Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2009 by David Chen
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, actor Clifton Collins Jr. stops by to chat with Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley about his experiences on the sets of Extract, Crank: High Voltage, Brothers, and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, which is out in theaters now. Brothers hits theaters on December 4th, 2009. Guest Matt Singer from IFC News and the IFC News Podcast also joins us for this episode.
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The clock is ticking. In minutes, I am scheduled to interview Corey Haim. But I need more time to: find my good sunglasses, make a margarita, and hook up my interview shit poolside at a friend’s house. The publicist agrees to push the interview back half-an-hour. The power of /Film. By-and-by, it all works out and the publicist fulfills a dream. I’m not into doing interviews. Much too often, there is A) a bitchy studio hawk circling, B) a wait-time worthy of a disappointing rap concert/Comcast, or C) the celeb is so glazed-over from blurting the same answers to ‘net middle men on every continent that you feel like hugging them, and then slapping them. And likewise for them, sans the personal contact.
But Corey Haim is Z) reached levels of non-ironic cool that even Steve McQueen (not the Hunger one) and Lee Marvin (the Prime Cut one) could never touch. Like brightly-dyed shorts with displaced geometric patterns, Haim burst onto the scene as the American teenager in the 1980s. For an actor—and for our younger readers—that requires more natural pep than LeBron James has hops. And in my opinion, Haim was the first real, believable and awesome geek on screen (dude, your comic store’s Dewey Decimal System blows) who could get laid. And thus, maybe get you laid. Paul Rudd would come much later. Paul Rudd is also a geek narc. Haim can be seen in theaters this weekend wearing a mullet in Crank: High Voltage.
Excluding the initial actions above, I didn’t prepare for the interview; I know I’ll be interviewing Corey again soon when he gets a major theatrical role. It needs to happen, Hollywood. Our chat was fun, casual, whatever. Haim has the laid back charm over the tele that many of us know so well. Just add a cigarette.
/Film: Hello Corey Haim.
Corey Haim: What’s up Hunter. How you doin’?
Ha. I’m doing fine, sittin’ by the pool. So you have a role in Crank 2. How did you first meet [writer/directors Mark] Neveldine and [Brian] Taylor?
Corey Haim: Actually, a while ago man. I believe. See, I was supposed to be in the first movie. Was it the same character? A character. I just know that in this movie they wanted me to play this character. Randy.
Corey Haim: Let me give you a description of my character.
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Lionsgate Pictures made news by being the first movie studio to premiere new content (a Crank 2 poster) on Twitter. And now it appears that the studio is basing part of their internet advertising campaign around the micro-blogging site. While browsing the web, I cam across the above Crank 2 google ad for Crank: High Voltage, which features a rotating feed from the official Lionsgate movies twitter account.
I’m not sure how promoting the Lionsgate twitter account will get more people to buy tickets to the sequel (especially when some of the messages are just the Lionsgate Twitter publicist talking to random twitter users about who-knows-what), but I thought it was an interesting idea. I think it would be cooler to have the advertisement grab random mentions of Crank 2 in real time from around the Twitterverse.
Lionsgate has released a special “rumble” edition of the Crank: High Voltage movie trailer which is just is too insane for any normal web browser. The screen rumbles as the action jumps out of the video player and causes mass destruction the the break video website. Yes, it is a gimmick, but I found it amusing. Check it out now on Break.com.
Lionsgate has released the outdoor poster advertising for Crank: High Voltage on Twitter, making them the first studio to premiere exclusive content on the micro-blogging platform. As you know, you can follow us on twitter at twitter.com/slashfilm. The poster is very, very… yellow. Check out the full sized poster after the jump.
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Earlier in the week it was reported that Corey Haim had been cast in Crank: High Voltage. And now we have our first look at Haim in action, at the receiving end of a beat-down by Amy Smart, who returns as Eve, the girlfriend of Chev Chelios (Jason Statham).
Meanwhile, Collider has a huge scoop: Directors Neveldine/Taylor have decided to film the entire movie using consumer grade video cameras. Since the duo used the new RED camera to shoot their last film Game, everyone just assumed that they would also be using the same technology for this film.
“We love red cameras, we’re going to shoot with them again, but it’s like shooting a 35mm film and you need a ton of AC’s and it takes a lot of time for set up,” admits Mark Neveldine. “With the cameras we’re using we literally can point and shoot and we have the same image quality that we had on Crank 1.”
The two cameras Neveldine/Taylor have employed for Crank 2 are:
Canon HF10 ($890.19 on Amazon)
- 1/3.2″ CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
- Capture high-defintion video to 16 GB hard drive or SDHC cards
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 2.5 x 5.1 in
- Weight 13.4 oz
- Pictured Above
Canon XH-A1 ($3,298.99 on Amazon)
- Three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs (1440 x 1080)
- Tape Recording
- Weight 5 pounds
- Pictured Right
“We can put these cameras in places that people haven’t and we can put 10 of them in places where people haven’t,” says Mark Neveldine. “And one of the things it allows us to do is we’re doing this moving bullet time camera rig where we take 8 HF-10′s and we put it on a light weight piece of speed rail and I can roller blade and skate around Jason Statham as he’s blasting down the street with a weapon and capture just rad images.”
Brian Taylor added “This is an ADD movie so we should have ADD cameras, so you know the idea of like moving the camera in outrageous ways and being able to destroy cameras without blinking an eye is more important to us than, you know, sort of having this filmic image.”
And just because they are shooting the movie on the same digital video cameras you can buy at Best Buy, doesn’t mean that the film will look like your home movies.
“We have tricks and methods of shooting with them to make it look better than you would think for a camera like that,” admits Taylor. “It doesn’t look like Cloverfield. It’s not supposed to look like home video. It’s going to look like a movie, but it’s going to look like a movie you’ve never seen before.”
Sounds pretty f’n cool.
photo source: Superficial
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