2004: The Sin City Panel
When A Pro Turns Fanboy...
made it to a panel we would have liked to have seen -- Robert
Rodriguez' presentation with Frank Miller of Sin City. (The
two are co-directing the film adaptation of Miller's classic
comic series.) I asked Mark if he wouldn't mind geeking out
and contributing a report. So here it is...
Rodriguez as Marv, by Mark Teague
a doubt, Sin City is one of my favorite comics.
Frank Miller has always had the ability to make me laugh,
cry and scream.
you combine a great talent like this with one of my all
time favorite directors Robert Rodriguez (also a great artist
as well), the possibilities are endless.
my way to Hall "H" as quickly as I could. Any
Con attendee knows what it's like to weave through an unpredictable
mob like a running back trying to make a touch down. Once
there, I couldn't believe the amount of people inside. It
was packed (and seated an estimated 6500). Luckily,
there were several screens hanging from the ceiling for
us to watch the Sin City trailer.
a filmmaker myself, I can say the trailer left me speechless.
"Holy shit!" I thought, I was watching a glimpse
of a movie that will be kick-ass! Rodriguez is not just
a director but an artist as well. Frank is now not just
an artist but a director as well. Rodriguez said that Frank
was a natural at directing, and that it was as if he had
simply changed pencils.
this film will change the way movies are made. There was
obviously great attention paid to details as Frank said
he would draw out a pose for an actress to hold a gun and
she would say "but this doesn't seem right, how would
I be able to shoot this way?" Don't worry, Rodriguez
would answer, it looks cool.
waited my turn to speak to these two great talents. I rehearsed
my questions and comments in my head. Frank; Will Hard
Boiled ever make it to the big screen? Robert; What’s
wants to thank Rodriguez;
I thank Teague for giving me an excuse to run this
wanted to thank Robert for giving so much back not just
as an artist/director but as a teacher. I’ve always
enjoyed his “10 minute film school” segments
on his DVDs. And finally I would ask him if I could give
him a copy of a silly little film I did using his basic
principles called Superguy.
got closer to the microphone, with my fanboy heart pounding
like a jackhammer, Robert said he would take one more question.
As if losing my chance to talk to Robert wasn’t bad
enough, some wacky filmmaker kid asks Robert if he could
give him a copy of his movie trailer. The massive crowd
booed him beyond belief. “Great, I thought, I won’t
be giving him a copy of anything."
Robert’s voice yelled out “I’ll take a
look at it, bring it up to me after the panel." As
you might guess, I hauled ass to the front of the stage.
the panel of guests said their goodbyes, Robert was the
last to leave. I yelled out his name, handed him my movie,
he said thanks and was gone.
walked away in a full on, glazed over Fanboy coma. Robert
Rodriguez had a copy of my movie, very cool. Will he ever
watch it? Who knows?
keep doing what you do best.
there you have it -- Teague's experience in Sin City. I
hope Rodriguez does watch SuperGuy, and then embraces the
whole Fanboy Planet staff. In Spy Kids 4, I want to be a
9/20/04: Here's the
link to that very trailer that Rodriguez showed at Comic-Con!