A call for extras has been made in Wellington

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The wheels of casting Mortal Engines are slowly beginning to turn. It's no secret in the city of Wellington that casting has begun for Mortal Engines and there's been many a lass auditioning for the parts of young Hester Shaw.

Now though, a public call has been made for extras to take part in the movie. A listing on New Zealand's popular trading site Trade Me made the call this month.

The call asked for applicants to be 17 years or older, able to work with just 12 hours notice and be willing to accept the grand fee of $200.00 per day (excluding over time)

Filming is happening at Wingnuts' Miramar Studios in Wellington which suggests that a lot of the movie is being filmed on sound stages and green screen. We're sure however that the landscape of New Zealand which has featured in many Peter Jackson films will be used, especially for the middle scenes of Mortal Engines.

Of interest is the user who listed the add on the Trade Me site went by the name 'sqeakywheels' which is a cute reference to the book and movie.

The call is now closed so all those of you wanting to move to NZ to be in the movie have missed out...!

Cameo roles in Mortal Engines

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Who played cameo roles in Mortal Engines?

It seems most popular movies have cameo roles these days. From Rogue One to Lord of Rings everyone likes to get in on the action.

Mortal Engines is no different!

Mortal Engines producer Peter Jackson tends to place himself somewhere in every movie he directs but Christian Rivers is directing this gig so we guess that Rivers will continue the tradition started by Alfred Hitchcock and place himself in the movie.

We reckon, Jackson won't be able to miss out on the fun and he will have a cameo role as well!

Peter's children also turned up in the odd LOTR film so maybe they'll have a gig too.

Author Philip Reeve and his son visited NZ and got to make cameo appearances as extras.

A list of the plot holes in Mortal Engines

Sunday, January 1, 2017

mortal engines plot holes

What are the plot holes and curious plot choices in the Mortal Engines movie?

It's hard with most big Hollywood productions to avoid plot holes or characters made. When you are dealing with fanciful or broadly brushed tales they are bound to pop up.

It's even worse when characters are made to make judgments and decisions which are totally out of character just to serve the plot.

The Mortal Engines book itself was pretty tight plot-wise,  but it should really be taken as a given that the Mortal Engines film should have a couple of plot points that don't reconcile too well.

Some changes and plot points are of course necessary when adapting a book for film so let's not take this too seriously, it's just a movie after all!

Plot holes in the Mortal Engines film

  • The whole adventure of Bevis and Katherine contributes nothing to the ending of the film.
  • London, one of the greatest cities ever, was able to be brought down by a small fleet of ships.
  • Not really a plot hole but the plot was modelled on Star Wars, even though the book was not.
  • The failure of London to destroy the Wall, means any sequels cannot utilize the plot of A Darkling Plain.
  • The Anti-traction League know of London's BIG SECRET WEAPON. How exactly? It's a BIG SECRET WEAPON. Pandora was killed by Valentine before she told any one, let alone Anna Fang. 
  • The USB / Drive that can stop the Medusa weapon - when did Pandora Shaw have time to place the key in the necklace when she had just opened up the 'old tech' in front of Valentine?
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