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General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Taalcon » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:58 pm

To start off - everyone's getting a haircut to prepare!

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Taalcon » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:03 pm

From Jimmy Pinchak's (Peter) Twitter feed last night:

"Wardrobe Fitting for Ender's Game!"

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Mich » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:19 am

Question that's been bugging me, and maybe I'm just not down with one specific fact, but why, exactly, is everyone in New Orleans? What's down there? I've never heard of anything filming there before.
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby drobbins » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:24 am

I think it primarily has to do with cost. Louisiana over the last couple years have given huge tax incentives to come film there
http://www.louisianaentertainment.gov/film/content.cfm?id=149

But that means that you get to film at...

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

http://www.wwltv.com/video/yahoo-video/Michoud-Facility-in-NO-East-becoming-hub-for-major-film-productions-138522804.html

This is a huge facility that used to be responsible for making the shuttle external tanks:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/michoud/index.html


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Postby Taalcon » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:39 am

They're currently training at Space Camp there, as per their tweets.

Much like the cast of Apollo 13 also trained at a Space Camp in Alabama prior to their filming.

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby drobbins » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:08 pm

Space Camp. Brings back memories

I went there as kid.

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Mich » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:53 pm

You're never too old for Space Camp, dude.

But on topic: so yes, something obvious that I missed. Thanks guys!
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Postby Taalcon » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:15 pm

According to their tweets, the actors playing Stilson and Peter will both be in NOLA soon, to join the rest of the cast and crew currently there.

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Taalcon » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:49 pm

Abigail Breslin (Valentine) is also now in NOLA:

"So excited to be in New Orleans! Let the games begin... :)"

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Postby elfprince13 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:38 pm

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Sounds like they're working hard in the battle room ^_^
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Taalcon » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:05 am

From Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin):

“Amazing #EndersGame read-thru yesterday (I read opposite Harrison Ford and somehow resisted the impulse to giggle like a schoolgirl).


From Jimmy Pinchak (Peter):
“Awesome day on set!”


And from Alexis Allen, who has been in charge of Extras casting:

“Welp, [we] …totally missed Valentine’s Day. Full day on set. Actors are all cast. #EndersGame – you better be worth it ”

Sounds like some Wiggin Family At Home With Graff stuff going on to me...

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Yoda » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:02 am

I was trying to recall if Graff ever talked to Peter? I dont recall a circumstance.

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Postby Taalcon » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:40 am

See the script ... at least the title page :)

Note that the script is dated January 5, 2012 with revision pages noted for January 30 and February 8.

Is that a ‘Cast Members’ list I see on the left-hand side?

Anyone want to attempt to decipher?

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Postby Yoda » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:38 pm

Ive been trying to enlarge that area, but I cant get a good enough resolution.


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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Mich » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Yoda wrote:Ive been trying to enlarge that area, but I cant get a good enough resolution.


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Can't... hold it... in...

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby elfprince13 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:01 pm

Mich wrote:
Yoda wrote:Ive been trying to enlarge that area, but I cant get a good enough resolution.


Blahhh

Can't... hold it... in...

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.


Not going to lie, I LOL'd.
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Jeremy Orbe-Smith » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:33 pm

Nonso Anozie plays Dap, and Stevie Ray Dallimore is John Paul. Cool!

http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/nonso-a ... ders-game/

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Postby elfprince13 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:33 am

Hmm, I hadn't pictured Dap that way, but I think he'll do a fine job.

On the other hand, John Paul doesn't look particularly Polish, which takes away some of the dramatic irony of Ender's thirdness. Maybe they'll make him an Irish Catholic instead?
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Yoda » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:47 am

Couple of thoughts.

The guy they got for Dap is not what I imagined for Dap, but he does look like a Military type guy with his build.

Oh the Father of Peter, seems ok to me, but then I was thinking that the mother was blond,,,Peter is blond. Maybe they will make Ender Blond. Or Maybe they will make all 3 of them go dark hair. What do you all think?


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Postby spanish_rockette » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:23 pm

I imagined Dap to be more feminine, but he does look the military type.
I'm not sure about the actor fir John Paul though...
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Yoda » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:31 pm

Enders parents wont have much of an impact i dont think in the first movie, but will in the 2nd and 2rd movie(shadow series)

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Postby elfprince13 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:15 am

spanish_rockette wrote:I imagined Dap to be more feminine, but he does look the military type.


I also assumed "mom" was mostly an ironic title and not reflective of Dap's personality/body-type.

Anyway, he looks pretty awesome in this picture from Game of Thrones:
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Replace that with a military uniform, and *bam*. Dap.
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Postby Taalcon » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:47 am

Asa Butterfield: "First day of filming today! So excited :) "

Extras Casting Director: Alexis R. Allen ‏ (@alexisrallen) "Day 1 of 70!"

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Postby Yoda » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:53 am

Does anyone know anything about what Scenes they are filming and when? Someone throw us a bone!

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Postby Taalcon » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:05 am

Producer Roberto Orci: (@boborci) "And... ACTION! We started shooting Ender's Game this morning!"

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Mich » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:14 am

Taalcon wrote:Producer Roberto Orci: (@boborci) "And... ACTION! We started shooting Ender's Game this morning!"

[Insert standard "I can't believe this is actually happening" disclaimer here]
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Postby Craig » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:12 pm

I can't wait to see some production photos! Oh, and I'm totally buying the movie poster as soon as it's up for sale.. And the trailer!!!! Oh my goodness, I'm so excited!!!! :-)

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Postby Taalcon » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:55 am

Interesting press release, with some... surprises.

"Ender's Game" has finally begun. After weeks of pre-production and a steady trickle of casting announcements -- including names like Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin -- principal photography on director Gavin Hood's big-budget, big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi saga began today (Feb. 27) in New Orleans.

The production, which has set up at Big Easy Studios in eastern New Orleans, is scheduled to continue shooting through June 8. Producers are targeting a March 15, 2013, release date.

The start of production was announced in a news released issued this afternoon by the production, which went on to offer the fullest synopsis yet on the project, based on the first book in the young-adult series by Orson Scott Card:

"In the near future, a hostile alien race (Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Fleet (IF) Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the IF's next great hope, Ender is promoted to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind."

Davis -- who competed for an Oscar last night (Feb. 26) at the 84th annual Academy Awards for her role in "The Help" -- plays Major Anderson, a military psychologist charged with oversees the emotional welfare of the young trainees. Breslin is Valentine, Ender's sister. Note: First official public statement of 'Major Anderson'.

Other cast members include Hailee Steinfeld, as a friend of Ender; Nonso Anozie as a hard-edged drill sergeant Note: Check out this description of Dap!; Stevie Ray Dallimore and Andrea Powell as Ender's parents; and Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak as Peter, Ender's brother.

Other roles, as outlined in the press release, have been filled by Aramis Knight as "Bean," Moises Arias as "Bonzo," Suraj Parthasarathy as "Alai," Conor Carroll as "Bernard," Khylin Rhambo as "Dink," Brendan Soo Hoo as "Fly Molo," and Caleb J. Thaggard as "Stilson." - Note: Woah, what? Not Brendan Meyer? Was he replaced? Does this have to do with his early departure?

The behind-the-scenes team includes cinematographer Don McAlpine ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), costume designer Christine Bieselin ("Tron: Legacy"), and production designers Sean Haworth ("The Thing") and Ben Procter ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon"), the release said.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci -- the same team behind such big-screen spectacles as "Mission: Impossible," "Star Trek" and "Transformers" -- are producing through their Kurtzman/Orci Paper Products shingle with OddLot Entertainment for Summit Entertainment.


See imdb for Caleb Thaggard - very interesting...

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Boothby » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:43 am

Those two look like brothers.

Oh, no....

Stilson's surviving evil twin goes on to the Battle School (instead of Achilles), and this time...it's personal.
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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Lord Roem » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:56 am

Boothby wrote:Those two look like brothers.

Oh, no....

Stilson's surviving evil twin goes on to the Battle School (instead of Achilles), and this time...it's personal.


I'm going to remain in the thinking that Meyer just wasn't available to do all the scenes because of his other shows. I'm hoping that its just a switch in casting -- not a switch in story.

*cross your fingers*

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Postby Taalcon » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:04 am

I'm still hoping that there's a secret Achilles casting in there somewhere that they're wanting to keep secret... same with Carlotta. Probably not, though.

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Postby Taalcon » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:06 am

@Jomichael: "@boborci Is your Ender the same age as in the book? How many Enders are you using?”
Roberto Orci [producer]: "sorry, no spoliers this early!"

...? Would it be a spoiler to say, nope, only Asa is playing Ender in the film? ...

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Postby Lord Roem » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:08 am

Taalcon wrote:I'm still hoping that there's a secret Achilles casting in there somewhere that they're wanting to keep secret... same with Carlotta. Probably not, though.


Maybe...that's what they're doing with Meyer. He's one of the older kids cast, maybe taller. If they want a scary-looking Achilles, Meyer wouldn't be the worst choice.

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Postby Lord Roem » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:12 am

Taalcon wrote:@Jomichael: "@boborci Is your Ender the same age as in the book? How many Enders are you using?”
Roberto Orci [producer]: "sorry, no spoliers this early!"

...? Would it be a spoiler to say, nope, only Asa is playing Ender in the film? ...


If true, that may just mean the movie ends after the final battle. No images of older ender with the hive queen egg.

OR...if it would be a spoiler, maybe its the reverse. Maybe they have an older ender who does just that, and the movie ends like the book does.

Who knows? All I can say is that I'm REALLY excited. :D

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Re: General Filming/Production Update Thread

Postby Yoda » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:47 am

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Taalcon wrote:@Jomichael: "@boborci Is your Ender the same age as in the book? How many Enders are you using?”
Roberto Orci [producer]: "sorry, no spoliers this early!"

...? Would it be a spoiler to say, nope, only Asa is playing Ender in the film? ...


If true, that may just mean the movie ends after the final battle. No images of older ender with the hive queen egg.

OR...if it would be a spoiler, maybe its the reverse. Maybe they have an older ender who does just that, and the movie ends like the book does.

Who knows? All I can say is that I'm REALLY excited. :D


Wish I could tell you where I read this, but I believe Archilles is only to be mentioned in the movie. I think it was during casting that I read Bean would be showcased more and with only a mention of Achilles.


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