Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson Skyline Interviews
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Eric Balfour: "Exactly."
Eric Balfour: "It is weird, you know, but this experience and this mode in which we made this film made for something really magical. You ever heard too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the stew? We did not have that problem. And if we fail, it's because of what we did and that's a good feeling. We feel really proud of what we did. This experience brought the cast and the crew... We had a crew of 20 guys, you know? We were literally in Greg Strause's apartment having to wear surgical slippers because he didn't want us to mess up his floors. This was made with an outlaw spirit. This entire experience is a testament to what can happen when you have a dream and you go for it. I hope people out there really take this away from this film, more than just the special effects. But you have something that you want to do in your life, you can do it."
They didn't even give you green screen to work off of.
Eric Balfour: "No. We were doing it all in practical time."
Was that more difficult for you or less difficult, not having that green screen there?
Eric Balfour: "You know, this is the fun of what we do. You make believe. It's like being a kid again so it's actually kind of more fun without a green screen because at least you have some tangible things to hold onto."
There are a lot of alien movies. There have been and there's a lot coming up. What sets this one apart?
Eric Balfour: "Well what absolutely sets this one apart is that this movie in some ways is going to reinvent the genre, the same way that 28 Days Later did for the zombie genre. Because what this does is it takes it out of the ultra, mega reality and takes it to a very personal level and deals with the humanity of how people deal with the situation like this, how they deal with each other, how they deal with survival. How they deal with the heartbreak of not knowing what to do - what is the right decision, like in any disaster. So I think that's what's going to be really interesting. And then you have this amazing biology and chemistry of how these aliens work so it's pretty incredible."
Scottie Thompson: "No, this is not my alien outfit. I don't think I can do too much in this."
Tell me about working on this because there's hardly any green screen involved, right?
Scottie Thompson: "Yes, that is true."
Scottie Thompson: "Tiny budget. All of us hanging out in one apartment down the hall from where we shot in another apartment that the director owns - one of them, Greg. A real team camaraderie was kind of the word of the two months I guess."
There's nothing there so how do you keep up that level of adrenaline when you're fighting off aliens?
Scottie Thompson: "Call upon what strange imaginations are in your head. The energy of the other actors is definitely something, especially for the more action sequences. I mean, you're running. Your endorphins are pumping so sometimes I would literally jump up and down and get my own endorphins going."
How tough were the action sequences for you?
Scottie Thompson: "I had a ton of fun. I'm active; I love doing that sort of thing. A lot of times film sets are a lot of sitting around. So I kind of had a ball."
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