15 things you should know about All Is Lost

Robert Redford participates in a dramatic film that has won flattering reviews wherever it was shown. The story is about the survival of a man against the elements of nature after the destruction of his sailing boat in the middle of the ocean. "An immersive, instinctive and highly emotional film, an anthem in human adaptability and ingenuity".

But let us take a look at some more details relating to this work as J. C. Chandor wrote the scenario and directed it.


* It took him six years to make J. C. Chandor's dream a reality. A dream to film an open sea adventure, which he had in mind before his debut (as a director and writer), the Margin Call, which was nominated for the best adapted screenplay Oscar Award.

* The scenario rather than the standard 120 pages, was almost 30 pages and was mainly a description of the scenes without dialogs. When the producer of the Margin Call, Neal Dodson, took in his hands the small scenario, he asked Chandor when he would receive the rest of it! His first thought was: "I don't know how to get funding for this".

* Chandor is familiar with the world of the sea. "Although I never sailed alone in the ocean, I grew up around the sailing, so I knew the basic palette I would work on".

* Chandor says that the simplicity of the story and the directing challenge of the film was the things that enthralled him. The story had the echo of "The Old Man and the sea".

* Redford had been impressed by the work of Chandor, when he watched the Margin Call at Sundance in 2011.

* The producers thought that when Redford got the 30-page scenario in his hands, he would say two things: "Hell yes! It seems awesome" or "Why should I do that? I have nothing to prove. Why to put myself in this ordeal?"

* Incredible, but true. Redford had been working with Sundance for so many years and not a single director had asked him to play in a movie. Chandor was the first to do!

* For the filming, they needed three boats and especially three 12 meter yachts. Each one was used for separate purposes: one for sailing in the open sea and the outdoor scenes, the other for the inside scenes and the third for the special effects.

* What happened to each one of them? "We sunk it, we brought it to life, we travelled it, we put it in a bad storm, we turned it around and we sunk it again" Chandor says.

* If you are wondering about the physical state of Redford, you have to know that it is excellent. He loves the water and loves to swim.

* The use of digital effects was solely for the enrichment of the background and the sky, as well as for the strengthening of the waves around the boat. The whole operation was handled by the SPIN VFX group.

* The scenes of the marine life, including flocks of small fish, barracudas and the beautiful but frightening shooting of dozens of sharks in Bahamas, was filmed from a whole group of cameramen being set to dive underwater in 18 meters depth.

* For the difficult scenes of the sinking, the filmmakers turned to the larger film tanks in the world (Baja Studios), located on the beach of Rozario, in Baja of Mexico, which were created from scratch by James Cameron for the needs of the Titanic.

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