The Martian - Matt Damon
The Martian - Matt Damon, astronaut hero ©2015 Twentieth Century Fox

We have three trailers for The Martian where Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew during a manned Mars mission.

The first two trailers are intended for theatrical screening and the third for paid airing on television. There are also three clips labeled in order of the development of the movies plot.

The Martian Production

Principal photography on The Martian began November 8th 2014 in Budapest.

The gorgeous Central European capital has become known for hosting a litany of big budget Hollywood movies because of its beautiful locales and experienced local crews. But what particularly drew filmmakers to the city for this project are the soundstages at nearby Korda Studios.

Korda’s Stage 6, said to be the largest in the world, was ideal for constructing a Martian landscape that would include the Hab and the launch pad for the MAV. The set was used primarily for dialogue scenes, Hab interiors, and the giant sandstorm sequence. Matching wide-scope vistas were later filmed in Jordan.

Says producer Mark Huffam: “We had scouted the Australian Outback as a possible landscape for the Martian surface. That didn’t work out, and we decided to shoot most of the Martian sequences as interiors, giving us greater control of the environment, and then matching those with exteriors at Wadi Rum in Jordan.”

During production, Korda was a bustling hub of activity, as all six soundstages were being utilized for constructing and revamping a dozen major sets, including the spacecraft Hermes and the astronauts’ Hab on Mars. The art department was constantly racing to stay a step in front of Scott, who works quickly and has been known to get ahead of schedule.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online