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'Constantine' preem brings out the best and rest

HOLLYWOOD — At Wednesday’s preem of “Constantine,” musicvideo helmer Francis Lawrence, making his film debut with the Warner’s pic, offered up some tricks of the trade for fellow aspiring vid directors looking to leap to filmmaking,

Rule one: “Avoid talking about visuals,” said the tyro helmer. “Spend the first third of your meeting talking about story and character; the next third telling them how responsible you are; and end with how you can collaborate.”

Pic, which unspooled at Mann’s Chinese Theater, was followed by an after-party at the Geisha House, where the talk was of the film’s baroque theological underpinning via DC/Vertigo’s “Hellblazer” — think St. Thomas Aquinas writing apocalyptic comicbooks.

“It’s not that complicated,” said producer Lauren Shuler Donner. “If you’re bad you go to hell; good you go to heaven.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s reasons for believing in the project were also not too convoluted.

“Constantine is a franchise character,” said the Warner executive. “The story appeals to audience of most frequent moviegoers. And for international, when you’re watching a subtitled film, these are the visuals you want.”

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