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Spotlight: RECON 2022: The Mezzo Incident

Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 9:17am

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It’s been over two and a half years since the RECON series had its humble beginnings, with the first trailer debuting in the FXhome.com cinema under the early title of Power Corps. Movie Seal Productions have come a long way since then, with RECON2020 winning awards and fans while another new movie, Painkiller, has been accepted to several film festivals.

Now deep into post-production on their first sequel, RECON2022: The Mezzo Incident, we thought it was about time we had another chat with director Christian 'JohnCarter' Viel to find out all about his latest explosive actioner.

NEW MISSION

Despite its positive reception, Christian is the first to admit that RECON2020 had not been a complete success. “I always felt that the movie was not all it could have been,” he says ruefully, “due to complications during the production we had to drop plot points and characters, which didn’t do the film justice. RECON2022 is hopefully going to rectify that.”

Although a story for a RECON sequel had always existed, securing the budget proved to be a real challenge for the team. “The sequel became a possibility only fairly recently,” explains Christian, “finding enough money to do it right was much more difficult than anybody anticipated.”

Just as the situation was looking hopeless, the Canadian distributor of the first movie found success with an unrelated cult TV show, enabling it to put up the funds for the RECON sequel. With the money in place, pre-production moved into high gear.


Casting involved auditions for new characters as well as enticing the surviving members of the original movie back into their armour. “Actors we knew could act from our previous movies were cast on the spot without auditions,” recalls Christian. “Anderson Bradshaw is back as Sergeant Sharp along with the statuesque android Kara, played by the equally statuesque Valeria Wiseman, as well as hot-shot pilot Fooks, played by the lovely Gillian Leigh.”


Heidi Hawkins, whose part had been minimal in the original, found her character much expanded for the sequel. Marco ‘Sollthar’ von Moos was cast without an audition based on his acting in his own productions, flying out from Switzerland for the intensive location shoot.


The RECON series comes with its own special acting requirements, as Christian details: “We look for people with good looks that can also pull off the heavy physical action convincingly. Not being afraid of bombs blowing up near you is definitely a bonus!”

NEW PLANET

While hardly at Jerry Bruckheimer levels, RECON2022’s increased budget enabled Christian to vastly improve the visual quality of the movie, as evidenced by the production values on show in April’s early teaser trailer.

“We got about double the budget than on the first RECON,” says Christian, “it allowed us to increase the resources for props and costumes. Heck, it even allowed us to build sets and get some lights this time around!” This increased attention to detail seems to have paid off, if the images on this page are any indication.

Perhaps the biggest shift is in transferring the action from the original’s generic industrial areas to a stunning, snow-covered quarry in the wintry wilds of Canada. “We considered shooting in Iceland for a while,” Christian remembers, “we started thinking about it very early, almost a year ahead of shooting.”


With the final location pinned down to something more local, the Movie Seals production unit had to do a lot of planning. “The logistics were incredible,” says Christian. “The quarry was an hour away from the city. We had to carry around 15-20 people there daily, leaving before dawn.”


The early starts made best use of the limited winter daylight, resulting in a tired cast and crew but superb footage. “We got to shoot in really nifty places,” enthuses Christian, “some of them never seen on screen before, mainly due to us being a very small crew compared to normal films.”

SAME ATTITUDE

While RECON has had a huge upgrade for the sequel, fans can still expect all the Christian Viel trademarks – explosions, guns, action, beautiful women, tough-as-nails marines, epic visual effects and more explosions.

The icy location shoot made the professional pyrotechnics even safer than usual, due to the soft nature of potential debris. “Blowing up snow is probably the safest way to do it,” Christian explains. “The main thing is to make sure that there is no ice. With normal ground we use peat moss to simulate sand and dirt, otherwise it is too dangerous. With snow, it’s safer – all things considered, of course.”

Following the rest of the production values to the next level, RECON2022’s digital effects are much more advanced than those in the original. Christian is again creating many of the effects himself, with several “pretty big names” in the CG world also contributing shots. “I can’t wait to see the final results,” he says. Needless to say, we can’t wait either.


Next up for Movie Seals Productions is touring film festivals with Painkiller while completing post-production on RECON2022, which is scheduled for early 2007 completion.


In the meantime you can check out the full production diary, exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and some of Anderson Bradshaw’s fantastic concept art over at the new
RECON website. There’s lots of fascinating material there for both fans of the series and filmmakers in general, so be sure to check it out.

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Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 9:21am

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Great spotlight, the movie looks great. I wish John carter all the best, be sure to save me a copy of the DVD, i'll defintley want to see this.
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 9:39am

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Great spotlight indeed!

Let me say again, it was a great time and I'm very greatful to christian that he made it possible for me to be a part of this. He and his crew did an amazing job shooting a very epic script in such a short amount of time and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

GMI!!!
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 9:55am

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Been following the progress of this movie for a while now, and it sure looks fantastic! Great spotlight biggrin
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 12:34pm

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Once again, Tarn writes a stellar spotlight. He always says it better than we could...

And you were not kidding! You somehow managed to place all those pics in there! LOL!

I recommend people watch the Helltimate Studios Behind the Scenes. They give a good idea of how things went.

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Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 12:46pm

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Great spotlight.

Not much more I can say than it really looks great JC, loving the location and some of those photographs look brilliant, that would have been a film I would have loved to have worked on wink (hint hint).

Keep up the great work and you definetely have a viewer here biggrin
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 4:51pm

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Look awesome !! great spotlight.

How did you guys did that makeup on the last picture ?
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:09pm

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How did you guys did that makeup on the last picture ?
They molded the part of his back with plaster then made a positive on which they sculpted a cyberspine in clay. Then they molded that again to make a silicone appliance which they glued on his body - with a special medical glue, of course.
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:13pm

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I think they've ripped out his spine.... I've never seen this guy ever again after that day... tard
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:17pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I think they've ripped out his spine.... I've never seen this guy ever again after that day... tard
LMAO!

That's because you were BOTH too drunk at the wrap party...

LOL!
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:23pm

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er-no wrote:

Keep up the great work and you definetely have a viewer here biggrin
Same here John. Can't wait to watch both RECONs when the hit DVDs in the states.
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:27pm

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That's because you were BOTH too drunk at the wrap party...
Hehe, yeah. I had so much orange and pineapple juice, even the paramedics didn't believe me I never drink. wink




Good luck with painkiller by the way! Looking forward to hearing how it does and obviously looking forward to seeing it. cool
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:29pm

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Hey Sollthar, which one are you on the poster?
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:31pm

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2nd from right, I think (we all look the same in these suits, heh) smile
Posted: Wed, 21st Jun 2006, 5:35pm

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Sollthar wrote:

2nd from right, I think (we all look the same in these suits, heh) smile
That's right!

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Good luck with painkiller by the way! Looking forward to hearing how it does and obviously looking forward to seeing it. cool
Thanks! I'll send you a copy so you can trash it when its done (End of July).

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Sollthar wrote:

2nd from right, I think (we all look the same in these suits, heh) smile
LOL! Yeah but just knowing an FXHomer is on it is cool enough for me....
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Looking good JC biggrin! Good luck and I cant wait to see this film smile.