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I am SO happy things are ramping up. Tim- the saul bass style poster is the tits as tommy would say and those stills are gorgeous. some of 'em are scarily close to my storyboards, it'd be interesting to do a board to final film comparison :)

 

i want more!

 

Heh, no shit. Well we COULD pretty much do a board-to-shot book since those boards were religiously followed at nearly every opportunity.

I remember someone (who will remain nameless) saying "Thomas is obsessed with those fucking boards, I don't get it."

To which I responded, "Yeah, it's because he spent a fuck load of time researching and working with the storyboard artist to visualize the fucking film."

I'm like "THIS is the movie, so just pay attention and HELP us do it please."

Sure TJ diverted from the boards occasionally, that's gonna happen every time. It's the nature of filmmaking. But for the most part, the boards dictated.

Great job David.

 

I really love this shot -

 

darkcountry-photo1.jpg

 

If you have a board that matches this you should post a side by side ;)

Or an over/under.

 

- TB

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You know it would have been really interesting if the movie was in black and white, that would have been a hell of a thing.

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That poster is wicked, TB. And all this news about DC is really exciting. Can't wait for this one. This is my most anticipated film of the year! :D

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We were talking about the black and white thing before weren't we Mike?

Would be cool.

 

At the risk of being repetitive . . .

Now THIS looks like a fucking Connie Hall shot from The Outer Limits!

 

darkcountry_photo1bw.jpg

 

- tb

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Probably, and maybe if Tom is so inclined having the film in that like that and Sony digs it enough, maybe there could a The Mist sort of deal. A black and white 3D film would be a really interesting/odd/cool thing to see.

 

Also, that poster is pretty cool, is it indicative at all of the look you are going for in the final one? And was that your tagline too?

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I just want to do something inventive or different. I think a gripping poster will help sell this film, not the same old homogenized shit that everyone else does. Gotta give this film an identity and find a way to define it visually. The design you are referring to is very much in the ballpark even if my color choices aren't necessarily evocative of the exact palette of the film. The teaser I did comes closer to that vibe. I don't like that palette with this newer design. Somehow the burnt orange just feels right for what I'm trying to convey. Sorry for the long answer.

 

The tagline? I can't take credit for that, though I will say I lobbied for it most HEAVILY!

 

 

ALSO --------------------- Facebook fan group for Dark Country is now up and running.

Please come and help us support. Dark Country on FB

 

- TB

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Quiet Earth have gotten their hands on the first official stills from Thomas Jane's upcoming directorial effort, THE DARK COUNTRY. The film will be the first ever 3D Film Noir and it stars Ron Perlman and Lauren German. In the film, a couple on the way to their honeymoon are forced to deal with a dead body out in the desert. Reportedly, there will be a heavy supernatural slant to it too.

 

This project sounds pretty sweet, given that it is Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Film Noir, and it is in 3D. But I would add a warning that often things are often too good to be true. For example when Natalie Portman asked me out, she only saw my roguish good looks and my devil-may-care charisma. She didn't realize that she would lose herself in me, and that one night would never, ever be enough.

 

Extra Tidbit: Because of working on this movie, you'll never guess which role he had to turn down... A certain Mr. Blake...

Source: http://joblo.com/janes-dark-country

 

You may have heard that one of our fave actors Tom Jane (The Mist, Mutant Chronicles, Killshot) is making his directorial debut with the first 3D Film Noir picture in cinematic history(?), Dark Country. Starring the incomparable Ron Perlman and Lauren German, Tom Jane has promised that Dark Country will "remain true to the stylistic choices of film noir, while delivering an immersive reality and visceral experience that only the next generation of 3D cinematography could provide."

 

A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride.

The nine stills we've got from the film are extremely stylish. Enjoy them too because there's no word on when we'll be seeing Dark Country in theaters as its still awaiting release from Sony.

Source: http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2009/03/...ut-DARK-COUNTRY

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that still looks really nice in black and white. It would be great to have a mist-style b&w version on the dvd. I've done a little board to shot comparison for a couple of those stills. I did clean 'em up a bit. i always have trouble posting images here so check it out on my blog (tim, can you put them in here?)

 

http://davidallcock.blogspot.com/2009/04/dark-country.html

 

and as for that tagline....i seem to remember some limey bugger working that up in some concept images way back during development phase :D .......ok, it was the first thing i scribbled down in my sketchbook when working with thomas. just popped into my head and got me in the mood, and it seems to have stuck around. cool.

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Those side by side shot comparisons are great, Mr. Allcock. It's amazing how close they managed to stay to your vision while filming. That says a lot for Thomas' vision and determination as a director. I love that he saw what he wanted in the film and he stayed true to it throughout. Very impressive.

 

One question: How collaborative was the effort between you and Thomas and the writer as far as the shots that you storyboarded and the design of the film?

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that still looks really nice in black and white. It would be great to have a mist-style b&w version on the dvd. I've done a little board to shot comparison for a couple of those stills. I did clean 'em up a bit. i always have trouble posting images here so check it out on my blog (tim, can you put them in here?)

 

http://davidallcock.blogspot.com/2009/04/dark-country.html

 

and as for that tagline....i seem to remember some limey bugger working that up in some concept images way back during development phase :D .......ok, it was the first thing i scribbled down in my sketchbook when working with thomas. just popped into my head and got me in the mood, and it seems to have stuck around. cool.

 

That's right! I remember seeing it in your design/board book for DC. Nice Tag David.

 

As requested - Here are David's side by side boards-to-still frame comparisons.

 

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I'm particularly proud of those last two. We originally tried to find an honest to God unused old highway to set up the road turning to hell.

We found a couple but they were way off location and company moves when you're location shooting is a bitch. So we converted a dead end slab of asphalt at the edge of an embankment into the overgrown highway for one angle, then dressed our isolated closed-off road into the wide shots (pictured here). Billy Ray (the set decorator) and I (and his wonderful team) dressed it up according to the boards. Wallah! Movie magic.

Big props to Billy and his team, Alan May, Rachel, Greg, Richard, and Orlando. Those guys did all the heavy lifting.

And David, that IS a ghost flower ;)

 

The car framed in mesquite was a challenging business. We had to find high ground next to the old highway to set up the branches and detritus, plant praerie grass etc . . . I never thought it would work. But Boyle got a dolly track dropped behind and we waited for magic hour on pins and needles.

We were fairly shocked that it turned out so well when we played it back. We only had enough time for two or three takes and they nailed it.

LOVE seeing these shots next to the boards. You can see how strict we were with ourselves. A testament to Dave and Tom.

No matte painting needed muthafucka! ;)

 

- TB

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So the lead characters are named Dick and Gina?

Hmmm, where did my mind just go?

Is that a subliminal message?

 

Heheh, Tab's sneaky like that.

But I should relay to you that the "I" in Gina is not a strong "I".

On paper it's awfully suspicious though ;)

 

- tb

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I think those story boards look good enough to use for a Dark Country comic.

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LOVE seeing these shots next to the boards. You can see how strict we were with ourselves. A testament to Dave and Tom.

No matte painting needed muthafucka! ;)

 

Those are truly awesome. I love seeing the conception and realization actually match.

 

Nothing I ever painted matched the image in my head, alas ...

 

This film will be stunning.

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Tom and I spoke at length yesterday. He's been so busy with Hung and working on Dark Country in his spare time that he hasn't been able to keep up with the boards lately. So I basically reported the activity that has been happening recently with DC on the net. He was not aware of the pics that Sony (Or Hyde Park) released, so I sent him a bunch of pics and then linked him to Allcock's board-to-still comparisons (Which he absolutely loved).

 

First thing is, none of the pics we've seen have been color timed. Also, they are missing an essential ingredient - Stars - Big, full, amazing, celestial, fucking badass, middle of the desert, no city lights, fantastic stars in the sky. Like I said, essential to Tom's vision.

 

Also, he was not happy with the hotel shot (with the blinds). That should not be so lit up. I received a few shots from my pal Joe at Paradise FX where they are doing the color timing for the film with Tom's supervision. Joe sent me goodies 'cause I'm also working on another poster design with a shot from the film we've been raving about since the night we shot it. Anyway, THIS is what that sequence should look like -

 

DCTB6.jpg

 

Tom Jane VS THE FILMSCORE!

Without getting into too much detail, it fell to Tom to do a whole lot of work himself with the score. He spent days upon days reworking arrangements he'd been provided with by the composer. Some additional music was also provided by Jeffery Kite. He's completely ecstatic with the results. The film is REALLY coming together at last.

 

So just know, that as cool as a lot of the shots that have been officially released are, they still aren't final. It's kind of like me showing you a photo-rough of one of my covers, or an illustration in progress. Or watching an early edit of a blockbuster summer film called Wolverine ;)

It's no doubt cool to see the steps along the way but when people release this stuff it should come with the full disclosure of it's nature.

In other words, if marketing releases early, incomplete visuals, they should also be forthright and tell you that ;)

 

Dark Country is not far away from completion in the scheme of things. Color timing and completing FX shots take time. But things are at last all coming together. Hopefully we'll be able to see this badboy in the summer. The good news is that Sony is hot to release their own immersive 3D project which bodes well for Dark Country. Stay tuned.

 

- TB

 

 

 

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DAMN. I so hope this is a wide release that's a massive hit!!

 

Thanks for all the updates Tim. I dig that shot of Tom in front of the blinds, and the panel to film frames are nothing short of film geek porn.

 

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...Anyway, THIS is what that sequence should look like -

DCTB6.jpg

 

Hellloo!

 

Now we're talkin' - love that shot. B)

 

 

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Excellent! Can't wait to see this film.

 

So many exciting things happening with Thomas this year, I feel like a kid waiting for Santa.... Or something like that.... :lol:

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Excellent! Can't wait to see this film.

 

So many exciting things happening with Thomas this year, I feel like a kid waiting for Santa.... Or something like that.... :lol:

 

Me too!!! :P

 

I love that graded shot of that motel pic, Tim. Classic noir! Lovz it!!

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Yeah, definitely start the lobbying.

Hopefully we'll get this sucker wrapped soon.

 

Most everything is done except for a Digital FX sequence that is causing some delay.

Two sides need to work it out and put this fucker to rest.

 

Time to see the film.

 

- TB

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Yeah, definitely start the lobbying.

Hopefully we'll get this sucker wrapped soon.

 

Most everything is done except for a Digital FX sequence that is causing some delay.

Two sides need to work it out and put this fucker to rest.

 

Time to see the film.

 

- TB

 

Lookin forward!! I see Killshot comes out in May on DVD finally

 

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Is there any chance that Dark Country will be shown at Cannes to international distributors?

 

I found this short article online; here's excerpt:

 

"Nu Image has boarded all international rights to the 3D thriller Dark Country and will commence sales in Cannes."

 

http://www.screendaily.com/news/nu-image-b...5000925.article

 

 

I'm just guessing at all this, but it sounds like this Nu Image company will be

pushing Dark Country at Cannes so that maybe an international buyer will snap it

up to release it in non-U.S. countries...?

 

Just curious. :)

 

 

Jen

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I read something similar at Variety, Jen. Not sure if that means that NuImage will market it themselves internationally or if they wil sell it to someone else. I hope it gets a big distribution. The article also says that Sony holds the domestic and will release it theatrically through a third party.

 

Hope that's true. I really want to see this on the big screen.

 

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111800379...yid=13&cs=1

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