‘In-World War’ is set 60/70 years from now and tells the tale of a beta tester who finds himself unable to escape the confines of a virtual reality mock-up of President Bush’s so-called war on terror. Financially strapped and increasingly anxious, he desperately tries to log out only to wake up in a different city, and a different body, every time. With every body-switch, a different actor takes on the lead role. Erin Gray and Brian Levy are two of the film’s confirmed cast members, alongside Irish actress Vivienne Connolly.
The scenes in Dublin comprise about 7% of the entire script, and will feature at the midpoint of the film. The ‘In-World War’ team are based in Oakland, California where some of the principal photography took place, but are using several other locations for the film including La Roche sur Furon in France, New York city and, as previously mentioned, Dublin. Director of photography for the project is Donavan Sell and the film is being shot on Red One cameras except for scenes set in Geneva where Sony EX3 cameras were used.
The film’s director Brant Smith, who works under the pseudonym of DJ Bad Vegan, told IFTN that “Vivienne was contacted by our local Dublin production team when they found out she was doing acting now. We had her audition and she stood out, to say the least. We did her scene today and she was stellar - amazing on camera (of course) and a joy to work with. We were honored to be her first feature film.”
Smith also explained to IFTN why Dublin was chosen as a shooting location “We choose Dublin because I shot test footage here three years ago (using an early draft of the script) and it looked great.
”I was quite impressed with the crew that stepped in to volunteer and the actors we used were perfect. It was a no-brainer to come back for the new shoot. The film is an ultra-low budget film (or, as I like to call it, it's a backpack-budget film) and I was able to afford it because I was already in Europe due to my just-finished honeymoon and got a cheap ticket from France to Dublin.
”The film community here is amazing and of course Dublin itself looks stunning on the screen.”
For more information about ‘In-World War’ and to follow the making of the film via DJ Bad Vegan’s blog visit www.inworldwar.com