Hey guys! In celebration of us now being exactly one year away from the release of Ender's Game, I thought I would put together a timeline to cover some of the most important events in the fandom and on this site since the beginning of filming back in February.
Hang on to your flash suits, it's pretty long!
February 2012: It begins! The young cast met together in New Orleans with director Gavin Hood for the first time at an Ender's Game cast party. It was a great opportunity to show off their new military haircuts:
Also in February, many members of the cast attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. They went through the "Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs to inspire some quality team-building before they [started] filming."
February 27th, 2012: Principal photography began at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The Ender's Game production team issued a press release with the film's synopsis, as well as listing a a new actor for the role of Stilson -- Caleb J. Thaggard as opposed to the original Brendan Meyer.
Here is the synopsis from the press release:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Fleet (IF) Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the IF's next great hope, Ender is promoted to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind.March 07, 2012: Brendan Meyer announced via his Facebook page that he unfortunately had to step down from the role of Stilson due to a scheduling conflict. Actor Caleb J. Thaggard took his place.
March 21, 2012: The official Ender's Game production blog launched the first of what would be a series of 12 posts which gave fans a look behind-the-scenes of principal photography. The first picture:
March 22, 2012: Fans everywhere gasped in horror as they found out that the Battle School students are wearing socks under their uniforms in the film. However, as soon as the trailers start coming out and everyone sees the flash suits, I'm 100% certain costume designer Christine Bieselin Clark will be utterly forgiven. ;)
April 09, 2012: The Ender's Game release date was pushed from March 15 to November 01, 2013.
April 18, 2012: We had our first super exciting glimpse at Ender's monitor:
April 26, 2012: The official production blog gave us a cool behind-the-scenes look at Gavin Hood making edits to a storyboard on the set of Ender's Game. Plus, we received a dare from producer Roberto Orci:
How much WERE we able to make out?
May, 2012: Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card visited the set and recorded a voice-over roll. Read his full report at RhinoTimes.com.
May 17, 2012: Part one of the official production blog's Q&A session was released. Topics included the film's visual influences, Graff/Ender's relationship, and Roberto Orci's favorite scene.
May 22, 2012: Representatives of many fan sites (including myself!) visited the Ender's Game set, where we received a day-long tour and were allowed to talk to the people who were working so hard on this amazing project.
May 31, 2012: Smart Pop Books announced that their Ender anthology, Ender's World, would include various Q&As with Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card and invited fans of the book to ask questions.
June 02, 2012: The remaining cast and crew of Ender's Game attended the wrap party at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
June 09, 2012: Principal photography wrapped on the film. TomKats catering created some fun ice sculptures (one shaped like a dragon!) for the cast and crew in New Orleans.
June 13, 2012: We received a peak of an Ender's Game promotional poster used at the 2012 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas
cover art gallery.
July 14, 2012: Aidan from Ender News attended San Diego Comic Con and interviewed Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card. She also stopped by to visit Smart Pop Books and the Summit Booth where the super cool Mike Pierce Mireles gave us some t-shirts and a boatload of pins to give away on the site!
August 10, 2012: We found out that Ender's Game will definitely bit hitting IMAX theaters and that Lionsgate is eyeing sequels. This is the first time that the studio referred to the project as a "franchise."
September 16, 2012: Ender News introduced a new part of the site: a comprehensive book and movie directory, The I.F. Files!
October 07, 2012: Jimmy Jax Pinchak announced his holiday contest: designing a greeting card! There's still 9 days left to participate in this... and I've heard there are some pretty cool prizes!
November 01, 2012: We reach the one-year mark - and what a ride it's been! The past 9 months have been filled with exciting events, announcements and revelations -- who knows what the next year will bring!
and it's free to download!
As well as featuring some of his latest artwork, it has also included birthdays of many of the cast/crew members and links to many fandom websites. We are super happy to be included!
Make sure you head over to Darian's blog and thank him for such a cool gift!
364 days to go, you guys. We've officially passed the one year mark!