Project Almanac Is An Emotional Time Travel War

Project Almanac

Day one of Comic-Con focused mostly on movies coming out later this year, or even this summer in the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of the first looks at a 2015 movie was Project Almanac, the found footage time travel movie that is Dean Israelite’s first feature film. Jonny Weston stars as a teenager who rebuilds his father’s time machine. Project Almanac will be the first found footage time travel movie, but it also offers a unique take on the sci-fi genre.

“To me, this one follows a character in a deep way, with the personal effects and emotion of someone essentially going to war in his mind as opposed to focusing on the action,” Weston said. “This isn’t a time portal in a closet. Legitimately, these kids are geniuses. They work together and use whatever resources they can find, with a jump start from my character’s father of course.”

The first trip back is very short, only going back a day, but the project soon gets more complicated. “I think what we really tried to do was take this high concept and do it in a low fi way so it becomes edgy and gritty,” Israelite said. “The time travel is violent at first and full of mistakes and obstacles, and these guys almost kill themselves in just trying to get it working. And when they do get it working, it only goes back a day and then they need to find more parts and raise more money to get it back two days, maybe a week, three weeks. I think in a way we try to low fi everything, make it very subjective as Jonny is saying, puts a bit of a new spin on it.”

No matter how much they mess with yesterday, the butterfly effect won’t cause the robot holocaust in 24 hours time. They do ultimately go back further and cause more trouble, if not A Sound of Thunder trouble. “They do get the time machine to start going back further and further but nothing like 30 years or back to the Stone Age,” Israelite said. “I think the movie is about how these small changes can have massive effects. There is a lot of fun to be had by how can a tiny change cause a massive effect.”

Project Almanac is due January 30, 2015.

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