Monthly Archives: February 2010

Burke and Hare: Edinburgh, Day 3

Not much to report from this shoot.  It was cold, rainy and even snowing as they were shooting in an alley near the city center.  A fire alarm in the nearby student dorms went off and delayed things even further.

So no photos really (dark and access was more restricted than normal), but I got to hang out with Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg as they were waiting in the basement of the dorms.  I approached them with two copies of my film, Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis and Chupacabra as a gift of appreciation saying, “Fans often just get photos and walk away and that’s the only way we can ‘give back’ to you guys.  So I wanted to give you something to enjoy.”  Both were exceptionally kind and gracious. 

I tried to respect boundaries by not snapping photos of them as soon as I spoke with them; I was more interested in just talking to them on a very normal, professional level.  We talked about film, the current state of special effects, and where we see them going.  Andy Serkis has plans for a motion capture production company (interested in both games and film) and both were fans of Cameron’s technological advances in Avatar.

That rounds out my coverage of the Burke and Hare shoot in Edinburgh.  Today that did some quick shooting at a museum (if I recall correctly) and then they’re back to London.

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Burke and Hare: Edinburgh, Day 2

The cast and crew returned from shooting in Sterling for two days to wrap up shooting in Edinburgh, Friday night and Saturday morning before moving to the next location (possibly back to London). Here are the photos (sorry about the quality, extreme low-light conditions)

If you want to find their shooting location, just follow the trucks. I stumbled across these on my way home.

Horse

They were filming on a street that ran beneath the street in the photo. So they had lighting crews set up above the set.

The set of Burke and Hare from above.

Serious lighting. I felt bad for the guy who had to stand in this cherry picker, in the rain, with a very hot, electric lamp.

This tavern is like a VIP club, with a 19th century bouncer that allows Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg inside.

Crew members were running umbrellas to and away from extras as they tried to keep the detailed costumes dry.

Getting ready for the shoot.

In this scene, Serkis and Pegg are in line to get into this exclusive tavern.  The bouncer lets them in as horse drawn carriages and extras pass by.

Wider shot of the scene playing out (camera can’t zoom while recording)

I know where they’re shooting tomorrow, so keep checking the blog for updates.

Joe Johnston’s Captain America: Shelved?

A source at John Landis’ Burke and Hare film shoot informed me that due to The Wolfman’s poor performance, the Captain American film (set to be released 2011 according to imdb) has been pushed back.

Considering a look at boxofficemojo.com reveals the $150 million dollar werewolf flick has grossed under $100 million worldwide, this doesn’t seem too unlikely. The delay in shooting could indicate a change in directors.

Can’t say I’m too disappointed. Johnston directed Jurassic Park III and The Wolfman, both of which weren’t very impressive.

UPDATE:

Since io9 and some other sites picked this story up, Marvel has issued an official response to my post, saying they are not delaying the film.

Batman 3 and Inception Clarification

In my post on Batman 3 and Inception, I made qualified statements based on conversations with my source on the set of Burke and Hare.  This evening I was able to clarify what he said:

The sets for Batman 3 will be constructed toward the end of the year.

Inception, not The Dark Knight, was the film that was under budget, prompting Nolan to have the crew build an extra set (no word if said set was used in the film).

Day of the Dead: Lebowski and Caligari References?

I saw Day of the Dead (1985) for the first time a long time ago and tonight was the first time I’ve watched it since.

In the first 30 minutes, I picked up on three references: Continue reading

Batman 3: To Shoot This Year?

In the earlier post about the Burke and Hare film shoot, I mentioned a source’s experience with Christopher Nolan on the Batman films and Inception.

I forgot to mention that he also said sets were either being constructed, or will soon be constructed, for the third Batman, with the possibility of shooting toward the end of the year.  He also said that they were coming under budget at the end of The Dark Knight, so they built a whole extra set (possible usage in the third film).

UPDATE:

I spoke with my source to clarify this info.  See this post for more.

Green Screen TVs and Blockbuster Math

io9.com recently posted a video showcasing just how much of your TV viewing doesn’t exist:

http://io9.com/5476972/watch-how-green-screens-are-ruining-or-saving-television

And over at the New Scientist, they explain how contemporary cinema, including many blockbusters, tend have shot lengths that follow a mathematic pattern that’s pleasing to viewers.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527483.900-solved-the-mathematics-of-the-hollywood-blockbuster.html