I Am Mother (Premieres)
Who: Grant Sputore, director
Logline: In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth—but their unique bond is threatened when a stranger arrives with alarming news.
An audience watching my film probably won’t know that: the robot was achieved 99 percent practically, as a suit built by the geniuses at Weta Workshop. Bonus factoid: The person wearing the suit was the same guy who actually built it, so he had no one else to blame when it turned out so heavy.
Something that was an influence or reference on this film was: the “practical magic” of films like The Terminator, Alien, Predator, and RoboCop. I grew up on that, so I always knew I wanted to make our Mother robot for real and capture her in-camera. In a world where VFX have become so ubiquitous, I felt a practical approach was the way to truly wow an audience.
The biggest lesson I learned making this movie was: endurance is crucial. Every knock back we had ended up being a win once we persevered, reframed the problem, and came up with a creative solution.
I would love to meet Robert Redford in Park City. It’s the quintessential Sundance experience.
I’m most excited about seeing MEMORY – The Origins of Alien this year. Fittingly.