The trailer for Welcome to Yesterday (formerly known as Almanac, directed by Dean Israelite and produced by Michael Bay, is a first look at the sci-fi teen thriller that fits right in with the current influx of found footage blockbusters:
Back in July, we set out to Atlanta to watch the music festival scene being filmed, as hundreds of extras decked out in hipster garb (complete with Coachella-style Native American war bonnets) dance and frolic in the balmy southern heat. There we caught up with actors Johnny Weston, Sofia Black D’Ella, Sam Lerner, and Allen Evangelista, who seemed happy to rest in the shade and swat at mosquitos for a moment in between scenes. The four play high school students whose lives change drastically when David (played by Weston) discovers his late father’s blueprints to a time machine.
The actors praised Andrew Stark’s script (written on spec and Black Listed in 2012) as being true to the decisions typical teenagers would make in such a scenario; rather than go back in time to slay Hitler, they use the machine to pass finals and go to parties. Unsurprisingly, the cast and crew also noted the 2012 hit Chronicle as a major influence for the characters and story.
Look for Welcome to Yesterday February 28, 2014.
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