Obviously the casting was mainly left up to producer Avnet, the man with all the connections who proclaimed himself the only non-nerd involved in this show. Avnet also forced the shy Conway to come out of his shell and actually meet the cast for a script reading in London about 9 months prior to shooting. As preparation for his first time directing, Kerry supervised the creation of three versions of his film before the actual shooting got underway, using a recording of the the script reading as a guideline. First the story was told in 3D Storyboards, then by pre-viz (crude computer animation) and penultimately he shot a version with extras. So when it came to do it with the actual actors, at least Kerry knew what every shot was going to look like.
Meanwhile 'Skycaptain' was attracting cast and crew willing to work for nothing (or next to) based on Kerry's six minute short alone. Jude Law got a producers credit for himself and then wife Sadie Frost.Not wanting to be left behind, co producer Oglesby booked the cheapest accommodation to work in, which happened to be Van Nuys, Porn capital of the USA.: no coffee, no air-co and not enough toilets, only a World Of Tomorrow (WOT) Totenkopf sign above the door. Still, Principal photography was held on a more respectable place: Elstree Studios, London, where Kerry planned to shoot the entire picture without any props in 20 days. They came close: ending up with one complete set and 29 shooting days. The fact that every other shot was done against blue screen is repeated Ad Nauseam by Kerry on his disc one audio commentary. Should have been warned of his repetitive nature after all those running gags in the film.
Back at the clubhouse in Adulttown, Conway's original idea of using mainly period pictures as backgrounds was deemed to restricting, and Avner absolutely refused to release the film in Black and White, meaning the expanding organization of WOT found itself hiring up to 100 young computer animators to finish the effects and recolor everything in sepia tones. Originally Kerry thought he would only have to expand by five people, but he proved extremely flexible whenever one of his young turks would suggest an alteration or put in a little homage of his own. However, of the 100 new people only about five got paid.
Although near the end of production some of the shots had to be send out to other effect companies in order to be finished in time, this documentary sticks to the main WOT production team (if they didn't get paid, at least give them this change in the spotlight) and shows the crew celebrating their own WOTstock, before leaving one by one, until only an empty hangar is left. As has become tradition in DVD features such as these, it ends just before the opening of the film, during the cast and crew premiere, so we won't have to go into what the critics thought of it. Looking at all the work done to bring one man's internet fan film to the big screen, you might say Kerry Conway got all the breaks Ed Wood never had.
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