The latest film to premier on Netflix, Beasts of No Nation is already boasting stellar reviews and big names. The American war drama film was directed, written, and filmed by the renowned Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Idris Elba among other breakthrough faces. The film is traveling the festival circuit, where it has picked up honors such as the Marcello Mastroianni Award and a Special Presentation selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells the story of a child soldier named Agu who fights in a civil war in Africa.
Principal photography and production took place in the eastern region of Ghana. It began last May and lasted about two months, while the crew worked on a tight budget of $6 million. It was a one-stop shop; the crew had to ensure they secured everything they needed during these two months because there would not be an opportunity to come back. There was little room for error.
For on-location storage, the crew opted to use an EditShare XStream Field 2. The Field 2 is a portable solution ideal for media and project sharing in a small, quiet box. Easily transportable to Ghana, Field 2 iso compact that it even meets airline regulations for carry-on baggage. The Field 2’s project sharing capabilities allowed the film’s Avid editors to ollaborate on storyline development on-location, which was especially helpful when the footage was plentiful.