Showing posts from August, 2009

Patrick to Get His Own Comic Strip!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; August 27, 2009)      If you were to ask someone who has seen Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo who their favorite character was, the answer would most likely be Patrick, Lord Sinister's bungling sidekick. "I'll ask a fan of the first Johnny Thunder movie why they are looking forward to Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile, and they'll probably say, 'because Patrick is going to be in it.' Pretty soon, people will be thinking of Patrick as a henchman, not as the starfish that partly inspired the character," said Mark Matthew, head of the studio's board of directors.      Now, to help fans survive the long wait for Johnny Thunder 2, Lego Studios has hired a local cartoonist to animate Lord Sinister and Patrick into the cartoon world. This new comic strip, titled Patrick's Adventures, will feature the villains from the Johnny Thunder story in a whole new way. The comic strip will begin where Johnny Thu…

'Johnny Thunder' Film Crew Arrives in Egypt!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Desert Plain outside Cairo, Egypt; August 21, 2009)      After several days of filming some of the opening scenes for Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile in Legotown, the crew has now arrived in Egypt. "It has been such an exciting experience, and now we're in Egypt, ready to shoot the rest of the movie," said boom operator Sarah Williamson.
     The first scene that will be shot in Egypt is the film's prologue, which takes place in Ancient Egypt. "When writing the script, I wanted the film to have some historical basis," stated scriptwriter Peter Samuel. "When I came across the story of Pharaoh Ramses III, I said to myself, 'this is a really facinating story. I have to choose this one.' I then came up with the idea of a historical prologue with a ficticous ending that ties the treasure into the story." The historical prologue will even include Ramses III's fight against the Sea Peoples, a collection of tribes…

Filming for Johnny Thunder 2 Begins!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Legotown High School; August 3, 2009)      After many months of planning, the filming for Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile has officially started. "We are all very excited about this. We had so much fun making the first film, and we're now filming the sequel! I have high expectations for the film," said Steven Lawrence, the film's director.      For the first day, the crew filmed a short school scene at Legotown High. "The clip is basically Dr. Kilroy walking up to a blackboard, where he delivers a few lines before the clip fades to the next scene," stated gaffer Sam Reynolds. "It wasn't much, but it will serve as a vital link to the rest in the film," said production assistant Theodore Johnson.      Tomorrow's filming will be done in the back room of the Legotown Museum, where Johnny is given a letter that begins his adventure. The rest of the filming will be completed, at the latest, mid-to-late Spring 2010…