Franco’s “Blood Meridian” Test Reel Online

written by Nika XXIV.VII

In honor of Child of God’s release on August 1, I’m posting a 25-minute test I did for the film version of Blood Meridian. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, is my favorite novel. It marks the midpoint of McCarthy’s career, between the Southern Gothic stories of his Tennessee days (he grew up in Tennessee and went to high school with painter Josh Smith) and his later border-based stories (The Border TrilogyNo Country for Old Men, The Road) after he moved to Texas and then to New Mexico.

In some ways Blood seems un-filmable. It is almost Biblical in its prose. His terse prose utilizes vocabulary only found in the crannies of annals of the Old West and the specialized spheres of working men. He captures the slang of forgotten peoples so deftly, it’s as if they were his barroom friends.

I made my test for Blood Meridian three or four years ago. It stars Scott Glenn, Luke Perry, Mark Pellegrino (Lost), and my brother, Dave. We shot it in three days in some place near Yosemite that is the mule capital of the world. If you know the book, you’ll recognize that this is the sequence where Tobin recounts how the Glanton gang met the Judge, a Satan-like character and Glanton’s right-hand man. The gang was out of gunpowder and about to be caught by Apache warriors, whereupon they would be killed for lack of working weaponry. Enjoy.


2014 July 24 Dave Latest News Videos

Related Posts

  • Dave Attends the ‘Of Mice And Men’ Broadway Opening Night I've added 11 high quality photos of Dave attending the opening night of 'Of Mice And Men' in support of his brother James....
    April 19
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Dave was last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he spoke about his most recent role in The LEGO Ninjago Movie...
    September 22
  • Glamour Russia April 2011 Issue Scan + Photoshoot I've added Dave's page of Glamour Russia's April issue and the photoshoot to the gallery. Enjoy! Gallery Links: Photoshoots > 017 Scans >...
    June 20
  • TheRental_BTS001.jpg

    Behind the Scenes
    TheRental_P001.jpg

    Posters
    Variety_2020Jul14_007_DFF.jpg

    Variety - July 14, 2020
    2020_001_Variety_003.jpg

    Session 001 - Variety
    2020Jun18_TheRentalScreening_058.jpg

    June 18 | 'The Rental' Advanced Screening
    EW_Jul2020_001_DFF.jpg

    Entertainment Weekly - July 2020
    Dave Franco Fan is an unofficial, non-profit fan site dedicated to Dave Franco. We are in no way affiliated with Dave, or any of his representatives. All media, photos, trademarks, and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. We do not claim ownership of the images used on this site, unless stated otherwise. No copyright infringement intended. If there's anything you find on the site that belongs to you and needs to be removed, please contact us before taking legal action. This site is proudly paparazzi and gossip free. View our Cookies Policy and Privacy Policy.