Producer Herb Gains' Heartfelt Watchmen Thank You
Zack Snyder's Watchmen recently wrapped principal photography in Vancouver and now the film will head into around 12 months of post-production work. Hitting theaters on March 6th, 2009, we still have more than a year to wait to see Watchmen, but that doesn't mean we still can't be talking about it this far out. Herb Gains, the executive producer on the film, wrote a very touching thank you to Zack Snyder called "An Experience Second to None" on the official Watchmen blog and it's simply wonderful. This is the kind of thing that I read and it makes me even more confident that Zack has pulled it off.
I've posted Gains' entire message below, because you need to read all of it to really understand. While it may not mean much to you now reading this, when Watchmen finally makes it to theaters, it may mean something to come back and revisit these kind of articles in order to look back at the experience of creating the movie.
As we approach the last days of shooting Watchmen -- yes, the end is nigh -- it's time to reflect on the whole Watchmen experience. I think back to January 2007 when I first met Zack and he walked me through his drawings for the title sequence. I remember my initial reaction was, How can we shoot all of it? Why do we have to shoot all that? And if we do, how do we shoot all of it? We spent the next two months scouting, researching and budgeting locations all over the world, including Australia, London, Prague, Spain -- at one point we even considered New York -- and, of course, Los Angeles.
I now sit in my Vancouver hotel room one year later, and guess what? We did shoot all of it -- every frame of it, and not just the title sequence drawings but all of Zack's drawings are now committed to film. The combination of modern-day technology and the level of artistic ability of so many people has made the Watchmen experience second to none. The spirit behind the making of this film was nothing short of total pleasure and love. As I wandered from room to room at the wrap party, there was not only a sense of accomplishment from everyone involved but a feeling of sadness that it's coming to an end. The one thing that remains for me is the anticipation and excitement of seeing the finished product, knowing that we’ve all worked on something very special.
Thank you Zack, for allowing me to be a part of it.
Watchmen is easily one of my most highly anticipated films ever! Everything that has come out so far and every new bit I hear about this, the more and more excited I get. Come March of 2009, I'm expecting to see one of the most phenomenal comic book films ever made and I'm certain it will deliver. At this point in time I have complete faith in Zack Snyder and everyone involved. Whether it's just that they've convinced me that it will be great with everything on the Watchmen blog, or whether I'm saying that with complete confidence in what I know about the project, either way, I'm certain it will be amazing.