In Alexander Payne's
, Matt Damon's character "seeks out a better life — by being shrunk to 5 inches tall," reports
"It's the first time I've done a visual effects movie, so it was a lovely education on how to make one," Payne says
. "In terms of technology presented on-screen, it's mostly the downsizing process itself, and I think part of the comedy is how low-tech it seems.
"I like to be prepared, and I’d been working on and off with a visual effects supervisor for years during previous attempts to get the film made. I'm never cowardly about asking dumb questions. I've asked him to explain things to me as though I were a child and I also tasked him, and the cinematographer, with helping me pretend I was making a real film — without visual effects — so I could focus on the story and the acting."