success stories these days. We’re not buying the "trend" on the basis of the examples: new HBO series "The Comeback," last year’s "Napoleon Dynamite," and "Second Best," a film starring Joe Pantoliano that’s getting an extremely limited release. These are hardly indicative of some mainstream trend (and anyway, the figures they’re talking about have been the stuff of literature for an eternity), and wouldn’t "Sideways" be a better example of grandiose loserdom? Or, for that matter, Sam Raimi’s two "Spider-Man" films, which cemented his place as nerdiest superhero around? Anyway…
The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Neva Chonin stops by an advance screening of Joss Whedon‘s "Serenity," and details the rabid fan-base the TV series "Firefly" had, and how they managed to get both a DVD release of the show after Fox canned it as well as convince Universal Pictures that a movie would be worthwhile. And yes, we’re big ol’ "Firefly" dorks. Sigh.
+ Lights, Camera, Brooklyn! (NY Times)
+ How Humble BBS Begat Wired World (Wired News)
+ Linked to a green light (LA Times)
+ New On-Screen Losers Are Winning a Following (NY Times)
+ When Fox canceled ‘Firefly,’ it ignited an Internet fan base whose burning desire for more led to ‘Serenity’ (SF Chronicle)