The Noah trailers: a shot-by-shot analysis

It can be fascinating to see how the same movie is marketed to different audiences. Is Noah a family man of prayer, as the trailers that have played at various church conferences suggest? Or is he an action hero who wields weapons in self-defense, as the just-released international trailer suggests? Well, in Darren Aronofsky’s hands, he appears to be both — and that’s just one of several fascinating ways in which the trailers for Noah are sending different signals to their various markets.

What follows is a shot-by-shot analysis of the two trailers that were released today, focusing primarily on the North American trailer, but continuing with some screen-caps from the international trailer and a note about the elements in the church-conference trailers that were not included in these new trailers.

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A few brief thoughts on the screenplay for Noah

In all the years that I’ve been writing about film, I have read only a few screenplays before seeing the films in question. Last week I added Darren Aronofsky’s Noah to that very short list.

The script I read is credited to Aronofsky and Ari Handel and seems to be identical to the one that has already been reviewed by Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa and Hitfix columnist Drew McWeeny. However, I don’t want to say too much about it here, because it seems we’ve all read an earlier draft than the one that was used to make the actual film.

For one thing, when Paramount announced two years ago that it was going to produce the film, they also announced that John Logan had been hired to rewrite the script — yet his name appears nowhere on the undated screenplay that I read. For another, there have been reports for almost a year now that Ray Winstone will be playing a “nemesis” of Noah’s named Tubal-Cain — and yet there is no character by that name in the screenplay that I read.

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Six new images from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (updated)

Finally, new images from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah!

We’ve seen a few behind-the-scenes shots already — images of the Ark and pictures of the crew tweeted by the director and his cinematographer, plus any number of unofficial shots of actors wandering around in costume — but until now, there has been almost nothing in the way of images released by the studio. Indeed, I can think of only one: a photo of Russell Crowe in character that was released ten months ago.

But now, with the big-budgeted movie’s release only nine months away — it’s due to come out March 28 next year — Paramount Pictures is finally beginning to roll out some more publicity materials, starting with some footage that was shown at CineEurope in Barcelona yesterday.

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Twelve-foot gods and the environment: actors talk Noah

I had hoped to have a review of Star Trek into Darkness ready to go live this afternoon, but it’s taking longer to write than I expected, so it will have to wait. In the meantime, here’s a brief update on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which I haven’t mentioned here in a while.

Empire posted an “exclusive” interview today with Mark Margolis, who has acted in all of Aronofsky’s films and will play “a fallen angel known as Samyaza” in the new film.

Margolis himself calls his character “a 12-foot god”, and although he doesn’t say what his character will do, exactly, in the new movie, he does talk about what it was like to play the character, who will eventually be rendered in CG:
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A few new details about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

First, and most significantly, USA Today has just posted an article on the film which includes what I believe is our first look ever at Russell Crowe in character as the titular boat-builder.

And while the article mostly repeats information that is already out there, it does include one detail that I don’t recall coming across before: specifically, the character played by Ray Winstone, who has previously been described as Noah’s “nemesis”, now has a name. And that name is Tubal-Cain — which also happens to be the name of one of Cain’s descendants, as per Genesis 4:
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