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Defence of the Realm (2 replies and 1 comment)

sean2theprawn
6 days ago
sean2theprawn 6 days ago

Dear Roger,

Could you explain how you did the camera move in the opening shot of Defence of the Realm where it cranes down and into the road as the car passes over? I've racked my brain about it every since I saw it.

Many thanks

Sean Ellis

Roger Deakins
4 days ago
Roger Deakins 4 days ago

We dug a trench at 90º to the road to allow a crane to dip under the car. To tell the truth we did the shot twice. The first time the car took away the video tap on top of the camera as well as my dolly grips hat! We did it again early the next morning with the dolly grip standing at the back of the crane. It was a better shot the second time as we had that lovely soft mist. 

sean2theprawn
4 days ago

Thank you for the reply - but how did the car wheels clear the trench? Was a board put down once the crane entered the trench? It's such a great shoot! and a fantastic film!!!

Roger Deakins
2 days ago
Roger Deakins 2 days ago

The car was going at speed and had no problem clearing the trench. We had built a small ramp to help the car lift over the camera but we didn't make enough allowance for the car's suspension acting so efficiently at the speed it was going. The car just zoomed on in a straight line and that was why it took away the camera tap. The next morning we added to the ramp and also asked the stunt driver to slow down at the last moment so that the car's suspension would lift it that bit more above the camera. It was a little difficult to time the camera drop with the car but the second take worked and we were back on schedule by 10.0 am.

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