Thursday, June 4, 2009

Last post!

I want to thank everybody for visiting this blog during the making of Benjamin Button. We had over 10 thousand different visitors. I lost track of updating this blog before the film even came out and I'm sorry! But it turned out to be an amazing film. I saw it in theatres and was blown away. I actually bought it on dvd about a week ago, the 2-disc. Its in stores now..

The film just made my love for Fincher grow even more. It was a beautifully sad masterpiece. So I hope everyone liked it and thanks again for visitng my blog! Here's to hoping his next project is Black Hole! I've started a blog for that just in case
Bye everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Eric Roth interview

Here's an interview with Eric Roth, the screenwriter of TCCOBB, and he even talks about the film.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Big news.

The trailer has been released!

Amazing. I was in shock the first time I saw it. The music, the imagery, everything. This is going to be such a haunting, beautiful film. The logo for the film has also been released and can be seen at the top of the blog.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New details from Benjamin Button's mom

"I age from 26 to 71," said Henson. "It's early 1900s mixed with modern times and flashbacks. I play Brad Pitt's mother because he's born with this rare aging disease, left on my doorstep and I adopt him like any good southern woman would. My character runs an old folks home and a lot of the extras were senior citizens."

The story has Pitt age backwards, and mommy is there most of the time. "She's with the beginning, she teaches Benjamin Button everything he needs to know. Then there's a part where he goes off into the world to become a man, then he comes back. He comes back home to momma. So there's one little segment I'm not in but pretty much the whole movie."

It sounds like a more whimsical film than the usual Fincher fare, but the dark director compensated for that. "He's very dark and he's very upset that he's made a beautiful film. He's walking around, 'Ah, I can't believe I made a ****ing beautiful movie. Rrr, rrr." He still tried to make it dark. He had the smoke machine. Trust me, it's still dark where it can be, but it's beautiful. Beautifully dark."

New release date?

Box Office Mojo is reporting a release date of November 26, 2008. I think it's a good idea to release this film in the later part of the year. If this pans out, we'll have two great films opening in November, this one and The Wolf Man remake!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


RIGHT NOW they're filming in Montreal and I have a ton of set photos for you here. It's going to be 1940s Paris in the film, putting Benjamin at around age 40, so I don't think any of the cgi aging will be used here.

Here's a photo taken from soneone who lives in a building on the street where they're filming, so you get a great birds-eye view of everything. Semi-exclusive.
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Here's some more semi-exclusive photos of extras on the set sent in my a reader, Oliver (thanks a lot by the way!)
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Now, a huge collection of photos of Brad on set.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Details from the cinematographer

Claudio Miranda is the cinematographer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and he recently gave an interview, disclosing some really cool details about the film.

-"It’s a 145-day shooting schedule and a period movie that takes place from 1918 to almost present day. There’s a lot involved with the look of each period."

-"It’s really amazing – some scenes, I’ll put a light bulb in the middle of the frame and it looks fine. Some scenes are really beautiful. The way Viper reacts, the image looks like a painting in a way. One of my favorite scenes is a whorehouse scene, and the textures and colors that were produced looked really beautiful."

-"We’re not letting it go as (visually) dark as you can see in Zodiac. But still, there are actually very dark moments in this movie – it is David, after all, he can’t let that go. "

-"When we needed to shoot at high speed, such as a war sequence, we shot on film. We went to the Caribbean, and to be nimble on our feet we shot film."

-"As far as the look of the film, it’s really quite striking. It looks very different from Zodiac, because it’s a different era and place. This isn’t a big city movie, but 1918 New Orleans. The sets that [production designer] Don Burgess built are beautiful."

A war sequence? A jailhouse scene? A whorehouse? Well, well, looks like Benji ButBut gets himself into some trouble in his de-aging journey. I can't wait to see how David Fincher makes a visually light film look.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


So much drama! Part of filming occurred in the Virgin Islands back in January, and I guess the residents there are used to the easy life because when production shut down a public beach to shoot for a few days, people freaked out. The article gives details about the scenes shot - apparently it will involve a storm on the beach.

"The venue was Honeymoon Beach on Water Island. And the production caused a stir when the film crew closed off the beach entirely to capture a scene with the stars, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Some of Water Island's roughly 150 residents reviewed the V.I. Code, consulted an attorney and considered seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the closures. Given that the V.I. Open Shorelines Act provides that beaches, up to the high-water mark, belong to the people of the Virgin Islands, the residents wondered about the legality of closing beaches for any reason other than health or safety. They also were unsure about who truly has authority to restrict access.

We're kind of pleased and excited that they picked Water Island, but this is our only beach," Bohr said. "It was a nice opportunity for several businesses on St. Thomas and the film industry as a whole. It's unfortunate that there was no understanding of what a severe inconvenience and hardship this created on our families that travel down here at premium cost for the holiday week. The film dates kept expanding, and more and more access was denied."

On most days of filming, a portion of the beach was taped off. But the beach was closed entirely the afternoon and evening of Jan. 5, when film stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett filmed a scene that took place under a pavilion, while a "rain bar" outside simulated a storm.

Water Island residents were flattered that Paramount Pictures chose their island's Honeymoon Beach to shoot scenes for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" earlier this month, Water Island Civic Association president Joanne Bohr said.

At the same time, however, residents were dismayed that the shore was closed around the New Year's holiday, when many had family and friends visiting who were counting on using Water Island's only beach with public land access. In addition, residents who moor their boats off Honeymoon had to move them; the residents were paid $100 to do so.

The Department of Housing, Parks, and Recreation had drawn up a lease to allow Paramount use of the beach for 13 days at $100 per day. Paramount Pictures spent an estimated $1.5 million in the territory during the four days of filming.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Brad's bum-bum embarassment

Brad Pitt has demanded a "bottom double" for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He's reportedly refusing to show off his bum in the new film even though he's shown it before in the past. A source speculates to The Sun, “Casting notices have been put out looking for suitable rears. Maybe Brad’s partner Angelina Jolie doesn’t want him stripping off for anyone else these days.”

Well, well, looks like Benjamin Button is going to be a saucy little film. I hope you're all happy to get an update, and one as erotic as this.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Geek Monthly article

Thanks to Iac/Josan for the link. There's a few interesting things about this article. They spoke to Fincher in February, and noted that the film wasn't due to wrap for another 8 months, putting that date sometime in October, possibly November. It looks like it really won't be coming out this winter as would be cool, and will be on the list of summer movies for next year.

He's known for attaching his name to a lot of films over the years, and I remember reading the plots for all of them and getting excited hoping he would actually end up making one of them his next film. Lords of Dogtown would've been perfect for him to direct, and a definte change of genre, but he just ended up producing the 2005 film. He was attached to Mission Impossible 3 with the plot something to do with the black market on body organs in Africa, but JJ Abrahams took over. Another film he's been attached to is "Rendezvous with Rama", a science fiction story written Arcthur c. Clarke. In the article, he finally talks about it.

'It was Freeman, actually, who approached Fincher about bringing sci-fi scribe Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rendezvous with Rama” to the screen, though, so far, that hasn’t happened. “We never got a script, and, at the time, the amount of CG work that he wanted to do would have cost way too much money,” Fincher explains. “But certainly, if we can solve the problems that we need to in ‘Benjamin Button,’ ‘Rama’ will be this much closer to being doable.”

I guess he still wants to take it on. There's been a lot of speculation that his next project would be Torso, the serial killer movie, and he's talked a bit about it, people who would be working on the film have talked about it, but with all his interest in so many projects, it's hard to tell which one he'll be doing next.

The article also talks a little about Benjamin Button, implying that the visual effects will mostly be used for when Brad begins to get younger as opposed to older, which will mostly use make-up, which makes sense. If you want an idea of what to expect, watch the beginning of X-men: The Last Stand from last year and see the two main characters, those old guys, visually altered to look twenty years younger. It's pretty cool. I'll post some pics later to show what will be happening in Button.

'Directing actors whose faces are not those which audiences will see is, to say the least, a challenge. “It’s the trickiest thing I’ve ever had to do, really. You have to do a lot of imagining to get performances that are believable out of synthetic faces.” Not to mention the strain on Fincher’s high-priced star. “If you see what he has to go through, he’s earning every penny.”

Thanks everyone for coming by and there will be many more posts to come shortly.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Set Report

I found a small set report from an onlooker in New Orleans who wrote about it on her blog a month ago.

"After I saw Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette on Wednesday, I looked around for them again every evening after work, but no luck. Yesterday, I heard that Brad was “still in make-up” and would be there soon. It seems the make-up takes a lot of time. When I saw him and Cate Blanchette the other day, they must have been rehearsing because he looked like himself. When I left today, Cate Blanchette was apparently there, but Brad was not. I didn’t see her, though. A guy I know on the crew told me they are moving somewhere else for the weekend and then to Covington on Monday. Next week they will be somewhere on Napoleon. Tomorrow I think he said they are filming at Tulane and Broad using the Criminal Court Building as an old train station. I can’t wait to see this movie now. I have a souvenir Benjamin Button parking pass."

Brad refused to kiss co-star?

"On January 22, Brad refused an on screen kiss with sexy co-star, Megan Brown, on the set of his new drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A source tells Star, “The feeling among the crew was that Angelina didn’t like the girl because she was stunning.” Angelina’s afraid he’ll fall for Megan, just like he did for her while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005.’ Meanwhile, an official at Pictures Paramount said he has “no knowledge of this particular scene.”
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I don't believe it. Plus they ended up doing the scene.

Filming update

Filming wrapped in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. Brad Pitt's cargo was shipped back to Los Angelos on March 8th, where they've been filming until now, before they move on to Montreal.

Daisy = redhead

Cate Blanchett's character will be a redhead in the film, People Magazine reports.

"While shooting The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, "Brad loved the Platinum Silkening Mist, $12" says the movie's hairstylist Colleen Balaghan, who used the same product on his bewigged co-star (her character is a redhead in the film). "I also used the Kenra Daily Provision Leave-In Conditioner, $9, on both Cate and Brad. Whether we are styling their real hair, or their wigs, they both need a light conditioner that will last and keep their hair smooth throughout filming.""

p.s. I'll post all the set photos very soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cool news!!

Brad Pitt's daughter, Shiloh, will be in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!

Brad's ten-month-old daughter will be playing Benjamin and Daisy's daughter. "Brad and Shiloh saved the day when twin sisters hired to take turns playing actress Cate Blanchett's character as a baby wouldn't settle down," a source told National Enquirer magazine."Everyone waited in vain while the babies were fed, changed and hugged - but nothing worked to calm them on the set in New Orleans. "Then quick-thinking Brad realised his daughter's happy and mellow disposition made her a quick fix for the role." Shiloh, who had been playing in the on set day care centre, was swiftly put in costume. The source added: "She's a natural. Shiloh did her scenes perfectly and was giggling and happy throughout her big day."

If you caught it, this article says that Shiloh will be playing the daughter of Benjamin and Daisy, then contradicts itself and says she'll be playing Daisy as a baby. Does this mean in the script that Benjamin KNOWS Daisy when she is born, and he is an old man, or do they have a daughter together? I'm getting more and more excited about seeing this film. It's a perfect concept for Fincher.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Fincher gives speech at University of New Orleans

Click here to read the article.
Benjamin Button is nearing completion after four months of shooting in and around New Orleans. They looked at filming in Baltimore but Fincher says "It lacked a certain warmth. It lacked the sense of history and patina of New Orleans."

Regarding Brad Pitt, Fincher had this to say: "There's something amazing about him. He can say horrible (things) and if he smiles at you, you say, 'Oh, OK.' I trust him. When he says I've got to do this this way, you go, 'OK.' "

Studio execs have embraced the film as a love story, though Fincher says "I think it's a story about death. To love somebody enough to be there when they breathe their last breath."

I'm glad that Fincher's focus is a little less on what it looks like, and a little more on the depth of the film. The last piece of information that came out of the speech was this interesting detail regarding Benjamin Button himself: "It's about a newborn who looks like "a cross between Einstein and a Shar-Pei," but, "because of his good fortune, gets to be Brad Pitt."

Monday, March 5, 2007 interview with Fincher includes upcoming projects

Loder: You obviously have an affinity for the serial-killer genre. I'd imagine you don't want to make a career of it, but you are considering making a film version of "Torso," aren't you?

Fincher: I'm interested in that. I'm not interested in the serial killer thing, I'm interested in Eliot Ness. I'm interested in the de-mythologizing of Eliot Ness. Because, you know, "The Untouchables" was only two or three years of the Eliot Ness story. There's a whole other, much more sinister downside to it. And so that's of interest to me. We want to make it the "Citizen Kane" of cop movies. I also want to make a CG animated movie. And I've been talking about doing a remake of a movie I really liked in the '70s, "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud." Ever see that? And there's a World War II movie that Robert Towne is writing that I really love. All kinds of stuff.

Loder: How did you become involved with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"?

Fincher: I read a script many, many years ago. It's a really beautiful story, but I didn't feel that it was makeable in that incarnation. I told Brad [Pitt] about it years ago, and then it was being offered to him, but they didn't have a director, so they brought it to me, then I worked on it for about four years, and now it's finally at a place where the studio wanted to throw the kind of money that it would take to execute it. So here we are in New Orleans, making it.

Loder: Is there any kind of movie that you've always wanted to do that you haven't done yet? Is there a musical in your future?

Fincher: I'd love to do a musical! I really would. I wanted to do "Evita"! I really did. I thought it was a nasty musical — I liked that about it. It's sort of perverse.

A Fincher musical? I don't know about that. A CG animated movie? Hmm. I hope he follows up Button with something he's never done before. A World War II movie by Fincher would be really cool to watch. Plus I looked up the Peter Proud film and it's the exact same plot that a few weeks ago popped into my head when I was thinking of ideas for a script. Lame.

More filming details

From The Montreal Gazette:

"It also looks like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will shoot for eight days in late May, according to the film's production manager, Manon Bougie. That film - which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett - was also set to be made elsewhere because of the union dispute. The producers confirmed last week that they plan to come as long as the city can promise to let them shoot in Old Montreal. They need to make Old Montreal look like Moscow and Paris in winter, with the streets covered in fake snow."

I guess Cate Blanchett is done filming her scenes, like she said at the Oscars, and these are non-Cate scenes. I'm so excited to have a winter setting in a David Fincher movie, I don't think we've ever had that before. I wonder how good it'll look and what the context of the scene is. Moscow? Paris? Benjamin Button gets around.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Two new set photos!

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Brad Pitt and Megan Brown.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Esquire interview with Fincher!

Good interview! Includes handsome photos.Click here to read it.Here's what it says about Button.

His new movie draws heavily on his new techniques. People have talked for years about making The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story about a man who's born as a seventy-year-old baby and ages backward. But technology lagged behind the demands of the story line. Fincher thinks he's got it now. Instead of using different actors for Benjamin Button and asking the audience to make the mental leap, he will be played at almost every age by Brad Pitt, with his head put onto other actors' bodies. Fincher plays a demo scene, and it's a little freaky and utterly believable. A man sits at a table tapping a spoon, and then the head changes. Same scene, same body, but a new head, flawlessly switched. When Benjamin is aged and decrepit--or young and decrepit, in this case--the role will be played by a smaller actor. The same scene will be reshot with Pitt playing Benjamin. The movements of both actors' faces will be tracked, with Pitt's replacing the original. That's the plan at least. "I sure hope we're right," he says. "Or it's going to be terrible."

After a morning spent laying out the geometry of every shot for Benjamin Button, Fincher's picking minor rolls and body doubles, watching audition tapes, and flipping through a pile of head shots, checking resumes on the backs. "This girl played Giggling Coed?" he says. "I can't believe this is Giggling Coed."
"I know," Laray Mayfield says. "Amazing, right?" She's worked for Fincher for twenty years, since starting as his assistant.
"Is he too handsome?" Fincher says, holding up another glossy photo. "I'm just worried that he's a little modelly. We'll just scruff him up and make him look as bad as he's ever looked."
The last one was too cute, this one too well fed.
"He needs to be gaunt," Fincher says. "He's gotta get gaunt."
"I told him that, and he's lost thirty pounds," Mayfield says. "But I told him to keep going."
In the hallway, Fincher eyes a wall of head shots, many of them elderly actors for the nursing-home scenes. "Are these people robust and healthy?" he says. "I just don't want to get into any tragic continuity issues."
"Well, it's a possibility. God is certainly going to be on our side if we make it without that happening," Mayfield says. "We're dealing with these people at the most vulnerable time of their lives. But this guy's a firecracker. And he drives. All these people still drive and travel."
He nods, satisfied that his actors won't be dying on set. On the way back to his office, Bob Wagner, his assistant director, intercepts him with pictures of blind people circa 1900, answering an earlier query about when the blind started wearing dark glasses. "It doesn't matter how much you do your homework," says Max Daly, the researcher who fields these requests. "He's really good at finding the one detail that was missed. He knows more than anybody."

Fincher gives details!

Empire Magazine spoke with Fincher in January:

"What I am desperately trying to do is put this movie together that has been around for about 75 years at Paramount called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It's based on an F.Scott Fitzgerald short story that's been adapted by Eric Roth. It's a little 200-page script; a sprawling romance between a woman of 30 and a man who, at 50, begins ageing backwards.

It's dark, it's romantic, and it also deals with mortality in a pretty unflattering way. The guy is born in 1919 - with the film itself beginning in the Civil war, travelling around the world and carrying on all the way through to the year 2000. And we'd have to have the lead actor be recognisable from the ages of 18 to 85 years old" says Fincher.

Wow, 75 years. Is that the longest a film's been in development hell? Spike Jonze was attached to make this back in 2000, but I'm glad he's not. I think he would've played up the oddness whereas I think Fincher will focus more on the humanity. I don't know why I'm surprised but this sounds like it's going to be a pretty dark film. Darker than I imagined. I wonder if there'll be Civil War fight scenes, and what Fincher's take on the year 2000 will be. Can't wait.

Benjamin Button is a favourite script

This past weekend, Sherry Lansing was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by Tom Cruise at the Academy Awards. She gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter last week and said this:

THR: Is there any film you wish you could have made but didn't?

Lansing: The movie that I cherished for years, that I can't wait to see, is "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (set to be released in 2008 from Paramount). When I left the studio, I thought, "Please to God, take good care of this child." It was one of my favorite scripts.

Filming off and on in Montreal

Variety reported two weeks ago that "Paramount was set to shoot some of Brad Pitt starrer "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in Montreal but decided against it when talks between ACTRA and the Canadian producers association broke down again late last week." The politics of it are kind of boring, but it's pretty interesting that only a couple weeks ago they were ready to film in Montreal and then had to change locations. But, two days ago, the dispute between the two groups was resolved, and so they WILL be filming Benjamin Button in Montreal afterall.

Almost done filming

Cate Blanchett said in an interview at the Oscars last weekend that she is almost done filming. Nice! Bring on the extensive post-production.

Screenwriter Interviewed

The screenwriter had an interview with awhile ago. He had this to say about the film:

CS: How many scripts do you generally write a year and are you able to work on more than one of them at a time?

Roth: No, I don't usually, but what happens is they start piling up and they're in different stages. Like for instance "Benjamin Button," I had rewrites to do and they're filming it right now, so that one's basically done unless they need rewriting while they're filming.

CS: Last year, you had "Munich," this year you have "The Good Shepherd." What is it about these complex, research-intensive projects that interests you?

Roth: I did this "Benjamin Button" one that I don't think you will find [to be] that. It's more fanciful in a way, and hopefully, it will be emotional.

CS: For that Fincher film, you came on board after a bunch of other writers.

Roth: Well, "Benjamin Bunton" was slightly different, because I just took permission to start from scratch. I never read anything that anyone else did, and any resemblance would just be purely coincidental. The only thing that remains is the names of the people in the F. Scott Fitzgerald [book]. The heart of it is about a guy who's aging backwards, but other than that, I just went "Page 1, this happens" and none of it's from the story or anybody else.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

How the film got greenlit

New York Times did a piece about Zodiac and it said this about Button:

With a finished script and a $75 million budget, Mr. Fincher and Phoenix approached Sony, then invited other studios to bid. The most aggressive, Warner Brothers and Paramount, decided to team up. At the same time Paramount invited Warner Brothers to share the $150 million budget for “Benjamin Button.” So Mr. Fincher agreed to do the two movies back to back.

Release Date

Originally it was supposed to be released Winter 2007, but it's since been pushed back to May 2008. I hope it doesn't get pushed back again. Fincher is known for being a prefectionist and Zodiac was pushed back several times (March? c'mon). Benjamin Button feels better suited as a holiday movie, not a summer blockbuster, so I hope it can still make it for this winter. The post-production on this film is going to be HUGE. All the CGI used to reverse Brad Pitt's aging, and apparently the film is using a lot of digital sets. Filming is almost done. Will 8 months or so of post-production be enough?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

David Fincher's new film Zodiac comes out this weekend, but he's currently working on his NEXT film, The Curious Case of Benajmin Button, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's about an odd romance between a woman of 30 and a man who, at 50, begins aging backwards. In the story, he's born an old man, though that may be changed for the film. Brad Pitt is playing Benjamin Button, Cate Blanchett is playing Daisy. The film is told as a story by an elderly Daisy to her granddaughter, who will be played by Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina) much like the beginning of Edward Scissorhands. Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, and Taraji P. Henson are also cast. Filming is in New Orleans, the Virgin Islands, Caribbean, and Los Angelos. The budget is set at $150 million.

The film will make use of a newly developed motion capture system called the Contour System. The Contour system requires actors to cover their faces and clothes with makeup containing phosphorescent powder that is not visible under normal lighting. In a light-sealed room, the actors face two arrays of inexpensive video cameras that are synchronized to simultaneously record their appearance and shape. Scenes are lit by rapidly flashing fluorescent lights, and the cameras capture light from the glowing powder during intervals of darkness that are too short for humans to perceive.

The captured images are transmitted to an array of computers that reassemble the three-dimensional shapes of the glowing areas. These can then be manipulated and edited into larger digital scenes using sophisticated software tools. Brad Pitt's ageing effects will be handled as such.