03/11/08 PMC recently posted an interview with
Outlander composer Geoff Zanelli about why he chose
their speakers as his studio monitors. Of
course Outlander gets a brief mention.
PCM is “a UK based, world-leading manufacturer of professional monitor
and audiophile speaker systems” (PMC stands for Professional Monitor
Company). You can read the entire interview here.
It’s an insightful look into the process of scoring a film.
Zanelli cites three primary reasons for his purchase of PMC
monitors. “Firstly,” he confides, “I wanted to clear up translation issues
between my composition process and the final film mix - to have my writing room
be a closer representation of the way in which audiences will hear my scores in
movie theaters. Secondly, I wanted to be able to handle the size of my studio -
approximately 500 square feet - without feeling a lack of power in the back of
the room, where the filmmakers sit. And thirdly, I wanted to use the same PMC
speakers we use in our final mix studio; I loved the sound in there and wanted
it for my writing room! The installation process was very simple and provided
immediate results - not to mention immediate inspiration to want to be working
“I have also written several scores that were mixed on PMC units by engineer
Jeff Biggers here at Remote Control’s Studio B,
including Disturbia, Hitman
and Outlander, and I found the results fantastic. There were zero translation
issues from the mix rooms where those were done to the final dub stage, which
speaks to a very efficient work process.”
03/08/08 It’s been a few days since Outlander was first screened to an
audience of more than 200. Intelligence
gathering suggests that the screening actually served dual purposes as
apparently a number of the producers along with the film’s star - Jim Caviezel - were in attendance. We’re a little curious who was screening
the film though as it’s our understanding that Ascendant Pictures delivered a
completed film and their work pretty much ended back in November.
Anyway, the reviews we’ve heard
so far are for the most part positive with a handful being disappointed. One particular reviewer noted though that,
while he liked it, the movie did seem over-long at two and a half hours, and
had places he thought suffered from predictability. Overall, the comments were pretty positive,
and it seems that they’re using this preview screening to inform some slight
editing that will be going on in the near future to address these issues.
On a completely positive
note, one of the reviewers called the creature effects “the best I’ve seen in movies,” and added that it’s “definitely worth a look at even if its just for the monster.” The same reviewer confirms that the movie is
- in fact - very gory in places as well, so as we stated earlier you can expect
the movie to receive an R rating in the US.
Of the films the test audience was told Outlander compared to, including
Dragonheart, and Beowulf, the reviewer felt
Outlander was the better film.
As for the film, any editing
pretty much means a spring release is out of the question. Word (at the moment) is to look for Outlander
in theaters in the fall. If the editing
is for minor pacing issues and don’t compromise the films structure, it
shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Either way, hopefully we’ll get to see this earlier cut on a Blu-ray release in the future. The other possibility is that if it’s the North American distributor
that is re-editing things, then it’s possible that theaters abroad will be
showing a different version of the film, which isn’t entirely unusual. Movies also often receive major editing when
shown in the middle east to comply with more stringent
Also, it’s worth noting that
despite what may have been on IMDB for ages, the film was *never* in
“re-editing” before now. The main cut of
the movie, according to the film’s editor, was locked down back in the summer
last year, and the movie’s editing was constantly tweaked as the completed
effects shots were delivered from Spin Productions until the compositing and
rendering was finished in November.
03/04/08 BREAKING NEWS: OUTLANDER test screenings.
Reports are starting to
trickle in that Outlander was screened for test audiences this afternoon in
London (England or Ontario?). Hopefully
they will be word of some impressions of the film soon. Well, keep you posted.