directed by Toby Dye
Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny Mcbride, Billy Crudup, Tess Haubrich, Nathaniel Dean, Demián Bichir & Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Conceived by Toby Dye & Ridley Scott
Written by Toby Dye & John Logan
Black Dog Films | 3AM | 20th Century Fox
A darkly twisted psychological drama, ‘Phobos’ is a short film set before the events of ‘Alien: Covenant’. The film follows the crew of the ill-fated colony ship Covenant, on what amounts to a highly unorthodox job ‘interview’ for their upcoming mission, masterminded by their employer, the Weyland Yutani Corporation.
Note: above is the trailer, watch the full fi lm here
Production Note: the majority of ‘Phobos’ was improvised. The details of the production were kept a secret from the cast, whose only direction was to stay in character, before they were brought onto set and over eight cameras rolled as they were strapped into a chair inside a refrigerated metal box and put through a genuine ‘Fear Test’ – a scientifically devised process to analyse a subject’s fear and phobias responses. The performance and reactions delivered by this process were incredibly powerful and the resulting footage was then painstakingly moulded to form the film’s narrative.