new movie zero contact New ground has been broken in many ways. It symbolically uses technology, as it is the first feature film to be released as NFT and was actually filmed without anyone in the cast and crew in physical proximity to each other. The entirety of the film, conducted by Enderby producer Rick Dugdale in his debut as director, is filmed “without shaking a hand”, as the production notes explain.
Produced in 16 countries over three months, using 63 crew members, zero contact There is a true discrepancy. Each actor clearly did their own cinematography, lighting, and sound design, as everyone else was isolated around the world; On top of that, in order to interact together, the cast and crew had to contend with different time zones, where it might be four in the morning for one person but 11 in the night for another. It was a completely new way of making films.
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The 2022 sci-fi film follows the death of an eccentric tech billionaire (played by Anthony Hopkins) after several of his associates (including his estranged son, played by his son) Chris Brochu) is approached by an AI designed by the man to activate an initiative he started involving fringe science including time travel. It was difficult to tell this complex story without gathering together barely any cast and crew; Each actor on a Zoom call will work on their part of the film with the director, writer (Cam Cannon), director of photography (Ed Lucas) and others.
Brochu explains how a scene is usually shot. “Turning on the camera, making sure everything looked good in there. Then doing sound in two different sound setups, the lighting I had set up, figuring out what the background was going to be, cupboarding, All that. So once we go through that initial checklist,” Brochu says, “I can center myself to figure out what’s going on.”
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“The other challenging aspect,” Brochu continues, “was that we weren’t with our other actors. The other actors weren’t on screen with us. We were acting with our assistant director, and he did a great job, but There was that challenge too. You’re not really connecting with the characters you’ll actually connect with in the film. So it’s suspending that sense of disbelief, taking that kind of thing to the nth degree.”
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alex paunovic plays the role of Trevor, one of five people contacted by artificial intelligence, and states that his process was completely identical, only with him and his computer, where the crew told him about the set-up of their scenes. guided through. “So I’ll see these eight windows pop up just like you see in the movie,” says Paunovic, “and then they’ll walk me through it.” ‘Well, can you move the light a little bit to the right, and can you change your shirt,’ and love all these little things.” Paunovic, who plays a buff kind of humor in the film There is relief and certainly stands amiable, continuing:
The special thing is that we did not do any scenes with each other. All this was done by just one reader. So everyone would be silent and have one person read us the lines, and we would give different scenes of the scene. But then, you’re also going to be sitting there, okay, the audio is working? […] In doing the scene, I’m like, okay, great, and then Rick would say cut, and I’m like, I didn’t even hit the record. I didn’t get any of this. So all you’re doing is trying to remember the lines at the top and going through the character development of it.
It was in many ways a complex experimental film, “definitely a challenge,” as Paunovic says. “It was definitely stressful,” agrees Brochu, “but again, we were all very supportive of each other.” But it was a labor of love by a group of people, many of whom were friends and collaborators, who loved making movies and didn’t let social isolation stop them from doing so. “It was quite a ride to do, but it was during the pandemic, what else are you going to do,” laughs Paunovic, and was a joy to “make a movie with a good friend of yours.”
Rick Dugdale directs his first feature film
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Both Brochu and Paunovic praised producer/director Rick Dugdale and his bold approach to filmmaking; The artistically minded businessman has been producing films for years now, but he worked deep into this largely international debut for a director. “Rick Dugdale, I don’t know,” smiles Brochu, “I’m pretty sure he probably sleeps in some kind of hyperbaric chamber for 15 minutes a day. I don’t know how he does what he does, but The man is inspired, and I’m very grateful to say that this is my third film to work with him, and it’s a pleasure every time.”
“It’s been great because we’ve been friends for a while,” Paunovic says of Dugdale. “I did a film called blackwaywith Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta, and that’s when we became really close friends […] So when he asked me to make my directorial debut zero contactI was all in. Then again, we didn’t know it was going to go anywhere.” Although it was one of the strangest and most unique film productions ever, many thought it would fly under the radar of COVID-era cinema. remain as one of the forgotten little projects of, or simply “an experimental art project”, as Brochu puts it.
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However, with Lionsgate distributing it, the film proved to be much bigger than most people expected. zero contact Vuele (a first for Vuele) is being issued on the platform as a non-fungible token. So big that the two sequels, this time largely individually filmed, are currently in production worldwide. Paunovic continues:
It’s a testament to Rick really pushing this movie to the finish line. It is very difficult to describe this. You have to wrap your head around this that no one would ever think of doing a film like this. And when you’re doing something for the first time, a lot of people aren’t giving you a thumbs up, and so it’s up to you to pursue it and persevere through it, and to make this vision a reality. […] Rick is probably one of the coolest people in Hollywood I know, he’s such a great, moral person, and that’s rare in this city. So I’m just thrilled that I got the chance to ride with him.
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what a ride it is with zero contact Spreading internationally and filming around the world (this time in person), became the first narrative photograph to be produced on location in the frozen tundra of Antarctica, where Brochu and Paunovic recently finished filming. Was. “We shot our first location in Antarctica, which was absurd and life-changing in so many different ways,” Paunovic says. The cast and crew have a unique place to be just a few of the three million people or have been on the continent throughout human history. Paunovic describes it as follows:
It was mind blowing. The first scene we shot in Antarctica is Chris and I walking into this huge space that looked like a tidal wave, a giant tidal wave of ice that we’re crossing, and it’s a There was a long shot, no audio just a long shot of us trekking. And literally, it was us talking to each other in a whisper, “I can’t believe we’re doing this here. It’s crazy.” It was an amazing experience to be a part of it and to be a part of something that has never been done before. I wish I had the vocabulary to tell you how amazing it was to go to Antarctica and shoot […] It is simply breathtaking.
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Paunovic and Brochu are extremely excited about the direction of their characters in the next two films and their ability to actually be physically present with each other (and Sir Anthony Hopkins, of course). Regarding his character in the sequel, Paunovic says, “Trevor’s journey in this film is quite a long one.” The character of Brochu, who developed deeply zero contact, will undoubtedly develop and flex its newly discovered strengths in these films. “So not only the actors, but the ride that the audience is going to go on is going to be quite intense and quite energetic and fun,” says Paunovic excitedly.
Many viewers are also looking excited and buying collectible versions of the film in the form of NFTs. “For those of you who love this first film, and who will watch it or maybe buy NFT when they first come out, or whoever will see it in theaters or on demand on the 27th, thank you for your support. Thank you for that,” says Paunovic. “in zero contact Two and three, we plan not to limit you to the world of actors only. Our characters are going to be cast on Worldwide Two and Three. That’s why we want to bring the audience with us to these wonderful, beautiful, mythological places, so hopefully everyone will join us.”
with all the land zero contact Broken, they are very likely. From Lionsgate, Grindstone Entertainment Group and Enderby Entertainment, zero contact Will be released in select theaters, on-demand and digital on May 27, 2022, and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 5. The exclusive NFT is on Vuele.
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