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22 February 2009 @ 10:52 pm
Coraline  
So, Coraline was great. The 3D was used well, not SHOUTING AT YOU, as Neil Gaiman said the first talkies did. It's the first 3D film I've seen to use it as something to add to the film, rather than to almost be the purpose of the film. There were some changes from the book, of course, some of which I thought were fine, and some I didn't like. The watching Coraline doll was a nice touch, as was Wybie and especially the non-talking Other Wybie. I especially like what that showed of Coraline's personality - she never saw the Other Wybie not being able to talk as a bad thing. I can't remember the ones I didn't like now, so I mustn't have hated them! I'd like to know what it's like to see it without having read the book, or seen trailers - how much feeling of unease is caused by knowing what happens & what the Other Mother is up to?

There was a question and answer session with the man himself afterwards, which is where he talked about the SHOUTING AT YOU, giving a handful of people a fright :-) when talking about the subdued use of 3D. He also pointed out that most 3D points things at you, but Coraline mostly makes it retreat, ie it looks like it's behind the plane of the screen. He talked about the script & choices made & how much input he had, which those of you who read his blog/interviews will probably already be familiar with.

He also talked about what's the story is with other films that haven't been made, including Death, which he was set to direct. But no green light for it. He said he'd love to direct Death, but said "do" instead of "direct". A moment's pause, then someone with a dirty mind starts laughing, setting the rest of us off. He said it'll be on twitter, so I and few others obliged.

Another potential film he talked about was Good Omens. If I understand correctly, they were thinking about casting Robin Williams as Aziraphale and Johnny Depp as Crowley, but the general opinion was that no one watches Johnny Depp - he's only in art house films. Um... yeah. Also, if anyone has $65 million to spare, please give it to Terry Gilliam so he can make Good Omens.

A couple of photos of the interview/Q&A session from someone else:
http://flickr.com/photos/fence/3290508413/
http://flickr.com/photos/fence/3291326984/

Coraline is out here for real on May 8th. I presume it will be 3D in Dundrum again.
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Siljasilja on February 23rd, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Depp would be excellent as Crowley, as would Gilliam as director.
I am not so sure about Williams as A- but that may be because I just don't particularly like the actor. I could see the guy who plays he blonde doctor in House in the role (Jesse Spencer).
a very caring potatomollydot on February 23rd, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
Yes! He would be excellent. Looks-wise anyway. I was trying to think of someone, and couldn't.