EXCLUSIVE: Creating Nicholas Hoult's Beast For X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

StudioADI has provided us with a first look at new video, featuring the creation of Nicholas Hoult's Beast from X-Men: First Class. We also have an interview with Tom Woodruff Jr., in which he discusses his new film and comic book project, Fire City.

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By nailbiter111 - 7/24/2013



Fox hired ADI in an 11th hour scramble to reconceive The Beast for X-MEN FIRST CLASS and Alec Gillis jumped on a plane to London to meet with director Matthew Vaughn. Alec's surprise that another designer had been hired turned to delight when he discovered he was to be teamed with ADI alum Dave Elsey. Dave had been one of the London crew on ALIEN 3, and would go on to win an Oscar on THE WOLFMAN. Dave's wife Lou brought her considerable hair working talents to the mix too. With crews in London and L.A., the team pulled off a minor miracle in short order!




Was there any discussion about making The Beast look like Kelsey Grammer's version seen in X-Men: The Last Stand?
Tom Woodruff Jr.: By the time the show dropped in our laps, a certain amount of design work had already been done by another MUFX studio, none of which was in a direction to capture Kelsey Grammer's likeness. Although, that would have been an interesting continuity detail, it would lead to the question of why Nick Holt in human form didn't look like a young Kelsey Grammer.

Even though, Nicholas Hoult didn't look like Kelsey Grammer's Beast, he did goes out of his way to study the actors mannerisms from X-Men: The Last Stand, and NBC's classic television series, Frasier.




I also wanted to inform you of another exciting project that Tom Woodruff Jr. and Amalgamated Dynamics is working on, Fire City. Which is the story of demons secretly among us, the fragile balance is broken by a Dark Force bent on changing the world. This lush universe was conceived by screenwriters, Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes. Who sought out the practical effects gurus at ADI to help bring their vision to life. Their pitch was so impressive that Tom Woodruff Jr. decided the project would be a great opportunity for him to direct his first feature film, Fire City: The Interpreter Of Signs. You can get a taste of the project in the Kickstarter video above, and also the Fire City: King Of Miseries short below, which Tom directed.


Can you tell us about your Kickstarter funding campaign that you recently launched for Fire City: The Interpreter Of Signs?
With our our stretch goal, we will be the third largest funded film project in Kickstarter history (the first largest not run by a major actor and/or studio), behind the Veronica Mars movie and Zach Braff's project. For those excited to join the renaissance of extraordinary practical effects and help launch a deep and vast new story world, we have prizes that invite you to be a demon in the film or have your likeness on a demon tarot card shown on screen, or just spend a day on set with us!

How much are you hoping to raise for Fire City: The Interpreter Of Signs?
We hope to raise $1M, asking people to join the revolution of non-studio, "real" effects films that have quality stories, not just a bunch of noise and digital overload. At $1M, we can bring the demons into the light, bring on top level resources (at much discounted rates) and offer some great, interesting prizes on Kickstarter. That said, we have a version that's stripped down to its essentials, while still being great, for $100,000. At $1M, we'll make it look like $10M.

Is the cast set for Fire City: The Interpreter Of Signs?
There are some amazing actresses and actors I've worked with in my career who I'd like to work with again. Nothing's locked down yet. Scheduling will have a lot to do with that. But we have been in touch.

COMIC BOOK PREVIEW

Illustrated by Kurt Komoda


When and where will the comic be available?
We premiered the comic at San Diego Comic Con - our 8-foot molluck demon and Interpreter of Signs (a demon fortune teller) were passing out free copies. If you were not able to make SDCC this year, you will still be able to get a digital copy via the website very soon, at www.FireCity.com.

Is the comic planned as a mini-series, or something more?
I've come to realize that all things within Fire City have something more. I'm not allowed to say anything more than that.



For more information, visit FireCity.comFacebook, and/or Twitter @InterpreterFilm
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ninjahulk - 7/24/2013, 9:34 AM
Beast look like teen wolf in the movie.
dave116 - 7/24/2013, 9:42 AM
OR teen wolf looks like beast.
nailbiter111 - 7/24/2013, 9:44 AM
Hi, what part of exclusive did y'all not read. They sent something over to CBM, the least you can do is not throw insults around. Thanks.
ComicFan1134 - 7/24/2013, 9:46 AM
The Only thing Impressive About Beast In That Movie Was His Growl...
marvel72 - 7/24/2013, 9:46 AM
when they revealed beast in x-men first class i laughed so hard a dribble of piss came out of my penis.
CharacterAssassin - 7/24/2013, 9:53 AM
Although they did try, they should've stuck with Kelsey Grammer's. That was the best Beast they were going to get.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 7/24/2013, 9:57 AM
It's called constructive criticism, the least THEY could've done was payed attention to continuity and not make him a kitty, but rather a mutated beast...
ndwwrestler2 - 7/24/2013, 10:01 AM
I took Beast a bit more seriously after he grabbed Magneto's throat.
nailbiter111 - 7/24/2013, 10:02 AM
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - no you didn't make constructive criticism with that first comment so don't sell a line bullshit to me. you know better than that. or at least i hope you do.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 7/24/2013, 10:13 AM
Hey, I'm a graphic designer. I get a lot worse comments than that daily. What do I do? Take it into consideration and try again...
nailbiter111 - 7/24/2013, 10:35 AM
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - Well, I'm more defensive with company's that choose to give us exclusives. There is a polite way to saying something negative, and more people on this site should learn to use a wider vocabulary.
TheIlluminati - 7/24/2013, 10:54 AM
That looks pretty sweet
kisama - 7/24/2013, 10:56 AM
Kinda looks like carrot-top. especially that third sketch...
mattattack - 7/24/2013, 11:04 AM
I loved First Class but my god did Beast look like AHIT in it. So terrible. He was cross eyed at some points. Signs of a rushed production.
Tony93 - 7/24/2013, 11:14 AM
wolfman lol but its good tho
Mike89 - 7/24/2013, 11:20 AM
I didnt like the way they designed beast. The shot of him roaring while flying the jet looked great, Other than that he looked more like some blue cat.
ABH1979 - 7/24/2013, 11:21 AM
Beast was the one thing that X-Men 3 got right. Still, I thought that Hoult did a decent job in First Class, and hopefully will do even better in the sequel.
teinen - 7/24/2013, 11:23 AM
A lot of that movie was awkward, it was mainly how bad this Beast looked that made me hope Vaughn didnt get Star Wars.
8comicbookman8 - 7/24/2013, 11:33 AM
I think Beast looked cool in First Class, but I'm definetly digging his look more in Days of Future Past. He's starting to look like the perfect blend of X3 Beast and the more animalistic Beast.
SpectacularJoShFest - 7/24/2013, 11:48 AM
Nothing will top X-Men 3's design....Kelsey Grammer was great as beast too...Nicholas Hoult just didn't do itfor me...Beast. Is one of my favourite X-Men and I hated him in First Class, the character was rather annoying, hopefully that'll change in DOFP.
jlabatman - 7/24/2013, 12:08 PM
Really didn't mind Beast at all in First Class, he is the only true original Xman in FC!
NDare - 7/24/2013, 12:31 PM
In First Class, Beast looked like "The Cat in the Hat"'s angry blue half brother.
jimoakley666 - 7/24/2013, 12:56 PM
Beast looked ace in FIrst Class. Preferred his look to that of Last Stand.
ComicFan1134 - 7/24/2013, 1:06 PM
nailbiter111 - My Bad, It Is Cool They Give Exclusives,I Just Don't Dig This Look For Beast...
Jimmyquickfingers - 7/24/2013, 4:37 PM
What was so bad about beast in first class? Haven't had anyone explain, just complain.
GammerDad - 7/25/2013, 9:55 AM
Its sad that besides being blue, its not the Beast we know & love. Just seems to be missing the bulk of the comic books.
Pheezmatic - 7/26/2013, 7:40 PM
Not intending to add to the shit pile but... my problem with first class beast was just a couple of things. First of all the tone of blue they used was more baby blue..ugh. And the other thing was the hair...just so fluffy! couldv used a lil less fluff...just my opinion :P

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