July 31st, 2014
Interview, Penny Dreadful, Site Exclusive
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Penny Dreadful has four main characters based on three Gothic literature: Frankenstein, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Showtime released three hardcover Special Editions of these books. The books contain original illustrations that were commissioned and oversaw by Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan. Here, we talk to The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrator Ian Bass about his craft, working on the book with John Logan and who is his favorite character on the show.
First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live and work in London which is the best city in the world. I speak French. I am a total geek, I love comics, cartoons and computer games. I was a geek a very, very long time before it was fashionable…I’m also part of a comedy group called Scales of the Unexpected (we won a TV talent show and everything).
How did you get started in art and illustration?
I have always loved drawing and have done it as a hobby forever. Professionally it was because a friend of mine needed a concept sketch done of how he wanted his book cover to look. It turned out that his editor really liked it and I got the gig to do the cover and some interior illustrations. That cover went on to win an industry award which was a fantastic start and really encouraged me to pursue illustration as a career.
By Justin Kroll
With a February start date line up, Tim Burton is going with a familiar face to lead the away in his next pic.
Eva Green is in negotiations to star in the Fox pic “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” which Burton will direct.
Based on the Ranson Riggs’ novel about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Chernin Entertainment is producing the pic.
If the deal closes, the film would be a step closer to giving Burton another supernatural feature to tackle. Green and Burton had previously worked together on “Dark Shadows” and Burton has always enjoyed reteaming with thesps he has worked with in the past.
Green, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management, was last seen in “300: Rise of an Empire” and can be seen next in Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
She has also stayed busy on the TV front with her Showtime show “Penny Dreadful,” which was recently renewed for a second season.
Following the Penny Dreadful panel at Comic-Con where John Logan and the cast answered questions on the making of Season 1 and teased what’s ahead, Showtime announced that the first season will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in October:
The acclaimed SHOWTIME® original series PENNY DREADFUL – SEASON ONE will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7, it was announced today during the PENNY DREADFUL panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.
From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Blu-ray and DVD collections will include every episode of the series’ first season, celebrated by critics as “scary, seductive, surprising, and smart” (NPR) and “solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere” (Variety). Both Blu-ray and DVD collections also boast extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
From three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall),PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is “moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). PENNY DREADFUL, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) and Eva Green (Casino), completely reinvents literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.
The series also stars Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger). A co-production of Sky Atlantic, PENNY DREADFUL was created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street.
Vanessa Ives’ tarot cards has been an important character and storyline tool on Penny Dreadful. Here, we talk to its designer Anaïs Chareyre, about her craft, how the tarot cards came about, working with John Logan and meeting her fellow Frenchwoman Eva Green.
How did you get started in art and illustration?
I started as a child, my grandmother Francine used to teach me drawing and painting, she is an amazing oil painter herself. For a long time I only drew animals actually, which revealed to be quite useful for Penny Dreadful Tarot cards! I always had this in my life, I was a shy little girl and I preferred to draw rather than play with other kids.
Who are some of your favorite artists and/or illustrators and why? Who or what are some of your influences right now?
Tough question, my favorite traditional painter would be Caravaggio, and his today-incarnation that we call Roberto Ferri. Their paintings never fail to amaze me! I have a huge list of artists that I follow constantly, it’s quite hard to pick just a few: Zbigniew M. Bielak, Vania Zouravliov, Noah Bradley, Cyril Rolando… As an absolute Photoshop nerd I am also a big fan of Dan Luvisi.
What are three words that describe your work?
I’d say “personal” as I always translate my personal emotions to whatever I create, “unpredictable”, as I never know what my final artwork will look like, I have a first idea, then it can evolve to something completely different, the emotion always staying the same, and “adventurous”, for I always want to explore new techniques, new ways, new softwares, new styles…
Thanks to Liz of Mads Mikkelsen Source who relayed to us that Anne Mette Juul, Director of Svend Prisen 2014, confirmed to her that international voting is accepted in choosing the winners of Sven Prisen 2014. The Salvation is up for the Most Popular Danish Film title while Mads Mikkelsen and our dear Eva are up for Best Actor and Best International Actor in a Danish Film title respectively. Svend Prisen is the only Danish Film Award giving body where it’s the audience who decides who the winners will be. Voting ends on August 24, 2014.
To vote for all three categories, CLICK HERE!!!
The following Exclusive Penny Dreadful merchandise will be sold during San Diego Comic Con 2014 on Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. Both Ethan Chandler and Vanessa Ives collection dolls are priced at US$29.99 and the Special Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards Boxed Set of 78 at US$49.99.
Source: Entertainment Earth
The Salvation has been nominated for three (3) Svend Prisen Awards! The film is vying for the Most Popular Danish Film title. Mads Mikkelsen is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Jon Jensen. Mads has previously won the award last year for his film The Hunt. Eva Green (The Salvation) is nominated for Best international Actor in a Danish Film in which she is up against Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Fares Fares (The Woman In The Cage) and Mikael Persbrandt (One You Love).
Svend Prisen is the only Danish Film Award giving body where it’s the audience who decides who the winners will be. Voting will start this Sunday and will end on August 24, 2014.
List of This Year’s Nominees
Source: Svend Film Fest
July 25, 2014 – Finland
August 27, 2014 – France
October 2, 2014 – UK
October 9, 2014 – Germany
November 6, 2014 – The Netherlands
November 7, 2014 – Sweden
Only 1 week left until #SinCity takes over #ComicCon! All of your favorite #SinCity2 talent and filmmakers will be at Exhibit Hall H on Saturday, July 26th at 2:50pm!
Come in your best #SinCity fan gear or costumes to win prizes, while supplies last, at Petco Park and follow @DimensionFilms on Twitter for all #SDCC updates! #SinDiego
Other #SinCity Activities in store during SDCC 2014:
#SinCity Experience at Petco Park: Come see The Hot Rods and Hot Babes, along with swag giveaways and live DJ! Thursday -Saturday 10am-6pm ; Sunday 10am-3pm
#SinCity Talent and Filmmaker Poster Signing at Petco Park: 11:15am-12:15pm
#SinCity Talent and Filmmaker Poster Signing at Dark Horse Booth, Saturday Comic Con Convention Hall 4:15pm-5:15pm
Source: Sin City Movie Official Tumblr Page