The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day kicks ass for the lord!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
We’ve covered Peter Jackson’s Braindead (aka Dead Alive) before, but there’s never enough kicking ass for the lord as far as I’m concerned. I love this film to death (and undeath for that matter) because it seems to be Peter Jackson at his most pure. His imaginative filmmaking is unrestrained by the obligations of a big budget and he’s unafraid of offending anybody’s delicate sensibilities.
There’s a crazy EC style vibe to this flick that works so well. From the photography to the score to the performances to the set pieces and dark humor this one just works for me.
Today’s pic shows off Peter, Richard Taylor and their team giving some scale to their model work used to send modern day Wellington back to a few generations with a minimal budget.
Enjoy and click to enlargen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In tomorrow’s pic’s dreams it’s the dungeon master!
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April 13, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST
by Pete Michaelson
The details on the street are what really caught my eye. If their heads weren't in the pic I would never have known it wasn't real.
April 13, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
April 13, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST
I've seen this film dozens of times and never realized that was a model. Outstanding!
April 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST
I used to watch the exterior city scenes and wonder how the fuck they could afford those period shots on such a low budget. I'm so ashamed right now.
April 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST
by paul burnett
..Bad Taste is till my favourite Jackson film, the work he did in models and props for that movie is mind bogglin. Astro Investigation Defence Service. Wish we would change that name.
April 13, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST
And I too never realized it was a model. This film is a practical effects bloody wet dream. Bad Taste, Feebles, Brain Dead - I wish Pete would return to his roots and give us a fun one like this again.
April 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST
He kicks *ARSE* for the Lord.
April 13, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST
How on earth... I too will be resigning my geek card. It's been real, guys.
April 13, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here who never realized that was model work. Very impressive!
April 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
Gotta love Braindead.
April 13, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST
lots of great model makers in NZ,Knowing many model railroads there,.....outstanding work!
April 13, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Kill List Hammertime
And yes it's called Braindead, not fucking Dead Alive.
April 13, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST
That IS stunning work. If the crew was not their, it would look like a midday shot in some small town. By the way, if you guys want to see great special effects work with forground miniatures, check out THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. John Richardson fooled so many eyes. Cinefex did a retrospective on his Bond work and I was amazed at how many shots were combinations of miniatures, forced perspective and other in-camera magic. The magazine speculated that he had never been nomiated for a special effects Oscar because no one knew they were looking at an effect. At the end of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, when Bond's mujahadeen allies escape across a bridge, the bridge and the whole chasm and stream under it was a miniature positioned a few yards in front of the camera while the actors raced across in the distance. Flawless work.
April 13, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST
..."I kick ARSE for the Lord!" This isn't the first time you guys have misquoted this line! tut tut...
April 13, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST
... not all of it.
April 13, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST
by Baron Karza
April 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
The run-on sentences are endless it's hard to, take these people seriously they don't know; how to use punctuation at all. Criticize them for this and they laugh at you
April 13, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST
Look at the handle; of course I have to make a comment or two! Love the fantastic model work and I am continually impressed by the work created by Richard Taylor. Cheers for another great Brain Dead image Quint!
April 13, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST
-- that being the image of the "neck feeding" coming immediately to mind? Also, there is model work in THE FRIGHTENERS too.
April 13, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST
Im watching movie on tv right now called Untamed Heart where Christian Slatet plays a retard with a monkey heart
by ajit maholtra
He's stalking Marissa Tomei and he works as a dishwasher at a restaurant witn her and that dirty Mexican lady Rosie Perez. But then the monkey heart stops working and he dies. It's a very nice movie. Very nice.
April 13, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST
and wondering why so many gory films the BBFC cut and banned in the UK. Then I realised that they actually GOT the humour. I think the director confessed that he loved Evil Dead around this time.
April 13, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
Jk :) Wonderful picture for a truly magical movie. My favorite Jackson followed by The Frighteners. Never heard much from him after that.
April 13, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST
i'm sorry, what does EC stand for in this article? All i know is Eric Clapton, or possible Early Cretaceous.
April 13, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST
-- which stood for "Entertaining Comics". Look it up.
April 13, 2012, 8 p.m. CST
This movie was fantastic...& the "I kick ass for the lord" has stuck with me since I was a yungin.
April 13, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST
That is all.
April 13, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST
by Anthony Torchia
I didn't know what EC was either (hangs head in shame) love the early Cretaceous guess :-) this column rocks, thanks Quint!
April 13, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST
by Queefer Sutherland
I should see this movie.
April 13, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST
Remember, Jackson? That's what a real model looks like, in real daylight, not in that damn studio stuff you rely so much upon nowadays.
April 13, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST
by Pikoz Schultz
...not all of it...
April 13, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST
April 13, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
Lovely miniature set they have there. Yes I know, CGI is better and more advanced... blah blah blah... The thing is, CGI just doesn't have that special magic mojo that practical effects and miniatures do.
April 13, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST
You all know that day is probably coming soon. Possibly if the Evil Dead reboot is a financial success.
April 13, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST
Here's proof that the best special effects are the special effects you didn't know (or forgot) were special effects.
April 14, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST
Are you guys sure about that? I've spent A LOT of time down in New Zealand and they don't say "arse" down there. At all. That's more of a UK thing. And Cotton, not sure if you trolling or not, but you've not only forgotten the opening of Braindead, but forget where and when it's set. '50s Wellington wasn't exactly culturally diverse.
April 14, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST
With all due respect to my learned correspondents, I'd have to say that with a huge Kiwi expat population here on Queenland's Gold Coast, not to my mention in my own workplace, that NZ Arse is definitely the preferred way to go :)
April 14, 2012, 1 a.m. CST
by johndalf greymane
Was a riff on a past ridiculous thread about the lack of black people in LotR. Arse v. Ass In the movie, the priest is hamming it up so much that its difficult to tell. I always thought it was Ass. Next time Jackson gets interviewed, the lead question should simply be, "Ass or Arse?"
April 14, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST
Weren't some of those evil orcs that grunt and kill people black?
April 14, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST
by Majin Fu
Quint! I haven't said it in awhile but I really enjoy these posts. Seeing these tidbits behind the process of so many great movies is always really inspiring to an aspiring filmmaker.
April 14, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST
...but if someone can prove otherwise, I will stand very much corrected. Someone get on the phone to Jacko - this is bugging me now...
April 14, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
Always thought this was one of the best miniature uses. Jackson did his own stop motion as well. This movie is up there with Robocop. Everyone should re-watch it immediately. Pure genius.
The establishing shots with these miniatures are used so cleverly that it fooled most of you it seems. This is my favorite Peter Jackson film and I love the shit out of kong and rings. This movie shows more imagination than any other.
April 14, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST
It's been awhile since I've seen it, but that quote is burned in my skull. As I hear it in my head it sounds like "oss " as in boss, which I always took as ASS with a kiwi accent.
April 14, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST
I kick ass for the lord! Watch this and then centipede 2 back to back. Then speculate whether or not Six will ever branch out and make a rings trilogy
April 14, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST
April 14, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST
by Todd Slade
not that this isn't nice, love the early pics of these guys (and their cute miniatures!), but the quote got me psyched up...
April 14, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST
Seriously, i had no fucking clue that the exterior shot of the tram moving through the town was a model - Amazing work! Also, yeah brain dead is a classic. Its hilarious, but scary when it needs to be . Definitely one of the best zombie moves ever made.
April 15, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST
..those are giant people
April 17, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
One of the few movies that is pretty much universally beloved by genre fans. If you don't like this movie, it's pretty hard to call yourself a horror fan.
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