‘The Martian’ – Five Film Facts from Collider’s Set Visit


The Martian trailer gave me more than I could chew for a first trailer. Still, a combination of the visuals, story concept, cast, and even the director has me interested enough to look forward to the film.

Collider is one of the few sites which inspire me to write as a film blogger. Recently, the Editor in Chief of Steve “Frosty” Weintraub got to visit the set of Ridley Scott’s The Martian and observed quite a few things about the film.

Overall, Steve collected 30 facts from the visit, and I wanted to share five of them with you. These facts give us a better understanding of the authenticity, making, and plot of the film. You can see all 30 facts in the link below.

Steve’s report on The Martian:

The film has a lot of humor. You won’t expect how Damon’s character approaches a lot of situations.

NASA was consulted while making the film in order to get aspects of space and space travel, specifically in relation to Mars, with the most accuracy.

About 20 sets were constructed over the filming of The Martian, which isn’t many in comparison to other films, but they were much more “technical”. To put that in perspective to other Ridley Scott films, he used 70 on Exodus and over 100 onAmerican Gangster.

Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay for the film, was also at one point set to direct, but left that role to go direct the Sinister Six film. After that, Ridley Scott read the script and jumped into the project, rather than making a Prometheus sequel.

When designing the space suits in the movie, the costume designer looked at many of NASA’s actual Mars suits and said they were “exactly like a Buzz Lightyear suit” from how bulky they were, Ridley Scott even disliked them, so the end designs of the suits were based on images of actual suits but aimed for a more practical approach.

The Martian opens in theaters this Thanksgiving.

30 Facts from Collider’s Visit

The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate MaraSebastain StanChiwetel EjioforJeff Daniels, Michael PenaKristen Wiig, and Donald Glover.

The MartianDuring a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

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