It’s getting closer! Did you see the kick ass new trailer that was released last night during the SuperBowl? If not, let me refresh your memory:
Plus I can finally share with you about my Set Visit Experience! Way back, last April a few bloggers flew down to Atlanta to see the Guardians in action. We even saw them filming a scene from the SuperBowl trailer!!themSo from Monday to Friday, we are all sharing fun behind the scenes photos, exclusive interviews, and more! I mean we had to keep all of this stuff in our **TOP SECRET** files for almost over a year! When I say **TOP SECRET** we even had to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement saying we wouldn’t share or leak anything until the time was right and FINALLY we can! To get things started I wanted to share this ADORABLE fun photo:
Ummm HELLO Baby Groot and Rocket! I’ve had the chance to meet a few celebrities, but again….BABY GROOT! I just wanted to put him in my pocket, but don’t worry I didn’t.
During the entire trip, I kept having moments where I felt like I was in an alternate reality. The only way I can describe it is that it was magical. Seeing costumes, makeup, the set, a few green screens, and props. Each and every minute little detail comes together to shape the world of both the MARVEL MCU and what we know as of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Speaking of props, we met with Property Master Russell Bobbit who really knows his stuff. I’ve met him a few times and his knowledge always impresses me. The imagination that he has to create is mind blowing. He has worked on Iron Man one, two, three, Thor, “a couple of those Captain America movies”, and Guardians. He shared a little bit of the process with us:
“They give me a script and I have to figure out what kind of props the actors need and where they fit in the universe, depending on the universe that we’re in. So I’ll go over the script and, and sort of make a big list of everything I think should be in the movie and then I think outside the box and I, I’ll do the background stuff, you know, like the background alien person walks by, what’s he gonna have in his hand? Uh, and we design, manufacture and engineer everything basically from scratch on a movie like this because we’re in outer space and there is no outer space prop rental house or an outer space store that I can go to and say I’d like, you know, 800 outer space guns.
So we draw — and I show the director, I get approval, I get with the actors and I figure out what their characters are gonna be — and we come up with a plan. From there, uh, I go into the manufacturing process and start figuring out how big it then should be for a person your size or how big the gun should be for each character”
Another thing I found interesting is that he makes multiple versions of everything. One that is a more light weight that the actor can carry around, one “Hero” version that is for all the closeup shots, Then he shared this fun little tidbit about that famous walkman from the previous film:
“The Walkman that Chris wears, was insanely challenging in that there’s plenty of the Walkman’s out there. You can find those. But the headset, allegedly Sony had a fire in the warehouse and all of that model burned to the ground. I looked at my boys and the people that shop for me and I said, okay just go find them. Go online, go to Ebay, do what you do to find those headsets and we found two pairs. Eight thousand dollars each because they were in Guardians of the Galaxy 1. And nothing irks me more than having to pay eight thousand dollars for something that we created in the first place that was a 12-dollar purchase. I looked at the Ebay ones. I stared at them. I studied them. I looked at photos from the first movie. I discovered that they weren’t even the actual headsets used in the film. They were just that model and they’re so hard to find that they’re able to sell em for eight thousand dollars, even if it’s the same model.
I called my manufacturing people. I put together a plan and I manufactured my own, probably cost me more than eight but not much more than eight. And, and so we had a manufacturer more of his headsets because we wanted them to be the same headset.”
I was holding a Quad Blaster from Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord himself! Plus, I thought we were all doing serious faces…nope I’m the only one mean-mugging the camera. 😛
We also were able to meet and chat a bit with Jonathan Schwartz in a room that was covered in Concept Art for the film. You guys know I love me some concept art. Not only that, but he talked out the story line with us and WOWZA, I can’t wait to see the final result.So without any spoilers from me. Check out some of these still from the film so you can see how much artwork helps create the “Look” of Guardians:
Ok, enough for Day ONE. Make sure to check back in every day this week for tons of more coverage about all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Next up: Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill/Star-Lord”) and Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”) interviews!
***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***