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300 Matches Miller Style

Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming film adaptation of Frank Miller's 300 graphic novel, told SCI FI Wire that he used Miller's comic as a template for the movie. "I drew the movie," Snyder said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend. "So the way I would do it [is] I'd draw a frame, and ... I'd photocopy Frank's frames, so basically the challenge for me was to get the movie to go through Frank's frames. ... If you look at the book, it's a montage, right? It's not a moment-to-moment experience, like a film is. So the challenge for me is to go, 'OK, here's the moment that Frank drew. The horse rears up, and it's frickin' awesome. So ... how [do I], like, get into that moment?'"

Miller's highly stylized graphic novel tells the story of the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, in which Leonidas, the king of Sparta, led his small army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired the creation of the world's first democracy. The film stars Gerard Butler as Leonidas.

Snyder's goal, with Miller's help, was to bring the graphic novel to life a la last year's Sin City. "So basically my challenge was to draw ... [and decide,] 'It's 10 shots to get to his shot, and another 10 shots to get out of it,'" Snyder said. "So that's kind of how it became, and it was kind of a fun experience. It was a fun process for me to kind of have to go, to have a goal, to have a frame as a goal to get to." Snyder also crafted images and scenes that weren't in Miller's book in Miller's style. "Use a similar style," he said. "And I think it helped to give the movie this sort of continuity of design." 300 opens March 2007.
 


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