Available since September 10 on Apple TV +, Come From Away is the capture of the Broadway musical. Meeting with the team.
What is it about ?
The story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town of Newfoundland, which hosts them, after all flights to the United States were grounded on September 11, 2001.
Come From Away, a film by Christopher Ashley based on the work of Irene Sankoff and David Hein with Q. Smith (Hannah), Caesar Samayoa (Ali), Joel Hatch (Claude Elliott), Sharon Wheatley (Diane Gray), Paul Whitty (Oz Fudge) and Astrid Van Wieren (Beulah Davis). Available on Apple TV +.
DashFUN: Tell us about the challenge of capturing this Broadway show?
David Hein : Actually the Broadway show is constructed like a movie and moves clearly from scene to scene, so it all translates easily into pictures. In addition, filming this play allows us to get to the heart of this story with close-ups of the actors, with multiple angles revealing the whole plot of our story. This gives viewers a new vision of our production.
Christopher Ashley : It’s been over five years since I worked on the Broadway play and now on its capture. So I was able to take the time to think about the placement of the cameras. I was able to push the limits of the angles, do dives on the stage, close-ups on the actors, etc. In addition, we filmed the room during the pandemic, which added some logistical difficulties. Not to mention that the public had to wear the mask; So it was not easy to show their reactions. In any case, one can feel their joy to be back in a theater after more than a year and a half of closing the rooms.
Astrid Van Wieren : It’s true that there is a difference between the pure scene on Broadway and being surrounded by a dozen cameras. It can be a confusing moment, but we quickly learn to forget the cameras and focus on the audience watching us.
Q. Smith : At first it scared me to be surrounded by all these huge dinosaur-like cameras. Especially when they’re inches from your face for close-ups, it’s confusing. Fortunately, we had played this piece for years so as not to lose the rhythm of our performance.
Joel hatch : In fact, it’s a team job between all the actors on stage. As long as we focused on other people’s play, we could ignore the cameras. And then we had the support of the public!
Sharon Wheatley : Yes, once we “ignored” the cameras it was just fine as if we were alone with the audience. It even forces you to focus even more and project your voice a little more.
AC: What was the intention with this film? What are the messages?
David Hein : I think it’s a timeless story of people going through great tragedy and finding some comfort in sharing this historic moment together. I believe this story can touch everyone. In addition, we have just gone through another international tragedy with the covid crisis. So obviously, it has even more importance today with what we all live.
This production is truly an invitation for mankind to come together and try to celebrate life beyond all the tragedies we can experience. It should also be remembered that there are good people everywhere on this planet who seek to do good. Let us remember that together we can achieve anything if we remain united and strong.
Irene Sankoff : For me this film reveals the power of a community that knows how to pull together and become united. It’s also a show that has so many women of great strength. It is important for me to show that women have great humanitarian power in this kind of crisis. And to show the strength we all have within us when we have to deal with crises as horrific as 9/11 or more recently with the covid-19 pandemic.
Christopher ashley : The intention was to show with humanity but also with a little humor one of the worst moments in the history of the United States. The intention was really to show the importance of the compassion we all need in this unstable world. Together, beyond our skin colors, our religions, we can overcome …