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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:38 AM

I was cruising Youtube and came across this clip. I've seen the film many times before, but it struck me as some pretty hefty and intricate camera work. How do you prepare for shooting something like this?



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#2 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

I was cruising Youtube and came across this clip. I've seen the film many times before, but it struck me as some pretty hefty and intricate camera work. How do you prepare for shooting something like this?



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It's not very complicated camerawork really. LOTS of wide masters with a scant few closer two shots here and there. The "intricacy" is in the choreography so DP, Bill Butler, just need to put a wide lens on the camera (on a Chapman crane, if I remember correctly) to capture it all. I also seem to remember an interview with the Director or Bill when they said they were running out of time (and money?) to shoot that sequence so they shot it all wide to get it done. Sometimes simplicity is best.
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#3 George Ebersole

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

It's not very complicated camerawork really. LOTS of wide masters with a scant few closer two shots here and there. The "intricacy" is in the choreography so DP, Bill Butler, just need to put a wide lens on the camera (on a Chapman crane, if I remember correctly) to capture it all. I also seem to remember an interview with the Director or Bill when they said they were running out of time (and money?) to shoot that sequence so they shot it all wide to get it done. Sometimes simplicity is best.

It works. The staging does the work for the camera.
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