film is a weird one," McKelvey admits. "It's an
attempt to be as silly as I could and still
hopefully tell a legitimate, substantive story about
issues in real peoples' lives."
Imagine if the fantastic character of
Mary Poppins hadn't drifted down into an equally
fantastic, cartoonish London, but instead wound up
someplace in the actual world. How would she handle
the problems of our lives? Could she help those of
us struggling against an economy that can't be fixed
with a magical broom and diseases she can't cure
with a song?
That's the situation Jeff and Wendy, our two
semi-supernatural astronauts, find themselves in
when they land in the New Jersey residence of a
divorced, working mom... a bit out of their depths.
Meteorite was filmed over a... long period of
time; and owes a huge debt of gratitude to everyone
who stuck with the film when it looked like we were
tackling challenges well beyond our means. Just the
fact that we wrapped shooting on every scene in the
script - the musical numbers, the challenging
locations like the firehouse or nightclub, and the
constructed set-pieces -
still honestly blows this director's mind.
As a musical, of course, there's a
lot of original music. The characters' songs were
all written by McKelvey, but there's loads of other
great music on board as well. New Jersey punk band
Dread Fabrik and Canadian hip-hop group Park-Like
Setting contribute great pieces to the soundtrack.
And the polyrhtymic pop due Funk Thunder provide the
electrifying title theme, which includes the use of
a theramin, the exotic electronic instrument used in
the signature themes of The Day the Earth Stood
Still, The Lost Weekend and Alfred