Saturday afternoon at the St. Felix in Hollywood, “All is Lost” writer-director J.C. Chandor paid tribute to his below-the-line team, who worked for nearly six months on a film with such a low budget and intense schedule “that I think some of them ended up losing money.”
Chandor and two of the film’s producers, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, acknowledged that there is something goofy about a $9 million production filming in the $60 million “Titanic” tank in Baja California, but said the crew used ingenuity and hard work to overcome the low budget. Many of the workers were veterans of watery mega-epics like the “Pirates” movies and “Master and Commander,” but Gerb said they liked going back to a style of filmmaking where they started.
Accepting congratulations at the afternoon gathering were editor Pete Beaudreau; sound designer/re-recording mixer/supervising sound editor Steve Boeddeker; d.p. Frank DeMarco; production designer John P. Goldsmith; and supervising sound editor Richard Hymns.
Dodson also praised the Baja government and the people who run Baja Film Studios, who made sure the filmmakers had everything they needed: “We had the run of the 60-acre site!”
Gerb described the film as “basically one long montage,” as editor Beaudreau worked with Chandor to keep the film tight but not jumpy, by showing all of Robert Redford’s movements on a 39-foot boat without scrupulously showing how he got from Point A to Point B. “A lot of what we did was eliminate ‘travel time,’ ” Beaudreau said. It was a challenge, but the work was enjoyable because he and Chandor are in sync: “Our taste is similar, our sense of pacing and our internal clocks are similar. Everything is about the performance and emotion.”