Hey Everybody,Been waiting to see something from Marcus Nispel’s Conan The Barbarian Reboot for a long time now. This is a project that I was able to get to read the script for and put some input into a few years back . I was doing a commercial series in Vancouver with my director friend Marcus, he gave me the script to read saying he was offered the movie.After reading the script I was excited by the story and visuals presented in it. It was super sick, extremely violent, bloody, great action in the fantasy genre, a really great Conan story, not perfect but better than I had imagined it would be . I thought it was good material for Marcus to finally showcase his visual talents with a healthy budget and an epic character that was begging to be brought back to the big screen.After he took the job he was off to Eastern Europe to look at what Lionsgate had built for sets and the production facilities. We ended up talking every couple of weeks as usual for the next few months and it came about that I could go over and work on set with him and be apart of CONAN, awesome. I was on board, talking to department heads and was ensured a work visa. A few more months pass and everything seems like it is really going to happen, and then one week away from getting on a plane to go to Sophia Bulgaria to work on the film I was informed my work visa was not coming through and a bunch of other bullshit. This is why I want to see all the visuals in the concept art come to life on the screen so badly. I’ve been seeing the story I read in my head for a few years now and I am excited to see some of finally make it to the public viewing arena.
Earlier in the month some pictures from the set were feature in Empire magazine. Including Jason Momoa as Conan, Stephen Lang, Nathan Jones and even director Marcus Nispel as well. They seem to look ok, not really revealing much but still showing the bad ass look Momoa’s Conan will have.And again the teaser trailer hit the web a week back and it shows very minimal visuals, but does show some fancy moves of Conan with a sword, which looks interesting. I am interested but not super stoked yet.
A bunch more set photos below:
Well the production design looks great and I guarantee the visuals will be amazing, I sure hope the story I read years ago has survived the trials of all the people involved in the production process. If so we could have something special on our hand here. I’m hoping at the very least we get a bloody rampage with kick ass sword play and I think we’ll get that at the very least.
Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.
There’s once in a while you come across another human who is always putting a mass amount of attention and care into there work, and are real artists at what they do. One of those special individuals is Lighting Super Freak, NATHAN ALLEN.
Notice that MR. ALLEN is so engrossed into his job, pressed for time and so important, that he leaves his work gloves on at all times. Even while snacking at the craft service table. It’s a sign of status amongst the real technicians. Poised for anything with his three hundred dollar FBI style head set, he spring into action…
“CLICK” . And the light seems to be on. Problem solved.
Strong Work Nate.
Keep it up.
Now after a day of hard work we may all go out for a few beverages on occasion…
I think bringing the camera with us was a questionable idea.
What a BAD ASS.
LIGHTING SUPER FREAK NATHAN ALLEN, thanks so much for your hospitality on set and off, I could always see where I was going and never couldn’t not see something right.
Remember, you keep givinr’ and never stop.
till next time
About a year ago I was on a commercial for Microsoft Bing and had the opportunity to witness one of the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen filmed for a product. Fortunately I was able to get lots of pictures to help tell the story of decadent life in the entertainment industry.
A pale is a gallon. 5 gallons of baked beans in total were used for the shoot. Carrying beans pays pretty well believe it or not.
Director Marcus Nispel eyes up the set the Art department put together looking for the perfect mood.
The actress/model wonders exactly what emotion she must manifest to satisfy the physical requirements of the scene.
The pouring of the beans is done in ritual like fashion by professional bean wranglers, supervised by the Art Director Richard Simpson to make sure the looks is right for the Director’s needs.
Richard used to be a multiple title champion in the pro bean wrangling circuit in Mexico and parts of South America. Retiring undefeated to work in the entertainment industry in Vancouver.
Mr. Simpson tests the beans cannon himself. Being the inventor and engineer on the project , he is the best qualified to determine whether the rig was working properly or not.
Not liking the look of the pour. Marcus asks Richard to adjust the angle to increase the veracity of the pour.
With a slight adjustment Richard fixes the angle of the can.
What a nice pour!
Now that the flow is in the go and the Director is happy, the actress finds out the whole story.
Marcus delivers expert direction for any situation. This set of instruction was especially poignant.
After hearing her direction she only had one question.(and this is exactly what she asked. no paraphrasing here)
“How long should I choke before I say anything?”
The expert Art team stands by ready for action at the word of Richard Simpson and Marcus.
Byron the professional lighting expert stands by surveying the scene.
I look at these two photos wondering what Byron is actually thinking. He looks like he is in some sort of a trance. Half between disbelief and a nightmare, really taking in the scene and then trying to wipe it from his memories.
And Here We Go!
Yes, this is what all you acting student have to look forward to…
if you are lucky.
I think this might have been the point she realized that the check probably wasn’t worth it. Then again maybe not. something tell me this isn’t the worst thing she’s been filmed doing or been paid for.
And here comes the towel boy.
And the final shot turns out brilliant!!!
Do you think she was choking yet at this point? I think it might be a possibility?
There’s nothing like the feeling of satisfaction from a job well done. And nothing wrong with a little fun at the expense of other humans, right?
Well I hope if you enjoyed another story from the super glamorous world of work in the entertainment industry.
till next time.
Here are some pics of a Microsoft add that my buddy Marcus Nispel shot last year. I had a lot of fun on this one. Skateboarding blind in a full fur suit with head and +20 weather. I got a good heat stroke from this day. but after seeing the check it was all worth the pain.
Hopefully we’ll see some more acting work this year.
Thanks for reading. More to come soon
Guess which person i played in the scene? I'll give you a hint. I'm dressed all in yellow
Here’s a shot of a promo/ commercial shoot for The TV show Phych . I’m the character all Dressed in Yellow. Do you see me? ya. that’s me. The corpse. Yes the corpse. nothing like a hard days work passed out under a yellow sheet.
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