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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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