Passengerswhich is now making its way through the Christmas box office crush, took its first voyage last month at our big annual awards-season event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline, where director Morten Tyldum, writer Jon Spaihts, and film editor Maryann Brandon discussed the challenges of what Tyldum calls “an emotional roller coaster” in making a big-scale studio film.

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Appearing in front of a packed audience of Oscar and other key guild voters at the DGA theater, the trio highlighted the importance of the casting of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as they are on screen alone for most of the movie. Tyldum discusses how that casting came about and the pair’s on-screen chemistry — especially considering they had never met before starting the film. Passengers was part of Sony’s panel presentation.

Check out Mike Fleming Jr.’s conversation with this talented trio above.