In fact, when it came to visualizing the wormhole for time travelling in the film, Gentry decided to go in a very unique direction, which separates Synchronicity from previous films such as Stargate. "We found this artist named Kim Pimmel, who had done all this interesting macrophotography in petri dishes with inks," says Gentry of the design for the wormhole. "So, it wasn’t digital, it was actual photography of microscopic things that look like outer space." These images work in conjunction with the film's score by Ben Lovett, which was recorded with old vintage analogue synthesizers. "They are kind of old and you have to do things the long way," says Lovett of the synthesizers. "It was sort of a way to try to employ some of the same tactics they were using on set with in-camera effects."
Synchronicity is a film that rewards repeat viewings, with the audience being able to pick up visual cues that they missed the first time around. Jacob Gentry also notes that the use of real science in the film helps to get around certain paradoxes and brain-busters. "These are concepts that are legitimately considered and theorized about in the community and it also helps with the story," says Gentry. "That’s what also separates it from other time travel movies too, in a lot of ways."
Synchronicity is also a film that holds its inspirations on its sleeves, with many of the visual inspirations also inspiring Ben Lovett's score for the film. However, Lovett notes that there will be those who see these inspirations with fresh eyes. "There’s a whole generation of kids who will probably see this movie, who don’t have those reference points, so maybe they will be interested to go back and see where that stuff came from."
Synchronicity screens as part of Toronto After Dark's Sci-Fi Night this evening at 7:00 PM at the Scotiabank Theatre