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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We’ve been talking about Dean Israelite‘s Project Almanac for what seems like forever. Jumping back in time, the idea first got picked up by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes in 2012. Cameras then started rolling Summer 2013 aimed at a February 2014 release date. In that time, the title changed to Welcome to Yesterday. However the distributor, Paramount, decided to hold the film back once that date got close. It was retitled Project Almanac and it had a pretty successful, buzzy screening at Comic-Con.
Which brings us to the present. A second first trailer for Project Almanac has been released with the film set to hit theaters January 30. In it you’ll see what a group of teenagers might do if they found out how to time travel in their garage. Watch the Project Almanac Trailer below. Read More »
A group of high school kids discover the ability to travel in time. That’s the simple logline of Welcome to Yesterday, formerly called Almanac, which just released its first trailer. Starring a slew of young newcomers, the found footage sci-fi film was written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark and is directed by Dean Israelite. It’s scheduled for release February 28.
Jumping back in time ourselves, on July 1 of this year I was on the Atlanta set of the film. We spoke to all the principal actors, writers, producer and director to find out how Platinum Dunes’ first foray into the world of micro-budget genre filmmaking was looking. What we found was a very logical, interesting and angsty take on found footage and time travel. This was definitely not the heavily Back to the Future Part II influenced plot originally rumored.
Watch the trailer below, and read a bit more about our visit to the set. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
2013 marks the first year without a Paranormal Activity movie since the original hit theaters in 2009, but Paramount plans to make up for that gap by releasing two separate franchise installments next year. Now the ball is rolling on one of them, Paranormal Activity 5.
The studio has just tapped Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark to write the script. Pagan and Stark are the Black List pair behind Almanac, the Michael Bay-produced found-footage thriller landing next year. Hit the jump for the latest updates from the Paranormal franchise. Read More »
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Filmmakers regularly say it’s impossible to get a medium sized movie made in Hollywood. They believe studios would much rather make a $250 million movie than five $50 million movies and that might be the case. Paramount, however, is having a blast making much cheaper movies. In addition to the Paranormal Activity franchise, they’re currently in post production on Almanac, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by Dean Israelite. That’s a $13 million found footage movie that follows a group of teenager who mess up their lives with time travel. It’s out in February.
Paramount and Platinum Dunes must like what they’re seeing from that film because they just bought the next pitch from Almanac‘s writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. It’s called Raindrop and it’s another high-concept, found footage film with a small budget. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.
The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.
Hit the jump to read the full list.
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A teenager discovers the ability to time travel and uses a book of sports results to his benefit. This, is not, the logline for the second act of Back to the Future Part II. It’s the reported plot of Almanac, a mystery project from Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes which was announced last month. At the time, plot details were under wraps save for the fact that it was a found footage film in the vein of Chronicle. Now, one site has gotten some inside info and provided a bunch of details.
Almanac was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan and has Dean Israelite attached to direct. Read more about it below. Read More »
As if Michael Bay didn’t have enough to do, prepping one film and finishing another, he and his Platinum Dunes partners just sold a top secret found footage film to Paramount. It’s called Almanac and was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, with Dean Israelite attached to direct. They’re all newcomers (though Israelite is the cousin of Jonathan Liebesman.)
Not a lot is know about the film, but sources tell us it’s very much in the vein of Chronicle except with time travel instead of superheroes. Read more after the jump. Read More »