Monday, 25 July 2011

Snow White & The Huntsman; a look at director Rupert Sander’s work.

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Well the film Snow White & The Huntsman hasn’t even started filming yet, but between some inspired casting choices (See here) and the striking, presumably hastily arrange photos we saw the other day, this is quickly shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2012.
Now at Comic-Con, those lucky enough to be there got treated to a little Q & A with the four main human stars and the director as well as those four posters but they also got to see a few of the director’s commercials to get an idea of his visual style and see that, even though this is his first feature film, he knows how to compose a shot and how to shoot action. There was also test reel that the director put together in order to convince the people with all the cash that this was a film worth investing in.

Unfortunately I can’t show you the test reel (by all accounts a surreal piece featuring fairy births and knights in combat turn9ing to stone and shattering) but I can show you those commercials. They’re all very good and are indeed quite cinematic. There’s a real sense that at the very least the film will look good and you can definitely see, in the way he moves the camera and tracks with it, why they’re calling it a Lord of The Rings style film. (Even Snow White’s shield looks like it’s from a Rings film (Gondor I believe) If the story measures up and Sanders proves as adept at directing people as he is at composition and action then there’s a real treat in store.

Here’s the official synopsis / story

“In the epic Action-Adventure Snow White And The Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was despatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted with Snow White’s beauty and power.
The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is fro Joe Roth, producer of Alice In Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.”

So, even when you cut out some of the hype, this still seems like an interesting take on the film. Twilight haters will go out of their way to dismiss Stewart because of those films, but Producer Roth, who initially wanted an unknown for that role, liked the idea of showing the world what Stewart could do outside of the Twilight pandemonium. The dwarf casting has been excellent with some fine british talent on hand to pla the warrior dwarves with Roman Emperor names:- Ian McShane – Caesar; Toby Jones – Claudius; Ray Winstone-  Trajan; Dave Legeno – Broch; Stephen Graham – Nero; Bob Hoskins – Constantine and Eddie Marsan – Hadrian.

Halo 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops & – Legs were shown at comic con. I’ve added the Guinness & Halo ODST trailers because I like hem and think that they also offer a god contrast, the muted colours and dramatic ension, of Lava and the live actin fightin in ODST.

Halo 3: Believe trailer

Call of Duty: Black ops – Soldier – Legs

Guinness – Lava


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