Y’all know me, still the same old G, but I’ve been low-key, so you’ll be happy to see, we…are back. Yes, we’ve been shooting and producing, and post producing a couple of projects but we’re getting back to the mythos in a big way. But here’s a small step, not a full plunge, into the world of HPL, HPL fandom specifically. This is the first episode of our doc-series/social experiment which follows me as I attempt to lose the trappings of fandom for the tractors of labour. Sound inexplicable? It sure is, but what comes to light in subsequent episodes is that fandom has more practical implications than one would imagine. During the series we’ll also travel behind the scenes of our upcoming production The Festival so stay tuned if you want a sneak peek of what’s coming next from Bad Advice for Good Times and Affari Di Famiglia. You’ll see a lot of visual references to Lovecraftian accoutrements in episode one but we go fully into the mouth of madness by episode three so make sure to subscribe:
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.”
This is your chance to go down in cinematic history and look swell doing it. Here be the Black Goat logo shirt designed by crew member and art director Alan Lukatela. The shirt features the roots logo, big and bold in white on black. But that is far from all . . . when you purchase the shirt from this first batch of 50 you will be thanked in the upcoming credits of Joseph Nanni’s feature film version of Black Goat. What? Just for buying and awesome shirt? Ya, that’s right.
Click HERE to visit our shop on Etsy!
Hello Friends, Followers, and Likers,
The Black Goat team is gearing up for action and we want your help building our network and spreading word ’bout the Goat. All you have to do is introduce 10 of your friends to this page and have them “like” it, and you’ll get a free, awesome, Black Goat t-shirt. There are two designs to choose from.
Simply get your friends to like and post “__________ brought me” and we’ll keep track of your introductions.
We’ll post the winners at the end of the offer on November 20, 2011.
Here’s the link!
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.