The Great Unmade? The Wind In The Willows

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In the 1990’s, director Steven Barron intended to create a live-action film version of Kenneth Grahame’s anthropomorphic English pastoral classic, The Wind In The Willows. He was beaten to it by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Barron collaborated with artist Brendan McCarthy, famous for his work on landmark British weekly comic 2000AD  (they previously worked together on Jim Henson’s The Storyteller). McCarthy also co-created George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, storyboarding the entire film in place of a conventional script.

McCarthy put a bunch of his fantastic concepts up on his Facebook page last year. He recalled:

“The director liked me to do the boards in this style on the page, with key-frame colour shots dropped in here and there. (This was in the pre-digital era, about 20 years ago)… The director, Steve Barron, liked me to add lots of ‘camera movement’ arrows and verbal shot directions. Other directors only want minimal text. Depends…

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These have been gathering dust, unseen, for twenty years… it’s good to give an airing to what could have been a decent British film, from that ‘Handmade’ era. Sadly I have lost most of my film visuals material. I never thought it very important… I always considered my comics work to be the real deal…

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I noticed directors like to be able to show stuff to producers and investors before things are shot… It keeps them calm!”

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Originally posted 2015-05-16 14:20:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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