Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro put all his ideas for `Pan’s Labyrinth’ in a notebook — then lost it.
The heavyset man ran down the London street, panting, chasing the taxi. When it didn’t stop, he hopped into another cab. “Follow that cab!” he yelled. Guillermo del Toro wasn’t directing this movie. He was living it. And it was turning into a horror tale.
The Mexican filmmaker keeps all of his ideas in leather notebooks. And Del Toro had just left four years of work in the back seat of a British cab. Unlike in the movies, though, Del Toro couldn’t catch the taxi. Visits to the police and the taxi company proved equally fruitless.
Del Toro’s films — “Chronos,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Blade II,” “Hellboy” — typically feature magical realism. Fate was about to return the storytelling favor.
The cabbie spotted the misplaced journal. Working from a scrap of stationery that didn’t even have the name of Del Toro’s hotel (just its logo), the driver returned the book two days later. An overwhelmed Del Toro promptly gave him an approximately $900 tip.
The sketches and the ideas in that misplaced journal — four years of notes on character design, ruminations about plot — were the foundation of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a child’s fantasy set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.
The director, who at the time wasn’t even sure he’d actually make “Pan’s Labyrinth,” took the cabbie’s act as a sign, and plunged himself into the movie.
You know what’s cool about Google, besides the fact that they make everything you love and watch you while you sleep? They constantly pay respects to some of the most influential, though sometimes lesser known, artistic minds of this good planet Earth. Today’s frontpage depicts a lovingly animated homage to the 107th anniversary of “Little Nemo in Slumberland“‘s first appearance in the New York Herald. Happy birfday Nemo! You’re still one of the most brilliant and mindtrippingly surrealist comic strips in published history!
Yes, I was waiting for this to come across my dash today.
THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Titan Books 2012) ARTIST PANEL/BOOK SIGNING
September 29, 2012
Opening Reception / Sep 29, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Nucleus | Art Gallery and Store | Alhambra CA
Here is a great buy and perfect for any collector! Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Clone Wars) come together for The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania bringing the undead to life in a fresh new spin on classic horror monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf, and the Invisible Man. Featuring over 400 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital art, along with interviews with key filmmakers and crew.
The story features Dracula, owner of a lavish five-stake resort hotel for monsters, away from the human world. On one special weekend, he invites some of the world’s most famous monsters to celebrate his daughter’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all these monsters is no problem, but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and takes a shine to his daughter, Mavis.
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