Interview by Andrew Cole
VOYAGE OF TIME opens today, October 7th at an IMAX theater near you.
Andrew Cole was on hand to attend the IMAX premiere and after party for Terrence Malick’s first documentary VOYAGE OF TIME on Wednesday, September 28th in Los Angeles. Upon being asked about the film’s premiere, Greg Foster, (CEO IMAX) remarked “…as we move down the line, we’ll be able to think some very deep things because it’s a very deep movie. But at the same time, the bumpers are there to guide you through this journey…with enough information so that you don’t get lost. He (Terrence Malick) does it in a way as if he’s speaking to his child. That’s the way Terry wrote the narration, that’s the way it’s delivered.”
Producer Sarah Green explained that some of the greatest living scientists of our time collaborated with Malick to help make the film. “I met Terrence Malick 14 years ago, and this movie has been on his mind for a long time. I was so excited to delve into it…”
Incredible imagery with Brad Pitt’s voice addressing the audience as “child,” the film is meant to inspire awe while taking the audience into the heart of monumental events we’ve obviously never witnessed – from the birth of stars and galaxies to the explosion of diverse life-forms on planet earth by way of a ground-breaking marriage between digital effects and photography.
To accomplish this, Malick enlisted the aid of visual effects supervisor Dan Glass (best known for such imaginative comic-book fantasies as “The Matrix” sequels and “Batman Begins”) and formed Skunkworks in Austin, Texas, where they embarked on wide-ranging photographic experimentation. How did they give the elusive and formless palpable substance? “These were literally chemical experiments we were doing,” explains Glass, “to see how various liquids, dyes, gasses and fluids might behave as we filmed them at high-speed. We used everything from gels and glass to smoke machines and fluid tanks to create a whole range of effects.”
The excitement on the red carpet just before the screening was also palpable, as producers, directors, and film industry folk anticipated what they were about to see and offer conjecture.
VIDEO: We were able to catch up with the actress Berenice Marlohe and briefly ask her impression of what she was about to see.