Shooting on 300, the new, Sin City-spawned Frank Miller adaptation, has been under way for a few months now, and the second video journal is now being offered on the film's production blog (albeit by way of Superhero Hype). This installment consists of about four minutes with production designer Jim Bissell, who talks about the inspiration behind the (very minimal) sets, and how they've been used in shooting so far.

Since the film will be relying almost entirely on blue screen effects for its sets, it's sort of scary to see what they're actually working with - basically, the actors run around on a big hunk of rounded concrete that bears an uncanny resemblance to 90% of the planets on the Star Trek TV series. It just looks hilariously fake. However, since the combined costs of said set and the skimpy costumes on display looks to be about $63, there's going to be a lot of the estimated $60 million budget left over to play with computers. One hopes assumes that the final product will look appropriately stylized and amazing. Someone at IMDB who claims to be work on the movie's stunts says that shooting will be completed later this month. If that's the case, and if the film is still slated for a late 2006/early 2007 release, there's ample time to work on effects. Hopefully we'll get some video journals once post-production begins, and will get a better idea of the film's final look.

[via JoBlo]
categories Movies, Cinematical