The media embargo for Prey reportedly ends Thursday, July 21st at 10PM PT (6AM Friday UK time) and there’ll be a lot more things published after this time. The showing of Prey at Comic-Con also finishes at this time so we should definitely have reactions to the film after that.
In the meantime, a virtual press conference with the Prey cast and crew took place yesterday. FreshFiction.tv have published a spoiler free article about what was said at the press conference.
The article mentions how the film came about during the production of 2018’s The Predator. Actress Amber Midthunder who plays Naru, talks about the bootcamp process she went through, the weapons she was trained to use, and filming the river scene.
“When I read the script for the first time, I remember reading like 30 straight pages of action. It was just action description for so long. And still somehow, I didn’t realize what that would feel like in your body when you’re there.
The movie was entirely physical. Dakota and I did a 4 week bootcamp before we started shooting. It had weapons training, Comanche-style archery, spears, tomahawks. Also the stunt team was there. They were putting together the fights and we’d all go work with them. We also had personal trainers.
For me, the scariest thing was the river because the idea of a live body of water was very exciting, but also terrifying. It was Summertime, but it was glacial runoff water so it was so cold. We were there for 5 days. For 5 days it was an ice-bath. Before I got in, I was filled with anxiety.”
The article also contains a new Prey production still that’s linked to the previous production still we saw with Naru behind the tree. This photo shows her brother Taabe riding a horse nearby.
We also learn a bit more information about Naru’s dog, Sarii, whose real name is Coco. Midthunder says they found her two months before filming.
“I love that dog with my whole heart and soul. It was rough. They got her 2 months before this movie. She had so much energy. Her name is Coco. So much of Coco being around was her running wild and doing laps and so excited to see everyone all the time. For me, personally, she was a dream. For making a movie, you know. The character of Sarii is very different than the character of Coco. That shows what a good filmmaker Dan is.”
Dan Trachtenberg talks about the challenges using the dog and that the breed is a Carolina Dog which is accurate for the film’s time period.
“It was a huge difference of the making of the movie and the watching of the movie. The making of the movie was ‘How do we get Coco out of the scene? How can we shoot her and get her away?’ And the watching of the movie, everyone as we were developing it and showing cuts to friends and family, was like, ‘More dog! We love the dog!’ I was like, ‘You don’t understand. We are using every usable frame of this dog.’ She was awesome. But the challenge was it’s a dog that we believe was accurate to the time – a Carolina dog, they’re called – and it’s not they’d been training this certain dog for years like they do most movie dogs. We had to do the best with what we could. And it worked out.”
There is a few more quotes from Dan Trachtenberg, Jane Myers and Dakota Beavers in the article who talks about the positive impact of including a Comanche language option.
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