In 1993, at only 19 years old, an aspiring comic book artist named Gabriel Hardman got what appeared to be a big break: the chance to pencil Marvel’s War Machine. But not long after completing the assignment, Hardman chose to ditch comics, move to Hollywood and try to make it as a storyboard artist.
By any measure of success, there’s no doubt that Hardman “made it.” Over the next two decades, he worked on a variety of beloved and/or critically acclaimed projects; ranging from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) to Interstellar (2014). But at the same time, while on that upward trajectory, he storyboarded a handful famous flops. Including three films which have been the focus of How Did This Get Made? episodes: Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 3 and Green Lantern.
Interestingly enough, it took a frustrating experience on one of those three films to lead Hardman back to the career he had previously left. And, since then, he has regularly toggled between working in comics (such as Invisible Republic and Heathentown) and working on films (such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). To learn more about this unexpected journey, we spoke with Gabriel Hardman about some of the ups and downs in his career.
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Christopher Nolan‘s next movie, the World War II action thriller Dunkirk, will already serve as a reunion for several of the filmmakers previous collaborators. Tom Hardy is slated to star in the film and Hans Zimmer will compose the score. And now one more name who has worked with Nolan preivously has come on board the project as well.
Instead of going with his usual director of photography Wally Pfister, Nolan made Hoyte van Hoytema his Interstellar cinematographer. And now van Hoytema has been confirmed to reunite with Nolan for Dunkirk as well. Read More »
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is over, and while you’ll have to wait a little while to see some of the films that played up in the mountains, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy part of the festival right now. In addition to the films that played at Park City, some filmmakers were in attendance for a series of panels talking about the art of film in a variety of ways, and one panel in particular will be worth your time.
Christopher Nolan and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), representing the blockbuster and indie sides of the film industry, sit down for a 90-minute chat about celluloid and their preference for using the physical medium over the digital format. Sweetening the deal are Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Fruitvale Station and Dope cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Read More »
Colin Trevorrow is gearing up to direct the ninth installment of Star Wars, and he wants to shoot the movie using film, not digital, cameras. The Jurassic World filmmaker also has been investigating if Star Wars: Episode 9 could be the first narrative feature film to actually shoot in outer space, for real. Hit the jump to learn more about the Star Wars 9 film plans.
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Zack Snyder is basically the God of the DC Comic movies right now. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s not only setting up the two titular characters for future films, but also Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and maybe more. What he did with these heroes in the upcoming superhero pic will, most likely, heavily influence what Warner Bros. does going forward.
What does former Batman director Christopher Nolan think about the new direction Snyder is taking Bruce Wayne in, though? Does he miss the character at all?
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David Bowie couldn’t have asked for a grander entrance in Christopher Nolan‘s finest film, The Prestige. Walking through a field of electricity, Bowie’s Nikola Tesla greets Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), conducts and produces electricity with his body, and then offers the magician a meal. Even though the real Tesla, a famous germaphobe, probably wouldn’t have shaken Angier’s hand, it’s still a wonderful exchange between the two characters.
Below, Christopher Nolan remembers David Bowie and the time they spent together.
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Hans Zimmer scoring Dunkirk for Christopher Nolan is probably the least surprising news you’ve read all week.
Although the never-not-ambitious director of The Dark Knight and Interstellar is venturing outside of his comfort zone for the upcoming World War II drama, he’s surrounding himself with familiar faces and frequent collaborators. Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy will act in the film. Editor Lee Smith, who has been cutting Nolan’s films since Batman Begins, is on board. Warner Bros. will foot the bill, just as they have for the majority of Nolan’s projects so far. So of course Zimmer, whose propulsive and bombastic music lent tension and urgency to five previous Nolan movies, is reporting for duty.
And yes, he’s certainly going to slip a dramatic “BRAAAHHM!” or two into this score.
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It’s been eight years since we fell in love with The Dark Knight, but we’ve hardly forgotten about it. Fans won’t miss an opportunity to praise the movie, and it’s easily one of the best superhero films ever made. And if you’re looking for some new decorations for your wall to show your love for Christopher Nolan‘s best Batman, then a couple new prints from Mondo are right up your alley. Check out both of The Dark Knight Mondo prints below! Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Maybe he doesn’t go on about “mystery boxes,” but in his own way Christopher Nolan is as stubbornly secretive as any filmmaker out there. For example, we’ve known for months that Nolan was working on a new movie to open in 2017 — but until a few days ago, we had no idea what it was about or even what genre it’d be in.
Still, not even Nolan can keep every detail under lock and key forever, and today a few more details have trickled out about his next effort. As it turns out, Nolan’s next directorial effort is indeed a World War II drama. According to a new report, it’s called Dunkirk, and Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance are already in talks to star in it. (There’s no word yet on whether Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine will also be involved, though we wouldn’t bet against it.) Read More »
If you haven’t watched this weekend’s 40-minute chat with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson with a big focus on the 70mm format, then you should take the time to do that. One part of the conversation has Tarantino and Anderson crediting Christopher Nolan with creating new interest in the large film format, and in their back and forth, Tarantino offhandedly mentions that Nolan’s next film will also be employing 70mm as well. At the time, we didn’t know what that movie may be, but now we may have some details.
A new report indicates that Nolan’s next film may be a World War II drama inspired by Operation Dynamo, which saw the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk in May and June of 1940. Find out more details after the jump! Read More »