Motherload – Conran John Carter art and reel.
OMG. I’d posted an image from the never public John Carter website ( Paramount Conran Era ) the other day. A few comments came in – and then Wade posts “Found something a lot more interesting here: http://lgfilms.com/conran/” and I’m thinking ” pshaw, what could possible be more interesting than this ? !” Maybe the pitch reel for Conran’s John Carter perhaps ? I’d say so. I’ve ravaged it for images as you can see. I’ve known for a long time that Conran’s version was a very ‘fantasy’ version. That is why there are so many planets in the sky. I really like that about it. And many of the designs are Chesley Bonestell and old Analog covers, domed cities and all. There is footage of Carter walking through a wonderfully spacey nightscape, the kind of look I’ve been kicking around for an upcoming project. You’ll see elements of Avatar in this work ( floating gardens and such, but that really comes from Roger Dean’s YES album covers ) and even one version of a thoat is like the Avatar giant dragon thingy. You will see some carry over in ideas to Stanton’s version and that’s because a lot of the same people moved from Conran to Favreau to Stanton. So a good idea is a good idea. I don’t know what I would have thought of Conran’s version. I like the look of what I’m seeing here more than some previous work that I’ve seen, but I was always worried about the emotional impact. I really like Sky Captain, and I can see Conran’s version being entertaining and looking great. What I was unsure about ( having read the screen play ) was if it could hit any form of emotional urgency, any sense of ‘how can they ever get out of this ?”. It would be entertaining but not gripping. That was my concern. Anyways, look at the all the cool art, go to the link above and you can download the movie if you want. I had been on that site a year or ago – I am so thrilled that Wade returned. – Jeff