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Cloverfield Revisit

4 November 2016

This month sees the 2008 sci-fi classic "Cloverfield" revisited on otsoNY.

Cloverfield Film Poster

The monster horror film which was directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams, written by Drew Goddard, and the first film in the Cloverfield franchise originally started life with as "01-18-08" with several clever teaser trailers.

The film was presented as found footage from a personal camcorder recovered by the United States Department of Defense. A disclaimer states the footage was of a case designated "Cloverfield" and that it was found in area US447, formerly known as Central Park. The video consisted primarily of segments taped the night of Friday, May 22. Occasionally, older segments were also shown from a previous video that was taped over. The first video segment showed Beth played by Odette Annable formerly Yustman waking up on the morning of Monday, April 27, with Rob, a previously platonic friend, who films her. They made plans to go to Coney Island that day. The footage then cut to the evening of Friday, May 22, when Jason, Rob's brother, and his girlfriend, Lily, prepared a farewell party for Rob, who would be moving to Japan. Their friend Hud used the camera to film testimonials during the party, and it was after this that the attack on New York City by alien forces began.

Film: Cloverfield

The casting process for the film was carried out in secret, with no script being sent out to candidates. With production estimated to have a budget of $30 million, principal photography began in mid-June 2007 in New York. The filmmakers used the Panasonic HVX200 for most of the interior scenes, and the Sony CineAlta F23 high-definition video camera to tape nearly all of the New York exterior scenes. Filming took place on Coney Island, with scenes shot at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and the B&B Carousel. The scenes of tanks firing at the creature while the main characters hide in a stairwell were filmed on Hennesy Street on Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, CA. Some interior shots were taped on a soundstage at Downey, California. Bloomingdale's in the movie was actually shot in an emptied Robinsons-May store that was under reconstruction in Arcadia, California. The outside scenes of Sephora and the electronics store were taped in Downtown Los Angeles. The final scene was shot at Greyshot Arch in New York's Central Park.

Film: Cloverfield

The film was shot and edited in a cinéma vérité style, to look like it was taped with one hand-held camera, including jump cuts similar to ones found in home movies. VFX and CGI were produced by effects studios Double Negative and Tippett Studio. The film's shaky camera style of cinematography, caused some viewers to experience motion sickness, including nausea and a temporary loss of balance.

The film was well received by critics and it earned $170.8 million at the box office against a $25 million budget, and while a proper sequel to the film hasn't materialised yet despite years of rumours and considerations, the movie did serve as the first in a series of movies set in a common universe, so far consisting of 2016's "10 Cloverfield Lane", as well as the upcoming 2017 film "God Particle".

Film: Cloverfield

Odette Annable

Odette Juliette Yustman Annable was born May 10, 1985 and is an American actress. Odette made her acting debut at an early age, playing a young, Spanish-speaking student named Rosa in "Kindergarten Cop" at age 4, and later moved onto various television shows and movies such as "South Beach" and "October Road". In 2006, she made an appearance in "The Holiday" and "Transformers" as a Socialite girl. In 2008, she scored the leading role in "Cloverfield" and a year later in the horror flick "The Unborn". Other low budget films were to follow including "And Soon the Darkness" and "You Again".

Odette Annable

Besides movies, Odette has also starred in the 2009 music video for "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" by Weezer as well as several television dramas including "Breaking In", "Westside", "The Astronaut Wives Club", and more recently "Banshee" as a native American assassin.

Odette Annable

Odette's next film role is in the romantic comedy "The Truth About Lies" due for release in December 2016.


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