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Netflix Altered Carbon Set Visit Part 1: Production Design

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For those readers who have not finished “Altered Carbon”, the various production artwork descriptions in the following article will contain spoilers.

Upon arriving at the Skydance Studios, the press was ushered into a room which was decorated wall-to-wall with production design floor plans, renderings, and artwork. Each row of concepts and architectural elevations showed off the drastically changing environments between the world of the street dwellers and the heavenly homes of the godlike Meths.

The Bay Street set art has obvious inspirations from Blade Runner. The street is dark, littered with garbage and mobile vendor stands. High above the foot traffic, flying vehicles go about shuttling their occupants to destinations unknown. Advertisements of neon lettering for noodle eateries cut through the smog and a towering hologram of Jimi Hendrix slays his guitar while pedestrians pass by below. The slummy shadow cast across Bay Street also flows into the images of the Happy Face Motel. The rundown establishment tries to be uplifting with various versions of the smiley face littering the motel’s walls but to no avail.

Juxtaposed by these displays are renderings of the Suntouch House, a set comprised of Renaissance architecture fused with Art Deco stylings. As pictures were not allowed during this visit to Skydance, the best way to describe this would be to play through Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and take in the mix of technology and the old world.

From old world to a relatively new one, the Raven Hotel takes its influences from early 1900s New York hotels. Dark, grand and filled with homages to the tessellation works M.C. Escher. Black and red are the prevalent colors adorning the concepts for The Raven. Chairs of red leather sit hugging their dark wood tables in the bar area and what looks to be red velvet drapes the walls. Some twenty to thirty feet above hang large golden and glass studded chandeliers.

Not all is urban squalor, however, as a smattering of concepts shows an underground cave which appears to glow with a bluish tint and comes labeled as “Stronghold Central Cavern – Traning Redoubt.” Nature’s splendor also makes another appearance in neighboring images of Canadian wilderness that double as the “Burning Forest” set and a shoreline which will feature a love scene between the characters of Kovacs and Quell.

The remaining major design artwork shows off the heavenly home of the Meths known as Head in the Clouds. Reileen’s stateroom is sleek, medical, a lot like newer Star Trek films with white curved walls, glossy floors and ceilings colored in dark blue. Headless and legless mannequins stand about her room sporting various high-end clothing.

A few miscellaneous bits of the production design were pinned amongst the larger pieces. Two of these were of vehicles: a two-person shuttle subtitled (Harlan’s World) and a police hovercar. The vehicle stood out as it definitely had a Spinner in its ancestor, while the shuttle had a boxy body similar to the taxis that can be seen in Stallone’s Judge Dredd. Among some other nondescript location, photos are a couple rundown industrial park location shots that were labeled as a “Yakuza warehouse.”

All along another wall were elevation drawings of the physical Bay Street set, rendered via drafting software. On the board of each elevation were lists of scenes that would take place on each side of the set. For those wanting to know if certain characters make the jump from book to screen, here is a list of those who will be walking Bay Street: Flachette, Kovacs, Ortega, Elliot, Dimi, Ganger, Poe, Alazne, Sandy Kim, Mickey, Prescott, Reileen, and Mary Lou. Among these names, a prop is also listed: the Sunjet Gun.

Check back tomorrow for the next part in our series on the “Altered Carbon” set visit.

Synopsis:
“Altered Carbon” is set in a dystopian 25th century where the wealthy elite are granted eternal life via downloading their digital souls into clones. Having an unending existence is not without its problems as one such modern Methuselah must rely on a resurrected nemesis to help solve his mysterious death.

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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!

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The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!

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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February

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Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Synopsis:
Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.

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