Posts Tagged ‘Hogfather’

I Don’t Discuss My Process – The Making of the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender

Mittwoch, Dezember 30th, 2009

Judging by the astronomical visitor figures of the last four weeks and the unprecedented poll participation, many people have enjoyed reading the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender (Trademark pending). And if DVD extras are any indication, what people like even more than being entertained, is a view behind the scenes, at how the film (or the Adventskalender) was made. So here are ten things you might not have known about the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender – my personal trade secrets, so to speak. And they are certainly good advice for anyone undertaking such a great venture. (weiterlesen …)

Adventskalender 22

Dienstag, Dezember 22nd, 2009

Click the link to open the twenty-second door. Klick auf den Link, um das zweiundzwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen.

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The Colour of Magic – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Juli 20th, 2009


The film tells the story of Rincewind, a rather incompetent wizzard and Twoflower, the first tourist on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Based on the first two books of the most awesome book series ever written, the film treats its source material with the needed respect, while also wildly diverging from it in parts. The result is mediocre at best. There are some genuine fun moments, but the film never really catches on. The main problem is that the CGI – on which the film relies heavily – looks so incredibly sterile, fake and as if it was taken straight from a theme-park, that there is simply no atmosphere.

Random Observations:

The Colour of Magic at the IMDb

As much as I love all the Discworld novels, those first two are definitely the weakest of the bunch.

Special thanks to my friend Sebastian both for introducing me to the magic that is Terry Pratchett’s literary body (i.e. the Discworld novels) and for loaning me the film. I am eternally grateful. At least for the introduction.

The movie was made by the same creative team as Hogfather and apparently at least some of them are also working on adapting Going Postal.

If you could make a Discworld film, which novel would you adapt and who would y0u cast? I would really like to see somebody film the Watch stories.

Minute Movie Review – Hogfather

Montag, Januar 7th, 2008


Hogfather is the adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. It tells the story of the disappearance of the Discworld’s Hogfather (similarities to our Santa Claus are purely coincidental) and what Death and his granddaughter Susan do to make him come back. It is a two-part made-for-TV movie that follows the story of the book very closely. Nevertheless, a lot of Pratchett’s wit and humour is lost in the translation for the screen. But considering that making movies of Pratchett’s books is often considered impossible, the result is quite good and manages to entertain for the three-hour runtime – but I would recommend reading the book instead.

Random Observations:

Hogfather at

The cast of the movie consists of little known actresses and actors (not surprising in a TV movie), but the performances are not as nerve-wracking as is normally the case with such casting.

I’ve read every single Discworld novel (and there are more than 30), so I have very clear pictures of the characters in my mind. Most of the depictions were okay, but the look of the Wizards and of Nobby Nobbs was just off.

Apparently, the same people who made Hogfather are currently producing a movie to be called “The Colour of Magic”, encompassing the stories from the first to Discworld novels, “The Colour of Magic” and “The Light Fantastic”.