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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Official Electronic Press Kit (B-Roll & Soundbites)

 By Paul Rudoff on Nov. 28, 2021 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II have Electronic Press Kits (EPK for short), which is a video reel sent to various media outlets (like TV News programs) for them to use to help promote a film. It usually contains a trailer, film clips, making of featurette, cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and other such stuff. Columbia Pictures produced EPKs for the original two films on videocassette. Nowadays, the studios just release the trailers and other video segments online for the press, like me. We've all seen the trailers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife (buy theater tickets here), but the other publicity materials for the film that would usually be on an EPK have not been seen by most. Thankfully, I found the B-Roll and Soundbites, and will share them with you today.

I know that some of you want to get right to the videos, so please enjoy the playlist embedded below containing the B-Roll and all soundbite videos.


Since the Ghostbusters: Afterlife EPK materials are presented digitally, and not in a start-to-finish videocassette, there is no specific order for all of this. So, I'm using the Ghostbusters II EPK videocasette as a template for the ordering below. Runtimes are those given in each video's production card, which may differ slightly from the actual video file's runtime. I didn't bother downloading the film clips because they have all been uploaded to YouTube by Sony and other press outlets, so click on the individual titles to view them. The download link on the "Film Clips" title below is a temporary one that will expire in a year (November 16, 2022). At that point, we'll have the film on 4K and Blu-ray, so the film clips will be irrelevant, anyway. The trailers are all readily available online. I reviewed all of them here on Spook Central.
  1. Trailer  (2:26)
    Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
    In all likelihood, Sony would include Domestic Trailer #2, as it is the most recent and longest trailer of them all.

  2. Film Clips  (6:20)
    Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio

  3. Selected Soundbytes (31:18)

    • Carrie Coon  ("Callie")  (3:56)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-28-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On Her Feelings On Being Asked To Be In The Movie (0:32)
      • On The Use Of Practical Effects In The Movie And The Sense Of Nostalgia (0:44)
      • On Her Family Being A Part Of The Legacy (0:25)
      • On Jason Reitman As A Director And Having Ivan Reitman On Set (0:49)
      • On Working With Paul Rudd (0:58)

    • Celeste O'Connor  ("Lucky")  (3:02)
      4 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-29-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On The Uniqueness Of The Characters (0:41)
      • On Her Character Lucky (0:15)
      • On The Universality Of Ghostbusters (1:03)
      • On The Family Aspect (0:40)

    • Finn Wolfhard  ("Trevor")  (2:48)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-30-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On Being Part Of The Legacy (0:22)
      • On Ghostbusters Being Iconic (0:31)
      • On His Character Trevor (0:34)
      • On The Gear (0:23)
      • On The Uniqueness Of Ghostbusters (0:30)

    • Ivan Reitman  (Producer)  (3:18)
      4 Bites Tied | Final | OCT-05-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On The Uniqueness Of Ghostbusters (0:35)
      • On The Family Aspect (1:00)
      • On Jason Reitman's Approach To The Story (0:51)
      • On His Hopes For The Movie (0:30)

    • Jason Reitman  (Director / Co-Writer / Producer)  (4:41)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-29-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On The Story He's Always Wanted To Tell (0:51)
      • On Working With His Father (1:11)
      • On The Parallels Between Working With His Father And The Storyline (0:51)
      • On The Easter Eggs In The Movie (0:18)
      • On His Goal As The Director / Co-Writer / Producer Of Ghostbusters: Afterlife (1:02)

    • Jason and Ivan Reitman  (Director / Co-Writer / Producer & Producer)  (3:48)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | OCT-05-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On Ghostbusters Being Accessible (0:26)
      • On Continuing The Ghostbusters Legacy (0:51)
      • On Jason Reitman Working With Ivan Reitman (0:37)
      • On The Connections To The Original Ghostbusters (0:46)
      • On The Experience Collaborating (0:39)

    • Logan Kim  ("Podcast")  (1:58)
      4 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-29-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On His Character Podcast (0:28)
      • On The Friendship Between Podcast And Phoebe (0:23)
      • On Messing With The Ghost Trap (0:22)
      • On The Cool Ghostbusters Tech (0:24)

    • Mckenna Grace  ("Phoebe")  (2:29)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | OCT-07-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On Phoebe's Discovery (0:18)
      • On Her Character Phoebe (0:25)
      • On The Relationship Between Phoebe And Her Family (0:20)
      • On Joining The Ghostbusters Legacy (0:28)
      • On Fans Loving The Film (0:30)

    • Paul Rudd  ("Grooberson")  (5:18)
      5 Bites Tied | Final | SEP-28-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio
      • On What Grooberson Thinks Is Going On In The Town (0:46)
      • On Being Part Of The Legacy (0:54)
      • On The Brilliant Script (0:47)
      • On The Movie Being A Standalone Film While Part Of The Legacy (1:03)
      • On Working With Director Jason Reitman (1:20)

  4. B-Roll  (11:54)
    Final | OCT-07-2021 | 1920x1080 | 23.976 | Ch. 1 & 2 Production Audio

There is lots of fun stuff in the B-Roll, especially if you love Phoebe. Here is a quick list of notes I made while watching it.

• Right at the start you'll see that they never jumped a real Ectomobile. I don't think it would have survived :-)

• Mckenna and Logan are so cute play swordfighting with each other. Really love Mckenna pretending there's blood spurting out of her. "Blood... blood... and eventual, death. And the revival!"

• Look for the RTV crossing in front of Spinners in the Ecto shot at 3:53.

• At 7:02, a waitress at the Chinese restaurant where Callie and Gary go on their date is doused in slime for a scene that may or may not be in the film. (If it is, it's a quick shot during the Muncher chase.)

• An alternate take(?) appears at 7:14, where Gary tells the kids of the Manhattan Crossrip event, adding that "they made a movie about it in the '90s". I don't think that line was in the movie.

• This is followed (at 7:32) by a shot of Podcast trying to use a ruler to pry open the Ghost Trap, which I think was also removed from the film. (A gif of the shot was used as promotion during the film's lengthy gestation period.)

• At 8:13, you'll see that Dan Aykroyd was on set for the sheriff station scene. Not a surprise considering his daughter Stella played Deputy Medjuck in that scene. That appears to be her standing next to him. (Her face is cut out of the footage.)

• I wish we could hear the song Mckenna was playing on the ukulele at 10:04, but the audio was muted by Sony to avoid music rights issues. Logan Kim sure was enjoying it! If they do a sequel to Saturday Night Fever starring kids, sign him up.

• Testing out the PKE Shocker prototype at 11:07. Yes, it was a legit stun gun.

• I love the Twilight Zone: The Movie reference on the shirt of one of the Terror Dog sculptors. It's very fitting considering the Dan Aykroyd connection.

On the Spook Central Facebook page, you can view a gallery of images of each person from the Soundbites videos, and framegrabs from the B-Roll. SPOOK CENTRAL VIPs can download all 123 original 1920x1080 B-Roll framegrabs. All of the original MOV video files for the B-Roll and Soundbites can be downloaded from Spook Central's Internet Archive account. For a limited time (until November 16, 2022), they can also be downloaded from CiMediaCloud: B-Roll and Soundbites.

I hope that all of this material, the teaser, all of the trailers, and all of the TV Spots, will appear on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife Blu-ray next year.

3 comments

Comment from: Alex Newborn [Visitor]

I don’t believe the gunner seat scene was shot in reverse, simply because of sequencing. If this shot was run backwards, the seat would extend, THEN she would activate the lever. And then the car would rock forward towards camera. This looks more like her retracting the seat into the car, but they’re undercranking it so it will look faster when played back.

Nov. 29, 2021 @ 10:05
Comment from: Alex Newborn [Visitor]

And I think the slimed waitress is at the Chinese restaurant where Callie and Grooberson dine, not at Spinners.

Nov. 29, 2021 @ 10:11
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks, Alex, for the notes. I have updated the article. - Paul

Nov. 29, 2021 @ 16:59

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