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Zack Snyder Shows Us the ‘Watchmen’ Backlot

Zack Snyder’s Watchmen will turn out to be one of the most closely watched and scrutinized comic adaptations of all-time. For one, it is the adaptation of one of the single greatest graphic novels in history and two, it is based on a work by Alan Moore, who is like the impossible to please father of comics. Yet with pressure mounting, Snyder — the hotshot director who rocked the world of film with 300 earlier this year — has been taking all the right strides in the early goings; keeping fans and critics alike salivating for more.

This week’s feast comes by way of Snyder’s production blog on the Official Watchmen website. He gives us a taste of the NYC backlot where the film is being shot. Here are some thoughts from the director himself: Since the New York City that is rendered in the graphic novel is so particular, it was very important to me that our backlot speak the same language, the vernacular of WATCHMEN. In addition, the backlot needs to function as many different parts of the city, countless store fronts, street corners, alleys, etc. So, with that in mind, we set out to build own own custom backlot here in Vancouver, BC. In my opinion, the results speak for themselves.

Those results can be seen below in a series of 4 photographs taken from the backlot. The first of which shows a familiar masked hero as he takes an evening stroll. Take a look for yourself (and click to see the larger image).

It goes without saying that these set pieces are fantastic. They easily support the notion that Snyder is the perfect man to deliver such a tall order as a Watchmen flick. His attention to detail and respect for the source material are impressive. One particularly impressive aspect of the NY backlot (as pointed out by our friends over at FirstShowing.net) is that even the window panels of the Gunga Diner seem to be lifted right from the graphic novel. Impressive indeed.

So there you have it. As Snyder explains in his post, some 5,800 square feet of neon, 98,400 square feet of exterior scenery, 200,000 nails and 20,000 donuts later and we have some proof that Watchmen is going to be something special. For those who had their doubts, hopefully this helps. For the rest of us, March 6, 2009 can’t get here soon enough.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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