The Bad Batch - Suki Waterhouse Timelapse Scene
You were referred to me through a mutual friend of Chris Antonini's. I'm post coordinating a film at Annapurna Pictures that's in need of some desert-night-sky time-lapse photography. Hit me back if you're interested and I'll get you all the details."
I was like...who is Chris Antonini? So I did a google search and what do you know...he's the visual FX coordinator for all the Marvel movies! Being a huge Marvel fan, I'm already beyond excited and I haven't even heard all of the deets yet.
I emailed Annapurna back immediately and asked for more details. They basically told me they needed timelapse clips as a backdrop for one of the main character's LSD trip for a movie called The Bad Batch starring Keanu Reeves, Jim Carey, and Suki Waterhouse. I.was.shocked. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. To have MY footage in a HOLLYWOOD Film?! Is this really happening?
It was happening. We pulled out the idea board and I sent them over a bunch of clips to choose from and shot a few customized here in Tucson as well. Turns out he was showing director Ana Lily Amirpour directly and she was choosing what she liked and she selected all my clips for the film! I received the good news, negotiated fees, and signed the paperwork! Woo! My first Hollywood deal!
Later more information including the full cast of "The Bad Batch" was released and I was extremely excited to hear that Jason Momoa, Giovanni Rubisi, Diego Luna, and others joined. What a crazy and diverse cast. Next question...What in the world is this film about?!
"Arlen is abandoned in a Texas wasteland that is fenced off from civilization. While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals led by the mysterious Miami Man. With her life on the line, she makes her way to The Dream. As she adjusts to life in the bad batch, Arlen discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who's standing next to you."
Check out the trailer below. You can see a couple of my night sky timelapse clips at the 1:05 mark!
A year later and the movie is released! Director Ana Lily Amirpour said on a Instagram post that the scene with Suki and my footage was her favorite part of the movie and she loves my work so much!
Fortunately, The Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona was showing it so some friends and I went. You can see how excited I was in the photo under the sign. I couldn't believe I was about to see my footage on the big screen! My mom said before passing away last year that she knew I was going to make it to the big screen one day. I wish she was here to see it finally, but I know she is up there cheering me on.
So I buy my ticket, the largest bag of popcorn for my friends and I, and a cherry cola and we are off to the theatre.
This is where I'm going to stop and just give you my thoughts on the movie. The first 20 minutes are look-away brutal. There is almost no dialogue and it's already a perfect blend of Chainsaw Massacre meets Mad Max...but in a cool way. The film gets only more and more interesting from there and the soundtrack gets bumping too. Then some familiar faces start appearing and the plot begins to thicken. Overall the movie was fantastic. Killer cast and a cool dynamic for a story. Something I've never seen before. Even had some good humor and symbolism in it, too. Great job everyone involved!
I'm so honored to have even a second of my work in this film with such a talented cast and crew. But to have a whole 90-seconds and my name in the end credits is something else entirely. Keep an eye out for it in a theatre near you or purchase it online / video on demand. I hope you enjoyed the story! I would love to hear your thoughts, feedback, or questions about the film in the comments below!