According to ABC's Inhumans pilot director Roel Reine, Marvel Television hired him for a very specific reason: his ability to work on a small budget and tight schedule.
"I think they liked me for the job because I was able with my action movies to shoot in a very short time, or with very low budgets, action that looks like a big-budget movie," Reine told CNET. "It was not a feature film, it was a TV episode, but they still wanted to have the scope."
Reine's two-part pilot for Inhumans is being screened as a film in IMAX theaters in September before its television premire.
Reine's film directing experience includes low-budget films such as Death Race 2 and The Scorpion King 3.
"The schedule was super-tight," he continued. "I had TV schedule time to shoot it with IMAX cameras, 20 days to shoot two episodes. It's nerve-wracking but I come from a low-budget film world, so 20 days for me is luxury."
Reine also said that despite the difficult circumstances of the shoot, he had enjoyed working with Marvel TV.
"I heard all of these horror stories of working with Marvel, but I didn't feel that way. It was very collaborative. 9 out of 10 times they liked what I pitched - even radical things," he explained. "There was always a Marvel executive around me, just to make sure that whatever I did, or whatever we did together, would tie in with other characters in other universes, in other comics, in other series or movies. They're very protective. These people are very passionate about their product and about characters and about doing the best version of everything."
Inhumans will premiere its first two episodes in IMAX on September 1, before coming to ABC on September 26 for the remainder of its first season.