Electroma Directed by Daft Punk

ElectromaWhile the popular French electronic music group, Daft Punk, was compiling new music for their upcoming album, they were also producing a French film. Daft Punk's "Electroma" derives around the search for two robots to become human, played by Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich.

One interesting fact about the film is that there is no music played by Daft Punk. This is actually a first for the group, since their previous animated film, "Interstella 5555," featured the duo's music. According to band member, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Electroma was an unexpected extension of their Human After All music video. He stated "we were in the shooting dynamic, so the movie came naturally." This is a true sign that the duo has a wonderful working chemistry with one another.

To prepare for the cinematography aspect of the film, group member, Thomas Bangalter, did a great deal of research and preparation by reading over 200 issues of American Cinematographer. The filming lasted for eleven days, many of which were spent in California, USA. Daft Punk then showed the film on May 21st, 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival. Additional midnight screenings of Electroma were shown in Paris theatres until the end of March 2007.

The film went on a screening tour in the United Kingdom beginning in July of 2007 and ended in October at the BBC Electric Proms. The film then went overseas to the USA in December of the same year, and was shown in popular cities, such as New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, and Los Angeles.

Fans in the UK could purchase the film on DVD as of November 19th, 2007, and fans in North America were able to buy it on July 22nd, 2008. Initially, Daft Punk received a variety of reviews from critics after the release of the film. However, since the release, the group has been rewarded with positive reviews from both fans and professional critics.