Six months after Disney pulled the plug on Henry Selick’s film The Shadow King, Selick wants to revive production on the film. He is shopping the film this week at the European Film Market in Berlin.
In its new incarnation, Selick (director, Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas) has teamed up with Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Josh Penn, and has enlisted K5 International to rep the film’s international rights. This is the official synopsis of the story, which Selick wrote himself:
Hap Dagger, a nine-year-old orphan, hides his fantastically weird hands from a cruel world. But when a Living Shadow Girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come alive, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous Monster who could destroy Hap’s brother and all of New York.
According to a press release from K5, the film has a committed crew that includes director of photography Peter Sorg (Frankenweenie, Coraline), frequent Selick collaborator Eric Leighton (animation director on Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole), production designer Lou Romano (The Incredibles), editor Wyatt Jones (Immortals, Rango, TRON: Legacy, Zodiac), and composer Bruno Coulais (Coraline). Voice cast includes Jaden Betts (voice of Hap) Pamela Adlon (voice of Richard) Brendon Glesson (voice of Darce) Jeffrey Tambor (voice of Cuzzie Bell) and Catherine O’Hara (voice of Miss Fern)
K5 also released the following montage of art from the film:
Artwork by Lou Romano :: via louromano.blogspot.com
RIP Mr Bradbury
Former-Pixar production designer Lou Romano has posted a massive post on his blog, chock-full of production artwork and tests from his work on Pixar’s newest film, “Up”. Video tests, even. Check the post HERE. Warning: there could be some spoilers, so don’t indulge yourself if you haven’t seen the film yet and want to be surprised. From what I’ve seen though, the film looks fantastic.
It should be noted that Ricky Nierva also played an important role in production, as well as Ralph Eggleston and Harley Jessup. Not sure why these names were omitted from Lou’s post.
Lou Romano has now posted higher-res images of the complete colour script for Pixar’s UP. A colour script is what the filmmakers use in the production of animated feature to get a feel of the colour, mood, and visual atmosphere of the film.
Spoiler warning, though — stay away if you haven’t seen the movie, since this does contain images of all the major scenes.
And if you missed it the first time, don’t forget to see more of Lou Romano’s UP artwork, which includes a far more abstract and simple first pass at a colour script for the film.
As always, if you like this stuff, I can’t recommend Pixar’s The Art Of… books enough. The Art of UP includes this colour script and Lou notes how colour is used to drive the story along: “When Carl is forced into the present, he’s miserable and the colour is bleak. But as each new character is introduced, we see flashes of life and colour.”