Deep Fried Interview: WolfCop writer/director Lowell Dean

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When David Cronenberg’s 1975 horror film They Came From Within hit screens – partially funded with taxpayer dollars by the Canadian Film Development Corporation – a Canadian national magazine famously featured the headline, “You Should Know How Bad This movie Is – You Paid For It.”

No such disclaimer was necessary when WolfCop howled its way into theaters last year. Canadian audiences knew exactly what kind of romp they were in for. After all, they helped get it made.

Both WolfCop’s $1 million budget and Canadian theatrical release in select Cineplex Odeon theaters came via the paradigm-disrupting CineCoup Film Accelerator, a 12-week contest in which nearly 100 potential feature films battled for fan votes and social media engagements to determine which received a greenlight.

WolfCop writer/director Lowell Dean spoke to Deep Fried Movies about that unique preproduction process, the benefits of using action figures to create storyboards and breaking every rule in the Coors Light product placement playbook. Continue Reading ›

A massive collection of pics of Blade Runner’s miniatures

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With Ridley Scott’s latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), out today on home video, here’s a look back at Scott’s pre-greenscreen effects days with a gallery of “making of” pics from Blade Runner featuring the film’s miniatures.

The pics were recently posted by an imugr user with the handle minicity. Check out the entire album, which boasts nearly 150 pictures, right here.

 

 

The Posters of the Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

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Deep Fried Movies presents a look back at the Academy Awards’ Best Picture winners through their posters. While compiling this collection, I was shocked by how little passion I have for so many of the films anointed with this highest Oscar honor. The Academy Awards don’t tend to hand out little gold statues to the movies that move me the most, which is why I tend to spend Oscar night otherwise engaged. Continue Reading ›

Deep Fried Interview: Predestination costume designer Wendy Cork

If one were to imagine a “degree of difficulty” scale for costume designers, on one end of the scale you might find something like a two-character chamber piece set over the course of a single evening. Then all the way at the other end of that scale, you’d find The Spierig Brothers’ twisting time travel sci-fi Predestination (2014).

Bounding from the 1940s to the 1990s and stopping at every decade in between, Predestination taxed costume designer Wendy Cork with creating period looks for a half-dozen distinct epochs, each slightly skewed through the prism of science fiction and featuring an androgynous lead who switches genders halfway through the proceedings.

Cork spoke to Deep Fried Movies about grappling with Predestination’s preternatural degree of difficulty, looking to David Bowie and Keith Richards for inspiration and the impact of digital cinematographer on her work.  Continue Reading ›

Deep Fried Interview: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus cinematographer Daniel Patterson

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When Da Sweet Blood of Jesus hits limited theatrical release and VOD this Friday, the narrative surrounding the film will largely focus on director Spike Lee as the most prominent filmmaker yet to make use of crowdsourcing to fund a project. The movie – a remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 film Ganja & Hess – raised $1.4 million on Kickstarter, including sizable donations by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

But further down in the credits, below the line where you find the name of cinematographer Daniel Patterson, lies an equally compelling narrative. The story of a kid who grew up in the boroughs of New York just like Lee, followed the director’s path to success step-by-step and now finds himself working alongside the very man who inspired him to pursue filmmaking.

Patterson talked to Deep Fried Movies about the journey that led him behind the camera on the latest Spike Lee Joint. Continue Reading ›