Things I never thought I’d deal with in my life…

I never actually sat down and made such a list, but if I had, I’m pretty sure on the top of it would be the length and style of Brandon Routh’s hair.  Suddenly, I’m the (former) Man of Steel’s stylist and I’m not really sure how that happened.  To be fair, it’s not like I was asked to style it myself.  I’m not sure anyone in their right mind would ask that.  I did, however, receive an email informing me that we’d soon be taking pictures of Brandon with his hair set as it will be in the movie and sending them to the Bonelli folks for their approval.

This is exactly the kind of input we crave from our collaborators and want to get from them at every turn.  Sometimes, things get in the way and we can’t but we always strive to.  In my opinion, and it’s an opinion shared by a lot of people here, why wouldn’t you?  It was the creator’s vision that this great idea sprang forth, so we try to stay true to that vision as much as humanly possible.  Sometimes, compromises have to get made, but if people loved it in the first place, we want to stay true to whatever it was that that creator brought into the world in the first place.  Sometimes that is possible and sometimes it isn’t, as we’re often not the 800 pound gorilla in the room, but we always try.

But luckily on this project, we’re in the driver’s seat for a lot of this.  And we’ve got an amazing resource in Gioy Demarco, our foreign library specialist.  Gioy is Italian and speaks about 5,000 languages (slight exaggeration, but not by much), grew up reading Dylan Dog in Italy and has a more all-consuming love of the Bonelli library than I’ve ever had about any comic.  Gioy is currently in contact with the folks at Bonelli on a daily basis, getting their opinion on a variety of different things.  You can often find Gioy in the office at 4am to best accomodate the time difference and be able to go back and forth with them on everything under the Dylan Dog sun.

So when we receive an email from production folks, letting us know photos are coming, it’s Gioy who will be on the phone as soon as possible to get the creators input on them, probably at 4am.  This is how much we love this source material and the deep respect we try and show to the creators we work with.

And this is how silly my job is sometimes that I not only received an email about Brandon’s hair, I sat at wrote a blog post about it.  Life can be downright silly at times.

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Stuntguy/PTP (Part Time Philosopher)

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4 Responses to “Things I never thought I’d deal with in my life…”

  1. “(Former) Man of Steel”? Do you know something we don’t? I thought he was still up for the role of Superman.

  2. deadofnightmovie Says:

    No, Sean. I apologize if it came off that way. I only meant to say that he’s 100% Dylan in our eyes now and I think will transcend his Man of Steel image and really show his versatility as an actor in Dead of Night. I have no clue as to the status one way or the other of Brandon in that other role based on that other comic. :-)

  3. Gotcha. By the way, what is your role in making the movie? (Just curious.)

  4. deadofnightmovie Says:

    I am the head of development at Platinum Studios, the company responsible for the film getting made. I helped develop the script that came from the comic. I am also a part of the stunt team here on the actual production, working under a very talented stunt coordinator named Eric Norris.

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