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Most Exciting Set Footage Yet for JJ's SUPER 8!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with another on location footage of the shooting of the Spielberg produced JJ Abrams helmed SUPER 8 - and this time we have all sorts of 70's era Army men and vehicles firing and explosions going off in what looks like an otherwise quiet community of the 70's Suburban heaven. DROOL. Yes please. Can't wait to see this flick. Trust I must. Here's Hogie Ben Pierogie's sample video he sent me - Can't wait to see the rest...

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  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Whatever that thing is it must be big

    by cgih8r

    They're all shooting upwards looks awesome

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by rabidfnark

    looks interesting. looking forward to more of the same.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by sfgeek

    on aliens. I love aliens. Give me aliens.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    We would like to see it too!

    by mistergreen

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Damn, you beat me to the punch.

    by rabidfnark

    well played, CGIh8r.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    This could have potential....or it could be Cloverfield.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    modern warfare 2

    by mynamesdan

    carbon copy

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    ok so far we know its a monster and the army fights it.

    by Switzerland


  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    That 70's Cloverfield!!!!!

    by intersect

    It looks exactly like the scene where the tanks are driving and shooting in Cloverfield.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    One of the top movies I am waiting for!

    by billF

    This is exciting! Can't wait for it!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    It's a Lion!

    by Rex Carsalot

    I'ts huge!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Well i hope the monster is cool.

    by disfigurehead

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    The Army in surburbia..Spielberg tries for 1941

    by skimn

    take 2.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds

    by mastes360

    It looks like the War of the Worlds teaser and not in a good way. Cloverfield 2.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by mastes360

    At the guy just stood on his porch thinking what the fucks going on.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Is it me or...

    by herrokitty

    are they really firing live rounds into the air?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Gee, how exciting.

    by jimmy_009

    And I really hope that unfunny talking bubble is hovering above the movie the entire time, that would be awesome.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    its a giant flying..

    by nolan bautista


  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    War Of The Worlds II

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Remember when the son in WOTW just HAD TO GO SEE THE FIGHTING?! What a fucking dumb movie that was.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    that explosion on the ground..

    by nolan bautista

    ..could be aliens firing back? (hitting a military vehicle)

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    come on...

    by cifra

    This is just Cloverfield shot in 8 mm... or so it is just what it looks like

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Sure would have liked to seen some footage

    by Bass Ackwards

    But most of it takes place behind a blue bubble asking me to thumbs up if I want to live in that neighborhood. Which is fair, that seems like pretty important feedback.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield 2? definitly about aliens

    by DioxholsterRestored

    looks like it

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    Hahaha! That was LOL funny man

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    ET on fucking steroids

    by TheFlyingWasp

    And I mean that in it looks so awesome, I'm wicked excited about it sort of way.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    "Super 8" is name of an alien planet

    by DioxholsterRestored

    oops i spoiled it

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Everytime I see the trailer...

    by Saen

    I keep thinking the Hulk is going to bust out of that train car.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Another Abrams movie for AICN to shill

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    It's a Lion and Cheets on Commish Gordon

    by Read and Shut Up


  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    There filming this 2 miles from my house

    by briharris73

    It's pretty cool what they did to our town. The redid all the storefronts to look like 1970's. It's being filmed in Weirton WV

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    is that Voltron??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DioxholsterRestored

    omg i bet its a Voltron movie!!!!!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    It's not really THAT big...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... it's just REALLY loud!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Super 8 is about Russian alien invasion

    by DioxholsterRestored

    spewing hot lava from their orifice

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    My brother lives in DC...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... He got to witness Baysplosions. I'm no fan of Bay, but that's way cooler.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Super 8 a prequel to Cloverfield?

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    I'm just waiting for the next Cloverfield, with the footage from the other camera. (They meet on the bridge.)

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    This site is full of morons...

    by xcornealiousx

    This was filmed by a local WVA resident. This isnt a War of the Worlds teaser...this isn't even footage of the film! Also to say this looks like Cloverfield...gone is the city of NY, gone are the college age kids, gone is the time frame of that movie and we have NO idea if this scene will look like the one of the tank driving down the city street. Oh...also Abrams didn't direct that movie (only produced), and Steven Spielberg didn't produce it. I hope there are a few intelligent people who can post some relevant conversation about this...footage...filmed by a local. Lastly, no the explosions dont look as 'cool' as Bay's T3...but I'm willing to bet the farm the story on Super 8 blows the 3rd watered down Transformers 3 movie. So if you enjoy a movie with no plot, enjoy the further trashing of an awesome 80's cartoon movie, and avoid the homage flick of a director who MADE the common day blockbuster...which also always had a story to go with it.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Pardon me...not the site...the talkbacks...

    by xcornealiousx

    Wasn't trying to trash you on this post Harry.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Super 8 isn't being shot on Super 8 I hope.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    IMDB list it as 35mm. I hope it's amamorphic 35, like Close Encounters was shot. <p>All of JJ's other movies have been anamorphic. The teaser trailer clearly showed what has become a JJ trademark of horizontal lens flares like that which is achieved only by using anamorphic lenses. <p>I noticed JJ is not collaborating with Dan Mindel as his DP this time around though. Mindel is apparently busy shooting John Carter Of Mars for Andrew Stanton. Without looking, I believe I read Larry Fong, a veteran of "Lost" was on board as cinematographer. SO I don't know. <p> You'll notice all your favorite films shot past 1970 that really feel like FILMS. Not just well lit but something else that simply cannot be achieved in television...You'll find they're all shot anamorphically. Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Alien, Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Halloween, The Thing, Die Hard, Braveheart, Dances With Wolves, The Thin Red Line...ANAMORPHIC. <p> Unfortunately very few directors these days push to shoot this way. JJ Abrams is among the few, along with Michael Bay and Clint Eastwood to insist on using anamorphic. I really hope Super 8 isn't the exeption. <p>What can I say, it's actually kinda important to me that this be shot anamorphically. Because it has a much richer feel than anything made for TV, which often does shoot 35. I know it's more time consuming and therefor more expensive, But I've always felt it's worth it to give your movie an actual movie aesthetic. TV keeps looking better and better, but the one thing a film can do to set it apart is shoot with anamorphic lenses. You know, take the time to light it right and use it's shallow depth of focus. <p>Anyone else know what I'm saying and feel the same way?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Another Cloverfield?

    by CT_Goonie

    Oh well. It's still better than 90% of the crap that's out there anyway.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Even this shitty video has lens flares

    by PvtTOUCH

    ever play the abrams star trek lens flare drinking game? u get fuuuuuucked up!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    If it's a big effing spider, I'll laugh...Um, exciting?

    by Boober

    BTW, how is that footage in any way even CLOSE to worthy of the buzz that the Statue of Liberty "Blackout Bowling Ball" headroll clip generated? COME ON...

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    what are anamorphic lenses?

    by DioxholsterRestored

    dont know what they are. i thought people hated them so

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    so haters fuck right off.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Genteel Gentile

    by xcornealiousx

    I couldnt agree more. Movies with a story that arent meant to be a movie going experience NEED the anamorphic 35mm. People can bash on JJ, and to some degree I get it..even though I love him, based if only on his understanding of telling stories via movies and tv shows. PLUS the guy has a respect for the way things have been done, by guys like Spielberg and Eastwood. Its also cool you mention Dances With Wolves, which over the years hasn't been talked about much, but that movie (visually) is in thanks largely due to the anamorphic 35 is was shot on. So Genteel, you aren't alone sir. Also...thanks for a post with something to talk about. Also...any thoughts on how Larry Fong will do making the jump from a movie of this size and scope? Always loved his work on Lost.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by gruemanlives


  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Its just not the same

    by Crosshair386

    Its not the same without the Canadian commentary like the last video...or Wisconsin. Where ever this film is being shot.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Stargate Universe ratings are up 14%!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DioxholsterRestored

    there is hope for her!!!!!!!!!!!1 yay keep watching people!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Why I will love this movie:

    by th3480

    It is the realization of just about every green plastic army men vs. godzilla battle I had when I was 6 years old.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST



    it's being shot in WV it's probably giant red-necks Having sex with there sisters.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    75 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Super Ate - Starring Harry Knowles

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    The military is trying to stop Harry from taking advantage of an all you can eat buffet.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    its a lion!!!

    by ORIONgods

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    ps live action pokemon movie

    by ORIONgods

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    i don't care what format it's shot in...

    by alienindisguise

    i just want it to be a decent movie!

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Are they actually firing tracers?

    by Badger23

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    xcornealiousx - Cool man.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield Prequal?

    by UGG

    I'd be more interested if it was, even if the viral for Cloverfield was better than the movie.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    DioxholsterRestored - Anamorphic.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Can't tell if you're totally joking or what. Anamorphic are lenses that squeeze a widescreen image onto the full 35mm negative. They must then be unsqueezed through an anamorphic projection lense so as to appear wide and normal. Otherwise if you're shooting on regular 35mm the image will be cropped at the top and bottom to achieve widescreen. Anamorphic uses all available space for image information. Super 35mm looses the sound strip in the camera negative covering the intirety with image, however it must use spherical lenses and once again must be cropped to achieve letterboxing. Anamorphic has a very shallow depth of field and requires much more technical wizardry in lighting and focus pulling. However the anamorphic look is thought to be a much richer aesthetic. That's about it buddy. I'm not proof reading this thing 'cause I goota go, so i hope that makes sense.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Yet another viral "leaked" on purpose

    by ricarleite2

    How nice

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by vadakinX

    Sorry Harry I can't get behind your hype for this. That teaser put me right off. The teaser was ok but the fact that they shot a teaser to show before a single role had been cast, never mind having any filming done, has turned me right off this project. It reeks of pretentious arrogance on the part of Abrams, who has yet to prove himself as far as I'm concerned after the dull M:I-3 and Star Trek, a fun but dumb (and Trek should never be dumb) movie.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    thanx for 'splainin'

    by frank cotton

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Errr were those real tracers?

    by pax256

    Firing real tracers in some neighborhood? Man some states have really lax laws lol...

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    My bad yeah lens flare

    by pax256


  • Oct. 13, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    I'm a Lost lover, a Trek lover, an Alias liker, but for some reason I think this movie will be a turd. Absolutely nothing to back that up. Just a weird feeling.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I think we had enough of Monster vs the Army

    by mistergreen

    Do something else. I hope the whole movie isn't this.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield worth watching now?

    by proevad

    Avoided it at release cuz of the shit it received on here. Thought maybe since they hype was gone feelings might have mellowed.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by MovieDeal

    Have any of those TBers even BEEN on a film set? They talk crap about an amateur video clip of a film as if it's the ACTUAL FOOTAGE of the film? Really? PLEASE..stay as film WATCHERS and NOT film MAKERS. Comments like those are just internet fluffer. Just posting just because....well...just because I CAN post. My, oh my!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    ill never understand.....

    by ihatefanboys

    how watching raw film footage with no clue whats going on is "most exciting" a film being filmed is boredom..i dont even watch the filming of any movie anymore, not even transformers 3

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I liked Star Trek

    by tomimt

    And I liked his vision of Mission Impossible, but I hated Cloverfield. Granted, JJ didn't direct it, but still. So yeah I do trust, that if he has a decent script, he'll do a decent movie.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by Witwiki50

    thats what it is. stop motion pumpkin carving right here too:

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Came away wanting to buy a VW

    by DrRumpledink

    jesus! does the fucking ad have to pop up over half the screen, loop and not even have a close button? I couldn't even see a video..well apart from a VW one.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    tell me it's not a found footage flick...

    by Mundungus

    ... on super 8 format film.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST

    xcornealiousx - Larry Fong.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I really liked alot of the look that Lost was able to achieve. I kind of have a little bit of a problem with the look of 300, I don't know, it's all kind of too grainy looking and much of it's aesthetic was found in post. But Watchmen looked pretty good and I'm eiger to see how Sucker Punch turns out. So I'm a little bit on the fence about Fong, I don't dislike hime but I've not seen anything that's sent me over the moon about him either. Lost is by far the thing that has most impressed me from him photography wise. Dan Mindel (Spy Game, Enemy Of The State, Domino, M:I-3, Star Trek) is definitely held in much higher esteem in my book. I could easily name you at least 25 cinematographers that I'd be more comfortable believing in for this project, that's for sure. I know there going for the classic early Amblin aesthetic that was achieved by great cinematographers like Vilmos Zsigmond, Dean Cundey, Allen Daviau, William Fraker, Douglas Slocombe, Bill Butler, John Hora and Laszlo Kovacs. Those are some huge boots to try to fill. So I'm just reserving judgement until I can actually see some footage I guess. Fingers crossed.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Gentile --- so anamorphic is good?

    by DioxholsterRestored

    I get most of what you said, but it logically makes no sense to use it, as it could ruin the aspect ratio or whatever. So i get that it shows more information but if a director who wanted that why would he stick with a 35mm to begin with and not go for something higher? Plus dont they use digital cameras nowadays? can you have anamorphic with them?

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Its the Iron Giant meets Clovefield movie

    by KilliK

    Your typical Amblin scifi/family movie,directed by JJ this time:<br /> Some kind of giant monster,which is either an alien crashed on earth or bio-manufactured by the army,escapes from its cage in the train wreck,goes to a nice,quiet,suburban town,it is discovered by a,ala Goonies,team of kids,and they become friends since the monster is a good fellow.OFC the army considers it a threat and tries to find it and destroy it.thus the above videoclips with tanks firing.<br />

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    74 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I preferred the cartoon

    by Dave210166

    Iron Giant I mean, that's what this is, right?

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Harry, you're wrong! This footage was from a Michael Bay movie!!

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... it's like that.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I think I know a neighborhood...

    by gamerawangi

    ...where you can buy a house for real cheap now.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by birdy birdman

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    It'd be brilliant

    by cushing1967

    If THIS film was about Cthulhu after all the supposition that Cloverfield was about Cthulhu and now all the supposition that this is about the Cloverfield monster.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by wonderboy2402

    Are they shooting live rounds in the air, lol? Must be like plastic tracer rounds or something.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    DioxholsterRestored - Anamorphic is awesome.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    The real reason it's superior to shoot anamorphic or "scope" is the particular way it makes the image look. It's kind of hard to explain, but it's the way it reacts to light and it's shallow depth-of-field (meaning unless your shooting with a short or wide lense attatchment it's focus can be pinpoint and throws everything in the foreground and background out of focus, which otherwise can only be achieved on long or zoom lense attachments when shooting spherically) is seen by many, including myself, as simply looking classier. <p>So yeah, you get more image information shooting 35mm anamorphic for widescreen (2.39:1, meaning the picture width is 2.39 times its height as opposed to stadard 35's more square 1.37:1) because your getting everything you shot, instead of cutting off half the image (top and bottom) to achieve letterboxing. But that's not the huge thing, I mean it is but it's not, it's really the effect that compressing the image in the filming stage has on it when it's uncompressed. <p>One reason (excuse) that was given for years to go ahead and just do it on 35 or Super35 is so they wouldn't have to crop as much off the sides when adjusting it for full screen television. But televisions now are more wide, so that excuse doesn't hold and it's now simply a matter of finding people skilled enough to know how to manage the delicate parameters needed with anamorphic and a studio willing to pay for the extra time in setting up a shot (lighting and focus wise). <p>Yes anamorphic has been used on larger film negative cameras. William Wyler's Ben-Hur used MGM Camera 65 an Ultra Panavision anamorphic process on 65mm film. <p>Bigger film negative usually means bigger, heavier, noisier cameras that run hotter, they're more combersome and more difficult to make adequate space for, so that's why you don't see a lot of movies shot with IMAX 70mm or so on. 35mm is the "Academy Standard".<p>Digital just doesn't have the same "feel" as film. It's the richness within the very grain of the film and how it contrast between light and dark that is lost when choosing to shoot digitally. I for one kind of loath digital although there a few people who know how to use it properly so as to achieve a kind of "film" aproximation (David Fincher being chief among them). <p> Of couse some simply don't like the aesthetic of anamorphic, or just don't feel it's right for every kind of story. That's fair I guess. I know people like Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg have gone away from it. Not sure why. Ridely's last was Matchstick Men and before the last Indiana Jones Spielberg had not shot in scope sense Hook. Probably because he likes deep focus and using wide lenses, great cineamatographer Roger Deakins has never shot a feature in scope (as far as I know) until this year for True Grit. James Cameron has never shot anamorphically, before digital he was a big proponent of Super35 (The Abyss, T2, True Lies, Titanic). However I beleive I read he now laments not shooting Aliens in the anamorphic style of Ridley Scott's original. <p> That's about all I got.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    ---"SINCE" Hook (not SENSE Hook).---

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I'm sure there are more stupid mistakes like that, which is why I need a EDIT FEATURE!!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Good info The_Genteel_Gentile.

    by JediRob

    It's a debate that I don't think will ever be won by either side.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    JediRob - Yeah. but let me ask you this though...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Revenge Of The Sith (HDCAM) or Empire Strikes Back (Panavision Anamorphic). Photographically speaking, what side are you on? <p> Your name is JediRob, so I'm assuming you have a vested interest. <p> I feel like Empire is one of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    "Empire" just FEELS like CINEMA.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    "Sith" could've been shot for high end TV.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Film over digital is a no brainer.

    by JediRob

    Film is still head an shoulders above. At least for now. that's not even the debate I was referring to, though that one shall continue as well. I just meant anamorphic over standard 35. Anamorphic gives such a rich look. I instantly recognize and appreciate it whenever it is utilized.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    JediRob - I see what you're saying.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Cool man, seems like we're seeing eye-to-eye on this. So that's kinda comforting. <p>Yeah, I mean I guess depending on the style your trying to achieve, anamorphic might not be the best choice. Certainly the deep focus of a Citizen Kane or the wide angles of a Jean Pierre-Juenet or even a John Frankenheimer type of approch to Mise-en-scène really could not be pulled off with anamorphic lenses. It's not liek standard 35 sucks or anything, at least it's FILM. But by and large I do prefer anamorphic usually. I think we both agree it has a richer feel.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Beating it back!

    by Ciderman

    They're beating back the monster that formed from all the vomit spewed by people after watching the shaky cam for 2 hours in Cloverfield!