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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Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
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I saw Amazing Spider-man 2 after some of the negative buzz and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe its that I had such low expectations, but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man sequel despite the many problems contained in the villain storylines. But I wasn’t the only one to enjoy the movie, the movie is getting a respectable 7.5 and 74% ratings on IMDb and Dlixster, with almost 250,000 user votes.
Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a better film than the last movie, but it was a better film than Sam Raimi’s last installment of the superhero tale. Many people seem to be clouded by the awesomeness of Spider-man 2 (one of the best superhero films of all time, in my opinion), and forget just how bad Spider-Man 3 was. Not only that, but the Spider-man 2 rub makes people forget about all the horrible stuff in the first Sam Raimi film (I seem to remember Macy Grey singing a concert in Times Square and Peter Parker coming across an underground professional wrestling cage match in an alleyway, featuring Macho Man Randy Savage).
I watched some of Spider-man 3 over last weekend (yes, its worse than you even remember), and I don’t know how anyone could think that Spider-man 3 is a better movie. I can understand if you had problems with The Amazing Spider-man 2, but it seems to me that most of the people on my social feeds had made up their minds about the movie before seeing it.
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