Phoenix Forgotten (2017) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Luke Spencer Roberts||-||Josh|
|Jeanine Jackson||-||Melissa Foster|
|David Carrera||-||Jack Foster|
|Matt Biedel||-||Daniel Abrams|
|Serendipity Lilliana||-||Young Sophie|
|Ana Dela Cruz||-||Luisa Moreno|
|Jonathan Schmock||-||Mr. Garland|
|Jay Pirouznia||-||Private Investigator|
The footage claiming to be from 1997 was shot on modern digital cameras in HD. To simulate the look of lo-fi analog footage, after the special effects were added in, the footage was copied to actual VHS tapes which were then re-digitized to finish editing. The analog defects are therefore real and not simulated. This had the added benefit of making the computer effects look more integrated with the original footage.
Based on the "Phoenix Lights" of Phoenix, Arizona a supposed UFO sighting witnessed by thousands on Thursday March, 13 1997.
In Josh's childhood room, there's a poster of an alien from the Alien franchise. Producer of the film, Ridley Scott, directed the original Alien and several other films in the series.
The "Phoenix Lights" UFO sighting is the most famous UFO sighting in the world and was witnessed by thousands.
Even though the UFO sighting this film is based on is most famously known as the "Phoenix Lights" there were also sightings of the same lights in parts of Nevada, other parts of Arizona, and even some parts of Northern Mexico on March 13, 1997.
The desert footage at 32:09 is not in Arizona, but actually on San Diego County Road S22, heading down into the town of Borrego Springs, CA. It then cuts to a view of Fonts Point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (California's largest state park).
The stretch of highway and exit for Crown Valley Road that is supposedly in Mesa, AZ is actually in Acton, CA. The road sign says Acton and not Mesa like in the movie. The real highway is California State Route 14: Antelope Valley Freeway. The sign is for exit 24 heading East on the freeway.
Both the press conference and subsequent recant of former Arizona governor Fife Symington was actual archival footage from CNN.
For the final shot, in which the camera falls from a flying spaceship, the filmmakers actually attached a JVC camcorder to a small weather balloon while it was recording, and allowed the camera to fall back to the ground when the balloon popped. To their amazement, while the camera's body was damaged and lens shattered, the inner mechanisms survived the fall and even kept recording.