Mysterious First Trailer for ‘1899’ Voyages to the Ends of the Earth
“There is something wrong with that ship.” From the creators of Dark, comes the new mystery-horror series 1899. Dropping November 17 only on Netflix, the eight-episode series follows a migrant steamship as it leaves the old continent for New York. With a new century about to dawn, a diverse group of passengers are united by their hopes and dreams for a new future. The journey takes an unexpected turn when a message arrives from a ship adrift at sea. Filled with cryptic symbols and curious objects, the mystery ghost ship threatens to plunge the voyage into full-on nightmare territory.
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The ominous first official trailer is giving off heavy Bermuda Triangle vibes and we’re there for it. Accompanied by Jimi Hendrix singing the trippy ‘All Along the Watchtower’, it seems like there’s a whole lot more happening here than meets the eye. And in terms of technology–there is.
1899 utilises the same filmmaking technique that Industrial Light & Magic introduced on The Mandalorian. ‘The Volume’ is a massive curved LED screen that displays a virtual environment in the background while live-action elements are filmed in the foreground. As the camera moves within the Volume, the perspective and light sources shift on the LED screen, giving the audience the sensation of characters moving through a real environment. It’s next-level filmmaking and it might just be the future. Turns out that Netflix said the same when they recommended the technique to the show’s creators, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.
The 8-part mystery held its premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (tiff), where the first two episodes were presented. In a press release for the series, Netflix shared quotes from the post-screening Q&A, where showrunner and screenwriter Jantje Friese said, “Our goal was to create a series whose imagery and story would resonate around the world.”
“Together with our exceptional ensemble cast, the production team and Netflix, we have delivered a mammoth project,” showrunner and director Baran bo Odar added. “It is a truly unique feeling to be able to finally bring our 1899 to an audience.” Tiff Primetime Director Geoff Macnaughton was thrilled by the series, saying, “There are brilliant, critically acclaimed series, and there are ‘water-cooler’ series, binged by millions worldwide. 1899 has the exciting potential to be both; a new, nightmarish obsession for both fans and critics alike.”
The cast includes Dark‘s Andreas Pietschmann, along with Emily Beecham, Anton Lesser, Aneurin Barnard, Miguel Bernardeau and Maciej Musiał. 1899 docks on Netflix November 17.
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