Jordan Peele ‘ruins’ the ‘No’ illusion at the Toronto Film Festival

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During a stop at Toronto International Film Festival this week, Jordan Pele wasn’t about to decode all the puzzling moments of Nope, his bestselling UFO horror thriller. But the writer-director has revealed one of his movie tricks that has helped cast a spell over audiences since the film was released earlier this summer.

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“I didn’t mean to spoil the illusion, but I’m going to spoil it for you today,” Peele said during a special IMAX screening of the film at Ontario Place’s Cinesphere. “The night shots, for the most part, were shot during the day, which was due to a technological and strategic element that (cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema) brought to the table.”

“There was no way to photograph that (the night scenes) and (achieve) that sense of vastness…that grandeur in the sky, which is a big part of our history,” Hoytema said.

After playing around with the technology, the two came up with a plan to shoot at different times of the day using two cameras – one that filmed infrared light and one that captured 70mm film – to achieve the milky blackness. which covers the film’s memorable night scenes.

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“It’s really cool s—” Peele said. “That thing really drives the movie forward.”

Peele’s third film follows two siblings who fight over horses (played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) whose family ranch is visited by a mysterious entity hidden in the clouds above. Plagued by money troubles, the pair hatch a plan to try and capture the UFO on film with a pair of alien enthusiasts (Brandon Perea and Michael Wincott).

Director Jordan Peele on the set of Nope.
Director Jordan Peele on the set of Nope. Photo by Universal Pictures

Like his two previous films – 2017 get out and 2019 We – fans tried to dissect Peele’s confusing metaphors. Nope has been no different with various Twitter and Reddit threads trying to unravel the symbolism of sibling horses and a subplot involving a child star (Steven Yeun), a murderous chimp, and the meaning of a straight shoe.

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In his past endeavors, Peele has admitted that he relied on revelations and twists, but his goal for his latest project was to paint his ideas for an alien invasion story onto an epic canvas.

“With this one, the starting point was – (the audience) doesn’t know I can bring spectacle and that will be my focus,” Peele said during a Q&A with the TIFF CEO, Cameron Bailey.

“Following the path of spectacle led me to ask questions about why humanity needs spectacle and why we are addicted to spectacle, which led me to this theme of exploitation, which is at the heart of the film’s ending.”

Like his characters, who attempt to prove the existence of a UFO, Peele said he wanted to “do something that has never been done”.

“I wanted to live a cinematic adventure. I wanted to feel how Steven Spielberg felt when he did Jaws and he (seemed) to hang on. You can see in this movie that he feels like he’s holding on.

But as for solving all the mysteries of the film, Peele was mum.

“I want you to come with a love of cinema. I want you to come prepared to take a ride that you don’t know where it will go, and to love that part of the movies.

Nope is now playing in theaters and is available to rent on demand. TIFF until September 18.

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