BLOOD AND IRON has suffered from late deliveries from overseas. The first movie wore people out and yet the animators wanted to do their best. I was told animators just refused to turn in scenes until they were happy with them. You would think that's good news but that all puts the pressure on everybody in post.
Otis Van Osten can hire sound editors from all over town but the more bodies working the less control, the less cohesion. "Oh, you're using that sound for a ghost pass by? I thought we should use this." Keeping the right tone throughout the movie is especially hard. How "cartoon?" You'd think the answer is simple but anything that's not absolutely realistic is subject to interpretation. So trying to cram all that work into a shorter amount of time does the movie no good at all.
And that's just effects. Because the animated face doesn't have the subtleties of a living actor, I really need Chris Drake to play the emotions of the story. This movie relies on music much more than the first. Chris was looking at composing and performing the entire film score in eleven days.
So I was not happy. Guillermo and Mike are on record saying how much more they like the story of this movie over the first. Sword of Storms has more spectacle than this movie and lots more visual variety. There are no 100 foot skeletons, zombie armies, spider women, and the entire movie is set in two, arguably five, locations -- so that was making me nervous and the idea that we'd have to crap out the post as fast as possible was just driving me over the edge. We had already gotten minor extensions from Cartoon Network and we couldn't ask for "just a leetle more time" because the schedule was backed up against the holidays when people were going to be out of town.
But bless Cartoon Network who let us lengthen the schedule into January so this movie can finish right! Thank you, Terry and Bob! Ultimately everyone will be happier and I'm sure my medical bills will be much lower (although there's little hope for my rapidly falling hair). I'm sure I'll relax when the DVD sales shoot through the roof.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
We're trying to lock the picture tonight, a day earlier (every minute helps). We will have to hold off one sequence due to creative retakes that reworked the ending. (Yes, both will be on the DVD). It's lots of fun editing psychic visions and trying to up the shock value of certain images. There is an action sequence that uses a bathtub as a weapon that is unbelievable. Certain to produce lots of "Whoa! Ouch! That had to hurt." reactions from the audience. Try to watch it with friends.
Meanwhile, I need to get together with Mike before he heads to New York because we've been okayed to start the script of Hellboy: No Name Yet. This will be the one that shows the lessons learned from the first two. Fanboys, buy your drool cups now. Of course, green lighting number three all depends on the sales of number one. So consider going here then scroll to the bottom of the page and preorder your DVD.
There's a lot of drool in you that needs to get out. -- Tad