CW have thrown a trailer for their new reality show Capture.
Look familiar? It’s as close to Hunger Games as they could make it - 12 pairs “enter a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wild, where they must live for one month and compete against each other for scarce resources. With $250,000 on the line, it’s a winner-take-all battle in which the teams must hunt each other down to survive.”
Kickstarter is a powerful place - while it’s not going to answer the hopes and dreams of every new creative in the world… for some it is mecca. Japanese animation studio Trigger, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their Little Witch Academia - the first short (with English subtitles) surpassed 800,000 views on YouTube.
The second Little Witch Academia was floated on Kickstarter asking for $150,000. That goal was reached in under six hours. After three days the total is $348,789 from 4,487 backers. If they hit their new goal of $500,000, they will release an audio commentary, a ‘making of’ documentary, soundtrack and art book - there are still 27 days left in the campaign!
When asked this week about his plans to film an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five - with the incredible screenwriter Charlie Kaufman - Guillermo Del Toro didn’t shy away from the question:
We talked about it, but the deal hasn’t been sealed. The books that I read in my first 15 years of life are books like The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Frankenstein, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Slaughterhouse-Five was the one where I experienced my first stroke of humanistic science-fiction. It was about humanity and the science-fiction was the accoutrements of the tale. It was ultimately about Vonnegut and what it is to be human.”
There’s a busy year or two ahead - with Del Toro working on a TV pilot and a new feature … but after that. Well, after that who knows?
The new site will feature film criticism and industry news. In a Mashable interview this week Keith Phipps, editor of The Dissolve, said:
There’s a lot of great film writing on the Internet, but there really wasn’t anyone doing what Pitchfork has done for music, which is smart, opinion-driven, critic-driven, review-driven, and written for an audience that was passionate about film but not necessarily coming at it from an academic view.
Launching later today The Dissolve has a ton of new content to whet readers appetite - and, possibly, see a smarter side of cinema writing.