Everything about the upcoming Marvel Comics’ superhero movie Deadpool looks brilliant. I have not read any of the comics, but when the first trailer was released a few months ago, the movie seemed interesting. After that, there have been a number of posters and trailers that have come out, and all of them were very creative and well done. I was really inspired by these and so did a drawing, and also made that into a poster, which you can see below.
Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former soldier who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, but is put through an experimental treatment that leaves him with incredible regenerative powers (but also makes him completely disfigured so he has to wear a mask and a suit). From the trailer, it looks like the people who put him through the experiment also kidnap the love of his life, and he has to go after them.
The character was featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (also played in that movie by Ryan Reynolds), though he was just some generic villain there.
This movie though, is proudly Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity, and the studio issued multiple Red Band Trailers with violence and offensive jokes.
The first trailer that came out for this movie ended with Deadpool sniffing the smoke coming from his guns, and then saying “Oh, I’m touching myself tonight”, and this drawing depicts that scene (in the trailer though, you only see an extreme close-up of his face). How I came to choose this scene to draw is this – you see, interestingly, the studio seems to be investing quite a bit to promote this movie in India (though Deadpool is not a known character here), and are releasing dubbed versions of the movie in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu apart from the English version. A friend literally translated that line into Telugu and in a later WhatsApp conversation, suggested that the title would also be translated, and he came up with “Chacchina Cheruvu” (a pool or a lake that is dead). I thought I would make a poster out of it.
Here is the Telugu parody poster. This is all done in fun, no offense meant.
In the English version of my poster, the line I used is also from the first trailer, in which Wade Wilson tells the people putting him through the experiment, not to make the super-suit green, or animated. This is a reference to the DC Comics movie Green Lantern, which also starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular superhero, and in that movie, his suit was green and animated. I did not like that movie at all, and apparently neither did too many other people, so a joke on that ended up in Deadpool.
The drawing was done on an A4 size drawing pad, with a 6B pencil, and a red colour pencil. For the belt I used an orange pencil. The drawing was scanned once done, and I added the background and the text in Photoshop. Here are the stages of the drawing –
And this is the rough sketch of the poster concept. There were initially supposed to be blood splats behind Deadpool, but when I tried that it didn’t look good. Since Deadpool’s suit is also red, the red colour of the blood was distracting.
The tagline and the title of the movie in Telugu, I had decided, would be in the Deadpool font but would have an English translation below it, sort of like a movie subtitle.
The below Instagram post shows you the finished drawing and the pencils used to make it.
A video posted by Karthik Abhiram (@karthikabhiram) on
Here below, are links to all the trailers that inspired this drawing. All of them are YouTube links which will open in a new window / tab.
Red Band Trailer 1 – Released a few months ago, this is the one that has the “I’m touching myself tonight” bit.
Red Band Trailer 2 – This is the second trailer for the movie released on Christmas Day, and is a pretty awesome trailer, the one that made me even more interested in the movie.
Green Band Trailer 2 – The “safe for work” version of the previous trailer, with no swearing and violence. All the Indian language trailers are dubbed versions of this trailer.
Hindi Trailer – The first Indian language trailer, based on the Green Band Trailer linked above. Probably, the one with the most swearing in it. Buzzfeed India featured an article about this trailer, which has captioned screenshots from it. You can see the article here.
Tamil Trailer – Second Indian trailer, nothing much offensive about it.
Deadpool will be out in theatres on 12-Feb-16 in India. I’ll see it in as many languages as I can theatrically, and then watch an uncut version later (since sadly, I know that our censors would make cuts to the movie inspite of giving it an adults only certificate).
I didn’t have an Items of Interest post last week as I’d been a bit busy with work and other stuff. So this is a double-sized issue again. As usual, I’ll cover interesting links and events and then go on to the collection of tweets over the last few days.
Pecha Kucha Night Hyderabad Vol 8
For a while now, I have been talking about Pecha Kucha Night Hyderabad on my blog here (this post) and also on Facebook and Twitter. Well, Volume 8 of this event happened yesterday (31-Mar-12) and my brother Varun was one of the presenters. His presentation was called “Know Tools, Create Better” and was about how software tools have aided his creative process.
Varun’s presentation was the first of the evening, and it was very well delivered. He’d done his homework well – and that was apparent as he was presenting. There were 7 other speakers at this volume and the event’s MC was Varun Todi (who was one of the presenters in the previous volume). I was there to cheer my brother, and also took a whole bunch of photos as usual.
You can click the above link to view the album of my photos on Facebook. This time I carried along my flash and used all my lenses, so there’s more variety in these photos compared to what I’d done at the previous volumes. My mom and dad also had come for the event, as did a considerably big bunch of friends. Very nice evening I’d say.
Like last time, the talks were all filmed. So those of you who missed some of the presentations can see them when the videos are uploaded to YouTube.
This is the latest video that the team uploaded on the PKNHyd YouTube Channel: Behind the Scenes. This is a sort of “trailer” for PKN Hyd Vol 8. It’s pretty nice, more so since I appear twice in the video!
A couple of other interesting things about this edition of Pecha Kucha –
All hail Open Source! The computer that was hooked up to the projector was running openSUSE 12.1 and presentation slideshows were run on libreoffice-impress.
The speakers’ presentations (PPT files) were converted into MOV videos, so as to preserve the timing of 20 seconds per slide exactly.
Some Glimpses of Hyderabad
Last Saturday I had to go to office to conduct some interviews. I thought I’d use the opportunity to take some photos – so I took my camera along with me. I took a bunch of photos on the commute to and back from office.
Above is one of the photos from the set. In this, you can see the poster for the movie 3, starring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan. This is the movie featuring the song “Why this Kolaveri Di?” and it was released here in Hyderabad on Friday (30-Mar-12) both in Tamil and Telugu.
Galactica’s Season 2 Premiere
My cousin’s blog Galactica resumed publication of posts on March 27 (he calls it a “Season 2” Premiere). A couple of days before, I made this as a promo –
I had taken a print of one of the posters he made, held it up and asked my brother to take this photo. There’s a bunch of movie reviews you can read.
The budget of the movie was $300 million. For that they might have actually flown the actors to Barsoom.
I watched both Agent Vinod and Dookudu in the recent past. The former was seen on opening day in the theatre, whereas the latter was on DVD. I posted a bunch of tweets about them, thought I would summarise them here.
Agent Vinod from director Sriram Raghavan intended to be a globetrotting spy/adventure thriller. I thought it was well shot (the director of photography is C. K. Muraleedharan, who shot the director’s earlier Johnny Gaddaar) and stylish. However, I wasn’t as entertained by it as I’d hoped – the movie was disappointing not because it was incompetent, but I think they tried cramming too much stuff in. The plot was needlessly dragged out (it’s essentially a lot of people following what seems to be a MacGuffin initially, and then the movie turns into a more conventional action-thriller) and I felt they set scenes in various locations (Latvia, Somalia, Russia, etc) just because they had the budget for it. Sometimes felt like 2 movies put together. There was one ‘long take’ sequence which was very nicely done, shaky cam in some action scenes was distracting. If it was trimmed down and if the central character was more interesting, it could have actually become a nice franchise. But I’d say it was an interesting letdown. 6/10
That’s the censorship certificate for the movie. I posted one for Businessman earlier – and like that one, I found the description funny – “Deleted lovemaking sound in the background (replaced with other sound)”.
Dookudu was a huge hit for its star Mahesh Babu, and is a movie that combines action, sentimental drama and comedy all in one package. If you know what you are getting into, and don’t expect anything even remotely resembling reality, you will have a lot of fun with this movie. Somehow, despite being almost 3 hours long, the movie worked, I thought it was very entertaining. The character of “Cool Babu” was… cool, and there were some great one-liners and very funny lines in the movie (“no one can scratch me”). One rooftop fight sequence in the movie was filmed opposite Inorbit mall, near Durgam Cheruvu. 7/10
Two Songs, and a trailer for a Trailer
Apparently, the Indian release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is going to have a Hindi song, performed by the band Agnee. This is called “Hello Andheron” and it’s pretty nice.
I have been following Matthew Inman’s site The Oatmeal for quite a while now. The latest entry there is a sing-along video for a song called “The Motherfucking Pterodactyl”, presented by him and Sarah Donner. There’s more info on this page (you can download the MP3 too).
In a short while, the trailer for the upcoming Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell and directed by Len Wiseman would come online. A couple of days back though, we had the below trailer for the trailer –
I was reading about a “Split Focus Diopter” on this Wikipedia article. This allows one to have a shot with both an area in the foreground as well as one in the background in focus. I’d heard about this in John Carpenter’s audio commentary for his The Thing (1982). It’s used in Brian DePalma’s Blow Out, and in The Divide from Xavier Gens. I think some episodes of the TV show Sherlock also use this.
Interview with the DP of “Like Crazy” – Like Crazy is a movie that was shot on a Canon EOS 7D, there’s an insightful audio interview with the cinematographer of that movie, on lessons learnt in shooting a movie with a DSLR.
Randomly visited PlanetQuake after a long time, and came across this link to a very unique looking Quake III Arena Deathmatch Map – Lun3DM5, a Doom-inspired one – Lun3DM3, and this presentation linked from PlanetDoom.
A collection of tweets from @sickipediabot –
April Fool’s Day: The day every newspaper tries to fool readers by sneaking in at least one properly researched, factually correct story.
If I had to describe my mathematical ability in just one word, it would be “fucking awful.”
What a wonderful feeling it is waking up next to a beautiful woman. Oh well, back home to the wife then.
“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Don’t fuck around, Buzz. Who the hell do you think it is?” “Sorry, Neil.”
I’ve just had a new car horn fitted. It replicates the sound of a gunshot. You should see how fast the fuckers move out the way now.
I committed the perfect crime. I put a mime in an airtight glass box. Nobody suspected a thing.
To cut a long story short, use fewer words.
My grandad asked me what I wanted for my birthday so I told him a ship in a bottle… Shame his hearing is getting bad
I think it would be fantastic to actually see a great white shark before I die. Just not RIGHT before.
My girlfriend just said, “You’re far too vague.” I said, “Well it’s a lot better than being that other thing.”
Collection of Tweets
And finally, we arrive at the collection of tweets over the last couple of weeks.
RT @r_nikki #AprilFool :Go into a public toilet cubicle. Melt dark chocolate in your hand. Extend same hand to next cubicle & ask for tissues
RT @AapChutiyeHain waiting for a text from someone you love must feel like the wait for the reply to a leave request email on a sunday evening.
RT @anujgurwara So our financial year begins on #FoolsDay. Think about all the politicians and their scams and it makes so much sense. @roshanabbas