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  1. Sorry JW, no lobsters were harmed in the making of PWZ... sg,asc
  2. Thank you. Sorry about the delay. I've spent the last two months adjusting the look of the film and home video versions. It is now colored (and darkened) the way Lexi and I had originally intended. Hope you all have an exciting time watching the film. This has been a incredible time for me. I wish to thank Lexi for giving me this opportunity. sg,asc
  3. Holy smokes, I go away and shoot some kids stuff for Disney, and the whole world is a different color when I return. Again I appear here to dispel rumors. Please believe: Lexi is not off the film Lexi is still involved in the edit process The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13 Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes Lexi did in fact get married Lexi is an incredibly talented director, and this film kicks major ass, as will be proven when it is released IN THEATRES DECEMBER 5th The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain This film has been difficult from the begining, from a bitter Canadian winter, to endless nights, to rampant sickness, Lexi has fought to make a killer Punisher film for fans and non fans alike. Initially we were to release in September, but for whatever reason (not the quality of the film or edit IMHO) it was decided to release in December. That extra time has given everyone a chance to put their two cents worth in, but rest assured, Lexi is still stearing the boat, and she is a great captain. When I hear vicious unfounded troll rumors like the "film was unwatchable" or "a total mess" it makes my blood boil. I want to punish the corrupt. People sit on their fat asses trolling the internet, people that have never even looked through a motion picture camera, and make judgements on a work of art that they've never seen, it's like saying a baby will be ugly before it is born, I can't freaking wait for this film to come out and prove the nay-sayers wrong. Sorry for the rant, I just love something wonderful you have yet to see- sg,asc
  4. Ha! That's just silly, why I know nothing of Aliens and Pods, and Studio Execs, and....oh crap...wait, I'm getting a transmission from the Mothership....
  5. That was not in the script we shot. There is, however, lots of killing....lots! sg,asc
  6. I'm right here: www.stevegainer.com And very often in Austin. When I'm not shooting a film (now over thirty of them) I'm shooting music videos (well over 300 now) I tend to shoot a lot in the south. I have been employed alot in the last five years by some great country music stars to shoot their vids. Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flats, Garth Brooks, Allison Krause, to name a few. When I'm not in LA, I like to hang around Nashville and do stupid shit like metal detect for civil war relics. I know, what a dork, eh? Haven't done quite as much of that since the kids came along though. It's like herding cats around here....
  7. Hi Fred, and thanks, I'm glad to be here. I just felt the thing that was pissing everyone off was the lack of accurate information. Whether you love or hate PWZ, mis information is the enemy. I of course have to be extremely careful to not reveal any top secret info, as I'd really like to keep working, and shit like that can ruin a career in a heartbeat. I'm really amazed how the Punisher character affects people. Ray came to my house for drinks (actually a few too many for me) a couple of weeks ago, and since then, my three year old has been running around the house with a squirt gun yelling "I'm the Punisher!" and then squirting ME I didn't even know I was corrupt........ As for TL's film, I am always eager to help other film makers with whatever I have to give. You guys should send me a wish list of things (cinematography related) and I'll check my resources to see if I can help. sg,asc
  8. Hey bro, what about me, I'm afraid Mike V might bring that scary fucking axe in his pic and fuck me up for all the yellow.......lol!!! Good night all, I got two babies that had me up at 5:00 am and it's now 2:40 am, I'm too old for this shit.... Thanks to you all for allowing me to post here- sg,asc
  9. Easy Tim, We don't need to know everything about you.........yikes!!! sg,asc
  10. Hee hee, I'm in. Make it a motel, I'm from Alabama......
  11. Okay, but make it $2000.00. Let's get him some more financing for his film, eh???
  12. Yeah, that is just an exaggeration(sp?) of the real color of sodium lighting. Nasty shit. I wish we still had tungsten lighting in our streets. It is however important to be green, so they had to go. I do hope you like green though? Hee hee!!!!
  13. What the fuck, the more the merrier, eh?? sg,asc BTW: I own several cameras, pm me....
  14. Actually, in the beginning, I took frames from the MAX series, (the only one I really had read before getting the film) and digitally put photos I had taken of Ray in them. Lexi came to my studio, and was explaining to me her vision of the film, and my heart started to beat out of my chest. She essentially wanted to see the MAX comic brought to life. I showed her the frames I'd created, and she said "you get it". I almost died right there. Believe me, there were lots of nay sayers that didn't think I could shoot this film. But Lexi believed. Gale believed. The president of Lions Gate believed. I shot the mother fucker. Now many believe. Funny huh? I think a bit too much has been made of the color, It won't take you out of the film. You will notice, if you watch closely, my nod to Tim in as much as there is plenty of toplight, with dark eye sockets, in shots of Frank. I did study Tim's work, (I'd be a fool not to) but in the end, we chose to go with the interior, rather than the cover look. Frankly, Conrad Hall, Jr. did a great job of covering that look in the '04 film, and like I said to Thomas, there was no reason to duplicate that in our film. sg,asc
  15. Okay, I don't want to sound cryptic, that's not why I came here. But honestly and with all due respect to all makers of fine cinema, that is a very subjective question. Hmmm, well, I personally have mad respect for the '04 film. It is essentially where I started. I saw it before I saw the Dolph film. I watched it several times to try and understand where Frank existed on celluloid. I think TJ is a great actor, "The Mist" is fantastic, and while he has made a few derogatory comments about our film, who hasn't in a moment of passion, said things we might not have in a diferent situation??? I know I have. What I didn't totally get about that film was the daylight. In response to your earlier statement about the diference in budgets, to shoot at night is WAY more expensive than day. I had a fucking Punisher Army crew. Seventy fucking warriors on first unit, and forty on second. They all loved the nightmare. It was brutal! It was fucking fantastic! One thing I love about all of the Death Wish films is the fact that they are mostly night. The darkness is the veil of evil, and that is where the Punisher fucking thrives. So for our film, we were vampires. Yeah, I used lots of lights, and some colors, that weren't used in the last film, but honestly, without the same actor/director combination, it would be silly to try and re-do the same thing. So we hung our nuts out, (okay, Lexi doesn't have them, but I hung them out for the both of us) and tried to take it somewhere else. Is it better? I really want you to tell me. You have my personal invitation to come with me to the premiere, as my guest, and if it sucks, you can kill me on the red carpet. Fair enough? sg,asc
  16. Yes Thomas When all is said and done, when you and I are in Elysium, and the film is on whatever device exists in fifty or so years, no excuses will be necessary, the film will either rule, or suck. I at least am happy to come here and say I believe that we shot a great Punisher film. I admire you for being a seeker of the truth, and I wish you no ill. Please respect the fact that I am here with open arms to dispell any myth that might be published about our fine film. I really think you're gonna like it. I hope Tim and TJ like it. Sorry to hear about your ex. I understand. I have a few down the road myself. I'm 45, and now have a family I love and cherish. You're younger, so I'm sure in time you'll find someone that's exactly what you want. It took me a long fucking time. I think it's great you're coming to Comic-Con. I'll be there, and I have some images I'd love to show you. I have struggled for many years to reach this point of my career, where I'm working on (for me) big budget features. I nearly fucking froze to death in Montreal. I worked straight through 18 hours a day, when everyone else had the flu, or some other disgusting disease, knowing that this film had to kick major ass. Wait until you see Looney Bin Jim, un fucking believable!!! Anyway, much respect to you, truth seeker, I understand a bit about where you come from, now let me show you a new, brutal, Punisher. sg,asc
  17. Hi everyone. This is my first time posting here so bear with me a bit as this may be a bit lengthy. I'm Steve Gainer, the cinematographer of PWZ, and I would like to address a few of the questions/comments that seem to constantly be coming up about our film. First of all, I wish to say I think Tim is a wonderful artist, his images have captured the attention of many who would never have known about Frank Castle, and for that we can be very grateful, I am, and thanks Tim for allowing me to post here. The yellow light everyone keeps mentioning, which is seen a lot in the teaser, is just an interpretation of the sodium vapour lights that currently are being used in a majority of cities in the US, NYC included. Is it a bit more intense than what occurs in reality? Well I tend to think of it as being a heightened reality, much like the Max comic is. Please remember, what most people seem to be forming their opinions on are a minute snippet of images, that someone I've never met, chose from hours of footage, to help create a buzz for the film. It seems that strategy might be working, for like it or hate it, it has gotten everyone talking, hasn't it? In actuality, there are scenes that are blue, red, green, orange, even purple, because as I have mentioned elsewhere, Lexi and I wanted to emulate the style of the Max series. If you are a fan of that series (and I know most of you are) watching the movie should make you feel as if you've been transported into the pages of any of those issues. That is what I hope for anyway. I know that some of you have said that a comic book movie doesn't have to look exactly like the page in order to convey the character, true enough. It is however, the direction we chose. We worked very hard for six months to try and give a broad audience a great theatre experience. While there are those of you who wish that we had stripped the image down and simply shown Frank as he is, a vet in a grimy dirty environment, I hope you will go to the theatre with an open mind and see what we have accomplished. It is in fact quite a striking film, and Frank Castle is a mean mo-fo. My hope is that Frank will become a more popular character because of this film, and hopefully, we will get more Punisher movies made. The fact that you see lots of the sodium color in the teaser, is due to the decision to show a few of the action sequences. (and I do mean a small amount of the total) Many of those happen to have occured in the locations where the sodium look was prevalent, ie: exterior, inside factories, etc. The fact is only a portion of the entire film is in this color. Neither Lexi or I have any control over what they use in trailers, we certainly have favorite scenes that are not in this teaser, (and at least one that we wish hadn't been) so in this instance, it it not very easy to judge the entire movie, or especially the incredible acting from a bunch of dis-jointed action scenes. The colored frames from Lexi's blog were sent to us directly from Marvel. They very kindly sent us hundreds, so we didn't have to damage our copies in order to create reference books for everyone. Did we double check every frame with the actual comic? No. We relied on the source to provide accurate representations. Why are they diferent? We will probably never know. The budget I saw for our film was $35 million US. We shot 3 days and 38 nights in Montreal Canada, and Vancouver due to the heavy snow in Montreal. I really hope you enjoy the film as much as we did making it. Thanks for letting me comment. Steve Gainer, ASC
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