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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Just last month, we called your attention to a countdown of what CineFix believed were the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. But every movie that starts with an iconic shot must also come to an end, and now we have a list of what CineFix thinks are the Top 10 Closing Shots of All Time. The closing shot of any film can be even more important than the opening shot as it’s the last impression the film gives you before you leave the theater. So let’s see if you agree with these picks for the best closing shots in cinema. Read More »
Thanks to the twisted mind of the recently passed horror icon Wes Craven, we’ll forever have Freddy Krueger to haunt our nightmares. And while one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films finally decided to have Freddy’s victims go out of their way to fight back in their dreams, only one dream expert has the power to stop him once and for all: Leonardo DiCaprio.
More specifically, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb, the character from Christopher Nolan’s dreamscape action thriller Inception. A trailer mash-up entitled Inception on Elm Street makes Cobb the dream gatekeeper that Freddy Krueger has to get by first before he came leap from our dreams into the real world. It makes for a rather intriguing concept. Read More »
Last fall, I shared a video of myself playing a looping cello version of “Time” from Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception. The response was amazing and I felt so encouraged that I actually went into a studio and recorded an entire EP of looping cello music (on sale today!).
To promote the EP, I wanted to create music videos for several tracks of the EP that were visually striking. So I teamed up with my partner-in-crime, dancer Danaë Montreuil again, and we went to Versatile Arts in Seattle to film a music video over the course of several hours using a lyra, or aerial hoop. The constantly-spinning lyra serves as a visual callback to the final moments of Inception, when Dom Cobb spins his totem and walks away before learning his fate.
I think Danaë was able to create something wonderful out of this project. Hit the jump to check out the video and learn more about how it was made.
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Hopefully by now you’ve met the voices inside your head by way of Pixar’s wonderful Inside Out. It’s a touching, funny, wonderful animated tale that will make you have all the feels.
But now filmmaker Nelson Carvajal has given Inside Out a new feeling (no pun intended) by mashing it up with the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Pixar’s emotional adventure gets a little more dramatic by being set to Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” track, making the proceedings that occur in Riley’s mind all the more urgent.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Inception left one very big question hanging, and five years later fans are still talking about it. And so is Christopher Nolan. While giving a commencement speech at Princeton University, the director touched upon the much-debated final sequence of his dream-world epic. Read the Christopher Nolan Inception ending comments after the jump. (Spoilers for Inception follow, obviously.) Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by David Chen
In honor of the release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this week, I’ve been working on a musical project for the past few months: Attempting to perform the final music track from Inception (“Time” by Hans Zimmer) using a single, looping cello. I’ve been re-discovering my love for the cello recently, and by incorporating an electric pickup and a looping pedal, I have tried to create large-scale sounds using repeating chords on a single instrument.
Hit the jump to see a music video of “Time” performed using a single cello.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
In the four years since Inception has come out, we’ve seen roughly a half a million infographics and perhaps another half a million thinkpieces attempting to explain Inception. Still, you’ve probably never seen it broken down and analyzed quite like this.
Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi got his mom to watch the sci-fi mind-bender and then tell him “what she thought happened, and who she thought it happened to.” He then illustrated her version of the story for the rest of us to enjoy. What do Matt Damon, the NSA, and a mole have to do with the plot of Inception? Watch Inception Retold By Mom after the jump to find out.
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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll conducted by the British film publication Empire Magazine. More than 250,000 film fans voted in this latest poll, resulting in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. When the poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather took the top honors. This year the Star Wars sequel displaced the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation for the top spot. Who else did Empire Strikes Back beat for the top slot? How has the list changed in the last six years? Find out after the jump.
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