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Director Gonzalo López-Gallego and editor Patrick Lussier
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Reviewed by iwantmytvm on September 17th, 2020
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Lopez-Gallego and Lussier provide an informative track. They reveal that they just finished the film and are recording the commentary two weeks ahead of its release. They admit that the film is still to fresh in their minds for them to offer a more objective perspective. Regardless, they do well. Lopez-Gallego recounts how he was pulled into the project very quickly, it was fast-tracked and they were shooting in a matter of weeks. This was largely an experimental film as they tested styles and techniques, they played around with lenses, scratch mags, frame rates, and aspect ratios in order to give the footage a dated and more jarring look. They shot mostly in Vancouver, and had three different shoots each with a different version of the film, as the story adapted. Much of the film was not scripted. For the final edit, there are elements of all three versions throughout, sometimes overlapping or even layered. Lussier adds that it was liberating for him as an editor because what he compiled did not have to be synched, due to the nature of the film. Their overall intent was to create a claustrophobic feel on a large scale.
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