On the occasion of the broadcast of the film Life – Origin unknown on Sunday October 31, 2021, from 11:10 pm on France 2, Télé Star reveals how the weightless scenes were produced during the shooting.
Released in theaters in 2017, the film entitled Life – Origin unknown, carried by Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ariyon Bakare, will be broadcast on Sunday October 31, 2021, from 11:10 pm on France 2. Directed by Daniel Espinosa , this feature film features 6 members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew, who receive a probe returning from Mars and containing a soil sample, which could contain signs of extraterrestrial life. Exobiologist Hugh Derry, played onscreen by Ariyon Bakare, revives a dormant cell from the sample, and it rapidly develops into a multi-cellular organism, dubbed Calvin.
However, after an atmospheric accident in the laboratory, Calvin becomes inactive. Hugh revives him with light electric shocks, but he immediately becomes hostile and attacks the exobiologist, crushing his hand. Since the entirety of this film takes place aboard the International Space Station, the production had to recreate the effects of weightlessness on the actors during filming. In order to achieve this, the feature film crew used harnesses for the actors and various other effects. Director Daniel Espinosa gave very specific instructions to the stunt team and the body language coach as to what he wanted to achieve in his shots.
The filmmaker wanted to see a “floating” camera, actors twirling to enter and leave the field, but also appearing, fluttering around nooks and crannies. All of this required a very close collaboration between the stunts team, led by coordinator Franklin Henson, gesture coach Alex Reynolds, and the actors. Note that they trained the actors two hours a day until the shooting. For the anecdote, Life – Unknown Origin is inspired by the cult film Alien, the eighth passenger, directed by Ridley Scott, which was released in theaters in 1979.
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