Immersing an audience into a story and its location is an important part of a cinematic production, and in this 45-minute long behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of “The Revenant,” both cast and crew provide insight into the huge undertaking of producing this story in such a way that it would successfully immerse the viewers.
The filmmaking team at Red Giant have been creating great short films for the last few years, all of which have sort of served as a proving ground for the software, plug-ins, and visual effects tools that they sell. Their latest film falls right in line, and the behind the scenes content shows just how much planning during the shoot, and work in post had to be done.
In 1977, quality video effects were expensive and time consuming to have, and more often than not a film relied upon in-camera effects and visual trickery to create their movie magic. One of cinema’s most well known space weapons utilized such a trick when it first debuted on film, and Shanks FX recreated this process in a really fun behind-the-scenes tutorial.
I have never attempted stop motion, but I do appreciate a great stop motion film. One of the reasons I have never attempted it is because I’m deathly afraid of how long it would take and how much patience it would require. Well, after watching this video, which splices a final commercial with behind the scenes footage, I’m more convinced that the medium just isn’t for me.
Though it is still surprising to hear coming from the mouths of the production team, it does certainly explain why The Hobbit series are considered to be much lesser films than the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this video, Peter Jackson and his crew spend about six and a half minutes venting (it really sounds like they didn’t initially intend to talk about this, but it all bubbled to the surface) about the insane schedule they were following during production, and how they started a poor chain of events that led to them only being ready to shoot a scene the morning that scene was supposed to be shot. This is in stark contrast to the original trilogy where the teams had a year to three years of previs and planning in place before a camera was ever rolled out on set.
In typical action-blockbuster form, the latest James Bond film is doing things on a bigger scale than has ever been done before. Namely, explosions. The crew is actually aiming to rig and execute a shot with the largest staged explosion for cinema ever, which would get them into the Guinness Book of World Records. The explosion reportedly used 8,418 liters of fuel and 33kg of explosives.
Transitions are everything in storytelling. Moving from one shot to the next can completely affect the way a scene flows, how a joke is received, and the timing of an edit add an incredible amount of impact. A major player in this segue from one image to another are transitions, the most common of which is a “dissolve.” This video explores and breaks down some notable, historical examples of this transition, and beautifully articulates the value in using them.
I don’t really have any words to add to this. Just watch. Rishi Kaneria does an absolutely fantastic job explaining the importance of a great prop, and how items in films can become as iconic, or even more so, than the people in them.