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Principal Photography Commences on Origin Unknown

Principal photography has now commenced on Origin Unknown, with Katee Sackhoff in the lead role.

After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a deadly crash, mission controller Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson (Sackhoff) assists an artificial intelligence system, ARTI. Their investigation uncovers a mysterious object under the surface of Mars, that could change the future of our planet as we know it.

The film is directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dullul, an award-nominated visual effects artist who recently signed on to direct the much-anticipated Robin Hood reboot, Robin Hood 2058. While simultaneously directing music videos and commercials, HaZ transitioned into scripted fare with his sci-fi short film Project Kronos, which became an internet hit on YouTube and Vimeo.

The screenplay for Origin Unknown is written by Gary Hall, based on a story by Dulull. The Director of Photography is Adam Sculthorp (aerial unit on Prometheus and Spectre). The VFX will be handled by Territory Studio, Paddy Eason is the VFX Supervisor and The Model Unit is providing miniature effects.

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Origin Unknown

Working alongside director and VFX supervisor Hasraf ‘Haz’ Dulull, the Model Unit has provided models and miniature effects effort for the forthcoming British SF feature Origin Unknown.

Miniature Effects Supervisor Mike Tucker explains how the Model Unit became involved:

“I was contacted by DoP Adam Sculthorp, who had acted as our 3D Supervisor on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who story, The Day of the Doctor. Adam explained that Haz was looking to achieve the bulk of his effects through practical means, and we were more than happy to get involved.

The challenge has been to try and bring Haz’s high-end, cinematic vision to life within the confines of an extremely tight budget, but the shoot that we have just competed has resulted in some truly epic looking shots.”

Live action photography for Origin Unknown is currently scheduled to take place early next year.