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.


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!

Black Goat Release Date Announced

Joseph Nanni and Bad Advice For Good Times’ new short film, Black Goat, will be released on July 15 but details on where are still unknown.  The film, being described as “haunting” and “visually stunning”, features visual effects by Rubber Pixel and Loki and stars genre veteran Adam Wilson (Manson, Suck, XIII).  Supporters of the film will see if first in a private on-line showing through special invitation.  The film is the first part in a series of shorts under the same title.  A Black Metal inspired one-sheet teaser was released earlier this month.

Loki and Rubber Pixel Breathe Life Into The Black Goat

Bad Advice For Good Times is pleased to announce that two of the country’s top animation houses will be doing character design and effects for the short film/teaser Black Goat: Two Hunters. After an extensive search we were lucky to discover these two exceptional houses whose work speaks for itself. We are also lucky enough to be working with Stealing Time for editing, Alter Ego for compositing and colour transfer, and Silent Joe for sound and music. We are looking to have the project completed by early July and no word yet on where it will premiere . . . but we probably won’t wait for a festival and give fans the opportunity to see it first, here.

First of Three New HPL Films Now In Post-Production

In October, Bad Advice for Good Times announced that Joseph Nanni (Casting Call of Cthulhu) would be following up the success of his freshman effort with a new short.  He wasn’t fhtagn around.  Filming finished late last Monday, the rough-cut is in the can, and the footage is now in the hands of 4 Stroke animation who will be realizing another HPL inspired beastie with the same awesomeness they brought to the Great Race.  The short was shot with Red Camera by D.P. Ray Dumas.  Nanni says, “the film is funni-er than the one other film I have done.”

Keep watching this space for more news.  Rumour is the trailer for Drawing Baphomet is also finished.  The stars are right in 2009!

4 Stroke My Ego

In what appears to be a dream made real, 4 Stroke animation has answered the call from outside known reality, offering up their arcane expertise in the dark art of CGI, thus forming an unholy alliance which will bring our main monstrosity to life. If you cast your gaze upon their web presence you may be driven mad by the depths of their realism, the sheer altitude of their flights of fancy, and their realization of that which should not be. Who knows what untold acts of nocturnal conjuring they are capable of? 4 Stroke will soon begin work on modeling Gary Gribstock, a member of the great race of Yith. The character will be drawn from life, naturally.