the unsound movie

 David F. Sandberg is set to make a return to the horror genre with The Unsound, a horror film that Netflix has acquired in a heated bidding war. Based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. ColeThe Unsound movie follows a psychiatrist who returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient. Read More »

The Truth About Movie Test Screenings

If you’re the kind of person who keeps up on all the developments behind the scenes of your most anticipated upcoming movies, then you’ve very likely heard of test screenings. There’s maybe even a chance that you’ve been lucky enough to end up at one, especially if you live in a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles, New York City, and sometimes even Chicago. But what exactly do these test screenings accomplish and how are they helpful to filmmakers?

Director David F. Sandberg has made a handful of big studio movies such as Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out, so he’s sat through the studio process of test screening a movie and using that to make a variety of decisions ranging from the film’s editing to the marketing campaign. And with that experience, he’s put together a helpful video essay that explains how he finds movie test screenings to be helpful. But he also points out which parts of the test screenings tend to bug him. Watch! Read More »

Home Alone R-Rated

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a visual effects crew turns Kevin McCallister’s battle plan from the end of Home Alone into a gruesome, R-rated massacre. Plus, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg reveals some lessons in filmmaking that he’s learned while working on some big studio movies, and IT monster Pennywise the Dancing Clown is looking for love in all the wrong places as a contestant on the reality series The Bachelorette. Read More »

Problem Solving of Filmmaking with Shazam

Making movies is hard. That’s especially true if you’re working on some of the biggest movies of the year, seen by millions of people, and held under the intense scrutiny of a passionate fanbase. Case in point, director David F. Sandberg shows that whle his DC Comics movie Shazam! was mostly well-received, it didn’t come without an interesting array of challenges that perfectly illustrate just how hard it is to make a movie. Watch as David F. Sandberg explains in his video essay, The Problem Solving of Filmmaking below. Read More »

shazam sequel

Shazam exceeded box office expectations, which meant it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. went ahead and started thinking about the sequel. Sure enough, word is out that Henry Gayden, who wrote the first film, is set to write the Shazam sequel as well. Gayden is obviously moving up in the film world, since his only other feature writing credit before Shazam was the E.T. knock-off Earth to Echo.

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shazam early buzz

Shazam! turns the very idea of a DC movie on its head. It’s not just that the film is about a teenager who becomes a superhero, it’s that they play with Batman toys, throw shade on Aquaman, and have Easter eggs for some of the oldest superhero comics.

Billy Batson (Asher Angel) goes to live in a foster home, where his roommate Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) is obsessed with known superheroes like Batman, Superman and The Flash. When Billy gets the powers of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou), he can become Shazam (Zachary Levi).

David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! and spoke with /Film by phone out of the film’s press junket in New York. Shazam! is in theaters today.

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Shazam fish bowl

We are now officially in the eye of the Shazam! marketing storm. A new clip debuted yesterday, tickets went on sale this morning for early screenings, and now a new international trailer is here that shows off even more footage from Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming superhero film. Like most of the snippets we’ve seen thus far, there’s a heavy emphasis on comedy in this trailer, including a fun little Aquaman reference and an amusing joke I’ve never seen in a superhero movie before. Read More »

Shazam trailer

Wonder Woman has a few moments of humor, Justice League has a handful of jokes, and Aquaman‘s drumming octopus showed a sense of self-awareness, but Shazam! looks to be the DC movie that relies on comedy the most. The good news? That approach seems to be the correct one for the story of a young boy who’s given the power to turn into a superhero when he utters a special word. Check out the latest Shazam trailer below. Read More »

Shazam interview

Last week, I joined a small group of journalists at a post production facility on the Warner Bros. studio lot to see a sneak peek of footage from the upcoming superhero film Shazam! After getting an early look at a few minutes of the movie, we spoke with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran about the film’s connections to the DCEU, how the project evolved from the days when Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam was said to be involved, the film’s post-credit sequence, and much more.  Read More »

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Shazam suit

Superhero movies are expensive to make. The upcoming Shazam! is no exception. If you’d like an idea of just how much cash gets sunk into a film like this, costume designer Leah Butler recently revealed that it cost “upwards of a million” dollars to create Zachary Levi‘s Shazam suit, and that at least 10 suits were made. After word of the super-expensive super-suit broke, director David F. Sandberg weighed int o explain why.

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