HOW IT WAS MADE
That we know of, LIFE UPSIDE DOWN is the only full-length feature film that was made completely remotely during lockdown in Los Angeles in May and June of 2021 in the way described below.
It was scripted, pre-produced, produced, directed, filmed, edited and post-produced entirely from a distance, using the newest technology.
No actor, no crew member, nobody to this day, has ever been in contact with one another.
The producers and the director invented a devise, comprised of iPhones, iPads and microphones, that facilitated the remote directing and shooting of the film. Every day it would be taken to the actors’ homes and after shooting, it would be picked up to download the footage.
The actors were directed from the director’s home through her computers which were remotely connected to the devise or devises.
Often shooting two scenes simultaneously in two different locations, the director used two computers connected to two separate devises, to direct the action.
Although the film was fully scripted, spontaneity and improvisation in acting and dialogue, were welcomed and encouraged.
During the filming of LIFE UPSIDE DOWN, all participants were in Los Angeles in lockdown.
Everyone was working from their homes because of the pandemic.
The three main actors (Bob Odenkirk, Radha Mitchell and Danny Huston) were separately shooting the film in their respective homes, and the supporting roles were played by their actual live-in partners (Rosie Fellner, Cyrus Pahlavi). Other supporting roles were played from a distance by separate actors (Terence Hines, Crispian Belfrage).
Editing has also been done remotely via Zoom, with the director and the editor sharing the screen. ADR, the music score, all the VFX and the entire post, have also been done in this manner, working at times remotely from London, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Paris, Australia.