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Postby Agent Skulder » February 27th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Duchovny and his cast-mates sat through several hours of interviews on Feb 26th. One was very comprehensive and is posted in the Interviews thread. The portion specifically about Phantom is here:

EXCLUSIVE: David Duchovny Surfaces in ‘Phantom’
http://frontrowfeatures.com/2013/02/dav ... n-phantom/

It’s been a long day of interviews [re the Phantom press junket] for David Duchovny, but the former “X-Files” and current “Californication” star sees the light at the end of the tunnel. Just two more interviews…and then it’s time for a whole new round of questions on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie “Phantom,” a based-on-true-events story about a decades old incident involving a Russian nuclear sub that nearly set off World War III.

Dressed casually in jeans and a white t-shirt, his hair slightly mussed, Duchovny spoke about playing a Cold War era commie who goes toe-to-toe with Ed Harris, who plays the submarine captain, as they wrestle for control of a nuclear-armed sub in the Todd Robinson (“Lonely Hearts,” “White Squall”) written and directed drama.

Q: You, Ed Harris, Lance Henriksen and William Fichtner—what a great cast.
Duchovny: You never know when you make a movie. This one, I knew we had good actors, I didn’t know if the story would play because I don’t know if I really understood it.  (He chuckles.) I understood why in terms of how to act it but I wasn’t sure if the audience knew enough as we went along to keep them interested or guessing enough or guessing too much, which is always the case in a thriller. Are you giving enough (clues) or too much? So when I saw the movie I was like yes, it’s giving me just enough information and withholding enough, and that was all working for me.

Q: Did you shoot this on a real sub?
Duchovny: Yeah. It’s not on a set. It was all on a sub. At least the sub wasn’t underwater. It’s tight, though. The (filming) equipment has changed enough in the last 10 years—the cameras have gotten small and high definition. They’re about the size of a still camera. Without that, there’s no way you could have gotten a film camera in there. 

Logistically, it was possible but it still didn’t make it easy and still it’s tight. It was really a question for (director) Todd Robinson to block scenes in a way to keep everybody in frame. So you’d often have a really deep frame where you’d see somebody (in) back and then it’s like a play, they come forward. In many ways, he had to treat the space like a proscenium. We didn’t do close ups but you’d walk into a close up in the middle of the scene.

Q: Did it feel like theater to you?
Duchovny: It didn’t feel like theater but you got to do these longer takes where the camera is not in your face and you’re not resetting so much to do coverage so you could get a decent momentum going. It’s not as start-stop as it used to be.

Q: Were you familiar with this story before you were cast or was this near-catastrophe news to you?
Duchovny: Oh yeah. This story just became declassified three years ago. I didn’t know anything about it. I don’t think we ever really know how close we are to disaster. We don’t want to know. That’s the point. I’d rather just live my life and hope the sane people win. Who knows what (really) happened on that sub? I think Todd made up a really interesting story of what might have happened. Who knows what did happen? It might have just sprung a leak, but this is a good story.

Q: You guys don’t speak with a Russian accent on this, which I think audiences will appreciate.
Duchovny: Not everybody is at good at accents as other people. It’s like having a singing voice. Not everybody in this film belonged in a musical, probably, and it could very well be me. (He smiles.) 

Also, we had three weeks to prepare. It’s an independent film. It comes together or it disappears. You have to shoot it when you can shoot it. If you’re talking about trying to get all these actors into the same accent in three weeks—that’s tough. 

Also, you’re dealing with this convention of why do we accept that it’s believable to watch English spoken with a Russian accent as if that’s supposed to be Russian? If you want it to be true, you do it in Russian. To me, it’s no more believable to watch guys walking around with Russian accents speaking English than watching the actors act. It’s less distracting also.

It was a way of saying everybody here is of the same world. There are no Americans in the film. These are Americans making the film. Therefore the world you’re watching is all one piece. Nobody has an accent in this world to another person.

Q: Your father’s side of the family is from the Ukraine. Did your dad speak Ukraine?
Duchovny: No. My dad spoke a little Yiddish. My grandfather, I’m sure, spoke Russian and Yiddish. My grandmother spoke Polish and Yiddish. My father was born here.

Q: Have you ever gone to Russia to discover your roots?
Duchovny: I haven’t, but I was thinking that this would be the best film to do that. We’re not doing a world tour to promote it, but it’ll definitely open in Russia. It’s not going to open now but it’ll open there in a few months. If it were not wintertime, I’d love to go.
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » February 27th, 2013, 7:42 pm

Another interview from the Press Junket

Five Minutes With David Duchovny
http://gothamist.com/2013/02/27/david_duchovny.php

Most unusual nugget:

You’re a native New Yorker, do you have any favorite places here? Any only in NY stories you can share?

"Well I grew up there so I got a million “only in New York” stories, but … right now I’m a big Candle Cafe guy. My daughter’s gone vegan recently and we like Candle Cafe, on the East and West side. So maybe I’ll get a free piece of tofu out of that plug."
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » February 28th, 2013, 6:51 pm

Via Twitter; From Solar Filmworks' FB page - http://t.co/KaWW9MYyLH

"Phantom is one of the most realistic post-WWII submarine movies that has ever been made. It is also the first Hollywood movie shot almost entirely inside an actual, Soviet cold-war submarine, docked at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. In particular, the film truly captures the unique camaraderie and courage any submarine crew experiences, whether American or Soviet."

-Captain Charles MacVean, US Navy (ret). Former Skipper, USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575). One of the most decorated submarine captains of all time, whose submarine, under his command, received several Presidential Unit Citations for Valor for operations during the cold war.
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Postby Agent Skulder » February 28th, 2013, 6:58 pm

Positive twitter soundbites (mini reviews)... Hopefully movie-goers will tweet personal reactions this weekend.

Phantom The Movie @PhantomTheMovie
“I thought the movie was very suspenseful and I loved Ed Harris!”- ReelzChannel’s “Maltin on Movies,” review on their Fri March 1st show.
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“I loved PHANTOM. Incredibly suspenseful and surprisingly moving...way over RED OCTOBER for me.”- Film Music Magazine, Daniel Schweiger
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » February 28th, 2013, 10:14 pm

Beneath the surface with David Duchovny of ‘Phantom’

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/m ... antom.html

Phantom portions only

Duchovny, returning soon in a new season of “Californication,” also stars in the film “Phantom,” now in theaters.

It’s a shake-up-the-career moment. “Phantom” is a Cold War-era thriller about a Soviet submarine captain (Ed Harris) who leads a covert mission that might lead to armageddon because the sub is armed with a nuclear missile.

“Crew member” Bruni (Duchovny) actually is an elite KGB naval special forces member who wants to gain control of the ship to strike against America and make it look like a Chinese vessel is to blame.

“You haven’t seen me do this role in the past,” he promises.

“Phantom” is such a different type of role for you. What was the appeal?
The director called me and said, “I want you to do this role.” My first thought was, “Why do you want me?” That’s a question that I ask myself when I’m thinking about doing something. If I don’t ask that question, then I’ve probably done the role before and I shouldn’t do it again. If I think, “Oh my God, why would you want me?” then I should probably do it. [... Andy Garcia was originally attached as Bruni and dropped out, which is when DD was attached. See posts from 2011.]

How did you get into the mindset of a KGB guy?
This guy has no doubt, and having no doubt is my definition of insanity. No one is that sure. But he knows his cause is right. Then the question becomes, “How do I inhabit this space?” I could only equate it with religious fervor. None of us gets to experience that absolute type of knowing, where you think you have all the answers. Aren’t most of us trying to just feel our ways through life?
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

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Pick of the week: A Cold War sub drama, from the other side

A mysterious missing-submarine episode from the height of the Cold War comes alive in "Phantom"

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/01/pick_of_the_week_a_cold_war_sub_drama_from_the_other_side/
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » March 1st, 2013, 6:32 pm

Phantom Premiere Clip
David Duchovny
Feb 27, 2013


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYQchUTH ... ata_player
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Postby Agent Skulder » March 4th, 2013, 6:39 pm

Promotions - Julian Adams:
Co-founder of Solar Productions, Actor, Co-producer

Phantom The Movie @PhantomTheMovie
FRIDAY [MAR 8] - Julian Adams will discuss PHANTOM with Jonathon Rush on Clear Channel’s News Talk Sports WVOC-FM 100.1... http://fb.me/21Sl2PkRD
3:50pm ET - 4 Mar 13
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Phantom The Movie @PhantomTheMovie
Julian Adams will discuss PHANTOM with Jonathon Rush on Clear Channel’s News Talk Sports WVOC-FM 100.1
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3:44pm ET - 4 Mar 13

(May be the same info)
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Postby Agent Skulder » March 7th, 2013, 9:41 am

PROMOTION: David Duchovny & Todd Robinson
Phantom Screening, Adelphi Uni, NY
March 6 2013

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Todd Robinson is an Adelphi University alumnus (per his IMDb bio trivia) which may be how this screening came together. See also https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... a4fbfa5fe4

We had been following prep for this event for a week via twitter. To save forum real estate, here's all you need to know in one place, courtesy of the Duchovny Central blog: 1 hard to hear clip and photos.

http://duchovnycentral.blogspot.com/201 ... d.html?m=1

http://duchovnycentral.blogspot.com/201 ... ref=tw&m=1
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » March 7th, 2013, 9:53 am

REFERENCE SITES: PHANTOM the Movie

For anyone wanting all the pertinent Phantom related links in one place, the Duchovny Central Blog has each link on one page. (This blog has everything re DD's work since MD-late 2012 in a clear & concise format without discussion.)

http://duchovnycentral.blogspot.com/p/phantom.html?m=1

DISCUSSION BOARDS:
• EVERY IMDb page links to that page's Discussion Board
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1922685/board/?mode=desktop

• HAVEN DD Future Projects (Misc Phantom threads)
http://community.idealistshaven.com/for ... y.php?f=31
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Postby Agent Skulder » March 10th, 2013, 7:05 pm

"Reel" Movie Buffs who care about the details of film making like the crew's pedigrees and the film's budget may find this interesting. It's seems "official" thou not signed and expresses fact, not vitriol. The source link: IMDb Phantom board:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1922685/boa ... 557563?p=1

BUDGET NOT WHAT IS STATED
TUES MARCH 5, 2013 - by Ferrisyourmyhero


I know a few people who worked on this project and I saw a rough-cut screening in 2012. I know for a fact that the budget is nowhere near the stated $18 Million by the distributor. It's more in-line with 1/6 of that cost and when you think of the top line actors, the end result is quite phenomenal. It is also evident that the distributor didn't invest enough in the pre-release marketing effort to attract the audience it deserves on opening weekend.

Many critics like the the film, just as others do not. Budget limitations certainly constrained the story that could have been told, but the performances were all well-received and it shows in the final product. I think if people knew what the true budget was, the reviews would likely have been largely more positive. The film looks beautiful so you can see that they didn't skimp on the production values, the effects look solid so they spent what they could to make the underwater shots look real, so ultimately the film works well. And it really works well for what is essentially a taut, dramatic, period-thriller made on a slim budget.

If only the marketing was better, which could still be reversed if they were smart, Phantom could be a solid indie hit.
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Agent Skulder wrote:Julian Adams:
Co-founder of Solar Productions, Actor, Co-producer

Phantom The Movie @PhantomTheMovie
FRIDAY [MAR 8] - Julian Adams will discuss PHANTOM with Jonathon Rush on Clear Channel’s News Talk Sports WVOC-FM 100.1... http://fb.me/21Sl2PkRD
3:50pm ET - 4 Mar 13


On Mar 8th, I listened to Julian Adams talk to a couple of Clear Radio hosts out of Columbia, SC (5:06pm ET for appx 25 minutes after sales ads.) Adams hails from the Columbia area.

Re Phantom - Adams reviewed the plot & cast, & most important explained that while it is leaving 1 SC theater today, it is first opening THIS weekend in new SC theaters. If this "rolling opening" is happening in SC, it must also be happening in different (possibly Southern) "zones" countrywide. This means the film seems to be releasing on different dates in different areas. If it hasn't been in your area yet and you're still interested, keep an eye open.

Not sure if this station stores podcasts. To check, open WVOC, 100.1.
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

Postby Agent Skulder » March 10th, 2013, 8:43 pm

Some background on the real Soviet Sub, where most of Phantom was filmed.

Sub thriller filmed at Maritime Museum
Movie "Phantom" brings to life Soviet submarine, underwater warfare


"... About 80 percent of the movie was shot aboard the former Soviet B-39 submarine owned by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The 1974 Foxtrot-class submarine has been moored in the bay along Harbor Drive since 2004...."

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar ... ticle-copy
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PROMOTION: David Duchovny & Todd Robinson
Phantom Screening, Adelphi Uni, NY
March 6, 2013

"Busy Day, Learning Experience -- Meeting Duchovny and Robinson"
March 13, 2013


A blog by an Adelphi student, a Phantom fan who has epilepsy - a central plot point - which gives this review a unique perspective.

http://shannenmurphy.blogspot.com.br/20 ... g.html?m=1
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

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Phantom comes to DVD & OnDemand
JUNE 25, 2013


@PhantomTheMovie:
@gillovny Thanks for asking! #PhantomTheMovie on DVD, VOD, Digital June 25th. Netflix & TV to follow soon after. #EdHarris #DavidDuchovny
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WRITE-UP: David Duchovny & Todd Robinson 
Phantom Screening, Adelphi Uni, NY 
March 6, 2013


Todd Robinson ’82 and David Duchovny on Filmmaking

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Duchovny Central: Todd Robinson ’82 and David Duchovny on Filmmaking... #PhantomTheMovie duchovnycentral.blogspot.com/2013/06/todd-r…
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Link TO article: 
http://t.co/IvtWn7lvFI

Quick highlights; nothing in depth. Why it took 2 months for this to surface, who knows.

Of note:

Five days after the film’s March 1 release, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Duchovny were on campus for a special screening and a Q&A session... 

Mr. Robinson also hosted a master class for theatre students and attended a reception with students and alumni. “To come back to Adelphi, where I got my initial training, is just really quite wonderful,” he told Long Island Online News.

What was on the minds of these two Hollywood veterans last March? Here, we share some of their thoughts.

Todd Robinson on why he wrote a Cold War submarine epic:
“We grew up with the Cold War as a very real thing. We had fallout shelters in our schools…My dad actually built bomb shel- ters. He was an architect…That kind of made it very real for me…But growing up, I was always wondering who’d be pushing the buttons, or exact that attack. As I got older, it dawned on me that it’d be regular people. And so the story has to do with how we objectify our enemy in order to do them harm.”

David Duchovny on filmmaking and the unexpected:
“I’ve never really learned anything from success. I’ve only really learned from failure. The actual shooting of this was a great experience…We shot this in only 20 days. I just have a pleasant feeling about the whole experience. And as I work more and more, there is the finished product, which I’m proud of, but there is also just the experience of making the film as a human. And that human experience becomes more important.”

Todd Robinson on the role of a director:
“The director’s job is that of a conductor, and you have a 30,000-foot view.”

David Duchovny on his biggest epiphany as an actor:
“I’m waiting for that. I don’t know if it ever really happens. This is the key, again… relaxation. Stop questioning yourself and stop thinking in those terms…’When’s the epiphany going to happen?’”
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Re: David Duchovny in "Phantom"

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Absolutely loved this film, and balled my eye's out at the end...
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