Stunt rehearsals with Simon Helberg
Cage build with director Jessica Sanders and production designer Justin Trask
PH: How did you know the script was ready to shoot, and what is your process of getting it there?
Jessica Sanders: I had screenwriter Joanne Giger adapt the story several years ago. Once I got financing, we went through the script to trim any fat or unnecessary beats, since every moment counts with all the VFX. I also included notes from the actors specifically Simon Helberg who played Little Man. Because of the ambitious VFX and prep, the script had to be locked in advance of the pre-production process as we used my storyboards pretty faithfully, but of course, things changed a bit in the edit.
PH: Were there any challenges you faced while shooting? How did you overcome them?
Jessica Sanders: We had to shoot everything twice — so a big man in his world and then a little man on the green screen stage. Every shot where we put the little man in involved a big creative discussion so we tried to iron out the approach as much as possible in advance so as not to waste any precious time on set. It was very complicated but I loved the process and challenge.
PH: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film?
Jessica Sanders: Enjoy the process and journey. Be open. Learn the technology as much as possible so you don’t have to depend on others to tell a story. IE: Tangerine was shot on an iPhone!
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