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Achieving Stelline's Laboratory (1 reply)

RGransden
5 months ago
RGransden 5 months ago

Hey Roger,

Firstly, I just have to say thank you for this film, it was a visual masterpiece and I'm always looking forward to your works with Denis. This scene seems quite complex but worked so naturally within the film that I hadn't even noticed the craft behind it on my initial viewing. I was just curious as to how this sequence was captured and created. It seems as though you matched the necessary shots on separate live locations, then let the visual effects team merge to two. How would you have planned something like this with Denis? and what types of notes would you be exchanging with the visual effects team before shooting it?

Thanks for your time.

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Roger Deakins
5 months ago
Roger Deakins 5 months ago

We shot the actress in the forest in pre production whilst the element of K in the doorway was one we shot very late on in the schedule, as was the wider angle of the set. We had story-boarded the entire film so we knew the basic pattern of the cut and this enabled us to shoot very specific angles in the forest and match them to very specific angles on our set. It was relatively straightforward and the only problem I remember was controlling the sunlight in the forest so the lighting matched that of the set as the two dissolved into one another.

The scene with Anna and the 'birthday party' was shot and composited in  the same way. We shot the children in pre production with very specific lighting, on specific lens lengths and with very specific camera positions that would match the scene we would shoot on the main set about 80 days later. In each case detailed story- boarding was key.

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