The Reaction to the 300 Footage Screened for the Comic Con Crowd: The audience and 300 stars Gerard Butler and David Wenham watched the footage and then begged for more. Snyder says that reaction was exactly what hed been hoping for. I looked at it and I feel like You know, I have sort of a 15 year-olds aesthetics so when I look at it Im like, Oh, thats cool. I hope other people think its cool. I dont know what else to do. It was what I hoped for, and I felt like they got it. Of course they got it. If anybody gets it, these guys do (laughing).
Did possessing the aesthetics of a 15 year-old contribute to how he adapted Frank Millers graphic novel into a feature film? To some degree, said Snyder. I feel like Franks book, you look at it and youre like, Thats cool fighting, cool story, warrior sacrifice. Thats cool stuff so when I looked at it I had the book originally and when I saw it in Gianni [Nunnaris] office I was like, We should make this into a movie, not this dumb crap all these scripts that I get. Snyder joked about the horrible scripts hes given. Yeah, I mean, its Hollywood. Thats all there is, isnt it? Anyway, but no, so you just look at those pictures and youre like, Thats awesome. Thats awesome. Thats awesome. Every shot is awesome.
Adapting Frank Millers Work Into a Feature Film: Its a bit of a process but I think that once you start into it, you start to get a sense of how like you can do it. First I think its a challenge because everyone doesnt know what to do, but then once they do it once or twice or three times, then it becomes [natural].
Collaborating with Frank Miller: Frank was really awesome, and also Frank would [help out]. For instance the swords like in the book theyre really kind of hard to see. So I said, Frank, knock me up a good drawing of the sword. Boom, boom, [its done] and the next day in FedEx it would arrive. So I have all those I kept all those (laughing).
Zack Snyder on the Storyboard Process: Its crazy. The way I normally work is I The crazy thing is with Franks frames, I would draw all the frames before Franks frames. Then I try and work the story through Franks frames and then out the other side because in the movie, you have to people walk from here to over there. Where in a graphic novel, you can have the one moment and then thats it. When I was drawing my boards I would actually just cut out Franks frames and stick it in my book and then draw on this side of it and that side of it.
The Special Challenges of Working with Green Screens: You know at first its hard because nobody knows where the hell they are, and so theyre all confused. Oh, Thermopylae is over here and now its over here For me I kind of had a sense of where everything was and so I would just be like, Dont [worry], its okay. Youre looking that way, or whatever and Id put a piece of tape over there. Once they got into the groove of it, it was pretty easy. The thing is when they really fight, thats when theyre a little bit clearer because I think when you have someone physically trying to jab you in front of you, you tend to be not caring about where everything is. So that worked out.
The Costumes Or Lack Thereof: One of the first questions posed to the panel by a member of the Comic Con crowd had to do with the costumes of 300. Snyder laughed, Frank Miller drew it so I dont know what to tell you. Actually theyre naked in Franks drawings so its I mean, not everyone. They do have that in some of the shots. But when the Persian messenger arrives in Franks book, Leonidas comes out nude with just his cape. I was like, You know, if theres a way they could just not be full frontal
300s R Rating: 300 is rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity. After seeing the clips presented at Comic Con, it's clear "300" got the rating it deserved. Snyder says he never intended to make "300" anything less than an R-rated film. Thats why they gave me the budget they gave me.
The Status of Watchmen: 'Watchmen?' Im waiting to see if its awesome. Im waiting to get a script that I like. When its awesome its like I said in the [300 panel], when its not trying to fix it and do it, then Ill do it. I want to do it; I just want it to be right.
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