While most of us in the movie business have a group of high
profile titles we can’t wait for (you can place “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “22
Jump Street” and “Godzilla” on Box Office Insider’s list) there’s always a
sleeper or two each summer which come virtually out of nowhere to prove to be
surprises. Relativity is hoping that the
family friendly adventure, “Earth To Echo”, falls into that category. Three young friends stumble upon a cryptic
signal that has infected their mobile phones.
Convinced something bigger is going on, they set off to trace the
messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest
At the helm of this adventure is director Dave Green,
helming his first feature length film after proving successful in directing
music videos and shorts as well as a wonderful web series entitled “Zombie
Box Office Insider sits down with Dave Green as he discusses
how he got into the director’s chair and why “Earth To Echo” may very well
be a pleasant and welcome summer surprise.
BOX OFFICE INSIDER
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT “EARTH TO ECHO”. FROM WHAT I’VE HEARD, REACTION SO FAR HAS
BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE
Thank you. It’s an
adventure movie that takes place from these kids’ point of view and that was
something that was very important to us that we felt was something we hadn’t
seen before, growing up on “ET” and “Stand By Me”, movies that we loved as
kids, that were always told through the kids point of view, narratively. But we haven’t seen stories like that in a
while. And we haven’t seen stories shot
from the kids’ perspective, kind of like we do in “Earth To Echo”, and what was
pitched to me by my producer Andrew (Panay) where we ask what if the kids went
out and discovered something like an alien creature and we asked how we would
tell their story. It’s definitely a
family movie that is a whole lot of fun for both parents and kids. They both have enjoyed the research
screenings we’ve had. It’s kind of a
wide ranging audience we’ve had so far.
It’s been surprising to us because I remember being 10 years old and my
sister, who was 6 years older than I am, tended to like something completely
different from what I did and vice-versa.
But it was those kind of movies that we could both agree to love, along
with our parents as well. Some of those
were Amblin movies, some were Spielberg movies and our movie is PG so we very
much are a family picture.
YOU MENTIONED THEIR PARENTS. THIS FEELS LIKE A MOVIE THEY’LL LIKE AS WELL.
Yes, parents latch onto it for different reasons than
kids do. For them there’s a bit of
nostalgia. For them it’s an adventure
movie and framed the way it’s framed it reminds them what they had in their
generation such as “ET”. For kids who
are watching the movie now they take a great deal of ownership of the movie
because of the way it’s shot and told.
What excites me about it is when we’ve played it so far, kids love what
they see in the movie because they feel the movie is shot and told through
their perspective and it feels like their voice.
YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A GREAT SPOT FOR THE FILM, OVER 4TH
OF JULY WEEKEND, WHICH SEEMS PERFECT FOR THE MOVIE.
I’m really excited.
Currently there isn’t a great deal of film coming this summer that falls
into the PG range and that’s great for us.
July 4th is always a busy weekend but it also feels like
we’ve kind of lucked out in this way as there isn’t much family content around
OK SO TELL ME, HOW DOES A GUY GO FROM “ZOMBIE ROADKILL” TO A FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM LIKE “EARTH TO ECHO”?
BY THE WAY, I LOVED THAT SERIES ON FEARnet
Thank you so much.
Well I’ve been making shorts and music videos all my life and all my
friends were actors or whatever so I was kind of was the kid who was the video
nerd my whole life and after I graduated from (U.C. Berkeley) I worked as an
assistant on “Spider-Man 3” and I was working in Sam Raimi’s office, which was
a great learning experience, and it felt like my grad school in a way. That experience was winding down when Sam was
very kind and said “hey, you should shoot a sample of what you can do” and I
came up with this “Zombie Roadkill” web series.
Basically the concept is animals that get run over on the road come back
to enact their revenge. It’s violent,
silly and fun and I don’t look at it as a horror piece, it’s got a lot of fun
in it and I always look for films to go see that don’t take themselves too
seriously and that was my approach with “Zombie”.
LIKE I SAID EARLIER, I REALLY ENJOYED THAT SERIES,
ESPECIALLY FROM A PRODUCTION VALUE STANDPOINT.
ALSO, YOU ARE ATTACHED TO DIRECT “LORE” WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON. WHAT IS THAT FILM ABOUT?
We’re working on the script right now and the film shows
us that there have been creatures throughout all of time that have been
documented through the Bible, literature, all the way through now as shown with
the recent Google Maps images of the Loch Ness Monster. To put it simply, it’s a Dwayne Johnson
monster hunting movie and the storyline is that these creatures have been
around for all time, causing havoc. For
example, the Titanic didn’t hit an iceberg, it was taken down by The Kraken.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF “EARTH
Thank you, I really appreciate it.