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Super 8 (2011)

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Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler and was released on June 10, 2011 in conventional and IMAX theaters in the US. The film tells the story of a group of young teenagers who are filming their own Super 8 movie in a small town in 1979 when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town. The movie was filmed in Weirton, West Virginia and surrounding areas.


Abrams and Spielberg collaborated in a storytelling committee to come up with the story for the film. The film was initially reported to be either a sequel or prequel to the 2008 film Cloverfield, but this was quickly denied by Abrams. Primary photography began in fall 2010. The teaser itself was filmed separately in April. Super 8 is the first original J. J. Abrams film project produced by Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions, and Paramount Pictures. Filming took place in Weirton, West Virginia, from September to October 2010. To promote the film, Valve Corporation created a short video game segment and released it alongside the PC and Mac versions of Portal 2.

Abrams' original plan was to film all of the sequences for the film-within-a-film "The Case" in Super-8 using Pro8mm stock and cameras. However, this approach proved unsuccessful, as visual effects house Industrial Light and Magic found it impossible to integrate CGI into the footage due to the format's graininess. For sequences involving CGI, cinematographer Larry Fong used Super-16 instead.


The score for the film was composed by Michael Giacchino, Abrams' long-time collaborator. Giacchino recruited his team of conductor Tim Simonec, recorder Dan Wallin and the Hollywood Studio Symphony to bring the music to life. The soundtrack was released on August 2, 2011 by Varèse Sarabande.

During the final credits, the songs "My Sharona", by The Knack and "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra are featured. The Blondie song "Heart of Glass" and The Cars song "Bye Bye Love" are also featured in the film.

 Viral marketing campaign
Like Cloverfield, an earlier J. J. Abrams-produced film, Super 8 was promoted through an extensive viral marketing campaign. The first trailer for the movie was attached to Iron Man 2, released in May 2010. The trailer gave the premise of a section of Area 51 being closed down in 1979 and its contents being transported by freight train to Ohio. A pickup truck drives into the oncoming train, derailing it, and one of the carriages is smashed open while a Super 8 camera films. Fans analyzing the trailer found a hidden message, "Scariest Thing I Ever Saw", contained in the final frames of the trailer. This led to a website, , which simulated the interface of a PDP-11 and contained various clues to the film's storyline; the computer was eventually revealed to belong to Josh Woodward, the son of Dr. Woodward, who is trying to find out what happened to his father. Another viral website, was also found, which like Slusho from Cloverfield plays no direct part in the film but is indirectly related. The official Super 8 website also contained an "editing room" section, which asked users to find various clips from around the web and piece them together. When completed, the reel makes up the film found by the kids in Dr. Woodward's trailer, showing the ship disintegrating into individual white cubes, and the alien reaching through the window of its cage and snatching Dr. Woodward. The video game Portal 2 contained an interactive trailer placing the player on board the train before it derails, and showing the carriage being smashed open and the roar of the alien within.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Super 8 Michael Giacchino       01:44
1-2 Family Matters Michael Giacchino       00:29
1-3 Model Painting Michael Giacchino       00:41
1-4 Acting Chops Michael Giacchino       00:40
1-5 Aftermath Class Michael Giacchino       05:54
1-6 Thoughts of Cubism Michael Giacchino       00:48
1-7 We'll Fix It in Post-Haste Michael Giacchino       00:44
1-8 Productions Woes Michael Giacchino       00:34
1-9 Train of Thought Michael Giacchino       00:35
1-10 Circle Gets the Cube Michael Giacchino       01:06
1-11 Breen There, Ate That Michael Giacchino       01:12
1-12 Dead Over Heels Michael Giacchino       00:48
1-13 Gas and Go Michael Giacchino       01:34
1-14 Looking for Lucy Michael Giacchino       00:49
1-15 Radio Haze Michael Giacchino       01:08
1-16 Mom's Necklace Michael Giacchino       01:33
1-17 Shootus Interuptus Michael Giacchino       02:35
1-18 Thoughts of Mom Michael Giacchino       01:41
1-19 Woodward Bites It Michael Giacchino       01:54
1-20 Alice Projects on Joe Michael Giacchino       02:29
1-21 Neighborhood Watch - Fail Michael Giacchino       04:45
1-22 The Evacuation of Lillian Michael Giacchino       03:40
1-23 A Truckload of Trouble Michael Giacchino       00:57
1-24 Lambs on the Lam Michael Giacchino       02:40
1-25 Woodward's Home Movies Michael Giacchino       02:40
1-26 Spotted Lambs Michael Giacchino       01:37
1-27 Air Force HQ or Bust Michael Giacchino       01:04
1-28 World's Worst Field Trip Michael Giacchino       03:36
1-29 The Siege of Lillian Michael Giacchino       02:57
1-30 Creature Comforts Michael Giacchino       10:10
1-31 Letting Go Michael Giacchino       05:18
1-32 Super 8 Suite Michael Giacchino       05:54
1-33 The Case Michael Giacchino       03:28





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