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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur 2016 Reply with quote

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SRD needs to be creative consultant AT A MINIMUM and hopefully more than that. I know he has said he's not interested, but come on. Drive a dumptruck full of money up to his ranch or something...get him onboard.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SRD's reluctance to participate means he'd be a much more effective "watchdog" and guardian of the show's (or movie's) authenticity. If he were cheerleading for an adaptation, he'd be emotionally invested in it and more willing to let crap slide by in order to get the thing made.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't recall where, but I read that SRD had begun learning how to write a screenplay - differing to prose as astrology is to astronomy, I imagine.
Why do you think he would do that, unless seriously involved with a movie, (or show)?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC, his publishers asked him to produce a treatment, which isn't really a screenplay, more like a flavor for what a screenplay could be. How the story could be told in the cinematic format. Presumably so that they could more easily sell the movie rights. I am sure other authors have been requested for the same thing, especially when there was no one else who would do it. But it doesn't mean that a movie is in the works.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IIRC, his publishers asked him to produce a treatment, which isn't really a screenplay, more like a flavor for what a screenplay could be. How the story could be told in the cinematic format. Presumably so that they could more easily sell the movie rights. I am sure other authors have been requested for the same thing, especially when there was no one else who would do it. But it doesn't mean that a movie is in the works.


It also doesn't mean a movie is NOT in the works! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooooh how excite .. definitely hoping 🤞
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It also doesn't mean a movie is NOT in the works! Laughing

I'm afraid it does. They wouldn't be trying to make it more enticing to potential buyers if it was already sold or even if there was serious curiosity.

I hope you guys have seen the Movie News thread and have read about the rise and fall of the Orloff project.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Horrim Carabal wrote:
It also doesn't mean a movie is NOT in the works! Laughing

I'm afraid it does. They wouldn't be trying to make it more enticing to potential buyers if it was already sold or even if there was serious curiosity.

I hope you guys have seen the Movie News thread and have read about the rise and fall of the Orloff project.


No...
Can you provide a link?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+ Movie News
+ Movie News Discussion

There are other topics as well. But you can use Search, too.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive not seen these threads either .. cheers Wayfriend
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes thank you!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dANdeLION - yes.
It should be a 10 season TV series like Game of Thrones... but without a rushed ending.
And please no direction from J J Abrams or Rian Johnson. Rant Cussing Throwup


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And please no direction from J J Abrams or Rian Johnson. Rant Cussing Throwup


Agreed there. Those two have single-handedly killed my interest in Star Wars (mainly due to what they did to Luke, my favorite SW character). I didn't even see the last movie.

Anyway, a Chronicles TV series would be better than a movie at this point. Get it on Netflix, HBO, Showtime, wherever. And get SRD involved as a consultant or something.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How reliable is is the website Movie insider? I just saw the below article posted today. Not sure about the "Saturn and his representatives" comment though.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's all really, really, really old stuff. Orloff's rights on the movie expired thirteen years ago.

You can read about it in more detail here: Movie News
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with several comments on this thread arguing that the first two series could be made into films. An HBO series with perhaps a season for each book might be easier than a feature-length movie but the technical parts of portraying a fantasy world are no problem now. The internal thought parts have to be externalized through new dialog and good acting, and the story might have to be altered in some ways to make good film. But it is do-able. The one part that might be impossible to capture in a non-cheesy way is the health sense, ie. the earthpower-based sixth sense of things are right or corrupt relative to their natures. Adding an aura around things would look cartoonish. But there may be creative solutions to this that I have not thought of.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The one part that might be impossible to capture in a non-cheesy way is the health sense, ie. the earthpower-based sixth sense of things are right or corrupt relative to their natures. Adding an aura around things would look cartoonish. But there may be creative solutions to this that I have not thought of.


I agree. I can picture in my mind how things look to people in the Land with health sense. But I can't see how it would look good on film.

It's sort of like Zaphod's two heads in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie - there is no way to make that not look ridiculous, regardless of how good the effects are, because it's just a ridiculous thing. Or any superhero with "stretching" powers. Some things just don't translate well visually, no matter how much money you spend on CGI.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed - it would be difficult to show health sense. However, I think it is possible to show it indirectly.

Examples - touching a rock (sorry forget the name of the stone in first book that Triock uses) and showing it heat up could be pretty easy CGI. Or showing plants come back from near death (even if a scene never happens like that in first book could create a scene) then have two characters talk about how that was healed with health sense. Or showing Covenant rugged before going into Glimmermere and coming out fresh afterwards. That example is easiest because even in the books there is some discussion about how powerful Glimmermere is.

So basically a lot of "establishing" shots of the power and effects of health sense and Earthpower without create a fake aura.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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mhoram99 wrote:
The one part that might be impossible to capture in a non-cheesy way is the health sense, ie. the earthpower-based sixth sense of things are right or corrupt relative to their natures. Adding an aura around things would look cartoonish. But there may be creative solutions to this that I have not thought of.


I agree. I can picture in my mind how things look to people in the Land with health sense. But I can't see how it would look good on film.

There are numerous creative effects in the Marvel Universe films that could fit neatly into The Land.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all, I do believe that it's possible to represent health-sense in some way, but I would suggest only doing it when it serves the story ... not something that's "on" all the time.

For example, when Covenant first "sees" that a tree is unhealthy.

This implies that it only works when shown from a characters' point of view.

For example, when Covenant first "sees" that a tree is unhealthy, we get a brief glimpse of how he sees the tree, with health sense effects enabled.

But the key, I think, is developing a visual language for things like sturdiness, rot, poison, evil, or heartiness.

I like the idea of an ICONIC language, involving shapes and colors. These shapes would combine into a weave-like pattern which would be shown wrapping the object or glowing from within the object. Green tendrils for healthy growth, yellow hexagons for strength, purple blotches for poison.

For example, when Covenant first sees a tree, we might see some thin green tendrils wrapping the tree, and then this may fade to reveal a column of yellow hexagons within the tree, but the hexagons are broken, and have missing pieces. This is Covenant first noticing that the tree is growing, but then noticing that it's core is compromised and failing.

The whole thing doesn't work unless you provide examples to the audience in order to establish a meaning. The audience needs to see it, and then someone needs to say aloud what it means. It doesn't take long to build a language that doesn't need explaining.

Then you can add to it and make it critical to the story.

When someone looks at Covenant, we can see Covenant from their point of view ... but no iconography. "You are closed to me."

When we first meet Saltheart, we might get a health-sense glimpse showing great strength as an armor of bold yellow hexagons.

Imagine if evil appears as an emerald fog ... the audience would know all about the Illearth Stone the minute they see it.

Those are my thoughts. Had them for a while.
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