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00Lithium X Interview with Thomas Buelens & First Stills
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A recent interview with 001Lithium X cinematographer, Thomas Buelens by Leslie Charreau was posted on The Belgian Society of Cinematographers. It reveals very interesting insights on the filming and many new stills of James.
Here are some of the highlights, skipping the technical camera & lighting details. For the full interview, please go Here.
001Lithium X by Guy Moshe is now in post-production, but there is still some filming to be done:
We shot mostly in June and July 2017. But because the weather is always so unpredictable in Europe, and we really needed sunny exteriors, we still have one week of shooting planned in the spring in the desert nearby Los Angeles.
Well, as you know it’s still going on (post-production), but the director is very happy with the images and quite surprised which is nice, because normally directors hate the first cuts.
Why it was a challenging shoot:
Then everything went really fast. Guy was supposed to do another film (an action movie, The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts) before this one, but it got delayed, so he decided to start the production for this one earlier. This is why we had only three weeks of prep and four to shoot. I think we missed one more week of prep and another one for shooting, but basically we managed because we had a lot of studio. Still, it was very hard on everyone, especially on Guy, because he had a lot of pressure on him.
James D'Arcy is involved in another movie by the same director, with Josh Hartnett and Ron Perlman:
The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts was scheduled to start filming in Naples and Lithuania in April or March 2017 (before 001Lithium X), but was delayed. The film is still listed as being in "pre-production" although Highland Film Groups is already selling it at Cannes & Berlin. Source: Showbiz Funds IMDB
Josh Hartnett is a former black ops soldier who is betrayed and left to die during a secret mission in Africa. He resurfaces in Naples to right past wrongs and win back the love of his life. Guy Moshe is behind the camera & wrote the screenplay. Guy's bio at TRB-LA says that he is prepping to shoot The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts after having completed 001Lithium X. Photo Source: Canal +
What is was like to work with the director, Guy Moshe:
At first it was a bit challenging. Like I said we didn’t have a lot of time to prep and since it was the first time we worked together, we had to learn how really fast. But once we started shooting everything went smoothly. We almost didn’t have to discuss, because we had a really nice connection. Another nice thing about him was that he is very knowledgeable and experienced. He had a very strong and clear vision of his film, he knew exactly how everything will be edited and how he wanted to tell this story, so I just had to lean into his vision and suggest my ideas.
What the story is about:
It’s a satirical psychological drama about one man’s acceptance of his mortality. It looks a bit like a sci-fi movie, but more foresight than classic sci-fi, because in fact it’s very realistic. The future described is the one right in front of us if we don’t change, with the whole issue on pollution, global warming and the ozone layer deteriorating. It’s really scary to realize what could happen maybe thirty or forty years from now.
When I read the script, I was really sunk into it, because certain moments of the story really flip you upside down. You can’t predict what is going to happen next.
To summarize it : the whole world lives during nighttime, because during daytime there is too much pollution and radiation, and it’s too toxic. Plus everybody lives almost exclusively through virtual interactions.
On the main character played by James:
Our main character is very stubborn and old-school, so he decides to still live physically during the daytime. For instance, he still goes to his office and sits there alone.
The challenges of filming daytime scenes:
For the outside daylight settings, we really wanted the viewer to feel like the protagonist was burning and that they could almost feel the heat coming from the screen. We managed to do this with a lot of lights: Dino’s, 20KW, Jumbo lights just blasting on the character. It was really tricky for James D’Arcy who played the main character, because, in the film, in order to get outside, he has to suit up in a rubber suit with a mask to protect himself from the radiation, but in reality, it was really hot under those lights. So every time he had his suit on, we had to go really fast, so that he wouldn’t burn up. It was really uncomfortable, but he gracefully succeeded as he knew the results would be worth it.
The difficulties filming nightime scenes:
Yes, for obvious reasons since the people in the film live during the night, we had to shoot quite a few exteriors during nighttime. And for scheduling reasons we had to shoot these nights in the middle of the shoot and it was very hard on all of us. But in the meantime, it was quite funny, because, as our characters, we had to live at night and sleep during the day. We were kind of living inside the story. (Laughter)
Plus we had another problem: we were shooting a nighttime film during the worst period possible, the summer! When the nights are getting shorter and shorter. We even shot during the shortest night in the year! We had maybe four hours of real darkness. This was very challenging for me. When you are tied up by the budget or the planning, you can always do 10 minutes overtime to finish a take. But you can be the best DP in the world, you can’t fight the sun. If the sun comes up, it’s over. It was very hard, but in the same time, kind of amazing to work under this pressure…
On James and the actors on the set:
The main character is played by a really interesting actor, James D’Arcy, who recently starred in Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan. I would say he is almost in every scene of our movie, so it was very challenging for him. He is a very cool guy offset, always joking around etc. When the camera starts rolling, he snaps into perfect character.
We also worked with Delroy Lindo who played in a lot of Spike Lee’s films, like Malcolm X. He’s a remarkable actor. We also had the sweet Anna Brewster, a British actress, who played in Versailles and Stars Wars VII. It was really important to have such amazing actors, because this movie is character driven.
On other collaborations on the set:
We all had a few weeks of prep and every department managed to get ready in a very short time, which was kind of amazing. For instance, the art director only had two weeks to build an entire house interior, and they did a beautiful job.
I couldn’t choose my own crew, so I had to work with people I had never met. It was very challenging for me to trust people I didn’t know, hoping they will do a good job. I really enjoyed working with my gaffer, Vitalij Kutko. He was one of the best gaffers I’ve ever worked with. He was very motivated and super experienced. He worked on a lot of American films like Defiance by Eward Zwick and Transsiberian by Brad Anderson. I think we had like six or seven people on the electrical department, maybe less on the studio part. But for them it was very tricky, because they had to wait for the set to be built to begin the pre-light. They started rigging the lights while the art department was still painting. We only had one day of pre-light, which was nothing for a film like this. For instance we had a really big window inside the house, 8 meters wide by 4 meters high, through which we would see a big skyline on the background. For this we used a Translight that we had to fly over from the UK and we had a big lighting rick for all settings: day, night, magic hour etc. For obvious planing reasons, they had to rig and program all the lights before the shoot. My gaffer really saved us because he was able to work really fast.
I also really enjoyed working with our first assistant director, Laura Stankevičiūtė, who was also an amazing talented person. When you shoot for three weeks inside a studio, you can become a bit claustrophobic, but she managed to keep the moral high with good vibes while keeping everything on schedule without too much overtime.
When it will be released:
It should be released somewhere end of 2018.
Synopsis : In a nearby future: due to the degrading ozone layer over the planet, the temperature has risen to 50 degrees Celsius during the day, therefore, turning the rhythm of life upside down – people sleep during the day and live at night. Communication in the virtual world becomes the norm blurring the limits between what is real and what is virtual. Adam Bird has an unhealthy heart. His last hope is to use a government-funded program to receive a clone heart. His ex-wife agrees, but she has a different plan…
Casting : James D’Arcy, Delroy Lindo, Gina McKee and Anna Brewster.
Production Companies : Chimera Pictures, Lituanica Films
The first stills look amazing!!!