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#1 Filip Plesha

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 09:34 AM

Was it ever mentioned how were those shots made?

As far as I can remember, there were time lapse shots of evolving sky, then a shot of a running horse, then those shots at the end of the film when Maximums sees his home in a vision, and of course the one
when he touches a rock on the ground with his hand and wakes up.

They all have high contrast, and a wierd look

Was this done digitally?
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#2 Chris Clarke

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:16 PM

Not sure about the look, but I know that for some of those sequences they had Russell Crow lay on a platform that also had the camera mounted to it so they could track along with his head 'floating' over the ground with the camera overhead. Kind of a large dolly with actor and camera moving together.
Would be interested to hear others views on the look though. Maybe cross-processed reversal? Strange colour shift and more contrast?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 05:23 PM

I've read that the the tracking shot with Russel Crow coming out of a feavor dream was done with a very narrow shutter angle. When I first saw it I was absolutely convinced that it was a digital composition.

Since time-lapse is my specialty I watched what they did over and over. I'm not sure if they did a DI on this, if not I imagine they got the look through filtration or they added extra blue in the printing stage. Later in the movie there is a real time shot of the same setting, just outside the gate looking towards the house and farm. This shot looked more natural.
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#4 Filip Plesha

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 05:33 PM

It looked MUCH better in cinema than it does on DVD.

It had a hypnotising effect to it, looked 3D

Also, as far as I know, the film was printed on Premiere stock, that must have helped too.
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