“Into the Storm” – a first look into a tornado


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come.  EXTRA talked to Chicago born Sara Wayne Callies who plays Allison, a single mom and a tornado-chasing scientist in “Into the Storm,” which comes out on August 8. 

EXTRA: What can we expect out of this thriller?

Sara Wayne Callies: I am really excited to see it. This is my first studio movie. The goal is to give the audience a firsthand inside of a tornado. I think we did a very good job. That idea of sirens going of and you are not with your kid. I know exactly how that would feel. I thought there was something very human about it. It’s raw. This is a move where much of the shooting was done by the actors themselves. A lot of the actors were holding cameras as we were shooting. 

What was the mix between special affects and real raw footage?

It was an impressive mix. The director understood how important it was for the actors to have practical effects. If you have a movie just against the green screen can be incohesive. 

Who is Allison and how do you relate to her?
She is a professor of meteorology hired to locate the tornado. On top of that Allison is also a single mom who feels incredibly torn between her job and her daughter. She misses her and feels guilty. I can relate to it as a working mom. I have two kids – my daughter is 7 and my son is 11 months, we adopted him at birth. Actually, my daughter is in the movie.

How so?

My daughter said “I want to do that.” I told her “You have to do it the old fashioned way. You have to win it.” She was game and almost nobody on set knew who she was. I wanted it to be fair. 

What were your thoughts when you read the script? Have you experienced any tornadoes?

A big part of the movie is that this is real. I did, a while back. I was driving on a beautiful day and all of a sudden the sky turned black. The rain was so heavy that I couldn’t see the car in front of me. I called my husband and he said you are heading right towards the Tuscaloosa tornadoes. They were on the ground throwing cars into the air. We started doing press for the movie a few days ago and I had forgotten about that. My husband reminded me about it. I had repressed it because it was the scariest thing. It was as close as I came to dying. 

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