Monday, February 23, 2009

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL - AKIRA THE DON

A MASSIVE thank you to Akira the don for the amazing images below.

His illustration work appears on Lionsgate's official Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel film site - updated now see HERE

To read more about Akira The Don click HERE


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL (but were afraid to ask)

***Lionsgate have just announced the new release date for
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL is
April 24th 2009
***

to read more about the film see below...

ABOUT FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL
Gareth Carrivick was sent the script for FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL by his agent,
whom he shares with the writer Jamie Mathieson. Carrivick, an award winning television director, was looking to make his directorial debut, and Mathieson, a successful stand-up comic, had written a script which seemed ideally suited to Carrivick’s strengths, with his knowledge and experience of directing acclaimed comedy. As Gareth Carrivick says, “I love making comedy, I have spent the best part of 20 years doing so, and it is in my opinion the most difficult genre to get right and the easiest to get wrong, but at the same time it is also fantastically rewarding to hear an audience laugh and to know that you have been a part of that process. It’s why I direct and it why I wanted to make this film.” Jamie Mathieson, himself a self-confessed geek with a love of all things sci-fi, from comics and books, to television and films, initial idea was if you had a guy who was obsessed with time travel, and he was visited by someone from the future, that no one would believe him. This idea formed the starting point of the original screenplay. FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL with it’s many subtle references to other time travel films and books will appeal to aficionado’s who will enjoy spotting the references, it has the geek element as Mathieson says. But these images and icons within the film are sophisticated and understated, in the background, and not designed to distract or interrupt the enjoyment for the regular audience goer, but will give added interest to the geek amongst them. Neil Peplow and Justin Smith, with their successful track record of producing British films, read the script and were instantly attracted to the humour within the material. Together with Carrivick and Mathieson, they spent a year developing the script. Neil Peplow summarises the basic premise of the sci-fi comedy, with all its complicated twists and turns, as “A story about three guys who go to their local pub and find there is a slip in the space time continuum in the gent’s toilet, and they can travel backwards and forwards in time but only to the same toilet, and it is about how they react to this ridiculous situation they find themselves in.” FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL is set apart from other time travel movies in so much as there is no visible future technology, and no fancy visuals to indicate time travel. And most of the events of the film take place in the same building in a limited number of areas; the main bar of the pub, the snug and the toilets. Taking this in to consideration the film asks of the audience exactly how far can you fold the same sequence of events before losing narrative coherence? The answer, it turns out, is surprisingly far. To bring this story to life on the big screen, Peplow, Smith, Carrivick and Mathieson needed to find their perfect trio. This led to a further six months of intensive casting to find the actors to play Ray, Toby and Pete. As Justin Smith says, “We knew who the characters were as they were clearly defined in the script, and we wanted to find the right actors, so we did an exhaustive search for the roles, and we were lucky enough to find exactly the right people who sparked off one another.” After three full read throughs with actors, but never the combination that are in the film, Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton and Dean Lennox Kelly were brought together to see if they had the all important chemistry required to bring the script to life before a final decision could be made. As Carrivick recalls, “We spent the day in a pub and shot some key scenes from the film. They hadn’t ever worked together before, and it worked fantastically well, the chemistry you see in the final film is one that was there from the beginning.” It had to be the right combination for the humour to work, much of which comes from male banter, teasing back and forth, for the audience to believe the way the characters, with their individual traits, respond to the situation they are in, even though it is extraordinary. There is no tardis and no spaceship, instead our trio of mates have a toilet from which they can move backwards or forwards in time. This presents them with the greatest challenge, that of being in one environment, the pub, for the majority of the time with multiple versions of themselves, knowing they cannot break the principal rule of time travel; never touch, speak or bump in to other versions of yourself. To add to the chaos and confusion in the story, there was the character of Cassie to cast, the time traveller Ray falls for. This pivotal role was one which the director, writer and producers all unanimously agreed the American actress Anna Faris would be perfect for. They were delighted when Anna read the script and accepted their offer to come on board. For Anna Faris the attraction to the project was instantaneous, as she explains, “The script is distinctly British, it is funny and witty, and encapsulates everything about popular culture and pub culture that is current right now”.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

F.A.Q.A.T.T. OFFICIAL TRAILER, CHARACTER AND WRITER NOTES





thank you to Lionsgate

THE CHARACTERS

TOBY (Marc Wootton)
Toby is thirty-something, fat and with little regard for personal hygiene, and is Ray’s best mate. He is just as nerdy as Ray in many ways. Quite cocky and self deluded, Toby thirsts for fame. He dreams of writing and directing his own film and is constantly pitching terrible film outlines to anyone who will listen. His ambitions, however, far exceed his talent, a fact which everyone is well aware of apart from him. He has been giving out flyers for a living while he ‘polishes his script’ and will probably still be giving out flyers for some time.
RAY (Chris O’Dowd)
Thirty-something Ray is the acceptable face of geekdom, and the unlikely hero of
FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL. Nerdy but stubbornly proud of it, he’s obsessed with
time travel and science fiction. He is a bit of a dreamer, with his nose constantly in fat sci fi novels. He has a tendency to live in vivid fantasy worlds, a fact which has cost him several jobs and relationships. However, when it comes to the crunch, he has a cool head in a crisis. His favourite Star Wars character is probably Han Solo.
PETE (Dean Lennox Kelly)
Twenty-something Pete is cynical and working class to the core. He thinks that
science fiction is for kids or idiots and takes pleasure in tormenting Toby and Ray for their nerdy interests. He likes a drink and a smoke, and believes in screwing the
system for all he can. He does not believe in ghosts, UFO’s or God and thinks that
belief in any of the above is a sign of stupidity. Pete views his current job of giving out flyers as an easy little earner, with the added perk of free (stolen) burgers. He is also known for being a bit tight with his money.
CASSIE (Anna Faris)
Cassie is a beautiful twenty-something time traveller whose bones have been
replaced with polymer composite, which makes her a time machine. She repairs
time leaks such as the one Pete finds in the gent’s toilets in the pub. She has a
serious crush on Ray, or ‘Ray the Great’ as he is known in the future for the books he has written on time travel, of which Ray is not aware of given he is living in the
present.
MILLIE (Meredith MacNeill)
Millie is an attractive woman who is an Editor (also known as Casual Adjust). She
time travels in order to kill people at their finest hour, to change the course of history, resulting in future generations not being born and chaos theory on a huge scale. Her time machine has a built in armament system which makes her extremely dangerous.

JAMIE MATHIESON (Writer)
Jamie Mathieson, an experienced stand-up, wrote FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL as
his first feature script. He has recently turned his back on the stage to become a full
time writer, and has been working on the screenplay Jamie Frankel is a Great Shag
for DNA Films. His other work includes an adaptation of the novel The Looking Glass Wars, and a six part comedy thriller Romily Speaks which has been optioned by the BBC.
Mathieson’s writing for television includes an episode of My Parents are Aliens for
Granada, in addition to sketches for Velvet Soup for BBC Scotland. He has also
written monologues for Family Fortunes and Catchphrase for Carlton Television.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

TRAILER - F.A.Q.A.T.T.

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel TRAILER is now available to watch on the Cineworld site HERE



Lionsgate/Nick Wall

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FOOLING NOBODY...UPDATES...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TIME TRAVEL will be shown at the Dublin Film Festival 12- 22 February 2009 - to read more click HERE

new Marc projects news coming soon...

AND HUGE thanks to the AMAZING Production Designer Jonathan Paul Green who worked on both Cyderdelic and High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman and has very kindly provided these previously unseen photos below (more to come) which are new to Fooling Nobody.

You can read more on Jonathan's website HERE and BLOG HERE and follow his current work on twitter HERE


CYDERDELIC - Heroic Revolutionary and Che Guevara


Beetle (Barry Castagnola) Frogger (Liam Woodman).
HIGH SPIRITS - Liam Woodman and Mr Ghostman

"Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous"

Our hero - Ian Jackson

all photos copyright Jonathan Paul Green