Trailering Upside Down

View the trailer for Upside Down (March 15) , a futuristic Romeo and Juliet love story directed by Juan Diego Solanas in which Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are separated by space as well as class. Thus, the two worlds have their own gravitational pulls but are on top of one another. It looks like a trippy metaphor for a dystopian world.

Last year production designer Alex McDowell (Man of Steel), who’s always been drawn to stories with strong social strata,  discussed his work on Upside Down at the 5D | Flux conference last year at USC

5D creative director McDowell (Man of Steel), who’s always been drawn to stories with strong social strata, explained  that Upside Down was a definite design challenge. “In order to work within this relatively low-budget film, a convincing way of understanding the world, building backwards here, starting with models and then painting over the models, allows you to really look at the experience of the world, even in Photoshop,” he explained.

They found locations in Montreal for converting into spaces that could be built up or down. “The set that we built allowed characters to be composited on the ceiling,” McDowell added. “The really complicated thing here was eye line: How do you actually track the eye lines between characters that are performing in two different spaces and have to interact with each other?

“We used a real camera connected in real-time to a slave remote camera with a motion control unit receiving the data from the encoders, with a computer calculating both video signals composited in real-time to allow one frame per image. Some really interesting, complex solutions to this film played out with a d-vis process to get the eye lines to connect and to be able to build these two sets that had to be stitched together.”

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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