Thursday, 20 March 2008
Last night's Total Film's inaugrual Red Carpet Preview event was pretty impressive if a tad long. It was three hours of trailers, exclusive footage, onstage interviews and guest appearances, the highlights of which were Guillermo Del Toro, who dragged himself off his sick bed for a hilarious Q&A (and yes, he said he still wants to make The Hobbit, but negotiations are still ongoing; two exclusive scenes from Wall-E which looks AMAZING (I'm so there!); a talk from Narnia makeup artist Howard Berger, who flew in from LA especially and made many people happy by dolling out crew t-shirts, and Prince Caspian star Warwick Davis; a lovely wry introducton from Son Of Rambow writer-director Garth Jennings; the trailer for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars actually had me excited again, and given my disappointent over Episodes 1-3 is something; and a nice chat with director Paul Andrew Williams at the afterparty. And although I'd already seen many of the trailers — Hulk, Iron Man, Indy IV, Dark Knight, Speed Racer et al — that were unspooled, the experience of watching them on a massive screen, after seeing them online, was a revelation. All in all it was a great night. Congratulations to everyone involved.