Today Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood celebrates his birthday.
The new episode Ender’s Teacher is now up on EnderCast.com. Crystal and Kelly from EnderWiggin and EnderNews were kind enough to have me on the podcast for this episode. Together we dissected the 10 second teaser for the teaser trailer.
Also, I got the chance to play Pop Quiz, Fart Eater so listen to see if I was promoted commander or labeled the first ever fart eater on the show.
Topics for this weeks episode are:
- Trailer announcement for May 7
- First look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham
- Brief recap of our sheer terror over meeting Sir Ben just like in the photo
- 10 second teaser breakdown
Don’t forget Tuesday May 7th, director Gavin hood, producer Bob Orci, and star Asa Butterfield, along with everyone from the Ender’s Game fansites, including ourselves, will be hanging out in a Goggle+ hangout to finally witness the Ender’s Game trailer and ask the Ender’s Game crew some questions.
Ender’s Game premieres November 1, 2013.
Ready to meet the fleet? Hang out with director Gavin Hood, producer Bob Oric, and star Asa Butterfield on Tue 5/7 @ 1PM PT on Google+!
They are going to answer submitted questions and hopefully discuss the trailer reveal. Also, the fansites (including us here in the Fandom) will be joining the 3 in the hangout so it will definitely be an Ender’s Game party.
So who’s attending the hangout?
After almost a 9 month standstill the Ender’s Game Blog is active again and with some great news! Director Gavin Hood posted today a sneak peek of the soon to be revealed movie poster for Ender’s Game.
Along with the picture he mentions his relation to the novel and Ender himself. Stating that he, too, understands Ender’s “battles with authority figures he does not trust and his development as a leader”.
He also talks about space camp and the development of the battle room.
We are now well into post production and the famous zero gravity battle room scenes are looking fantastic. We started a year ago by sending our talented young actors off to a “space camp” to train under the guidance of real NASA astronauts. They learned to move in zero gravity environments and experienced the wonderful feeling of weightlessness. Mix in some truly incredible visual effects work and today we are looking at battle room scenes that will blow your mind!
That is just a taste of the sundae. The cherry on top is what he ends with:
Tomorrow you will get your very first look at the battle room with the reveal of the teaser poster on Yahoo! Movies. For now, enjoy a small tease of Ender’s feet at the gate! I wish I could show you more, but with just over six months to go before our Nov 1 release date, the poster will at least give you a small glimpse of what we are working towards.
Finally, tomorrow we will have a poster to identify our anticipated Ender’s Game movie. So stay tuned for the big reveal tomorrow!
A tip to EnderWiggin.Net lead to a revelation of videos that show Orson Scott Card (OSC) speaking at a book signing for his new book Ruins in Orem, Utah where he talks about the Ender’s Game Film.
Arriving to the scene he starts off with no hesitation talking about the Ender’s Game movie. (No one complained there) Joking about having been offered a part in the film with some cool uniforms but turned it down because he would “improve the movie” that way. However, if you didn’t know OSC does have a voiceover part in a scene with Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff) and Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin). It’s only a pilot’s voice in a shuttle when Graff and Ender head to Battle School. He doesn’t appear on screen (no face shot that is) but he was and is entwined with the film at least. Which should be relieving for fans, I believe.
He continues on with explaining the post production of the film, the translation of book to film (specifically and especially Ender’s Game), and the experience he had visiting the set and working with Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield.
Part 2: OSC goes on to talk about Harrison Ford as an actor and person.Paraphrasing what he said is that when you see Harrison Ford on set he is shy and quiet so much different then the persona we get from him on screen or TV. He talks about some general movie techniques and the process and work of filming scenes in Ender’s Game.
OSC states he has met the other child actors in the movie which leads to a talk about the battle room creation with CGI and wirework. Which is very cool to hear even though it’s physics, so I advice you to listen closely to that.
OSC seems very confident in the movie’s production. What more can fans ask for? The author approves with the change of story from book to film, why shouldn’t we? (Unless you are very sensitive to scenes and/or characters then it’s just heartbreaking to see them cut from the story). With his advisement I think everyone should just go see the film at least once. It’s a new age of technology that can most likely create almost anything one desires to see.
Blue Hawk Aviation, an aviation service and consulting company, was featured in the production of the Ender’s Game film. They are very tight lipped about what they did so we won’t know what they worked on until the premiere.
Blue Hawk Aviation’s services have also been used recently on Zack Snyder’s film Man of Steel, the newest addition to the Superman series set to be released in 2013, as well as Ender’s Game.
What scenes do you guys think they worked on?
Square one for Ender’s Game was to film all the kids strapped on to bungee chords and see what they could get.
Well, that was the idea for some people. Which is why a professional was called in.
Yesterday Ender’s Game Blog was updated and we have a look at the director Gavin Hood marking off another scene finished on the set of “Ender’s Game”.
The last bit of the post reads:
Here you see him crossing off a completed shot of his detailed story boards in the zero g battle room where our young actors, in their zero g training suits, are showing off the high flying skills they’ve learned from our veteran stunt coordinator Garrett Warren.
You can read the official post here.
Seems like these scenes are getting a lot of effort put into them. Which makes me feel a great deal of relief knowing that the film won’t look like a Twilight Zone episode.
As for the pictures on the storyboard, I have a great imagination but little interpretation of what scenes they could possibly be from. The second row from the bottom looks like Asa (Ender) or Aramis (Bean) on some controls. The row of pictures above those look like, possibly, Asa (Ender), again, in his training suit. The others I say to be speculated on what they contain, or I’ll leave it up to you guys to discover what they show.
Also, I want to point out that in the picture there is a green wall of some kind. It could possibly be a green screen for CGI effects. I’m not to familiar with these tools but I can assume they are. Or the walls just happen to be a neon green there. (shrugs)
I wonder for what scenes they would need a green screen…any guesses?