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Watch: ‘The Phoenix Incident’ Offers Behind the Scenes Tips on How to Shoot a Documentary Thriller

Watch: 'The Phoenix Incident' Offers Behind the Scenes Tips on How to Shoot a Documentary Thriller


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In our third exclusive behind the scenes look at “The Phoenix Incident,” writer/director Keith Arem and cinematographer Brandon Cox explain what they wanted the film to look like and how that was achieved.

“The Phoenix Incident” crosses both genre lines and medium lines in new and interesting ways. The film is combines both documentary filmmaking and more genre-specific elements from thrillers and sci-fi features. At its core, the film retells the story of the famous Phoenix Lights, one of the longest and widespread UFO sighting ever recorded that occurred in 1997 in the southwestern USA and Northwestern Mexico. Like most, or all really, UFO sightings, nothing was every confirmed and the whole thing was later explained away by the U.S. government.

This is where “The Phoenix Incident” blurs into science fiction. In an effort to fully retell this story, the film focuses on the group of people that were at the center of this incident.

In this new clip, Cox discusses using modern day interviews, making them look nice and pristine, and mixing that in with the older footage which was shot on a new camera but then degraded in post-production. Arem discusses using 7 different cameras for hand-held and wide shots, and even a head camera that Cox rejiggered in order to achieve the action shots they wanted. 

All of this and more can be seen in the video above. Stay tuned for two more videos from”The Phoenix Incident,” coming out April 8 in select theaters. 

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