You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing. For the last couple weeks, the filmmaker has been guest blogging for /Film. But this week Proyas will be answering questions from /Film readers. Want to ask Alex a question? Leave your question in the comments below. We’ll be collecting questions until midnight tonight, and later this week, Alex will answer some of the better and most interesting questions from the comments!
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Editor’s Note: You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing, but for the next week and a half the filmmaker has agreed to become a guest blogger on /Film. I asked Alex to blog about some of his influences, and you can now read the resulting blog post below.
I was too young to see The Exorcist in its first run at the theaters, but I remember reading the novel and being scared to death. Many years later when I was able to see the film, its impact was no less potent. I love thrillers with a spiritual aspect… simply because it centers around a danger out of human control. Sell the initial concept (brilliantly achieved by BLATTY), and you have the potential to create some of the most thrilling moments possible. Forget about the scary beats and cheap jumps which sustain most modern thrillers and horrors – I like a film that prolongs tension for so long that even a quick scene cut to a girl lying in bed with special effects makeup scares the hell out of you.
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There’s a whole lot of Alex Proyas around the web at the moment, what with the imminent release of Knowing. Of course, Mr. Proyas himself is blogging here on /Film, which gives him a direct route to you, like a syringe to your brain, but he’s also being quoted here, there and everywhere. Some fascinating possibilities are being dug up, as well as the odd BIG RED SIGN of priceless advice for all filmmakers, up and coming or otherwise.
MTV are quoting Proyas on the matter of a Dark City sequel, and Chud have the dirt on why Proyas will never work with Fox again. Jump over the fold for the good stuff.
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Editor’s Note: You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing, but for the next couple weeks the filmmaker has agreed to become a guest blogger on /Film. Proyas will be blogging a couple times a week, talking about his inspirations, the state of sci-fi cinema, Dark City, and his upcoming film Knowing.
Peter asked if I wouldn’t mind re-visiting Dark City. It has been over 10 years since I completed the film, though the recent director’s cut was an interesting process to go through. It was fascinating going back and watching the old cuts of the film before they were “tweaked” to satisfy test audiences and studio pressure. I was surprised to see a much more confident and satisfying film before it was compromised.
Although we have made huge leaps and bounds in terms of technology and visual effects, I think the reason why this film seems to hold up today is because of its ideas. I think it resonates even more so today than it did all those years ago.
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Editor’s Note: You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing, but for the next few weeks the filmmaker has agreed to become a guest blogger on /Film. Proyas will be blogging a couple times a week, talking about his inspirations, the state of sci-fi cinema, Dark City, and his upcoming film Knowing. Below you can find a quick introduction post from Alex. Enjoy.
I hope you might find what I have to say about my new movie interesting, and if you don’t – well, feel free to press the page-back tab and read something more to your liking on /Film. Otherwise, check-in once in a while ‘cause I’ll be doing 5 entries all up – the last one will be a Q&A with /Film readers based on any questions you leave in the comments section.
For those of you who don’t know, I have a new film coming out on 20 March called KNOWING. It stars Nic Cage in a role I guarantee you haven’t seen him in before. I think he does a great job and I’m sure when you see the film, you’ll agree.
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Summit Entertainment has sent us three new exclusive photos from Alex Proyas’ Knowing. Summit will be showing two big action scenes from the film at a panel at the New York Comic Con this weekend (February 7th from 4-5pm). And I’ve been told that one of them will be the full plane crash sequence. Check out two more photos after the jump.
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Summit Entertainment has released the full length movie trailer for Alex Proyas‘ upcoming thriller Knowing. If you’ve seen the previous teaser, than you know that Nicolas Cage comes across a code that predicts every major disaster in the last 50 years, including the upcoming destruction of everything. This new trailer introduces a new (possibly) supernatural element to the story, “the whisper people”, a group of mysterious albino men who stand off in the distance. Yeah, I’m not too sure what role they play quite yet. Watch the full trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Summit Entertainment has sent us a new still from Alex Proyas‘ upcoming sci-fi thriller Knowing. A new movie trailer for the film will be in theaters this weekend, presumably attached to The Day The Earth Stood Still.
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Ain’t It Cool News has premiered an incredibly cool poster for Alex Proyas‘ Knowing. The poster makes the concept of a code of mass destruction actually look pretty cool. In the film, Nicolas Cage stars as Ted Myles, a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future–and sets out to prevent them from coming true. Head on over to AICN for the super high resolution version of the poster.
Academy Award Winner Nicholas Cage stars in the gripping action thriller Knowing. In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule’s contents and the girl’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Myles. But it is Caleb’s father, professor Ted Myles (Nicholas Cage), who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As Ted further unravels the document’s chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events – the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale. When Ted’s attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place. Ted’s increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster – and the ultimate sacrifice. Knowing is directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City, The Crow). Knowing hits theaters on March 20th 2009.