Saturday, 21 June 2008

Nuada Bio & More

Another batch of treats for you all - although the Tumour Baby just plain freaks me out.

Character Bio Prince Image

Council Painting Image

Tumour Baby Image

Friday, 20 June 2008

IGN Go Inside The HB2 Editing Suite With GDT

This was just posted over at IGN, and it's quite interesting to read. It also features some more production art, and, annoyingly, lets us know that it's being edited right around the corner from me in Soho, London! If only I knew where!

More Goodness

As promised, here's some more production sketches, one of a door that has an air of TSD about it and another of some glasses we're already familiar with. Plus, a bio on everyone's favourite lady of the flame.

Character Bio Liz Image

Troll Market Door Image

Troll Market Door
Francisco Ruiz Velasco: Only magical beings have access to the Troll Market, which has been hidden from human eyes for centuries. This is the door that leads to the market. It's like a huge safe mechanism that only few know how to open.

Originally, this door was conceived to be inside an underwater chamber that led to the Golden Army chamber. Later on, Del Toro decided to create a variation of the door for the Troll Market.

Prototype Image

Glasses Prototype
{Francisco} This was designed by Pablito Angeles based on Guillermo’s sketches. It’s a device that makes it possible to look through magical spells and reveal hidden things of the fairy world.

GDT: Fairies use a "glamour" effect to hide themselves so the optical device removes that effect and shows the "true" nature of things. For the geeks, this is a riff on several classic pulp fantasy stories that use similar devices.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

The Notebook (the one about Hellboy, not the one about Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams and some old people)

I thought this was very cool, so I wanted to give it to you today, in it's own post. You should also check out the official movie website as it's been heavily updated and looks fantastic.

New Goodies!

It's been a little bit quiet on the HB2 front since the game ended - but it's back in force! What we have here is loads of pretty stuff to look at, a new video, wallpapers etc - and there's a lot more to come, which I'll be adding over the next few days so as not to overwhelm everyone all at once.


(edit: I haven't learnt enough about html to be able to switch autoplay off on the trailer, so you're gonna have to go down there and pause the damn thing if you wanna watch the Creature video... sorry!)

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Troll Barber Image

Prince Nuadas Spear Image

Prince Nuada's Spear
Francisco Ruiz Velasco: This drawing is an early version of the Prince's spear, created by Pablo Angeles. The main idea was for the spear to be a kind of telescopic device, so when it is short it can be used as a double-bladed sword and then extend to a spear.
All the weapons of the Elf royalty are richly decorated. We were trying to stay away from Celtic motifs and create our own patterns. In the end we moved the design toward more Oriental and Islamic ornamentation.

Council 2 Image

GDT: This is a sketch by Francisco Ruiz Velasco but it is created around a real existing location. Like in PANS LABYRINTH I decided to go for a crepuscular, warm palette in the Fantasy realm (reds jiving with Hellboy) and leave the real world in blues, greens and greys. I did a quick sketch of the "Throne" that was part of a boiler and asked Francisco to "echo" a halo behind the king's head, which we introduce in the PROLOGUE. As we scouted locations we found a locomotive cemetery / repair yard and photographed the boiler part of some old engines and lined those up on the walls to create a "hallway" feel. Incongruously, I wanted gold petals to be falling from above- a magical, crazy touch.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Huge Interview With Ron, Doug and Luke at SHH!

Like the title says, this interview is pretty big, and interesting to boot (Luke Goss is in the Tekken movie? And he's finished shooting his part already?) - check it out.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Hall Of Fame & Winners!

So, on kranix' and Darriann's suggestion over at the HETFET forums, here's a post celebrating the winners of the sweeps, and the people responsible for breaking each code:

(at the moment this post will be incredibly sketchy until I can research who actually broke each code, any help is appreciated)

Sweeps winners (premiere):
Sweeps winners (posters): OogieBoogie & bfunk00

Code Breakers:
Code 1: Didn't need to be broken. Anyone with eyes could figure it out.
Code 2:
Code 3: As far as I know, this was all on Pikachuchu.
Code 4: Jason S let me know - I don't know if he was first or not.
Code 5: Padraic & Mycroft
Code 6: Laurabelle & Peshmode, and Alison (who was on the right track, whether she knew it or not).
Code 7: Truffula
Code 8: I'm gonna say liam, since he pointed out the frame as soon as we got that video.
Code 9: Me! (although I'm open to contests against this).
Code 10: Zero

PANATROG Passphrase: butterchik

Disclaimer: like thebruce says, there may have been people who cracked the codes before all of these guys, who perhaps weren't posting on HETFET - in which case this is a list of people who were first to report that they'd cracked it. Not that that should make you all feel any less proud of yourselves :)