Everything you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy
As it was released today in theaters Guardians of the Galaxy, a space adventure of epic proportions and lots of action that expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe within the cosmos and what better way to pay tribute to the first cosmic Marvel movie than by telling you about some of the curiosities that surrounded the filming of the movie directed by James Gunn .
Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel first appeared in issue 18 (January 1969) of the Marvel Superhero comics, and was the brainchild of Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. It is the second time that the modern team of Guardians has been presented with that name. The first time he appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 2) Number 1 (May 2008). Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the new team and the initial Guardians were Star-Lord, Rocket the Raccoon, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot.
Director James Gunn knew how to create a very stimulating atmosphere since the music created for the film was heard during filming. Gunn asked composer Tyler Bates to finish some pieces in advance so that they could be heard. In this way, the atmosphere on the set was most stimulating and pleasant, in addition to giving the appropriate tone to the scenes. Along with the original band pieces from the film, Gunn also had the sound department put on the '70s songs Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) listened to on his old cassette player.
Responsibility for finding the perfect cassette player for use in the movie fell to the daredevilist Barry Gibbs. Despite searching the internet extensively for four months, Gibbs's team only found 16 cassette players in better or worse condition to use in the film.
Production designer Charles Wood and his team designed and built several large-scale sets for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and the Kyln, the prison where the Guardians gather, was the largest of all. The Kyln is a 360-degree set and a true feat of engineering. It was made with 158,000 kilos of steel on three levels, and was expanded in the post-production phase with another 61 meters more.
The design of the Milano, Peter Quill's spacecraft, is inspired by the Bell Aircraft X-1 rocket plane piloted by Chuck Yeager. It took 14 weeks and the work of various types of trades to build a dual-level suite, with an upper cockpit and dwellings below. Charles Wood and his team followed director James Gunn's instructions so that Quill's environment was reminiscent of Earth and had a tangible, mechanical look, with chrome and leather, and that look of the 50's and 60's American dumps.
The production design team also built the Dark Aster, the villain Ronan's spaceship. It resembles a flying mausoleum and its design is minimal and no frills. It is a gray and stark world devoid of any props. Its strength is based on solid and heavy cement architecture, to convey its philosophy and function.
Dave Bautista, former WWE champion (wrestling), plays Drax the Destroyer. Drax's life trajectory is reflected in his body, full of tattoos and scars. Bautista had to endure 4 hours a day of prosthetic makeup sitting in a chair, or rather standing, since he could not sit during the session. A team of five makeup artists was required to complete the full application of Bautista makeup, consisting of 18 pieces for the body and face. At the end of filming, Dave Bautista had spent seven full days in the makeup room.
During the filming of the film, the makeup special effects department made a total of 1,250 prosthetic makeup applications. 50 makeup artists worked as a team on each character.
Karen Gillan had to cut her hair and shave her head for the role of Nebula, and Benicio Del Toro was forced to dye his dark hair and eyebrows white to play the Collector.
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Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel featured many alien extras and 2,000 humanoid alien molds were needed, with all parts pre-colored for each yellow, blue, or pink race.
David White, special effects makeup designer, was commissioned to produce the full-size 3D versions of Rocket and a bust of Groot. They were used in the filming, not only so that the filmmakers had references for the visual effects and lighting, but also to see how the characters worked.
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, hair / makeup designer, couldn't cope by creating the different makeups for the alien races, whose skin color varied depending on their race. It was not easy to find a product that did not spoil the suits and that resisted water and dirt. After many trial and error tests, her team managed to develop a spray make-up that worked with everyone.
Creation of the sphere featured in the film fell to props boss Barry Gibbs and his team. They sculpted the outer shell in aluminum and a jeweler engraved and drilled it before sending it out to be silver plated for the wonderful piece.
To end this post we leave you a featurette of Rocket Raccon and Groot with comments from James Gunn, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Synopsis: This time, a reckless adventurer, Peter Quill, is relentlessly pursued after stealing a mysterious sphere. In order to escape, Quill has to agree to a complicated truce with a bunch of crazy misfits: Rocket, a raccoon armed with a rifle, Groot, a tree-shaped humanoid, the lethal and enigmatic Gamora and the vengeful Drax the Destroyer.
When Quill discovers the true power of the sphere, he must do everything possible to defeat his flamboyant rivals in a desperate attempt to save the fate of the galaxy.
Directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, with Vin Diesel voicing Groot, Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, starring John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime, and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
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