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Comic-Con: End Of Watch First Look
David Ayer's found footage cop movie

14 July 2012  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Jake Gylleenhaal and Michael Pena in End Of Watch

Comic-Con isn't all about caped crusaders or Men of Steel, or hairy-footed Hobbits. But that said, it was still refreshing to see David Ayer's End Of Watch receive its premiere in Hall H today.

That's because the movie is a straight-up cop film, with no genre trappings or gimmicks, following LAPD partners Jake Gylleenhaal and Michael Pena on a typical day in their lives, a day that soon threatens to turn deadly when they're marked for death by a notorious gang.

Ayer has been here before he wrote Training Day and Dark Blue, wrote and directed Harsh Times and Street Kings, all of which dealt with corruption in the LAPD but this one promises to be different, and is based on real-life experiences of policemen friends of his.

“They’re good guys, they believe in the mission but they’re street-smart and they’re bad dudes," he said. "It's like a marriage, and in a marriage you don't get shot at. Well, it depends on where you live."

The film is also set apart by its shooting style, with Ayer capturing the action on a series of found-footage style camera, from dashboard-mounted cams to iPhones. He even strapped cameras to his actors. "I thought, how is this guy going to make a movie?" mused Pena. "It was all POV, POV, POV, POV. He strapped a camera onto me, he built all these weird contraptions - I was like a Mexican RoboCop!"

Ayer and Pena brought some footage from the film, and it looked impressive, from a very funny ridealong scene where Pena's frequent cursing is bleeped out, to a much more intense sequence where he and Gyllenhaal are called to a burning building, and endure a close shave with some falling masonry. It doesn't feel like a found-footage movie, it feels fresh and new and vibrant. "We shot it over 21 days," said Ayer. "The cameras I needed simply didn't exist. I had to build them. And the script exploded out of me in six days."

For more on End Of Watch, stay tuned to Empire Online and a future issue of Empire magazine.

 


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THIS IS NOT
...a found footage film. It uses footage filmed in context, but the majority of the camera work is independent of the cameras attached to the cops' vests. It's a combination of both that doesn't make sense at firs, but is essential by the time the first fight commences. MOST of the footage is NOT on iphones, CCTV or any other in-film device. More

Posted by DuaneEddy at 12:09 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post

THIS IS NOT
...a found footage film. It uses footage filmed in context, but the majority of the camera work is independent of the cameras attached to the cops' vests. It's a combination of both that doesn't make sense at firs, but is essential by the time the first fight commences. MOST of the footage is NOT on iphones, CCTV or any other in-film device. More

Posted by DuaneEddy at 12:09 on 16 July 2012 | Report This Post


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