We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.
“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”
He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.
But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.
Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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Call me crazy, but I’m looking forward to Project Almanac. After a few delays, Paramount debuted the film at Comic-Con in July and reactions were pretty good. Now, months after that, the found-footage time travel film is finally hitting theaters on January 30.
To gear up, Paramount has released five TV spots for the film, which, follows what happens when a group of teenagers discover a device in their house that makes time travel possible. They begin to use it for all kinds of crazy immature things – revenge, money, skipping school, and lust – until everything gets really messed up.
Directed by Dean Israelite, written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and produced by Michael Bay, Project Almanac opens January 30. Check out the new Project Almanac footage from the TV spots below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Chris Pine has been all over the map in 2014. He showed off his comedy chops in Horrible Bosses 2, his wild side in Stretch, and most recently, his musical talents in Into the Woods. But the one thing we can definitely expect him not to do is return to his first movie of the year, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
In a new interview, Pine shoots down talk of a Jack Ryan sequel, and then expresses his “deep regrets” that he wasn’t able to get the franchise right. Hit the jump for the Chris Pine Jack Ryan comments. Read More »
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