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Fan Group Creates Full-Length Discworld Movie

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the things-to-watch dept.

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greenrd writes "'Almost No Budget Films,' a group of Terry Pratchett fans from Germany, recently finished a 9-month filming stint on a full-length dramatisation of pterry's novel 'Lords and Ladies.' A grand total of 300 euros were spent on this production, and all profits from this fan movie will go to the Orangutan Foundation. Check out the new English trailer for some grin-inducing special effects!"

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Bandwidth Cost (5, Funny)

Monx (742514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775407)

And another 300 euros will be spent thanks to the direct video link on Slashdot.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

UPi (137083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775420)

Does anyone have a .torrent?

I have a torrent... (0, Troll)

the trolling stones (862573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775475)

...up my ass [goatse.cx]

Re:Bandwidth Cost (2, Informative)

Randy Wang (700248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775580)

Close enough: http://www.mirrordot.org/stories/392f69cfe950a8dd0 3dba199d9383e91/index.html

Re:Bandwidth Cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775711)

clicky [mirrordot.org]

Re:Bandwidth Cost (4, Informative)

Wirr (157970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775431)

And another 300 euros will be spent thanks to the direct video link on Slashdot.

Unlikely, those links point to a university.
If you see a link with uni-*.de it's always a university.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

krunk4ever (856261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775542)

Students attending this university next semester will encounter a tuition increase tacked on as Technology Fee (aka Slashdot Effect).

Re:Bandwidth Cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775562)

Hello, this is Germany - universities can't just increase tuition.

Usually... (5, Funny)

GNUThomson (806789) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775710)

unless it is uni-form-hot-chicks.de or something. But that kind of sites have their educational goals, anyway.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (5, Insightful)

-brazil- (111867) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775459)

Actually, it's hosted on a university webserver, which means it's taxpayers' money...

I've always considered "Lords and Ladies" to be the best of the discworld novels. If only Hollywood would get its act together and do a movie that does Pratchett's genious justice. I do have the British animated features, but to be honest, those look like only negligibly more than 300 EUR were spent...

Re:Bandwidth Cost (2, Insightful)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775487)

However, that bandwidth and server are alreayd paid for. A slashdoting does not cause one to spend anymore money, unless you are paying by the megabyte, which I doubt a university would do.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

zalas (682627) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775505)

At Cornell University, you do not pay for bandwidth on your personal website that's hosted on their servers. However, if you run a server on your own computer, it contributes to the bandwidth cost of your Internet connection, which is 2GB included per month, plus ~$2 per GB over 2GB per month.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775515)

Dunno about German Unis, but here in Britain we have to pay for international traffic (JANET means we don't pay for UK traffic, I believe)

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

mo^ (150717) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775725)

I dont believe there is discrimination on the basis of region. Just like a home connectiopn, once an establishment pays its annual subscription to JANET they have full internet connectivity.

This is an annual payment based around the size of the organisation.

Furthermore (with reference to a previous post) a large part of uni fees in europe (Germnay too) are paid by foreign (mostly oriental) students.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

akzeac (862521) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775523)

Yeah, too bad the server was blown to L-Space already.

Re:Bandwidth Cost (1)

nagora (177841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775548)

I've always considered "Lords and Ladies" to be the best of the discworld novels.

No, that would be "Nightwatch". Admittedly it needs the other 25 books standing behind it, but the power that gives the characters and the setting make Nightwatch one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. L&L's good, though.

I do have the British animated features, but to be honest, those look like only negligibly more than 300 EUR were spent...

The problem with those is there's no sense of timing in the delivery. It sounds as if everyone recorded their lines separately and the director just spliced them together. I know that's probably how it was done, but the art of directing an animation lies at least partly in hiding that fact.

TWW

GIVE THESE PEOPLE SOME MONEYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775410)

The international film community has completely failed to create a "Good Omens" movie. But where the international film community has failed us, once again random germans have pulled through. Is it good? WHO CARES, NEITHER WAS "CONSTANTINE"

No (4, Insightful)

Omkar (618823) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775427)

Keep them away from money. This is a labor of love; do you want an exec fucking it up?

OKAY (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775451)

Then never mind moneys, give them some sandwiches

Re:No (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775484)

Mod parent up !!!

Re:No (1)

megrims (839585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775555)

Yes.

Re:No (1)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775656)

Sometimes, a good executive-type person can be a Good Thing (think Brian Epstein and the Beatles, Col. Tom Parker and Elvis, hell, Bill Gates and MS-DOS), or even a necessary thing (think of anybody who's become "undeservingly famous" because of brilliant marketing).

Would this stifle their creativity? Maybe ... but think of what else they could do if they had the money/resources.

Until (3, Funny)

Kjella (173770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775411)

A grand total of 300 euros were spent on this production

Until they were hit with multiple times that in bandwidth costs after a slashdotting. Mohahahaha >:->

Would it have been so hard... (2, Informative)

Sanity (1431) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775577)

Re:Would it have been so hard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775668)

Yes. Dijjer doesn't run on many setups; when they've made it truely cross-platform (not just Linux/x86, MacOS X, Windows, Solaris), then it might be interesting.

Re:Would it have been so hard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775762)

Yeah, because Windows, Linux, OSX, and Solaris together only constitute a tiny fraction of deployed operating systems...

Well (2, Insightful)

Anv*l (665350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775412)

Nice CG graphics :) Actually it's amazing how people can do something like this; and let the profit go to charity...

Re:Well (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775416)

you are all cock smoking sausage jockey's this link is /.'d dopey mother fuckers - I was desperate to show my 13 year old wife this movie too

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775790)

You're a sick fuck.

Cricky... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775414)

A link to an avi in the summary, and it's not /.ed yet. Impressive!

Cheese eating surrender monkeys! (1, Troll)

Pao|o (92817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775415)

I didnt know that the French need donations. ;)

omg (0)

cat.os.mandros (842677) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775423)

my whet dreams come true ! :D

Looks excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775424)

After the high quality displayed in the trailer for this Terry Pratchett project, I cannot wait to see their work on the upcoming "Peasant's Quest" movie

Almost No Budget for webserver too (0)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775425)

3 replies and link already slashdotted....

Live Action Anime (1)

lakerdonald (825553) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775426)

This will be funnier than those bootleg Live Action Anime films. Kamehameha, anyone?

Slashdotting a full-length movie?! (4, Funny)

SamSim (630795) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775432)

I could hear their server exploding from England!

Re:Slashdotting a full-length movie?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775486)

It's a New English trailer, so I suppose that the server will explode in... New England?

Re:Slashdotting a full-length movie?! (4, Funny)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775496)

Shoulda hosted it on Hex...

Re:Slashdotting a full-length movie?! (1)

akzeac (862521) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775532)

Yeah, but does it run Linux? (Anthill Inside should be x86-compatible)

Re:Slashdotting a full-length movie?! (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775573)

I dunno... the UU has all kinds of arcane knowledge... my guess would be VMS

ook (5, Funny)

flumps (240328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775436)

Oook ook OOOk ook ook ook OOk ook ook ook ook.

[trans. I for one welcome our oragutan overlords]

Re:ook (1)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775471)

GruuuugHtwwwwat Ggggheewwr Muuuuug

[transl: They wont get our teeth.]

Re:ook (5, Funny)

Scrab (573004) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775501)

I thought they were monkeys

Oh wait....

*starts running*

Re:ook (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775538)

fair play.. you have no life - that is the daftest post I have ever read on slashdot in all my 10 minutes worth of combined reading - may I suggest that you should go to the nearest gas station and purchase some of the finest fuel you can find. Take it back to your dwelling (in a suitable container of course) then generously apply it all over your furniture, fixtures and fittings before rolling yourself around on the floor. Once you are then soaked in said fuel you should walk through to your kitchen and turn on all available appliances which utilise gas then leave to marinade for 1 hour before rolling a big fat blunt and igniting.

Hopefully you will take advantage of this more than useful information and save us from any of your boring posts.

Thank you,

CowboyNeal

Re:ook (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775620)

Some people just dont get in-jokes. If you don't like Pratchett why read the article in the first place?

Funniest flame i ever read tho, that said..

Ook? Ook. (1)

Kristoffer Lunden (800757) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775768)

Better learn to program in Ook! [dangermouse.net] then before the jobs are outsourced to Sumatra or Borneo.

Lords and Ladies... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775437)

Isn't that the TV show on Max Payne 2? That was a funny show.

my lord... my laaady...

Under-blues. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775439)

"Check out the new English trailer for some grin-inducing special effects!""

Wearing too tight underwear can produce the same effect.

Re:Under-blues. (1)

oZt (689520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775537)

Atm, that's the only option left...Slashdotted server :/

Bittorent copy (5, Informative)

Faram001 (210613) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775443)

http://trackerwww.prq.to/download.php/3294903/lnlu ksm.avi.torrent

Site is nuked so get it from here.

Re:Bittorent copy (4, Funny)

tcdk (173945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775507)

It's horribly low quality [trackerwww.prq.to] , with some really bad mpeg artefact's. I tidied up a frame, with a wizard talking on his cellphone ... where you go:

_M_
@O
/|\
/ \

Re:Pointy hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775796)

A wizard has a pointy hat, always! (and his staff has a knob on the end)
_/\_
7 U
|/|\
|/ \

Re:Bittorent copy (1)

dh5fbr (209173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775508)

Sh**... this download goes maximum bandwidth - killing all doubts that my ISP does negative QoS for P2P.

ah, and at /. the people really do keep the window open...

Re:Bittorent copy (1)

limegreen (516173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775646)

Tracker nuked too.

Re:Bittorent copy (1)

rekenner (849871) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775678)

Works just fine for me, and I got it about 6-7 minutes ago. Downloaded damn fast, too.

Link slashdotted (3, Informative)

shyampandit (842649) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775450)

Well, looks like their university hosting wasnt up to a good /.'ng :D

Google cache of the webpage at - http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:QuFjhiYyVvQJ: www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~jknoblo2/LnL/Downloa ds/downloads.html+&hl=en [64.233.187.104]

Re:Link slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775495)

normally link to mirrordot [mirrordot.org] would give you the free karma, but the site was down before they could grap a copy.

I think after all these years /. shoudl behave more responsible to slashdot kills. (like give mirrordot a 20 minutes response time to mirror the site)

dv editing and Gutenburgs press (5, Insightful)

Fox_1 (128616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775464)

With so much power on the desktop it's becoming easier and easier to produce polished video products at home. There's even software to correct for shaky camera work, it's possible to redesign shots in the editing programs and digital effects are becoming very easy to setup now. (remember Lightsabre boy)
I love the idea of more and more content being produced by hobbyists, enthusists and other non-studio persons. We are at that point where knowledge passes from a few to many - much like the printing press took the books away from the scholars and gave them to the people. Screw the RIAA & DMCA, we are gonna start producing our own copyrighted materials and they'll lose out.

Re:dv editing and Gutenburgs press (5, Insightful)

zalas (682627) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775497)

Overall, I think it looked pretty nicely done. The way the scenes are stitched together was really nice. Some effects looked really nice (the glowing eyes), but some looked really distracting (the starburst type effect, not sure what to call it). I liked the use of the miniature sized people. However, it seemed like sometimes the people look too "normal" in a sense, while at other times, they really fit in with the scene. Perhaps some better lighting/atmosphere could make up for it?

The footage isn't usually the problem... (5, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775636)

Some of the really major stumbling blocks I see:

1. Scenery/Models. Unless it is set in contemporary earth, this is one of the really hard ones. By models I mean models of castles, spaceships etc., which tend to look like they were made of Lego.

2. Getting enough angles. Particularly an issue in action movies, where my impression is the shot lacks angles (i.e. it was filmed once from one angle, instead of a commercial movie often mixing and matching between overview shots, action "highlights", close-ups of key people, pans etc.

All of that is used to form a good scene. It takes time, requires a good editor and provides very little screen time, but it really sets them apart. In particular, notice that you never see a "pan-up" scene done with rails/crane in an amateur movie. Same with aerial shots.

3. Acting of B-class characters. The leads usually have some acting skill. But the fringe characters (i.e. not the extras) suck donkey balls.

4. Cheesy CG/special effects. Yes, I know many of the effects are easy to make today. But more often than not, the program doesn't support (or it is too damn hard to figure out how) the effect you really want, but you settle for what you can. They tend to look plastered on top like a sticker from a Donald Duck magazine on top of your photo.

5. Audio effects. The music is usually decent, but the timing might be off. But more often than not, the audio effects sound "unmatched" or simply fake. No, changing the pitch and streching/compressing it still makes it sound like a horse/pig/dog/bird/animal of the day, and that was just you screaming.

Kjella

Great stuff... here's where to find more. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775474)

Wonderfully entertaining, kitschy trailer.

For more stuff quite like this, check out Channel 101 [channel101.com] and its New York sister site, Channel 102 [channel102.net] .

For an example of how brilliant zero-budget filmmaking can be, check out their winner for this month's contest: House of Cosbys [channel101.com] .

If you don't laugh at this, you're probably Bill Cosby. And even then.... well, just click.

Re:Great stuff... here's where to find more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775650)

Wow, that was just...

I am speechless.

(I want a Cosby)

Rankin (3, Interesting)

leenoble_uk (698539) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775481)

Screw Pratchett. We need a Robert Rankin movie. I vote for The Book of Ultimate Truths.

Re:Rankin (1)

Ithika (703697) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775593)

My God that's a beautiful idea! Which one was ultimate truths again? I can't remember, so long since I read his early (good) stuff. He's been a bit off lately. The Pooley and Omally series, they were fantastic, though I can't imagine who'd play them.

Re:Rankin (1)

leenoble_uk (698539) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775634)

The Book of Ultimate Truths has Cornelius Murphy and diminutive sidekick Tuppe searching through the forbidden zones for Hugo Rune, he which penned the book of the title.

The forbidden zones for the uninitiated are those areas of the map to which mere mortals do not generally have access. To illustrate their existence Hugo rune took a regular map of the world and a ball. Everybody knows the world is round, yet when you attempt to fit the map onto the spherical object what you find is that it doesn't fit. you have to make all sorts of cuts in the map and even then you end up with big gaps everywhere. This empty space is the area covered by the forbidden zones. This is where all the biros go and where London's cabbies drive through to avoid the traffic.

Re:Rankin ... is absolutely awful IMHO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775781)

Somehow the blurbs on his books sort of make me interested, but his horrendous style completely ruins any goodwill the (sort of neat) ideas might have created.

The turtle moves! (5, Informative)

tchernobog (752560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775482)

Cool!

But I just hope in Terry Gilliam to find the budget [smart.co.uk] to start Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens"!

Wouldn't that be great?

---

Along with the standard computer warranty agreement which said that if the machine 1) didn't work, 2) didn't do what the expensive advertisement said, 3) electrocuted the immediate neighbourhood, 4) and in fact failed entirely to be inside the expensive box when you opened it, this was expressly, absolutely, implicitly and in no event the fault or responsibility of the manufacturer, that the purchaser should consider himself lucky to be allowed to give his money to the manufacturer, and that any attempt to treat what had just been paid for as the purchaser's own property would result in the attentions of serious men with menacing briefcases and very thin watches.

-- (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens)

Re:The turtle moves! (1)

Denyer (717613) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775705)

Agreed. It's very impressive. Reminds me a bit of Knightmare (an old UK kids' show) but with better CGI.

I don't trust a large company not to butcher Good Omens... particularly speeches such as Crowley talking about human nature... but a man from the same circle that produced Life of Brian has a better shot than most, I suppose...

Re:The turtle moves! (1)

jspoon (585173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775808)

... but a man from the same circle that produced Life of Brian has a better shot than most, I suppose...

Not to mention Jabberwocky, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and, most importantly, Brazil. I'd say that if anyone can get a movie as weird as Good Omens would have to be made, it's Gilliam. Or not made, if necessary. He's had more than his share of projects go up in smoke because someone thought they were too weird, probably some of them could have been saved if he was willing to tone down.

Adding the "books that should be movies" subthread (4, Interesting)

arpoodle (306471) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775493)

Since so many others have commented along similar lines, here's my tuppenceworth.

Neal Stephenson's SnowCrash would be an Awesome film.

Re:Adding the "books that should be movies" subthr (1)

i chose quality (413813) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775511)

holy crap, YES!

Re:Adding the "books that should be movies" subthr (2, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775540)

Neal Stephenson's SnowCrash would be an Awesome film.

If done right (from your perspective) yes.

The problem with movies is that they leave very little to the imagination. Filter a good written story through a film and all you are left with is the movie

Films which I wish I had never seen include Millennium [imdb.com] (from a fantastic short story by John Varley) and (Gibson) [imdb.com]

Re:Adding the "books that should be movies" subthr (1)

oZt (689520) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775560)

I agree, but the book is awsome. And we don't have to view it as a movie of the book, just as a movie.

Totally Agree (1)

arpoodle (306471) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775566)

I do recognise that it takes something special to make a film that's anywhere as good as the book.

Other "cyberpunk" genre book-film conversions haven't gone as well.. Johnny Nmemonic springs to mind.

I do think, tho, that Snowcrash has a wide enough spread plot, that it coud be done with something for everyone.

Re:Totally Agree (1)

c4miles (249464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775777)

Mostly agreed. However, Strange Days, Blade Runner and The Matrix (to an extent) prove that cyberpunk themes can be done well.

Snowcrash? Well, we can live in hope.

I should read when I preview (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775579)

Johnny Mnemonic [imdb.com] By William Gibson

Re:I should read when I preview (1)

Quobobo (709437) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775695)

I completely agree with you about that movie. I don't know how they managed to mess it up so badly; the short story was fantastic, with some scenes that would be amazing in (good) cinema. All it would really need is to be extended for a movie. If they got the right cinematographer, imagine what the grimy underworld of a Gibson city would look like, or the Killing Floor where Molly fights.

Re:Adding the "books that should be movies" subthr (3, Informative)

bhima (46039) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775640)

I am still traumatized by the SciFi Channel's adaptation of the Earthsea cycle to want a book to become a movie (or a mini-series).

Gavin Scott, the Butcher of Earthsea, should not be allowed to read or write ever again.

But you are right on the SnowCrash thing or A Diamond Age which I also enjoyed.

bittorrent for god's sake! (3, Insightful)

lkcl (517947) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775520)

somebody bittorrent it - next time _before_ announcing it on slashdot, please.

Re:bittorrent for god's sake! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775569)

Or post a dijjer (http://www.dijjer.org) link (http://dijjer.org/get/http://www.rzuser.uni-heide lberg.de/~jknoblo2/LnL/lnluksm.avi) in the story...

Max Payne 2? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775557)

i so wish there was a tv show based on "Lords and Ladies" from Max Payne 2. If anyone who has played this game stood around the TV and watched this show would laugh immensely. A great easter egg that other game developers should strive for

*Shudder* (1)

kunwon1 (795332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775605)

Just so long as it isn't in black and white, and doesn't feature a convenience store and the militantly non-personable employees thereof.

Gotta Catch 'Em All! (2, Funny)

boingyzain (739759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775612)

on a full-length dramatisation of pterry's novel

Pterry? Sounds like a Pokemon.

Back on topic... I sure wish real movie studios would pick up some of these Discworld novels to make a great expensive movie out of. I can see them as the next Star Wars or such, if they do it right.

Or, even better, a faithful recreation of Dune!

Re:Gotta Catch 'Em All! (1)

antiaktiv (848995) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775644)

once they get around to making his dark materials, that'll be the new star wars, or lord of the rings, if you will.

Re:Gotta Catch 'Em All! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775738)

Is the Pterry related to the Ptarmigan?

Pterry - a small humourous sea bird, with a strange affinity for elephants.

Re:Gotta Catch 'Em All! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775794)

Did you see the Dune mini-series that came out relatively recently. It was a lot more faithful to the book than the film IMHO.

-AC

lords and ladies (2, Interesting)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775654)

i can't wait to see this after someone mirrors it or something. but i wish these kind folk had done one of the starter books, lords and ladies is definitely kind of into the series a little bit, although it pretty much doesn't matter with the discworld stuff.
pratchett's about due for a new one seems like - going postal's been out a while now. been reading the bromeliad triology last few days, it's fun.
what ever happened to gilliams good omens efforts?

Re:lords and ladies (3, Informative)

Denyer (717613) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775684)

it pretty much doesn't matter with the discworld stuff.

Well, Lords and Ladies is the first book where the author thought it worth including a note in the front to the effect that it helps to have read them in some kind of order. (And gave a short summary of events so far.)

Offtopic Sig Meta-comment (1)

c4miles (249464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775782)

Ph-nglui mglw'nafh Gates R'chmd wgah'nagl fhtagn.

Whatever that incantation means, I hope it works.

Making books into movies (1)

Redwin (805980) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775675)

I would still like to see how books get selected for movies, I mean given the amount of amatuer productions of books there appear to be some truly genius adaptations that could be made given proper backing.

I wonder if we could post a top 10 books-to-film list and see if someone actually pays attention to what the public wants... oh wait.. best interests of the public... movie industry... never mind.

Coincidence? (-1, Troll)

Staff.ie (860626) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775707)

Do you ever notice powerful countries like GERMANY always love SCAT, BUKKAKE parties and INVITRO CUM JERKS?

Do you ever notice power countries who lost large battles always contain a HIGHER RATIO of NERDS, GOTHS and PANTY LOVERS?

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This is it! (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775720)

This is the end of cinema.

lets see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775723)

...if they can make "night watch" or "guards! guards!" with, say, 500 euros :-) congtatulations for your work, guys. maybe anytime over the weekend your work will be un-slashdotted and visible :)

Watched the trailer! (3, Interesting)

Stalyn (662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775745)

....eh shoulda used 16 mm film. But hey who cares if it looks like crap?

A really good sci-fi movie shot for a very low budget ($7000) I recommend is Primer [primermovie.com] .

obligatory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775752)

Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

Another Pratchett Film (4, Interesting)

Ray Radlein (711289) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775795)

I noticed on LSpace [lspace.org] that there's also a short of "Troll Bridge" [lspace.org] being filmed by a bunch of Aussies [snowgumfilms.com] .

They even got a quickie script rewrite from PTerry himself.

Ultimate B-movie night film!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11775806)

awesome!

flamebait, sure (1, Flamebait)

MOMOCROME (207697) | more than 9 years ago | (#11775809)

...but I just can't see what you guys like about this Pratchett guy. He comes off as a wanky, half-baked Douglas Adams wannabe selling semi-ironically juxtaposed fantasy cliches by the gross.

In my somewhat severe opinion, I'd say the classic M.Y.T.H. series [amazon.com] is far more sophisticated, far more entertaining, and most importantly far more funny.

Don't get me wrong- I've consumed all the works of both authors. It's just that I've come to the conclusion that Mr. Pratchett works at the same level as the likes of Piers Anthony or Cory Doctorow(not so good). Robert Aspirin and gang, on the other hand, operate more on the level of Zelazny or Niven (moderately acceptable).

fwiw, I prefer the works of Mervyn Peake [amazon.com] to all of this pedestrian dreck.
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