When I first saw this still from John Carter I had a niggle in the back of my brain that I’d seen something like it before. I had a fun summer as a doorman at a big downtown theatre showing Return of the Jedi ( and only Return of the Jedi) in 1983. I ended up standing in the back row of the theatre the first time I saw the movie. It was a sneak preview and (more…)
I don’t know how I missed this, maybe it was more “I’ll watch it later” than missed, but I’m glad that I finally caught up with it. Some of that would be reminiscing the good old times, but it was fun to hear a new take on the production as well. I still want my Woola stuffy, but I am grateful the movie exists at all. – Jeff
Perhaps it’s just accidental, but the iTunes movie page for John Carter OF MARS has a nice new banner. I know it’s from existing art we’ve seen but I thought it looked pretty good. If not Disney maybe someone at Apple did it. Either way I like it. – Jeff
Since I’ll most certainly be asked – we all know the Taylor Kitsch preview poster. I discovered the Dejah one online a while ago, I think it’s part of the original promo package but sadly never used. Tars seems a given to me as a character poster so I faked one up. It’s far from perfect and I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this. But I needed to. – Jeff
There’s a real difference between my painted ‘realism’ and more my more art take on things. The realism takes a lot lot longer, and it’s like brushing a cat, just when you think you have it all, you’re nowhere near done.
I’ve always appreciated a more painterly approach, but it’s not something I do easily. Way back I could be pretty blown away by how ‘real’ a painting looked, and in some ways have been straddling that and ‘reality’ ever since. My interest in ‘high realism’ has waned greatly in the digital age. A couple of recent projects unleashed my freak in some unexpected ways. Trying to recapture that and bottle it, making it part of my usable tool kit lead me here. Spending time on a drawing didn’t make sense when I really just wanted to colour. So, since I had a printed version of this beautiful sketch of Dejah Thoris by Iain McCaig I decided to play with that. And that’s why I’m showing it here. I feel that I did what set out to do, set up a workflow that plays to my strengths instead of against them. My thanks to Mr. McCaig for making the experiment so pleasurable and easy. Now back to the drawing board, my own, drawing board 😉 – Jeff
As always, there’s an ongoing debate between the Reboot John Carter and the Sequels Only crowds. I’d love to see Stanton’s Gods and Warlord of Mars movies. Maybe I’d finally get a Woola toy too. I strongly suspect that
the trilogy as whole would stand as a major accomplishment and success as opposed to John Carter on its own. That the shuffling of the pieces that Stanton has shown with John Carter wouldn’t be such an issue with a complete trilogy. Anyways, that’s not happening tomorrow and neither is a reboot, that we know of.
Abraham Sherman, a long time hardcore Barsoomian who has written and excellent ‘Princess of Mars’ screenplay (on spec) has had some things to say about the reboot/sequel thing that is good reading. You should check them out at Back to Barsoom and The John Carter Files.
My toss into the fray, separate of my wanting MORE is to suggest a step to the side with a film adaptation of Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Thuvia stands at the post trilogy point (more…)
Flash Gordon is not really my favourite thing but I’d love to see a version that made me fall in love with it. I never really took to Hawk Men or Lion Men, I mean really, that’s the best you can do ? That’s not even trying. And it’s a little too Wizard of Oz too. (more…)