The Vision Behind Cherrybomb, a word with filmmaker Brian Philip Davis.

December 23rd, 2008 7:00 PM: On behalf of the staff here at ICM we want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas! We are grateful to be apart of such an amazing fan community and we hope all of your holiday wishes come true. :)

While we await for the much anticipated Cherrybomb trailer we thought we would share with you a few exclusives.  Staffer Neglo was given the opportunity to speak with Ireland filmmaker Brian Philip Davis who created all the graphics that were scripted for Rupert Grint’s new film Cherrybomb set for release in 2009. Not only did Brian take time to describe the whole visual aspect of Cherrybomb but he did also mention that the trailer is indeed just around the corner and that it was first shown in Belfast at a screening of ‘Freakdog’, a horror film made by the same company Generator.

He says that they are at a picture lock stage, adding music etc so it must be nearly done. (Keep checking the site, it is almost here!)

Now on to the creative process of Cherrybomb. Brian describes what he did to bring the character’s world to life and also said that this movie is much more stylized than other ‘generic’ films he’s  worked on”.

Spoiler Alert: We have also just been informed that Rupert Grint will have a pretty intense “crying” scene in Cherrybomb. We will share more details as they come!

The World of Cherrybomb with Filmmaker Brian Philip Davis

Filmmaker Brian Philip Davis and his  Cherrybomb vision.

“My job as a graphic artist is to create all the graphics that are scripted as well as items to use for background dressing. It’s usually things like posters, signs, newspapers, driving licenses – things that need to be created especially for the world in which the film is set.

‘Cherrybomb’ is set in a contemporary Belfast and as Glenn Leyburn, one of the directors is also a graphic designer, he had very clear ideas on how he wanted my graphics to look. I worked quite closely with him and the production designer David Craig, to get across a very specific style for this film.

Our main location was a leisure centre, the ‘Titanic Leisureplex’ where Rupert’s character is employed. There are some murals on the walls of the complex that become quite iconic by the end. We also had some very contemporary billboards to place around Belfast, depicting a city that is being rebuilt and looking to the future – these are big themes in the film.

All in all we were all working on quite a low budget but from the rushes I’ve seen it looks fantastic – much more stylized than other ‘generic’ films I’ve worked on”.

Brian Philip Davis/Cherrybomb
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100 Comments to "The Vision Behind Cherrybomb, a word with filmmaker Brian Philip Davis."

December 23rd, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Jo, it says I don’t have permission to preview drafts.

December 23rd, 2008 at 7:59 PM

‘intense’ crying scene. BRING IT ON.

Same here Suz.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Can you tell I have sitting here for two hours refreshing. lol

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Congrats btw with getting such an exclusive!!!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:01 PM

It says it is public! hmmm let me check it.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:01 PM

I can’t read it either.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:03 PM

what about now?

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:04 PM


December 23rd, 2008 at 8:04 PM


wicked jo
December 23rd, 2008 at 8:06 PM

the link isn’t working for me either, just giving me an error message :( but I’m so happy that ICM got this exclusive and I can’t wait to read the full interview!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Do you think I would just leave it and not correct it wicked jo! lol. look i added the text, can you see it?

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:12 PM

I can see the text. Thanks Jo! Very cool. Just from the photos we’ve seen, I love the film’s stylized look.

This part interested me most: “We also had some very contemporary billboards to place around Belfast, depicting a city that is being rebuilt and looking to the future – these are big themes in the film.”

I wonder if CB will be a bit more political than I had originally thought. Very interesting. This film is such an enigma to me.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Oh Jo, this is great. I posted at the R/E forums for the chicas over there. LOL So people who saw freakdog has seen the trailer. It just ain’t fair.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:14 PM

I recall thinking that when I first saw the pictures, that it was very stylized….

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:15 PM

What a great exclusive! Go neglo!!

And an intense crying scene. This movie is seriously like a dream come true for me.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Wow, you guys rock getting such an exclusive. I am always extremely interested in the visual aspects of movie-making: the art direction, costumes, cinematography and lighting, the graphic design work such as what Mr. Davis provided. I love to see how it all comes together to set the tone and style of the film and flesh out the characters in the story. It sounds like they’ve done a pretty great job on this one. Nothing is random, everything is carefully and thoughtfully placed, just as he said even the murals on the walls and the billboards echo and symbolize themes of the movie.

I’ll be peeking around that corner for the trailer. Any day now, huh? *nailbiting*

And my hunch about the “spoiler” was right! Haha! Go on, Rupert! Act your pretty little ass off in this movie, you future-Academy-Award-winning-and-legendary-movie-star, you!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:22 PM

I thought it was pretty exciting too, the colors in this film almost remind of fantasy like Jim henson shit or something, I don’t know I just love it!!!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I had no idea that Glenn Leyburn is a graphic designer aswell. That’s pretty damn cool. Combine that with the cool David Holmes and you got one fierce looking/sounding movie. Gah!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I am really getting thrown off of what I initially thought this movie was gonna be like. I have to say, I am stumped. Everytime I hear something new about this film, I get even more excited! If thats even possible..

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:30 PM

He has done some designs for David Holmes. I think they all went to school together. lol

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Crying scene?

*sings* And so this is christmasssssss…

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:32 PM

What I like is that it isn’t going to be one of those mainstrain cheesy bloody teen movies like Ruins or something, I mean I am almost more grateful of Rupert doing indie movies because they are always well thought out and intense and full of artsy things. SQUEEEEEE!

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Var-essa? lol

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Ah, now I can go out and finish my last-minute Christmas shopping with my mind resting easy. Well, actually, I’m more keyed-up now than ever…but at least I won’t be screaming at the poor person running the cash register to hurry the hell up with the 50 people in line in front of me so I can come home and read the juicy news.

Okay…I’m off to the mall now…*sigh*


Why do I do this? Every year, I say, “Never again!” And every year, there I am, in the middle of the madness.

*grabs credit card, car keys, hockey mask and nun-chuks*

Wish me luck.

fuck, fuck, fuck…

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:35 PM

They all seem like an artsy crowd. I hope this movie is going to meet my expectations. Maybe I set my goals too high, afterall it is their first feature. I’m going to see it and just let it take me where it wants me to go. LOL

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Good luck Fugitive, I just got out of the holiday madness. People are nuts on the holidays.

suzeeq, I have faith in the CB team and the directing. Lisa and Glenn’s directing is getting tons of positive feedback from the industry so we are good man, we are good.

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:42 PM

I just keep getting this picture in my head of Rupert intensely crying. *dies a little*

December 23rd, 2008 at 8:53 PM

This is my head exploding. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Seriously, I had to take deep breathes before I could read it.

It’s been a long day…lol

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Ooooohhhh…my baby. I’ll probably be crying right along with him. I wonder what he had to think about to get himself to cry like that…

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Okay, Freakdog was shown at the conference where the reporter talked about the trailer, so it was not shown with the public as I thought. So the trailer is still hush hush. lol

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:18 PM

I was thinking that too, like maybe it is Luke who dies and he is crying for him. Ok wishful thinking he he.


December 23rd, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Something even better Jo. Malachy crying IN LUKE’S ARMS

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:22 PM

AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I FINALLY GET MY CRYING SCENE!!!!!!!! YIPPPEEE!!!! oh and um… (cough) the graphics should look good too… 😉

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Laura! Oh snap that would be perfect. It would be nice if it is just the two of them in the end, even if one dies, it would still be dramatic and sweet but damn sad. The trailer will help us a lot if we can just get it already.

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I wonder what he meant with “just around the corner”. Is he speaking in a matter of days? weeks?

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Oh man every time I think of him crying like that it makes my stomach feel funny. Like I feel sad, but EXCITED AS FUCK! hahahaha.

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Dove I know exactly how you feel. Laura we have been told by not just Brian but two other people who have worked on CB that the trailer will be any day now. I know it sucks waiting, sooo much anticipation is built up here, I swear we are all going to explode lol.

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:43 PM


December 23rd, 2008 at 9:46 PM

I’m excited over the spoiler. God, think about Ivana’s chart and major award, and this movie! Rupert is going to own! I can’t wait to see him in a major crying scene.

And I love all the designing stuff. I’m really excited to see iconic the mural! I love things like that… a movie that makes you think, but get you on the edge of your seat!

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:51 PM

ANY…… DAY ……… OMFG. That will be the greatests gift I cold ever get on Christmas! And it’s so sad, because it’s just a trailer but…….


December 23rd, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Gah, I’ll probably die of a heart attack. LOL

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:52 PM

All i’m saying is that trailer better not come out on friday afternoon when I’m getting my haircut. *lolz*

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:53 PM

I actually read this on the mobile page on my way home from work! Way to go keeping me posted!!!!!

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:53 PM

uh ma gah! anydayanydayanydayanyday!!!! I’m going nuts. *rocks back and forth in corner*

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:54 PM

All I can say is it better not come out on the 27th when i’ll be on a roadtrip……….

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:56 PM

OMG! Gimme that trailer now or I’m gonna blow!

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Wow…An intense crying scene, a sex scene, and Rupes possibly playing a murderer? Pretty sure this is going to be my new favorite movie :) Thanks to all the staff at ICM for keeping us updated!

December 23rd, 2008 at 9:59 PM

OH wow!!! Any day now? Is it going to be a teaser trailer or a proper theatrical one that’s like 2+ mins? I’m so excited!!!

I can’t wait for the official Cherrybomb site. It’s gonna be great!

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:01 PM

All i’m saying is that trailer better not come out on friday afternoon when I’m getting my haircut. *lolz*


December 23rd, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Laura remember that Zoolander scene you posted about your happiness over the pictures? How you gonna top that with the trailer? I am curious lol.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Right with you, Karin.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:17 PM

If the trailer comes out on Christmas, I will just die of happiness. Getting my hands on Beedle the Bard AND a Rupes trailer??? Yeah, that’s me over there in the corner…passed out with a big grin.

I think New Years Day is more likely, though. That would be the most perfect beginning to the Year of Grint!!!

I wonder if my family and friends will look at me oddly if I toast the “Year of Grint” instead of “2009” on New Years Eve as we toast our champagne glasses.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:24 PM

yay!!! more people!!! :) lol and I really really really really (100,987,679 more reallys) it comes out in the next 3 days.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:27 PM has pics of ron w. ITALIAN action fiqure. looks good says you can start to buy on 12/27/08

oh shit i’m out of money. damn the holidays

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Year of the Grint, I have seen that around a lot so I guess that is our official slogan, I love it. Rupert has to be proud, he’s got such a dedicated fanbase.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Jo my reaction would be something more like Carlton’s a the end of this clip.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Well if we didn’t have so much Rupert goodness we might be inclined to mention the action figure right now, but we do!!!!!!!!

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Oh shit that was great Laura, I love Carlton!

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:33 PM

I love how everyone is just totally stumped by this movie. Just when we all come up with our own theories, we get a bit of juicy info that makes us stop and say, “WTF??!!?!” in unison.

Man, I love movies like this!!! Low-budget, but no unnecessary trash/filler to get in the way of what the message is trying to get across.

When the trailer finally does comes out, we’re all going to die!!!! And I wonder how many times each of us will watch it?

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Michelle, I’ll probably watch that trailer over and over again until it finally sinks in. And then i’ll die. *shrugs* 😉

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Trailers always show some of the best parts of the film and on top of that the trailers from this company are pretty lenghty, so we aren’t talking stupid teaser stuff like with HP. Wooo-hoooooo.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:41 PM

I’ll probably instantly be making animations and graphics of it.

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:43 PM

We wouldn’t expect anything less from you, Laura. 😉

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:44 PM

God any day……………you do realise that I’m gonna have to mentally prepare myself each day I wake up just in case the trailer will pop up. *rofl*

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:52 PM

My hands are shaking…. This film is a REALLY big deal. Its finally dawning on me… :(

December 23rd, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Well, you made need to because this trailer will make everyone else here go utterly batshit! We’re depending on you to keep your cool and deliver the goods, Laura. lol Once we all awaken from the CB coma, of course.

I’m surprised no one’s hollered this in a while. Dude, where did all of the Cherrybomb cheerleaders go?

CHCHCHCHERRYBOMB!!!!! *flings her cherry red pom-poms in every direction and bounces around cheerfully.*

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:00 PM



December 23rd, 2008 at 11:04 PM


I had the vision of Kim Nixon doing this cheer because she was a cheerleader in one of her movies ha ha.

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:05 PM

give me the C!
give me the H!

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Are you really Karin? I am drinking Chocolate Belgium wine, need I say more. good night.

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Did I say good night lol? WTF? NO! I am up!

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:28 PM

Yeah it is a good night, it is ok i know you are drinking with your santa hat on. It happens.

Is there anything he doesn’t done yet? Hmmm right well he hasn’t played a sick dying patient yet so he’s still got more to do lol.

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:31 PM

He can just guest star on House for that, then it would be HOTNESS OVERLOAD! I’m about to go pour some whiskey in my eggnog and join yall drinking :)

December 23rd, 2008 at 11:38 PM

i just made a cheesy thread on the forums lol.

December 24th, 2008 at 12:26 AM

wow i go christmas shoppin for a day then come back to this squeeee!!!… & i;m know i’m late for the cheer but
GIMME A C GIMME AN H.. well ya get the point :)

December 24th, 2008 at 12:29 AM

“…depicting a city that is being rebuilt and looking to the future – these are big themes in the film.”

^ What do you all think that means in relation to the storylines in the movie?

December 24th, 2008 at 12:42 AM

I am dying to see Rupert’s intense crying scene. OMG. *flails*

December 24th, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Is everybody alive?

December 24th, 2008 at 1:13 AM

Hey just wondering, but was it Brian Philip Davis who told you guys about the crying scene or did you find that out from someone else?
Anyways thanks for the exclusive.

December 24th, 2008 at 1:23 AM

Yes Kailey, Brian told this information directly to our staffer Neglo. No middleman, straight from the source to her. :)

December 24th, 2008 at 1:26 AM

Oh yeah I was just wondering if that little bit of info was part of that interview too.

December 24th, 2008 at 1:32 AM

Noooo the crying information is seperate from another contact. :)

December 24th, 2008 at 1:33 AM

LOL, Laura!

I think when the trailer does come out, I’ll do my patented Happy Dance, and it goes a little something like this:

December 24th, 2008 at 1:35 AM

oKAY…. I tried to stay up and see if the cherrybomb trailer was going to pop in but i m about to pop out. see ya

December 24th, 2008 at 1:46 AM

LMAO, Fugitive!!! I haven’t seen that dance in forever…can’t beat old school Will Smith! :)

December 24th, 2008 at 1:47 AM

Yeah, me too. I’m getting tired earlier and earlier every day?

December 24th, 2008 at 1:54 AM

Michelle, Fresh Prince was one of my favorite shows back in the day. I can still rap the theme song in my sleep! LOL!

December 24th, 2008 at 10:23 AM

I agree with you, Jo. I bet that intense crying scene exists because Luke dies!! =( The more I think of it, the more convinced I am of it. I loved to know that Rupert’ll be doing an intense crying scene, I’m itching to watch it!! But now I think that Luke is the one who dies and I feel like the film has been spoiled for me… XO

May 9th, 2009 at 1:58 PM

wow has anyone seen it any dramatic scenes? =)))))))

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