PRODIGY-MAN - PRODUCTION NOTES - CAST & CREW
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The idea of Prodigy-man came in March 2008, when Xavier Cristobal began the script for a short-film of superheroes. That script was looking for an answer to the question: "Can you imagine that a day is really a superhero?". That short-film evolved into a feature film for nearly 80 minutes. In the words of Xavier Cristobal, "I guess… since I saw the movie 'Superman' by Richard Donner, always I wanted to do a movie with a flying superhero."
Cristobal defines Prodigy-man as a mix of Superman and Spider-man. At its creation have influenced superheroes comic-books Marvel and DC as Watchmen, Batman, Flash, X-Men or Captain America. Also have influenced films like 'Superman' by Richard Donner, 'Spider-man ' by Sam Raimi or 'REC' by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, and television series like 'The X-Files, ' 'Smallville' or 'Heroes'.
SUPERHEROES & ALZHEIMER
In the film, Prodigy-man's mother has Alzheimer's. In real life, Xavier Cristobal’s mother has this disease. The objective of the film 'Prodigy-man' is that "the public have a good time and take a few seconds to think about Alzheimer's disease". In the film's website, http://prodigy-man.blogspot.com/, thre is a special section for Alzheimer's and on the "artistic collaborations”, you can see a picture of Prodigy-man drawn by Cristobal’s mother.
There are two moments in the film 'Prodigy-man' where you will see many celebrities from cinema, television, newspapers and comic-books. You can see many cinema and television actors as Eduardo Noriega (‘El espinazo del diablo’, ' Transsiberian'), Anthony Stewart Head ('Merlin', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'), Javier Gutiérrez (‘Aguila roja') and Carlos Areces ('Muchachada Nui', 'Pluton Bervenero'), Queco Novell ('Polònia', 'Crakòvia'); cinema and television directors as Paco Plaza ("REC"), Nacho Cerda ('The Abandoned' ) and Nicolás López ("Santos"); Oscar winners for best visual effects makeup as David Marti and Montse Ribe (" Pan's Labyrinth,' 'Hellboy II'); the director of Sitges Festival, Angel Sala; the film critic, Carlos Pumares; cartoonists as Pascual Ferry (Thor, Superman, Fantastic Four) and Diego Olmos (Batman in Barcelona); the comic-books writer Mark Waid (Flash, Kingdom Come, Captain America), and the comic-books editor, Alejandro M. Viturtia.
Prodigy-man is not the only superhero’s movie. We can also see other superheroes as Sgt Eagle, General Justice and the New Musketeers of Michelle Lefebre. One member of this super team is The Secret Musketeer, one of the first superheroes created by Xavier Cristobal.
AN URBAN SUIT WITHOUT CAPE
When Xavier Cristobal spoke with Juan Miguel Lozano, the actor who plays Prodigy-man, the first thing he said him was that he would not have to wear "no tights, no mask, no cape and no underwear on the outside of the suit." The purpose of the suit was to get an urban suit that doesn’t look like a carnival costume. Lozano was tested some suits and worked in three photo shoots to give the final costume.
A PARALLEL AND MULTI-MEDIA ADVENTURE
While Xavier Cristobal was filming the film 'Prodigy-man', he began working on the website of the film, http://prodigy-man.blogspot.com/. This work became a great adventure where Cristobal developed a transmedia narrative for Prodigy-man. On the website we can find a novel mobile and a twitter novel, comic-books online, stories for children, manga style postcards, T-shirts, and proposals on how to make a possible animated series, a possible video game or some possible action figures of Prodigy-man.
THOUSAND EUROS MOVIE
'Prodigy-man' could be defined as a film “mileurista” (thousand euros) of superheroes, filmed and produced in the free time of the different team members. The Filming was made in less than one hundred hours and some sessions were "intense marathon, which is very hot but we had fun". Editing the film was made in less than a hundred sessions. Each session of assembly used to have a maximum of five hours. "The rhythm Editing was one evening a week and always has been constant and intense”.
XAVIER CRISTOBAL’S PROFESSIONAL PATH
Xavier Cristóbal was born on February, four, 1970. He graduated in Sciences of the Communication for the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has dealed different courses of infografía, script, accomplishment of cinema and television, cómics and graphical design and of web pages. He was employed six months at the area of accomplishment of the Telenotícies Migdia of TV3, Televisió de Catalunya.
Nowadays He is employed at the producer Cromosoma, S.A. and at the magazines Quèfem and TVManía of the journal La Vanguardia, where publishes articles of cinema, games, internet and cinema.
In the producer Cromosoma, S.A. He has touched almost all the aspects of the production of series of animation 2D and 3D. He has been employed at the series of
"The triplets" and its spin-offs: " The boring witch " and "Las mellizas bebés", "Lila" and "Asha". Also he has done it in "Tom", "Juanito Jones", "Miniman", some pilots, some advertising spots and the film 'Arrugas' , -2 Goyas: Best animation movie and Best script- based on a comic-book by Paco Roca about Alzheimer's that was awarded in the Barcelona Comic Con.
In the area of Alzheimer's, Xavier Cristobal has completed courses of specialized caretaker for people with Alzheimer's and director geriatric centers. Cristobal takes a year and a half unemployed and currently is studying a course in geriatric care for dependents and disabled in nursing homes.
Blogger man from 2006 with the blog about movies, television, comics books and videogames, http://1936visiones.blogspot.com/ .
The short film " The secret 1936 " (http://elsecreto1936.blogspot.com/) is his début in the direction and production of short movies. "Prodigy-man" is his first movie with actors as director and producer. Xavier Cristóbal's page is http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/
CAST & CREW
GENRES: Superheroes, action, adventures, drama
BUDGET: $ 958 (estimated)
RUNTIME: 82 min
OFFICIAL SITE: http://prodigy-man.blogspot.com/
REALEASE DATE: 2013
PRODUCTION: Xavier Cristobal Movies
FILMING LOCATIONS: Barcelona (Spain)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Albert Rodriguez (http://www.prodarm.com/)
WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER:
Xavier Cristobal ( http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/ )
Juan Miguel Lozano (Prodigy-man / Marc Menkes)
Elisabet Oms (Laura Larson)
Enric Comas (Mr. Superviviente)
Pablo Espinar (Dr. Abismo)
Laia Salvador (Anita Apocalíptica)
Eva Bayona (Doctora Ribalta)
Vitorio Carmona (Miguel Farraldo)
Carles Socías (Mr. Superviviente niño)
Marc Socías (Hermano de Mr. Superviviente)
Monique Tremoleda (Comisario Campoy)
Jose Luís Navalón (Agente CNI 1)
Mariano García (Agente CNI 2)
Albert Val (Científico)
Ana Escartín (Mujer embarazada)
Xavier Cristóbal (Frank Farraldo /Mosquetero Secreto( Gral. Justice/ Sargento Aguila/Atracador/Rostro Pálido/Doble de Prodigy-man/Madre de Marc Menkes/Voz en off)
Carol Álvarez (Michèlle Lefebre)
Lourdes Campuzano (voz en off)
Mireia Hernández (voz en off)
Anthony Stewart Head
Queco (Francesc) Novell
Alejandro M. Viturtia
Mireia Hernández ( http://mireiaha.blogspot.com/ )
Marc Portell ( http://marcportell.blogspot.com/ )
Javier De Manuel ( http://javierdemanuel.blogspot.com/ )
Lluis Casals ( http://www.lluiscasals.net/ )
Las ladronas de 'Cálico electrónico'
Sandra Salvador ( http://sunsmallthings.blogspot.com/ )
Dani Moreno ( http://www.chaparraentertainment.com/ )
Blanca Berdejo ( http://blancaberdejo.blogspot.com/ )
Mariano de la Torre ( http://www.marianodelatorre.com/marianodelatorre.com_2.0/Home.html )
Elisabet Moreno ( http://bullali.blogspot.com/ )
Emilio Ramón Pérez
Francesc De La Cruz
Lourdes De La Cruz
Sergio Bleda ( http://trazolineamancha.blogspot.com/)
Toni Santamaría ( http://antoniosantamaria.blogspot.com/)
Xavi Socias ( http://maniklimbers.blogspot.com/)
Jordi Corbella ( http://jordicorbella.com/)
Ernest Agulló ( http://ernestagullo.blogspot.com/)
Nuria Navarro (http://laboratoridees.blogspot.com/)
Baltasar Pedrosa (http://baltasarpedrosa.blogspot.com/)
Javier Galán (http://galanrico.blogspot.com/)
Gabriel Medina (http://briel-blog.blogspot.com/)
Albert Rodríguez (http://www.prodarm.com/)
Paco Roca (http://www.pacoroca.com/)
Ritaban Das (http://www.ronniereaper.blogspot.in/)
Rafa Sandoval (http://rafasandoval.blogspot.com.es/)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER:
Albert Rodríguez (http://www.prodarm.com/)
SONG: "PRODIGY-MAN UNPLUGGED":
Lyrics: Xavier Cristóbal (http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/ )
Voice and music: Lord of the Songs.
EDITING (IMAGE, SOUND AND POST-PRODUCTION EFFECTS) BY: Albert Rodríguez (http://www.prodarm.com/)
ANIMATIONN 2D AND 3D:
Albert Rodríguez (http://www.prodarm.com/)
Albert Val (http://www.arikoa.com/ )
Xavier Cristóbal (http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/)
COSTUME DESIGN, SET DECORATION, STORYBOARD, PICTURES AND ART DIRECTION: Xavier Cristóbal (http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/ )
Xavier Cristóbal (http://xaviercristobal.blogspot.com/ )