SHORT FILM 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
PRODUCED BY KATIE DOLAN
BLACK DOG FILMS | RSA 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.
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.