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I'm pleased to announce some official updating of our cast and crew - See below for more details!

 

 

DARK COUNTRY (suspense/thriller) - In preproduction at Sony/Hyde Park

Written by Tab Murphy - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614742/

Screenplay by Tab Murphy and Thomas Jane

Directed by Thomas Jane

Director of Photography - Geoff Boyle - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0102240/

Production Designer -

Visual Designer - Tim Bradstreet - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0103552/

Storyboard Artist - David Allcock - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0990974/

Concept Artist - Bernie Wrightson - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942951/

3-D Designer - Ray 3-D Zone - http://www.ray3dzone.com/

 

Cast -

 

Dick - Thomas Jane - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005048/

Gina - Lauren German - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0314514/

The Sheriff - TBA

The Stranger - TBA

 

We're excited as hell to announce the casting of Lauren German as our leading lady!

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...i feel like aqualung, she was born 3 years after I graduated from high school.... man, she has a great look, very unique..."sitting on a park bench..."

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Well I don't know much about who it is that's doing the casting at this particular juncture but I can tell you this.

There are only 4 speaking roles in Dark Country and 3 of the 4 are filled. We're in negotiations with the last one.

Only things that are open are non speaking or extra type stuff.

I'm heading to NM Saturday so by then I'll be able to get a little more info for folks.

I'll find out what I can and post stuff here.

 

Cheers all - tb

 

Tim,

 

Let me know if there's anything else I can help with when you guys come up. If nothing else I can just buy beer. :)

 

Frederic

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She's gonna be fantastic in this.

Tom's acting coach, who is also Keitel's coach, met with her and the word is she's DYNAMITE.

Also, the pics posted show her as both blonde, well dark brownish with some blondish highights - and brunette.

I'm 99% sure she'll be blonde in Dark Country.

 

- tb

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thats a killer credit list, especially that storyboard guy (he he!) Geoff Boyle is an awesome DP, he's made mutant chronicles look like a work of art and his test pieces for Dark Country are stunning. and with a certain Mr Bradstreet involved on the visual/design side of things Dark Country is shaping up to be a good looking movie. Not sure about that director though, heard he was a bit of a hack (!!!)

 

oh yeah, and Lauren German - perfect! she was very very good in hostel 2. she looks the part and she's a damn fine actress.

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Tom's acting coach, who is also Keitel's coach, met with her and the word is she's DYNAMITE.

 

- tb

... Hummmm. *rubs chin* :P

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Heheh,

WESTON, glad you stopped by, even if so far only to give Allcock the business.

Nice to see you here compadre. Tom says Hi!

- TB

 

You're telling me! He's the second best in the industry!

 

He he!

 

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I'm pleased to announce some official updating of our cast and crew - See below for more details!

 

 

DARK COUNTRY (suspense/thriller) - In production at Sony/Hyde Park - Filming in New Mexico

Written by Tab Murphy - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614742/

Screenplay by Tab Murphy and Thomas Jane

Directed by Thomas Jane

Director of Photography - Geoff Boyle - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0102240/

A Camera Operator - Howard J. Smith - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0808475/

Technical Producer Paradise FX - Tim Thomas -

3-D - Digital Imaging Tech - Max Penner - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0672108/

Production Designer - Tim Bradstreet - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0103552/

Storyboard Artist - David Allcock - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0990974/

Concept Artist - Bernie Wrightson - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942951/

3-D Producer/Technical Advisor - Ray 3-D Zone - http://www.ray3dzone.com/

Costume Designer - Susanna Puisto - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700222/

Special Makeup FX by KNB EFX

 

Cast -

 

Dick - Thomas Jane - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005048/

Gina - Lauren German - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0314514/

The Sheriff - RON PERLMAN - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000579/

The Stranger - Chris Browning - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0115152/

 

Dark Country officially welcomes RON PERLMAN, hot off the set of Hellboy 2!

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RON FUCKING PERLMAN!!! HOLY CRAP!!! The man is a LEGEND.

 

What a great cast. Really hoping to make it on set still...

 

Frederic

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Production Designer - Tim Bradstreet - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0103552/

Storyboard Artist - David Allcock - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0990974/

Concept Artist - Bernie Wrightson - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942951/

 

Can somebody out there explain a bit about the differences between these three jobs. I have zero art background, but I am assuming the concept art comes first. Is that then used during the creation of the storyboards? Does production design come directly from concept and storyboard, or is there latitude? Just curious, if anyone is willing to take the time.

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kwiat -

A production designer is responsible for a lot of the look of the film. Sometimes that can mean a ton of designing as with "Lord Of The Rings" or "Restoration" Some production designers are artists like Alan Lee (LOTR), here's what this castle looks like, here's what this armor looks like, swords, shields, and in some cases even makeup designs. William Stout designed the look of "Return of the Living Dead" as well as designing many if not all of the signature zombies in the film. And he was also on set painting details onto gravestones and other crazy stuff like that. He wore a lot of hats.

Look at Shawshank Redemption . . . The prison interior was designed by the production designer. Depending on the size of the production it can be some pretty daunting stuff if the scale of the film is large. Some designers simply use photos and help pick out locations. Then work with set dressers and scenic artists to help achieve a look they and the director agree upon. That's a very brief nutshell.

 

A story board artist is the person who breaks down the film into easily understandable camera language. It can be as important as the script in many ways since it's giving the director a solid idea, visually, of what he/she will be shooting.

Camera angles, tracking shots, crane shots, dissolves, etc . . . Dave Allcock can likely give a better breakdown of what this task entails. Feel free to ask him. I'm sure he'd love to expound upon my brittle explanation.

 

Concept art can deal with designing weapons and equipment or designing character archetypes, costumes, makeups, or anything that can help the next level of artists fully realize the vision, IE; costume designer, carpenters, fx artists, ect, It's an important step. Look at what Syd Meade did for Blade Runner, Ron Cobb for Alien, Ralph McQuarrie (Scenic), and John Mollo (costumes) for Star Wars. These concepts help the director decide what characters and settings will look like. Concept art can also help to "sell" a film when an artist is brought in at the early stages of a project's development. It helps give everyone a better understanding of what the Director is shooting for.

 

This is my very exhausted brief response. I'm sure someone else could explain it a lot better :)

 

- TB

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Yeah, Tim pretty much nailed it with those breakdowns.....its exactly that.

 

The storyboard artist works with and for the director, basically taking the movie out of his head and putting it on paper in a similar way to a comic book...shot by shot...panel by panel. We go through the script and pick out the scenes the director wants boarded. Sometimes thats just the most complicated FX or action sequences other times (like on dark country) you board the entire film. So, as you have a screenplay that covers the whole movie, you also have the whole film like a kinda rough graphic novel...the words...and the pictures. A lot of the time I get to add ideas in to the mix and come up with shots and sequences which is fantastic. As you do the boards you're trying to capture moments, the framing, maybe some lighting but mostly the camera moves and edits. The storyboards get distributed throughout the crew members and heads of department so everyone has a quick reference of how the sequences work and so everyone is on the same page.

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Thank you Tim and David. I've seen examples of storyboards on DVD extras, but wasn't sure how much of the look of the final film came from them. Explanation of concept designer was also very, um, I guess illuminating, to me. I see better now how that fits in.

 

It sounds like production designers gets the most physical exercise. And the least amount of sleep. :blink:

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Hey Tim, just wondering if you know what Film Noir titles Tom had been looking into for inspiration. I have to agree with you on the pod-cast, a lot of films in the past 20 years have claimed to be film noir, but hardly any have delivered.

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Wow... I didn't even realize this film had entered production. I mean, I knew you and Tom really wanted to make it, but I thought filming was still a bit of a while off. Been looking through the production diary... that is fucking cool stuff.

 

It's looking great so far. I hope it's a great success. Count on me watching it on the first day of release.

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