I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the set of The Space Between Us in Albuquerque, New Mexico when they were filming in 2015. I was able to be on set while they filmed two scenes and also very happy to have had the opportunity to talk to the director, producer and cast of the film in between shoots.
For a refresher on the film, here’s an article I wrote about the ‘5 Things You Need To Know About The Space Between Us‘, this was back then when there wasn’t even a trailer around!
The movie release is right around the corner (February 3rd 2017 to be exact) and here are some more fun facts that I learned from filming.
Asa Butterfield Storms Into Chemistry Class
Gardner (Asa Butterfield) is a character born in outer space, human for all intents and purposes, but due to his lack of human contact, does not know basic human interaction. For this particular scene, his character goes to visit Tulsa (Britt Robertson) while she’s at school, and makes a scene when he storms into her classroom and her teacher asks him if he’s a transfer student to which he replies “Okay” since he doesn’t understand social cues. It was quite funny to see the scene unfold even after many takes to get the right one. To my surprise, as part of the cast of the movie in this classroom scene YouTuber Joey Graceffa and Viner Lele Pons were also present.
Where Can We Get Those Futuristic Looking Computers?
When the movie comes out, I’ll check back on this article to see the technology they used in the movie because it looked badass. Remember the movie is in the near future, where phones and computers could be transparent, kind of hologram-like. In the second scene I was able to see, Tulsa is in class chatting with Gardner, who apparently still seems to be on Mars. This scene is actually in the second trailer of the movie.
Curiosity Might Have Killed The Cat, but Brought Gardner and Tulsa Together
When asked about Tulsa and Gardner’s relationship, Britt said “When they first meet each other online, they’re both an outlet for one another, they’re both using each other, if you will, to build a connection of some sort. Through that connection, that inspires my character to get to know him a little more and then meeting each other in person for the first time. He’s everything she’s looking for because he’s not everything that she knows. He’s bizarre, weird naive, and there’s something really endearing about those qualities. He doesn’t seem like a threat because he’s not someone who is not going to hurt her“.
What Is Your Favorite Thing About Earth?
As I mentioned to you guys in my previous post, the film is not so much about outer space, but more about what it means to be human. Back when I visited the set, I only knew briefly what the movie was about from a description from the studio and then what I learned from talking to the cast and crew. From the trailers alone, it seems like the vision the director and producer had came to life and I can’t wait to see the final product when it’s released.