Early discussions with the show creators were slightly unproductive, as most of the time was spent chatting about their shared love of the character. Dave remembered fondly, "We didn't really know each other, but it became apparent very early on into the meetings, I'm talking within a few minutes, it was as if we'd all grown up together. We were all into this in the same way. Unfortunately, a lot of the early meetings degenerated into fanboy enjoyment of the genre and weren't really that specific." One thing they did discuss was how they could incorporate elements from their favorite Counts of the past, including Christopher Lee and Louis Jordan. "Dracula has been a work in progress since the moment it was written, because the character is always a reflection of the culture around him. So, the cloak, the way he dresses, him being afraid of daylight, all that stuff evolved. It wasn't there originally in Bram Stoker's book," said Dave. "One of the things that we were on the same page with is that we felt that one of the great forgotten iterations of Dracula that really worked was this BBC Dracula that was done in the 70s, which we all saw when it first came on. It had Louis Jourdan as Dracula. He was spectacular in it." One of their favorite aspects of Jourdan's Dracula was his long pointed fingernails. The couple knew they wanted to create their own version of those nails, and they took it even further by designing Cleas' fingernails to look like fangs. louis jourdan(Louis Jourdan portrays one of several Draculas that would inspire the makeups for the new series.) The next piece in the creative jigsaw puzzle was to begin designing the makeups for Danish actor Claes Bang, the 'chosen one' for the titular character. Dave and Lou loved him for the role immediately. "One of the things that we always loved about Christopher Lee is his beautiful 1970's teeth. They're not straight, they are more like tombstones, and it really gives a ferocity to his mouth," said Dave "When we met Claes, the first thing we noticed was that he doesn't have a Hollywood smile. His teeth overlapped and did all sorts of weird little things that we ended up making part of the design of his fangs. Claes became an essential part of our design. Just meeting him and seeing him helped us start thinking about what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. If Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee had a baby, it would be Claes Bang!" "We did some very early tests where we wanted the [Dracula] makeup to be very translucent so you could see muscles and things under the skin. They were interesting. But we didn't end up going that way because we realized that once you go with a translucent look for the appliances, you can't see the detail anymore. It was a fascinating design period of the project because we tried a lot of different stuff, some of which didn't make it into the final cut." See more »
I believe a good place would be to say that never did I think a show would pin me to the screen without ever wanting to move during the entirety of each of the first two episodes the way Dracula does. Breaking Bad is the only series to have done the same, and consistently.
I am amazed so far by Dracula. (And I almost hate saying that as I don't want to over hype it).
For a while now, the ratings on IMDB make me shake my head. Dracula is no different. The fact that it only has a 7.1 is unbelievable to me. This should be THE new show to watch. It almost leaves me at a loss for words with how good it is - for those who enjoy a highly intelligent script; extremely witty dialogue; great twists; a fast, forwardly-moving story (despite its slow-to-steady, almost delicious pacing, you'll understand what I mean if you watch it); fantastic acting; charismatic and sometimes quirky characters; and so much more! The only thing I can imagine is that perhaps people rated it based only on the first 20-30 minutes or so, which indeed are a little slow, in which case I would suggest they watch more and come back and re-rate; OR that some people have a problem with the subject matter. Well, that should tell you something. See, it is, simply, Dracula redone ... but REDONE SO WELL that it is raising hackles and disturbing those that don't understand this magnificent, bloody, especially clever piece of art.
Well done, creators! Bravo!
Edit: Lowered score due to the ending. The first 2/3 (two-thirds) were MAGNIFICENT. The rest felt uneven.
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