Close ups in Les Miserables
Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:14 PM
Unlike many other musicals this one was done with actors singing live rather than to a prerecorded track, and I'm guessing that in order to insure good production sound they needed mics as close as you would in most dialogue situations for clean recordings, hence many close ups.
Am I assuming correctly?
I know this isn't the first musical recorded live, but I'm not sure which others were done this way, so I don't have any to compare.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:57 PM
Having spent two years shooting a musical drama for TV, mostly involving playback but also a little live recording, I can see the strengths and limitations of the live recording approach.
In terms of Anne Hathaway's performance of that song, the live recording approach helped make that moment a real acting moment, truly powerful.
But the downside of this approach is that most of the songs were covered as a close-up or with multiple cameras... and there were very few sweeping camera moves or cuts -- it helped that the musical is mostly ballads and not big song & dance numbers, because doing hard dancing routines while singing live is very difficult if multiple takes are needed. In this case, most of the songs seemed to be from a single take, often shot close, with a few cutaways.
But I don't think the director would have covered the movie differently if it were not a musical, in fact, it's probably because he wanted to cover scenes the way he normally would that he picked this approach -- it seems he wanted to shoot this as a drama where his actors had to sing their lines on set, rather than as a musical per se.
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