Shooting in the California desert in October 2009, Dupieux and his team invented a special kind of remote control tyre that could be used as the film’s mobile antagonist. And, like the film’s plot, it was devilishly simple in design.
“It’s funny because there are so many movies with incredible special effects and this is just a tyre rolling,” laughs Dupieux.
“Basically, we had one prototype with shitty electronics; it’s like a hamster in it. It’s like a small car, a small, very heavy remote control car. Everything else, it’s just a puppeteer operating the tire with two fingers off frame.
“It was like going back to the 20s. I hate CGI. I can watch movies with CGI; what I mean is I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to shoot something and then work it on a computer.
"I like to shoot something real, so we never thought about any digital solutions.” Dupieux also had to find a way to give the tyre its own character...