Bad Advice For Good Times

News and fodder behind the films of Joseph Nanni.

A Truth in True Detective

*Spoiliness Ahead*

When Stephen King ended his epic Dark Tower series he gave his readers a choice – they could conclude their 4000+ page journey with a “happy” ending or they could turn past King’s afterward and follow Roland into the Dark Tower.  It was a ballsy move, something that only a genre king like King could pull off.  Who could possibly be happy with a single narrative solution after the epic commitment they’d just made to the series?  Inevitably most of us read to the last page, and as it turned out, for Roland, time was a flat circle.  But what King did was remind many of us why we read – it’s about the journey, sometimes through strange and dark places, with characters you relate to, sometimes you’re not sure why.

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Take Rust Cohle for example, I’m sure no one ever wants to hear, “you remind me of that character from True Detective,” any of them for that matter, but there are days, mostly commuter mornings on the subway, when I hear his dialog in the back of my head and I know exactly where he’s coming from.  The seven hours I’ve spent with Cohle have been mostly uneasy, they’ve made me feel strange inside, mostly because sometimes I can see his POV, but the journey through his world, from a narrative, visual, and metaphorical perspective has been fantastic.  I work in TV, and film, schooled in visual arts, love genre fiction, and True Detective, like a car battery and two jumper cables, has jolted my enthusiasm for all of the aforementioned.  The misdirects, the illusions, both visual and written, the performances, the dialogue (sorry Emily Nussbaum, you’re not even wrong), the show is a prime example of not just what TV can be but what a good narrative can achieve when it is focused, detailed, littered with references, social commentary, subversive ideas, the stuff that has you lingering in the staff kitchen, talking until your tea is lukewarm.

Sifting through the daily dirge of content this show is generating, from Pinterest boards to poignant articles, I can’t helping feeling how great it is we have popular art that instigates such in-depth analysis.  Even the show’s detractors are using the content to draw attention to their own little end of the universe.  Most critiques chide TD for not having what the reviewer themselves wants to see, but I don’t know anyone who would go to a ballet and expect break dancing.  The show is dark.  It is about two broken men dragging themselves through the mire of a world made by even more broken men.  And that’s what I expect each week.  If I want a unique feminine perspective I watch Girls, it’s great.  But all this speculation, detraction, invention, praise, around a single piece of entertainment, it’s the stuff powerful popular culture is made of.

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No doubt the next few days will be filled with spec spoilers and conjecture as to how the show will end, incidentally Charlie Lange outlined the entire plot when he gave up Ledoux, so there should be no surprises.  But I’ll wager that people expecting a Weird Tales-esque reveal are going to be woefully underwhelmed. Pizzolatto’s references are nothing more than window dressing, an homage to predecessors who have influenced the tone and atmosphere of the show.  They have added a massive amount of intrigue but the truth is the plot has more in common with The Wicker Man and Timothy Findley’s Headhunter than it does with Robert W Chambers.  And that’s cool.  For me we’ve already been provided multiple satisfying conclusions like a bullet in the head for Ledoux, Marty and Rust reunited, Tuttle’s “suicide”, justice is getting served along the way, alas, I highly doubt our investigators will be venerated a second time.

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Which brings me back to the beginning.  No matter what happens next Sunday night, it probably won’t meet everyone’s expectations.  Harrelson and McConaughey’s perfect performances,  Pizzolatto’s deft pen, and Fukunaga’s flawless direction have delivered an impeccable season of TV and storytelling, they’ve taken us on a journey we seldom get to take in this medium.  What a dream, regardless of the monster at the end of it.

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WHAT WE DO WHEN WE’RE NOT DOING WHAT WE DO

Life’s not all tentacles and Tsathoggua.  Sometimes you stare into the void and sometimes you give back.  Here’s us using our powers for good in a new PSA for Champions Against Bullying directed by Joseph Nanni.

Stand up.

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Awesomeness On The Way

Black Goat production design is crawling along and we have several talented individuals working away including Anthony del Rizzo, Velocity Branding from Winnipeg, and THE Dave Carson.  You’ve probably seen Dave’s Shub illustration making its way around the web – this is NOT the design for the creature in Black Goat; Dave did this before we invited him on board so expect to see something new.  In the meantime we are slowly posting character design on our Facebook page HERE so drop by and check ‘em out.

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Black Goat Won’t Be First

Despite all the hype around our planned period piece it won’t be the first feature from Bad Advice For Good Times.  Pre-production has begun on Black Seas, a reference from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, and the feature is scheduled to shoot in March.  The plot revolves around a man known only as J who wakes up in an escape shuttle with no recollection of who he is or how he got there.  His only clues come from a virtual HR representative who helps J rebuild his fragile psyche.  Things take a turn for the worse when an alien presence appears aboard the craft and begins to contradict everything J believes about himself and the situation.

Fans of Elder Sign and The Necronomicon will appreciate the darkly comical script, while HPL fans will love the cosmic horror, both felt and realized.

 

 

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Black Goat Update: No CGI, New Creatures, Much Darker, More Humour

Much has happened in the world of the Goat since we last chatted – we’ve got a distributor interested, the script’s been covered, and pre-visualization has begun. As mentioned, Dave Carson will be working on new designs for both the Dark Young and Shub which will depart from the designs depicted in the short film. The main reason for this is we’ve already shown our cards in the short, so we need something different. But the creatures in the feature are sparser and more indistinguishable, and by virtue more Lovecraftian. We will also be visualizing them through practical effects, rigs, and large scale models. There was great debate over VFX and in the end it was decided that CGI characters are too literal. There will still be a ton of effects shots but you won’t see the wires, as they say.

The script has been out to readers and is receiving rave reviews. And while the content is dark, the locations grim and frostbitten, there is a fair amount of humour on the page. We simply can’t make a film about The Necronomicon with a straight face, you should know us by now. Jock is much more of a noob, the 17th century version of a trust fund brat, and less the RJ MacReady inspired coureur de bois of the short.

The teaser continues to delight and polarize viewers around the globe.  Shit went crazy when Guillermo del Toro said he loved it, called the atmosphere “impeccable”, and compared it to Algernon Blackwood.  Most recently it has popped up at io9 – view it HERE. We love the exposure, but who knew we were making the genre short equivalent of the Sex Pistols? Some of the comments are pretty funny and we find it amusing that people would take the time to seriously evaluate a switch axe.

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DAVE CARSON JOINS BLACK GOAT

We are pleased to announce that Lovecraft luminary Dave Carson will be helping us realize  some Elder God nastiness for the upcoming feature Black Goat.  If you are not familiar with Dave’s work, shame on you, then go check it out HERE!

Dave seems excited, we say, “Be careful what you ask for.”

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Black Goat Besieged By Indonesian Pirates

When our new short film popped up a few weeks back its enigmatic content was the source of much speculation.  Some people thought it was a teaser for a feature, some thought it was a new Slipknot video (we weren’t at all opposed to this interpretation), and some thought it was a scene from an existing film.  We were getting hundreds of hits a day so we really didn’t care what people thought.  And then some bullshit happened.  Eager to dupe the public someone started sharing a work print of a feature length film under the name Black Goat.  Not only that, they used our poster for their film.  On top of that they used images of Adam Wilson as screen grabs from their film.  And the piste de résistance . . . they used our short as the trailer for their film, and our synopsis too.  We can’t imagine what people were thinking when they pressed play on the illegal download.  The “work” is in no way related to what we are doing.  The film that is out there trading under our banner is, well, let’s just say, not really our thing and now this completely random piece of work is dragging us down on IMDB and discussion boards.  We are not amused.  So if you have a second please  head over to our IMDB page HERE and give us a vote or help set things straight on the boards.  Thanks.

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Black Goat To Open For Troll Hunter

If you haven’t seen Black Goat on the big screen then you haven’t seen Black Goat.  If you haven’t seem Troll Hunter then you should.  Why not kill two birds with one stone and see Black Goat before you see Troll Hunter at the Dark Bridges Film Festival in sunny Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Friday, September 29, at 7PM.  Troll Hunter is from Norway and Black Goat is heavily influenced by their grim and frostbitten kingdoms.  It’s sure to be a great night out for you and the wife.

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Be Cool, Black Goat is Coming

The hotly anticipated new chiller from Bad Advice for Good Times and Joseph Nanni was due out five days ago.  But after several viewings we decided it needed to be 10% awesomer.  The film we be available to our YouTube channel subscribers first and then begin a festival run in early September – it was shot in 2K, 2:35 so you will want to see this on the big screen.  In the meantime, please enjoy our other films or read a book – may we recommend The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen.


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See Black Goat Before The Herd

Subscribers to Joseph Nanni’s Youtube channel Bad Advice For Good Times will see the new short film Black Goat weeks before it is released to the public.  The film is currently in the final stages of post production and will be screened at a handful of festivals this fall.  But anyone who hits “subscribe” between now and June 30 will not only be among the first to see the short but will also have access to exclusive character designs and a limited edition comic based the expanded story.  Good times.

Click here for the channel!

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