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‘No’ Featurette Highlights the Diverse Team Who Brought Jordan Peele’s Epic Horror Film to Life

Jordan Pele said that Nope is the biggest movie of his career to date, and a new featurette from Universal Pictures focuses on the team that made his epic horror movie a reality.

“I tried to write a script that I didn’t know how to pull off, then I got together a team to help me make it happen,” Peele explains in the featurette below (along with another earlier this month which emphasized the immense scope of the film). “Every department triggers these huge, big swings.”

The behind-the-scenes featurette doesn’t just have commentary from Peele and actors Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea – it also includes voices from the crew below the line. Voices like First Assistant Director Liz Tan, First Assistant Camera Keith Davis and Assistant Camera Producer Jackson Davis discuss their experiences working on the film on Hollywood’s only black-owned ranch, which gets a unexpected visit (visits?) of an alien spacecraft.

The featurette clarifies that NopeThe crew is more diverse than the average film production. Davis also notes that “there aren’t many African-American directors who have the opportunity to do things at a high level.” Peele was one of those few, and the featurette makes it clear that he wanted to have people from historically underrepresented backgrounds on his crew.

According The Hollywood Reporter, Nope is also the first film to participate in Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s California Below-the-Line Traineeship, a program that NBCUniversal launched last year to provide an on-set experience for people from underrepresented backgrounds.

You can check out the full featurette below:

At the end of the video, Peele gives words of encouragement to his crew. “Every day of this shoot, we’re doing something new and special,” he says. “And something that speaks to why I love movies. And I’ll talk about those days when we made this movie forever.

Nope makes its way to theaters on Friday, July 22.

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