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Dark City Poster Redesign Challenge – The Results

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

By ckc1ne


Well I finally got round to posting my favourite 3 poster redesigns in the Dark City challenge. Sorry I took so long.

Everyone who entered did a sterling job and many made me laugh. Thanks to everyone who entered and head on over to the Forum to see all the posters. Once again the various casting ideas are truly inspired.

The current challenge is to redesign a poster for Fight Club. More info on that here.

By MondoGhosto


By Another Zen


Check out the RoboCop poster redesigns.

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Design Challenge – Fight Club

Posted by LiveFor on April 24, 2010

Okay Space Monkeys. Here is a new challenge for you.

Robocop and Dark City went well (at the time of writing I am still going through the latter. Will post them later).

Here is what you have to do for the next one.

You are a film poster designer and have been asked to put together a poster for a new film called Fight Club.

The only info you have about it:

– A loner with insomnia and a cool guy set up an underground fight club.

– They live in a strange dilapidated house.

– One of the men is not what they seem.

– A crazy woman keeps hassling them.

– They make soap and a large man with breasts joins the Club.

– Clubs spread around the country and turns to terrorism

It can be any genre, could be set in any place, any time and is yet to be cast – you can choose the actors and director

You have until 16th May.

From badly drawn mayhem to super slick graphic design, all entries are welcome. Remember even if it is bad only after disaster can we be resurrected.

Post your posters over on the Forum – the best ones will get shown on the site.

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Go and do something cool and creative.

I would say go and spread the word but you all know what the first rule of Fight Club is.

Go and create.

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LFF Dark City Poster Redesign Challenge

Posted by LiveFor on April 1, 2010

The first Poster Design Challenge for Robocop went well (thanks to everyone who entered) so I thought I would do another one.

Here is the brief for the new one:

You are a film poster designer and have been asked to put together a poster for a new film called Dark City.

The only info you have about it is:

– There is a City that no one can leave

– Everyone falls asleep at the same time

– One man find himself awake

– Strange beings / creatures wander the City wander around when everyone is asleep

It could be set in any place, any genre, any time and is yet to be cast – you can choose the actors and director

You have until 18th April.

From badly drawn mayhem to super slick graphic design, all entries are welcome.

Post your posters over on the Forum – the best ones will get shown on the Live for Films website (all submissions are the property of the artist who did them, but having a go means you’re saying it is okay for me to post your poster on the LFF site – cheers).

Join the Forum here.

Spread the word and happy drawing.

Go and create.

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Superman – What do we need for the film to be good?

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

A story broke yesterday in Latino Review stating that David Goyer would be penning the proposed new Superman film. Since then there has been conflicting reports from all directions; Goyer is involved, Goyer is not involved, Hell even Christopher Nolan is not involved! Until a spokesman clears the situation up we are left to speculate and we all know the internet loves to speculate, so for arguments sake let’s say Goyer is involved. Would he be the right man? Will he be writing alone? What story will he be using?

David Goyer has a chequered track record. On one hand, he successfully developed Marvel character Blade in the first two instalments before single-handedly destroying what he had built with Blade Trinity which he directed as well as writing. Other blemishes on his resume include the farcical Jumper as writer, The Invisible (not to be confused with Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles) as director and one of the worst horror films ever made, The Unborn, which he both wrote and directed. Along with television series Flash Forward, Goyer has his fair share of detractors. Arguably his greatest success along with Blade was his involvement in Christopher Nolan’s Batman double, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in which the later he shared a writing credit with Nolan’s brother Jonathan. With the monumental success of The Dark Knight and the news of Christopher Nolan being installed as ‘Godfather’ to the new Superman project it was inevitable Goyers name would be mooted.

Would he be the right man? Well as previously mentioned, Goyer does have some good and some bad but his writing credits are far greater than his directing efforts. Blade, Blade II, as well as Alex Proyas’ underrated sci-fi classic Dark City show that he does possess a deal of talent, but all of those projects pale in comparison to The Dark Knight.

With its dark undertones of crime and politics, The Dark Knight was more than just a superhero movie but is that what Superman needs? With two of The Dark Knight trio rumoured to be involved in Superman, it begs the question if Goyer is writing the script, will he be alone? Jonathan Nolan has worked with brother Christopher on The Prestige as well as The Dark Knight, but was not involved in Insomnia, Batman Begins or Inception so they are by no means inseparable and with Christopher’s role in the project still a little hazy it does not guarantee any involvement on Jonathan’s part. But until some confirmed facts about who exactly is working on the project surface and a director is named we can only speculate.

Stories for comic book adaptations are always a source of heated debate. Fans have their own favourite arcs and characters. Should it be an origins story? “Well that seems too commonplace these days and I suppose there’s Smallville for its sins”. “But it needs to be freshened up, it’s always the same with Lex and Lois and Clark!” What about a darker version? “Well that goes against Superman. Why does everything need to be dark these days?” These are arguments I hear all the time but what are the options? To be honest, we could spend all day discussing great Superman stories; Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman, Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? But the rumoured story says the new film is set to adapt is John Byrne’s 80’s series The Man of Steel (although John Byrne has said he has not been approached about it) which is essentially an origins story. How much of this will be used is again up for debate, but a meeting between Batman and Superman in issue three is a little odd. Of course Batman and Superman have met in numerous comics over the years but the news of Nolans involvement in a Superman film from a comic which features both characters seems a little strange or even convenient. A lot of fans are keen on an epic idea that comic book scribe Mark Millar had planned well over a year ago. In an interview with Empire in late 2008, Millar talked about creating an 8 hour story which would chart the life of Kal-El from his birth until he is the only man left on Earth. Read the full interview here.

Lex Luthor


So very little to go on as a rather confusing cloud surrounds the future of Superman, but what would you like to see? Villains? Story? Writer? Director? Star?

Now debate away…

Discuss in the Forum or the comments below.

By Richard Bodsworth

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The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag – Alex Proyas is still talking about it

Posted by LiveFor on March 6, 2009

This isn’t really that new a piece of news as I first mentioned it back in August last year in one of The Random posts.

For whatever reason it has cropped up again even though the situation is pretty much the same (Proyas is talking about it but it won’t be made just yet) but it does go into some of the inspiraction behind Proyas’ decision to make the brilliant Dark City. Hoag does seem to be a slightly different kettle of fish though.

Alex Proyas spoke to SCI FI Wire about writing his own film adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1942 SF novella, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.

“It’s one of these stories that’s come from my childhood, in that I read it when I was quite young,” Proyas (I, Robot) said in a recent interview while promoting the March 20 release of Knowing. “That was a fairly formative story for me. It really did inspire Dark City in some ways. It’s one of those pieces that you read when you’re young, and I’d not really read it for maybe 20 years. Going back to it, I was actually quite surprised at how much stuff had filtered into my other work from the story.”

The story centers on Jonathan Hoag, a man who one night realizes that he doesn’t know what he actually does during the day and is confounded by the reddish residue he sees under his fingernails each night. Hoag hires a husband-and-wife private investigator team, Ted and Cynthia Randall, to follow him, and what the Randalls discover is horrifying—and involves mirrors, dark dreams, a missing 13th floor and some folks who call themselves Sons of the Bird.

“There’s just something incredibly creepy about it,” Proyas said. “Look, I think the whole concept in the story is this parallel universe that exists on the other side of a mirror. I think that’s really quite fascinating. I know there have been quite a few stories done about that and a lot of films done with that concept, but it’s something that I’m really excited to explore, just this universe that exists in the looking glass.”

Jonathan Hoag is one of three projects that could turn out to be Proyas’ follow-up to Knowing (Nicholas Cage). The other two are Dracula: Year Zero, based on an original screenplay, and The Tripods, a possible trilogy adapted from John Christopher’s SF youth novels. Proyas doubts that Jonathan Hoag will get done first.

“I’m at the early stages of doing the screenplay, so who knows what direction it’s going to take?” he said. “But it is something I’m excited about. I am actually doing the screenplay myself at this stage. Usually I start the ball rolling and often bring in collaborators. So I’d be surprised if it was just me right through to the end. But you never know. It really depends on how the draft goes.”

Now I’ve not read the book in question, but it does sound like my cup of tea. Have any of you read it? Apart from the main characters opening amnesia, how similar it is to Dark City? Any more Dark City fans out there?

HOMEDiscuss in the Forum

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