Thursday, September 15, 2011

Check Out The New Motion Poster For THE DARKEST HOUR!

Very cool. As I have said before, I think we may finally have a sci-fi movie here that presents alien life forms as truly alien! I have been waiting for this for a long, long time.

If you haven't seen the trailer for THE DARKEST HOUR, definitely check it out.

Here's the official storyline for THE DARKEST HOUR:
The DARKEST HOUR is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3D thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects.

Release: December 25, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Chris Gorak
Writer: Les Bohem, Jon Spaihts
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor

Here's the motion poster (courtesy of Collider)!

Also in the interesting category, Collider interviewed producers Timur Bekambetov and Tom Jacobson, uncovering the following tidbits of info:

- They shot the film in 3D. They chose locations in Moscow that would work well with 3D, like Red Square.
- Jacobson and Bekmambetov had an amazing script and then partnered together. They set the story in Moscow and then brought Chris Gorak in to direct.
- Gorak was a production designer so he brought a very visual background to the film.
- The crew was made up of about 30% American and 70% Russian.
- Filming was shut down for three weeks because of a huge wildfire outbreak in Russia.
- In crafting the aliens, they wanted to make them as grounded in reality as possible. They’re creatures of electricity and electromagnetism.
- The movie turns the “scary” convention on its head, because when the characters are in the dark they’re safe because they carry lightbulbs that will flash if any aliens are nearby.
- The aliens are invisible for 90% of the movie. When they’re finally revealed, there’s still some mystery.
- Five or six days is the time period that passes during the movie.
- The movie will be PG-13. It’s not very graphic or bloody, but it’s scary.
- The point of view of the story is contained in the characters in Moscow.
- There was a lot of planning involved in shooting in some of the iconic Moscow locations. For the Lenin Library, they could only shoot on one Sunday that the library was closed, so they had to go in at midnight the night before and dress it for the scene.
- The shoot was 58 days and they added 8 or 9 days to the production schedule when they decided to shoot the film in 3D.
- 3D necessitates longer takes in order to keep the audience from getting nauseous, so it takes more prep time to include the establishing shot, the close-up and the master shot in one take.
- The film is an action-thriller, but it’s grounded in reality from an emotional point of view of the characters.

Be sure to check out that interview on Collider right here.

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