There’s still a month to go until Jordan Peele’s July 22 release Nopeeach new clip is an opportunity to overscan for clues about the author’s cryptic next feature.
But the new behind-the-scenes featurette released by Universal on Wednesday doesn’t require much pausing and rewinding to get the point. The two-and-a-half-minute video features members of the crew — along with Peele and actors Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea — discussing the team effort to make the film, which the filmmaker called ” greater adventure” than his. previous outings (his escape get out was made for $4.5 million, with its follow-up We on a budget of $20 million).
“I tried to write a script that I didn’t know how to pull off, then I got a team together to help me make it happen,” Peele explains in the clip. “Every department triggers these huge, big swings.”
Crew members have featured in the spotlight industry statistics on representation and inclusion. “It takes a village to make a film. Here on Nope, we are all important individually and together,” says Liz Tan, who served as first assistant director alongside Thomas Patrick Smith, who is white. “That sense of respect and integrity for all of us is extremely important.”
“There aren’t a lot of African-American directors out there who have the opportunity to do things at a high level,” says first assistant cameraman Keith Davis, who is black. Studies have consistently shown that leaders from historically excluded backgrounds tend to hire more diverse teams, and Peele was no exception.
In reality, Nope was the first production to participate in Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s California Below-the-Line Traineeship, which NBCUniversal launched last June and announced in February. The program provides on-set experience and behind-the-camera mentorship to promising individuals from historically excluded backgrounds.
Six interns – five students from the nonprofit Hollywood Cinema Production Resources, which provides training for entry-level union-recognized jobs, and one from the Coalition Against Recidivism – were selected after interviewing production managers and department heads for paid roles during production. The inaugural class, which was assigned HR liaisons as well as NBCUniversal’s global talent development and inclusion team, consisted of Alyssa Gallo (visual effects), Christian Hidalgo (camera), Kevin Ochua (costumes), Mondi Wannamaker (decoration/props), Robert McTyre Jr. (electric) and Tyrone Mayorga (handles).
“Every day of this shoot, we were doing something new and special, something that speaks to why I love movies,” Peele said in an address to his team, as seen in the featurette. . “I’ll talk about the days we made this movie forever.”