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Snowpiercer – Poster and concept art for Bong Joon-ho’s new sci-fi film

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snowpiercer-teaser-posterBong Joon-ho (The Host) is finishing off his next film, Snowpiercer. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige from Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette it has quite the concept behind it.

Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.

As you can see from the teaser poster, the film stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho.

The concept are below also gives us a feel for the look of the film.

Evans recently spoke to Collider about the film and talked abou the plot and the fact that Bong Joon-ho has got the film already edited in his head.

It takes place in the future. The whole world was frozen over and all of society lives on a train. It is kind of like an allegory for social classes and class warfare. The poorest people are in the back of the train and as you move forward in the train the classes rise. And there is a revolt, a revolution from the people in the back to the front of the train. We have such a good cast: Tidla Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and John Hurt. It was just a great experience. Director, Bong [Joon-ho], is just so good. He is so good. The way we shot the movie is so unique. Most times when you are doing a movie…like if you and I were doing a scene, we would start out doing the wide shot, do the whole scene, then we would do your coverage, the whole scene, then my coverage, and then the whole scene. And then the editor would find the cut and would spoon feed the rhythm and the pace to the audience. Director Bong has storyboards laid out so that…he has already edited it in his brain. For example, we will shoot the first line on you. We will shoot the second line on me. We will shoot the third line over here and you say, “Wait a minute. Don’t you want the whole scene here?” and he is like. “No. Don’t need it.” He has already committed to an edit. It is brilliant. It is borderline genius. It’s like building a house and instead of needing a bag of nails, it is like saying, “I need 53 nails.” It is literally committing to a vision ahead of time. The trust that you feel is like, “God, this guy is operating on another plane.” And I completely surrendered to it. You just completely commit to his vision and trust that he knows exactly what he is doing because he does.

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Source: FilmStage via Collider