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First photos from The Martian
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4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 25th, 2015 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian

After seeing all these pictures I got super excited and read the script! It was excellent!!!
It is going to really showcase a lot of Matt's acting chops and humor. I couldn't imagine anyone else in the part. And we even get a moment of him crying (as Matt does so well). His character doesn't have a significant other I noticed (only his parents). Unusual for a stranded protagonist?!

All the photos I think look cool, and I too appreciated their artistic nature.

Did you notice, there are two versions of him striding toward the camera? The Empire version & EW version are slightly different (look at his arms and eye line and you'll notice they're not the same). The Empire one has quite a strong presence. I was really impressed with that being the first still shot I saw from the movie.

The one of him leaning down looking in the dark is my 2nd favorite photo. Taters indeed! Beautiful composition.

I also like the photo of him kneeling down looking at the red dirt.

Why did you picture the HAB to be less tidy? It only becomes a wreck with Mark in it alone. His stance in that photo as you point out with arms akimbo 'hero' pose got my attention too. Did he pose like that in Brothers Grimm?

I too was impressed with the svelte space suit (getting back to the striding photo), it's very cool looking and he looks great. All his thinning down sure paid off.
What was the name for Dr. Mann something piñata?

I asked a projectionist friend if she knew about a teaser trailer released this Memorial Day weekend with Tomorrowland and she said NO. It must be forthcoming though with all the photos released this weekend.

Edited at 2015-05-25 03:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian


Glad to hear you loved the script! I think I will not read it, as I tend to start building visual images for myself and then can get disappointed by shots in a film. The humor is one of the delightful surprises of the book. Glad they have been faithful to the book and haven't shoehorned in an SO.

You are probably right about the two different versions on EW and Empire.

(Potential SPOILERS) I actually like that the look of the HAB surprised me. It's visually strong and, and as you say, the clinical look makes a certain amount of storytelling sense, especially as there will be a contrast with what comes later. I can't remember, there may be something similar in Brothers Grimm. It would fit that character. Here it may be a reaction to bad news.

One of the reasons I'm so taken with the Watney-on-the-rock photo is that it's not taken from the book (that I can remember) but it's an incredibly striking visual which makes perfect sense for the character and vividly demonstrates his isolation. And that's encouraging!

Dr. Mann was an astro-piñata. No wonder he was in a hurry to get off that planet. "Does this planet make me look fat?" Dude, it totally does! Lol.

Thanks for asking your friend. It's OK, there is lots in these photos to feed on!
4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 25th, 2015 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian

"astro-piñata" and "does this planet make me look fat" are for the record books!!!!!
Wait... didn't you read the script? I thought you were teasing me for not reading it for months? I'm confused now. hah, was it the book you've been wanting me to read?
So you're saying in the book there is no scene of him sitting outside on rocks?
Yeah the EW photo and Empire photo are different. The Empire one is a stride, the EW one he's just standing. Just don't want anyone to dismiss them as the same photo.
Is there a way I can private message you? Are you on Facebook or email?

Edited at 2015-05-25 09:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Martian

Yes, it's the BOOK I've been harassing you about. Oh, Gregory, Gregoy, Gregory, just like my hubby, you guys never listen! :-)

Kidding, it's all good!

In the book he spends tons of time outdoors, but I don't recall him ever sitting outside and taking in the glory of Mars - he's too freaking busy trying to keep it from killing him to spend a lot of time admiring it. But, like I say it's a glorious and effective visual that says more than a thousand words ever could about his situation. That's why it thrills me. Film is a visual medium and the book needs adapting into that format, which is where the artistry comes in. I read a wonderful discussion about that by Anthony Minghella once.

I have just one question re script. Does it start with a profanity? Because it should!

I'd be glad to pm with you, but I'm not crazy about randomly putting my email online. Perhaps there is some way we could privately go through this site?

Do you or Felicity have any thoughts? I'm kind of tech challenged.
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