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MV5BMTUxMjQ2NjI4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc2NjUwNDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Project Almanac is pure fun! It’s one of those movies that you watch and feel satisfied after leaving the theater. Twists, turns, action, likable characters and even a love story are included.  The movie opens in theaters on January 30th and I can’t wait to watch it again.

I attended the press conference for the film where members of the cast and crew were present. It was exciting for me because I love found-footage type movies. The media had a chance to ask questions and here are a few questions and highlights from the event.

Louis Love: Who came up with the idea that if you meet with yourself in the past there’s a “feedback” effect that ends up erasing you from existence? That was very creative and scary at the same time.

Dean Israelite: I don’t know probably one of the writers. It was Andrew Deutschman or Jason Pagan I think. It was always part of the script.

Question: What do you think it is about found footage films that brings audiences to the theaters?

Dean Israelite: The framework of found footage allows you to buy into a concept that many otherwise feel like a movie “movie” concept and allows you to ground it in such a way that you feel like you can be a part of those characters’ journey. For us, the goal was always that we wanted the audience to be sitting in the theater thinking that if they found those schematics and if they were as smart as our kids, maybe, just maybe they would be able to go on this adventure. I also think it depends on how the found footage is done. For all the advantages that there are found footage can get a bad reputation.

Question: This is for Jonny Weston but the others can chime in on it. What got me was that you had the dilemma to either destroy this thing or keep going and it was love that forced you to make an irrational decision. So, when you read the script did you get the concept that sacrificing for love was going to be an issue for you?

Jonny Weston: I think that for David Raskin it started that “for love” and then it became a compulsion for him. He became addicted to time travel in a way. That’s what spiraled out of control, it was a selfish thing. He tries to fix it and he keeps going back and it keeps getting worse and worse. You know at the end he had to make the ultimate radical decision. But yeah, I do think it was “for love” it started that way and it became a self compulsion.

Dean Israelite: For me it was always a love story at the center of the movie. It was important to tell that story and it was hard to do that. It took a lot of crafting in the script, staging and rehearsal when we where shooting it. I remember that in editorial we spent time to say “Ok this is the love part” we are doing in the movie. Not only is it the “A” plot you need the romance in the film. It’s the way you are able to articulate Johnny’s coming of age. You, as the audience member, can track how he’s coming into himself based on how close he is to getting the girl.

Here’s a few tweets and images we took during the event.

 

Synopsis:

A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

Project Almanac stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Ginny Gardner. It’s written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Dean Israelite directs.

Check out the trailer!

In theaters January 30th

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