The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Behind the Scenes

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Behind the Scenes

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so your next movie everything will be a single shot for my camera at the beach I think movies they'll be very simple whatever it is it will be as simple as hell and never ever ever want to get involved in anything as complicated as the game well this is this is this is this is gonna be the hardest thing I ever do in my life so here we are the first anniversary of the beginning of filming one year ago today in the heat of mount victoria and here we are at Deer Park Heights
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Queenstown and as a special treat for the crew have been so wonderful for this first year we've we've bought a new snow machine we're just testing it at the moment it's quite amazing it can actually cover several miles in just one little machine just blast the snow out so it's quite a fictive but anyway we'll turn it off and get back to shooting thank you doing that snow machine off every but now please come on back to work back to work Thanks that took last day of my shooting
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and offerings which started in my second or third week of January 2003 and a half years ago exactly okay and we're in Wellington capital of New Zealand on the south of the North Island when the winds can blow and we came in yesterday thinking was the last day put the makeup on then we send home same thing may happen today depending on the weather I just wanted to let you know that the
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weather is looking to clear up what we may do is go into a stage start with your short there and then move outside once when it starts air away they begin to seven o'clock with breakfast nice crispy bacon I usually find if I eat a decent breakfast are going to eat anything else all day we guys it's five o'clock so long it takes to make sure animated pain go my 3d camera and I'll spare roll of film
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so I'm all the props for the days and now we're going to basically go to the stage trying to produce some rain three days I'll be 15 good morning this is the existing cup there's a Gandalf is up front there oh yeah but on these people they see spot them yes they won't even know because then we go on
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and we have um do we have Viggo you want out another why because I wasn't there you so because this is potentially the first scene in the movie it's important to do this just see you riding and looking around so the sort of sort of shot we want to shoot with you is actually one like that where you're literally just walking of looking around a bit ominous creepy oh well we've got we've got part of a horse
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we've got we've got sort of that bit of that bit of a horse there steady steady little down in the whole trick of film acting is despite this having to get up early wait-wait-wait-wait-wait we're told to come and then told not them as
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when the moment comes and the camera tells to be there in the character in the feeling in the mood precisely no time to waste we should actually got this thing powered with its own internal engine I mean you could have had a little steering wheel maybe give them a shot Stephen the vote we've got a couple of weights down the bottom with a carabiner on which we're running a wire through which comes down and goes to mean over there and on the count of three two one
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Falls belga Murphy a large pull enough to pull them into the water all I've got to do is not for him jealous really to be doing this top fighters train and I've hit the heels in he's going to go down till this feet are covered with water and then it'll be a cut and we'll start bringing them back up when our when our red marker comes up then we'll just you know I'm thinking about that's the wheel jams where we have any problems at all we've got a crane standing by to lift the wheel out
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we've got an emergency rescue diver as well in the water ready to go and the stuntman's got a better ten minute air supply of his own also have paramedic standing behind if Christopher Lee hadn't been playing some and we probably would have hit the same demise because it's yeah it makes sense to him Simon falling off his tower and landing on something sharp but the fact that it is Christopher Lee
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obviously has a significance to us all and it's quite fun I bet he thought that he'd hit his last stakes with a hat but he was wrong he came down here and it's New Zealand and we we rammed another wooden stakes what happened something vaguely familiar about this situation 37 years ago when I looked up I saw Peter Cushing Ted seven years later in New
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Zealand I look up and I see Peter Jackson this made specially for words they're made to fit absolutely exactly one person which is why when you're fitting extras you need loads as long because and they never fit properly then you just budget yes essentially there's three dimensions shooting 3d see
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so the 3d photos for the Lord of the Rings service - it will exist okay one of those view might view master Canario think of the Palantir which apparently is a magic bullying ball so I stole it but my thumbs get continent have been screaming Tibbets in pain he's struggling he states he stands he's struggling he's in pain he falls go ahead go to hood Aragon comes in everyone runs across the room grabs a
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parent ear grabs the Palantir grabs a penalty struggling he's struggling the penalty rolls in lines oh sorry McQuillen I'm humble berry can't spread his legs out you got him hobble the extremes on tell me it's been lifeline know sometimes it
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definitely don't work as you could well find out in the next shot we made it look too easy in the beginning and in the further we've gone the more difficult to Scott and the more stuff they've thrown on us because they looked we made it look easy in the first place that's what makes it a little difficult it's not as easy as it looks and it is a lot more dangerous than it looks today
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we're here in hope in the South Island about two hours from Queenstown and we're filling with 235 extras and Susy hero horses or company owned horses the extra riders were civil sensationally stay on site camping and therefore slides or a team to incur event whatever the accommodation you can bring one thing basically boy right here is probably the longest tract in the southern hemisphere it's approximately 150 metres long it's taking us you know
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about 3-4 hours to lay it it's quite it's quite a build what we did is we took some wire out of the fence we strung it's in and strained it so that it took the weight of this very heavy crane and two votes I think we've done pretty well crying I think I'll be the same in this
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country it's one less respective the head is as expensive as my house highly sophisticated transport mode very very big budget mechanical device I'm just going to review with you Oh your staff I've heard about it yeah footage the whole entire helm is deep in 3d wasn't it somebody cleared the table
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reporter it was rubbish and it got thrown away she's fighting in the end they're coming at coming at them and behind them horses could be she'll be closing and wheeling and hacking and it should just be kind of mayhem since things sing that a number of different ways I've had to make to make it shot
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with these blades are probably end up getting virtually thrown away at the end of us yesterday was such a full-on day with beating the blade that we're now down to hero sauce so we're gonna be very careful on how much evasive in this one as well I mean I think what's happened that somebody's just come to clear away the old cups on the table a unit person and saw this and thought it was just some discarded old to the bag I mean so with
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we're looking through the skip where everything from yesterday ended up and I think it's gonna be anywhere it'll be on our skin yeah shop would be waiting for the cloud waiting for the cloud is no it's can be rather distressing at times like this when you're sitting waiting waiting everything is about to
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come down for lunch hopefully we're gonna get to sign these books which Peters bought for allied to show himself very very excited a gift from Peter Jackson has he apparently he's a fan of the books so I'm gonna if he seems amenable to it I'm gonna see if I can get him beside it big big childhood hero okay what's the first thing I'm gonna say to the first man who reached the summit in return from Everest I was so how was it that
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she could you once were in that - Golan Donnell this is this is the refugee leaving one it's a different one you want that you want the army leaving one oh my god I haven't seen that oh you'll have to pay two Christmases time well looks like we got a problem with the snow machine that the buttons jam that we can't turn it off it's creating a bit of problem it's snowing all over Queens I think the police are gonna come and tell us off we've got to try and get
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this machine to shut down it's not good we've lost them now pumpers Ana possibility we should think about for the dimholt road the place that's exactly like this but ten times better is the old punakaiki pinnacles the absence of the video dyrus who were too chicken to come up all the way up the mountain and the choppers Barry Osborne took took command with the video camera and um but unfortunately we were noticing every time the shot was sudden
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look interesting and cell phone would ring so it was like he was continuously filming at the natural shyness were filming that to inspire so you've probably only got two or three seconds of usable material in between Frankel's it's all cases it's always a certain amount of danger involved with moving people about with helicopters and things fishing into rugged areas like this where we've had to make our own landing pads and things like that there are a lot of people the rock formation here is quite loose and
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there's a chance of us having rocks falling down medic further up the valley where the rocks are a lot closer we have the whole crew wearing hardhats as a precaution against rocks coming down from above [ __ ] jams to take this opportunity just to thank the local civic cemetery department for providing us with the props today we return all these skulls
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are molded of the skull at which appears like it's like a human being it's like somebody knew her know somebody lived who had no idea when they were alive that they were gonna wind up being kind of decorating their skull was gonna decorate this movie this pretty way because it's like they just made 2,000 copies for the same to go ow this one was it if you can buy them you can buy my you buy molds of real skulls and they there was a male European something that I
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think I know somebody it was a human being once Wesley strange news the ringer currently must be destroyed by December the 22nd we are yet staggering through the caves we provide everybody see in the film apart from the lead performance that we've cast prior we hits full casting directors and I'm a New Zealand one and I ended up sort of the job kind of came about and created itself really suddenly we needed hundreds of extras doubles you
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know every type hands leg there Nick I mean little we kind of call ourselves body parts casting to a point we needed little tiny people really huge people all that sort of thing so really anything that's required we have to kind of find it there are people that I think coming to you know want to be part of it we're involved in a film like this for the wrong reasons you get a feel for people the minute you meet them people that are too pushy and in-your-face you just go don't need that hey what we want
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to do is get you all just looking like you handle these every day that you're really competent and that when they put in the pretend arrows later it's looking like it's doing some work so we just want to get everybody in unison and holding it the right way putting the arrows on the right side of the bow like just like okay just eat your fingers opens okay no don't worry about it good pull bang hope you think you keep pulling now that was bright that's great it's one to two an air club
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you're playing Raj in the cabin boy semen stains gosh I've never afforded myself the time to put myself up for a cameo so finally with the last few weeks of pickups and the third film to go I finally took the plunge and sure enough I was even late for my fitting this morning because of a deadline change of miniatures but I'm very glad I made I made the if n't got here did you get
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your own trailer I think you're a nice sharing there's a portaloo out the bag that they dick down the drains were being glued on my fear that the first thoughts of buggery our the droid quick korrok dry creek quarry and wouldn't get not one gate narang of course where are we hey woods Hill that's it dry creek quarry in hayward tell the
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minister I see actually I have read the book sort of got sick of it halfway through can really been bigger than much but I'm definitely enjoying doing this sort of stuff and and being part of us just things like a rapid transformation with all the structures going up one day and then it's been clad instant polystyrene stone carrot has come along plasters painters we've got a building next night you got a city you know we're
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a lot quicker now the Carver's the sculptors which were we were tiny tots when we started we'd never really done it before so now there are a whole department of their own and they just go got a helmet was a pistol Benetton not legally illegal safety tested things he weighs a ton the job you got to tomorrow on there exactly three years ago today May the 23rd two thousand we were halfway through our shoot and we had these
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jackets made you sort of see there and it's May the 23rd 2003 and we're still making the movie and we've had to celebrate the day we've asked all the crew to wear these but I see that not many people have so there's obviously quite a few of them on eBay now he will be walking only but the rest of you guys should be doing what you're going to do so the bezel and the horse can get used to it suddenly these things go through fly
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over they don't know what these things are they like black shaped coming towards and so they could be rocks the guys can I put the shields up set and these things bounce off their shields and then it's like boom they land on the ground and so spit on the ground and we see it to see if it hear them interested
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and then like they might hear about middle-earth that Serena's been quite a hard time today even with the Sun and it's like sobriety's shielding his eyes I'm trying really hard not to blind him but I need to get the lights in there so it's a bit of a trick he's just finding the general ambience here really really bright these little night is generally about three or four stops brighter than the other light in the world and we get do peace coming here from every season they get their meat it's at but then he is just gonna blow these the
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parapet once the wall comes down and what we've done is we've wide and deep called with a couple of little charges on it the purrs have already been pre-cut so when the drawbridge drops down that's the top will blow it we just try to have these spikes just when these things explode it gonna be a bit of a bit of blocking thing flying around the place so we're just minimizing the amount of projectiles that can come out of the lot do not give in to fear give in to fear
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terror is their weapon fight stand your ground fight fight stand your ground fight the lines on the helmets of the soldiers they so issue this is how real filmmaking professional filmmaking your abilities the director writes the words or his wife writes the words the director gives me the world is gone I
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now give them to the scriptures but you should have had the words days ago right here the words not the tower's aim Ryan is there anything we can do about the snow machine ready ok can we can we kill the killer Jenny can we get that word out please because it's creating huge problems for us and Brian has got to sort it out
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go Brian go these are these are not the easiest things to wear it's quite a technical process getting in and also of course you have to wear the obligatory matching Underpants we're going to do motion capture of Gollum at the same time as we're shooting with the actors and so it just means that as Andy is
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performing with Elijah and Shawn all of his movements that he's making they're actually being recorded by a computer which will subsequently provide a lot of useful information for the animation of God what we've done previously is always just film him and then shoot an empty pass without him which we're still gonna have to do today and and about a year or two years later in some instances we have to the motion capture him so Andy has to recreate his performance for a huge period of time too fast we have my own ones might be me up there
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over some laughs cool we have 13 cameras that are all looking at markers on on Andy's body as well as looking at markers on the cameras and other objects in the scene so we're trekking cameras we're tracking Andy and we're tracking any other object that they choose to to place in the area before today we had to have an absolutely clean environment which means that we wouldn't even allow
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someone to walk in with a plastic water bottle because it was reflective it would show up as a marker and in this case we have people walking around with lights water bottles smoke in the air it's an environment that in the world of motion capture most groups would consider impossible to capture anything yeah of course a motion-capture stage are then swapped to speedskater blue lycra all the acting decisions have really
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come from from life before all the psychological all the moments only the kind of the humorous moments and the and the and turning the character on his head and becoming nasty and then you know I said whatever that they're driven by what I do we get our gray shaded golem delivered you know while we import
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him from the creatures Department they build him so we get him he is just a standard golem looking like just like this so then we get him and we get him into Andy's pose get the shoulders up and get everything all ready and we start at frame one and from there we start building and then we would a frame two or three whenever Andy's making a gesture change and you know we animate that character to what to what Andy's doing whatever he's doing you can see how the how the the dialogue is broken
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down and in this scene you can see where he's saying up up up up this is Smeagol finally getting in his head that the lead you know Sam and Frodo up this up the winding stair to Sheila where so Gollum can get the ring so this has been broken down by editorial they know where the u comes in and where and then where the P comes in so in between these frames here I know that I need to close his mouth for the hard P shape what we have here is this
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is Andy circuses performance and the footage that we get is this angle a close-up a side view and like a medium long shot if we Andy's performance not only in motion-capture but in all these great reference shots it would be more difficult in that it would just take a lot longer to nail down who these characters are because everyone has their own interpretation you know we've all tried to read the books so we look at this and we animate and then we come
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up with with this now I've exaggerated the shoulders at the end to make him look you know like he's like he's a little young you know like a little young boy getting all excited see and he doesn't do that much when you're making a character you're making acting choices and it's really cool because you're kind of the director and the actor at the same time so you have to not only feel it but you have to be able to look at your own work and go what's working what's not working and kind of keep manipulating it to get it to ultimately
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work you can see that we we reference in very heavily and get his performance then we get the skinned lit version with with hair so there you have you know pretty much the progression of a shot here at Wetty at the end of the day it's Peter has to see the shot to say it's done but there's a few other people just before that that have to say okay it's time to show it to Peter this is our best effort this is what he's asking for
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getting the work shown to those few people in a timely fashion yep well it's good I think it's a little late and I think there's a little settled maybe it starts with the eyes and then it it goes into a little bit of you know actually because he does he is going into that reach I mean he Smeagol rather than Gotham hears me so so he's fight easy to sort on part yes finding the girl on pattern he's a little bit of excitement coming in here I thought god
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I'd love to play this character just in prosthetics or you know find a way of doing lose weight as much as I could and and you know but but Pete was very very right to go that way I mean there was absolutely no no doubt actually seeing foresee once it's finally manifested itself but but I think why it works and why people also connect with it is because there's this extreme looking creature which you don't want to like and who looks alien but actually he does have these human qualities and it's the
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tension between that which actually gives him a greater human truth Shido cool it's probably enough a little bit sit so we get you to the point we're stuck in and although all of the web stuff Elijah we're shooting today it's gonna be tight yeah the web sort of in this entranceway here you've run in from the background they're running towards us here for the spider on your tail yep golem has meanwhile on this side of the web it's that realization that really this that being in this whip is actually fulfilling his plan he basically says well we'll just leave the
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spider eat you and suck out your meat and then we'll come clear up and get the precious and you realize that that point of being stuck in the web what the whole plan was all about right from the beginning what tunnel what the windiest air what everything was that was all about who's gonna take it easy love in the meantime so we witness making
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spiders with the sheer knobs leer at the moment out of a Leicester know that we had at first I hate the stuff up and we put it on a water bath and then stretch it out it's got an enormous fan of stretch what Peter had wanted originally was kind of a National Geographic Spider kind of blown up and gone crazy I think Pete decided that a tunnel whip spied it was his number one bad spider in the world we had lots of spider reference
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unfortunately spiders are very tiny usually definitely not this big and what it's progressed into is something with a lot more kind of anthropomorphic character in the face and stuff one of the eyes is milky like there's a cataract and it it just looks really diseased there's all these diseased clumps all over it we had some web reference the web reference was really quick as you can imagine a little spider grabbing a cricket or something but you definitely want to use it to just get the where the
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webs coming out of what legs they use it with where they're placing it and then throw it all the way because this spiders you know weighs two tons it's the scene where if Frodo is struggling through these cliffs cirith ungol f race had a showdown with gone and she loved pops out of a hole and unbeknownst to him creeps around stabs him with her stinger and he collapses and she wraps him up in
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webbing and then Sam comes along and saves him there's a light someone's home this is the shot of proto getting spun up in the cocoon and I'll just scrub through it real quick just to show you what I look at all day these aren't the nice and beautiful screens that you see in the movie theater but this is basically what we do we animate these kind of lower res creatures that are just base and handed off to someone else
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to make it look pretty one of the rewarding things about the she life sequence is that the TDs are working on this shots at the same time the animators are so will will do some animation during the day publish it the next day we'll get to see that render delay and that's really inspiring because you get to see how much the texture adds to her character is the basically chattering away oh this is not where the digital has been going for about 10 years now and
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what it first started there was really only one person and and the managers and the team referred to where to digital as the ILM of the South Pacific that's no joke now we probably have more processing power than the island we've won two Oscars in a row and it's a very exciting time that's a computer processing power that's larger than the
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Australian Centre for high-performance computing it was built architected install that implemented in the space of three weeks the computer in that we have our fourth computer room we're adding another eleven hundred and seventy six processors that's seven racks of servers each rack with one hundred and sixty eight processors each processor is a 2.8 gigahertz xeon processor until tell us that we will be the largest Intel HPC site in the world and we believe in sheer processing power will be up there
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in the top 10 we may even it out ranked Nestle and capture an image what's called 2k which is the working resolution for it's a big enough image for us to work on shoot back out the film and no one really told that it's come to a digital process we scan every single frame and that's not just every single frame of drama that's every single element for a fixed charge which
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could be in some cases up to 50 layers when there's miniatures involved that pretty much is a day's work and managers a lot of the sub we shoot might only be a few frames long because it's going to be cut out and repositioned and moved around by digital and so on we always get a few comments about the extremely short roles that we shoot we might spend you know the whole day shooting and a thousand frames we color
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grade the film we have various skill sets here the first thing is to just evolve looks and design how the film actually looks you know that the lavenders of lothlórien through to you know that the battle looks and we really just design how the film looks we can modify the whole image we can change color basically of all image on the other hand we can rotoscope certain parts and in the image and therefore change only their part we don't cut the
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negative anymore until now you've actually physically cut the neg now we don't need to do that and and this becomes really like a image Bank for the film do the opposite of the scanners that is they take a digital image and send it this super blue superhero who can't even
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afford a cape what more do you expect an even afford a bloody insignia no he can't afford it only embroidery or markings it's a stopping him I stole his Airways it's like the world's largest condom ribbed for her pleasure to get to my eyes a given yeah I understand I wake up from my little rubbery I smack you hey you know she loves doing wasn't as bad as I thought it was you me yeah the thing that's hard is that it's a
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close-up of the hands too so it's like I just went up in the shoe ops guts you did didn't you yeah Oh a contesta I don't mind like that so it's just good dirt it's like there it doesn't see my hands he's put a little bit of this Shelob gum right in his eyeballs and it goes from old blue a young blue eyes to go and green eyes he
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says I some some some haria done what are you doing to me this is a very rare moment that we actually have a tangible tower in the background it's right there at the dark tower so this is kind of a special special normally we have we have like a sketch that we look at that's literally just a sketch that will give us a basic idea of what the thing looks like and now we don't have to use our imagination we will need to shoot another bit of
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Elijah in this thing but not one before any bit of excitement makes it all sort
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of gets the adrenaline rush happening once you see yourself in the mirror suddenly feel transformed and hopefully a character takes place yourself you might back let us see a little bit of this she gave him the speed he's straddling the the whole lanes Australia the whole day and he's gonna stomp on them and pull
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straight down yeah just a note that they'll fit really you wander cash is the social Monkee you know what song yeah he wants me to run across the top of that bridge up there he's learned from the great school of leadership that he won't ask anybody to do something that he's not willing to do so if he does it this is my favorite set I think this is a cool set I love the stairs it reminds me of those great old Hollywood movies
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you know Errol Flynn and swashbuckling stuff and coming up the stairs and three musketeers huge so I'm not so worried
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about that but when the largest stands up he's standing up I thought this Bank here he looks really enormous this model is for the wide shot of ministereth and has to be used in conjunction with large twelfth and eighth scale sections which will be tied on the specific parts of the action this is a 14 scale version of this they're so it's um it's based on an
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already completed model but it's just a lot more dressing involved whose clothes lines and there's cables and you know it's very much of us so this is the viewing from various places we just trace them up of course it all be dressed the camera you work for the camera the stuff that's up close to cameras very very precise and then it
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grabs the kind of tapers off into the mist maybe she didn't smoke of course it has aerial perspective so you don't see everything so closely the very first time that Peter saw the minister said if ministereth you said this is great but we need to do some shots like Star Wars were flying the camera down through the streets well the problem is that this set was built as a long shot set it was never intend to be shot close-up at all so naturally here's the result so here we are flying through the streets with a snorkel and so getting right down inside every building had to be super detailed because we're looking at them from just
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fractions of an inch away and basically whether this is the nozzle is flying through this it's flying through the between the buildings knocking people off and terrorizing the whole place we're flying backwards he's flying towards us or if we're essentially leading him same same kind of paths that effect and as exactly as Peter has used that he's cut from one to the other clusters they're interacting interact intercut shots of the the terrorized people running around and ducking for cover and so forth we just fortunately
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we found some real playing the soldiers with those neutrons well summer summer real and some apps I don't is that because you bet your batteries are load and you can't get you can't get any double A's in the city and
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this is just preliminary lighting I believe isn't so siege towers and all sorts of other elements that supposed to go into it there's also supposed to be clouds coming in wispy clouds that they go through now by no means is animation the only thing has shot there is just about everything in the shot that you can possibly have there is keyframed animation there is a massive simulation tradition
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it's being pulled off towers you name it it's there and it was not held to do this was a real fun one this is the one where the fitting him through fitting a 747 through some buildings is a pretty tough call so this doesn't look like as tightest spaces it really is because it's pretty tight and if we get in here and look at it this is the actual geometry that I'm flying through taking this creature through so getting him to cruise through
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this stuff was pretty tough we're only here to do one thing that's tell a story we're not here to make great effects we're not here to do cool sound mixes we're here to tell Peters story and talk to the story that's oh that's our only function and then ideally we would do our jobs and then erase our tracks and disappear and nobody would know we've been there but that's cool that's what this is what the kid the kids like I
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like the idea that you're defending Pippin it's not it's not gratuitous yeah in the way we know it's actually is you're defending shooting people which is actually great it's a great isn't Steve great at this yeah well I think when he needs to be I think anybody's fit within there defending somebody that they care about matrix what Ian was suggesting it's a silver moment between you you two at the
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end but basically that basically you come and get stabbed right and then at that point you make regretful you war you you hear the noise here I mean you turn the tire but you turn because the time is quite important because you've got you've got attack and useful down did and before you see the Hobbit you sort of know you just reiterate I mean you look at your hip winces like what the hell happened there are certain things they can never
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see never seen keeping fit worried about where does he buy his clothes yeah you know that wait where did you leave it
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leave it if you were to pull your sword out to be shouting the soldiers around here and you're looking out towards the towers over here they're not they're not right here there boy over there stand it stands your posts prepare to fight you know if you don't stand here post prepare to fight and then you then you turn and a few sir if you saw Pepin and you stepped up that map so it actually gave you that that step forward and once you see him I thought would look quite good around this time of day but fini
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afternoon Ian always has a nice one cup of tea today and I've eaten his best gifts we just do one for that but you just do one more for like one more would be good this is two more what just do
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what one more for luck nice that was nice let's just do another one we get into the swing but let's do one more of those Just for Laughs new wonderful that was good it wasn't bad I've spent the whole day on the horse today she had a fax first it was really not quite a lot but once he felt my manhood as it where he said
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oh don't this is him here as you can see I've a I've removed these legs and head because he was a mess behaving anyway it shows you're kinda pissed now and we just have a close-up today I'm operating myself well I'm operating pepin who is fun today and
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there was great fun there swims think they don't know but a flick of a switch and I can actually make fun take off what's this oh and there she goes watch yourself there pizza nice piece of flying the only thing is landing not so good at that here she comes point me to the camera right this way when you jump the bloody line what's that for me which is swooshing what's wrong see you my trailer and
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please no applause or anything like that until basically take the foot off of Romney and determine these okay and though talking here there's an ambulance standing by on stage just outside of archway here the unlikely event that anything wrong brought to the analyst and stored immediate treatment on him but air back helicopters on standby in transported to the Burn Center necessary here we are flat out at the Health and
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Safety Department I'm in a very good watchin position to watch these flaming boos come flying in towards my direction so I've got co2 here just in case to get the cameras closest we can get it to grande camera guys are a little great because you know when I like smash the lens with the elbow so I'll be fighting need it closer and closer and though he pushed me back there will be a nice tug O'War here we'll just bounce the camera
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out of the way all the pieces have coats on them so we can match the appropriate pieces back together again although the front hero stuff will match reasonably well but although mess in the back it doesn't matter it's debris by the time we see it every white and gray horse on this film needs a buddy statue line at the bottom
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of the hill car just when you're going through the swamp here and then come up to end she said well I've done my immortal pieces of work earlier on this morning and now it's just down to the guy with the spiky things coming out impersonate me as best he can look like
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me to Sunday it's hard to kind of work out if they do look like you because I think Billy's looks really liking and Elijah's and sean astin but I can't excuse me I can't see me but Billy's the same Billy can't see that he looks just like his mask so it really does look like me but it's quite scary to see all your enemy that things about your face tobacco
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scouts report Minister that surrounded the low levels and flames ride through the night this provides me with the body that required it sends electrical currents into my stomach just to keep it firm because I do have a tendency to overeat and so 3000 volts of electricity every seven-and-a-half minutes and both ended about briefly fantastic set in a meeting
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three and a half years ago with Peter Jackson and he talked at length about the cavalry charge of the Rohan across the Pellinore fields attacking the orcs as they seized minister ephant and the words that he described and now being lived out behind me here on it twice along location this incredible countryside exactly the vision that he delivered to us on that day as I has come to fruition as 250 horses in full
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Brougham armor with their riders plated and shining and their spears in a tech position they're ready to take on the orcs and with the CG enhancement of a further six thousand behind them it's incredible that so many so much time can pass but without without fault here we are seeing exactly as he described it all all those years ago one of the the big spectacular scenes from the whole trilogy really and the
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final scene is going to involve six thousand horses charging which we will be using computer-generated horses to give us a six thousand but here today we've got about two hundred and fifty for doing what you call close-up so they obviously 250 horses there's not really a close shot is going to be lovely and wide and you'll be able to fill the frame there's been a few films probably that have ever shot the horse charges with 250 horses it does look like a lot of horses it's a great visual sight to
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see rank upon rank of these years ago that Taylor and I were talking about how many Rohan costumes he should build and I said well let's make 250 because I'd love to get 250 riders on horses after three or four years here it is we're here now I'm doing it very exciting all citizens should be bill on us would like to go again just doing a
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rough comp of some previous 3d previous material and some live action that seems to create Pellinore fields we started really early on with alan lee and alan came in and we sat and actually created the 3d environment for Pellinore fields we started with ministereth being the origin and built up the the mountains right behind Pellinore or right behind ministers which warrior the White
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Mountains out from the White Mountains were pelennor fields himself which is about 6k of just flat field it seems like a real place to me now because we've we've spent so much time in that area I can probably map out the whole area and if I was to drop there I think it's upwards of around 400 shots so it's it's a moving in itself as far as effects go so 400 shots is as many shots
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as most movies have these days at this size it doesn't look like much but then once you get everything shaded with secondary dynamics and it's up on the big screen and you can pick out that each of the of the horses are are moving as individuals but also as a as a group to give you a sense of sense of scale there are probably ten times more massive agents in this shot than there were at at Helm's Deep we can't vlog at it while you can if you
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want to get a flock that did divorce you can apparently hole strikes in Europe obviously hurt any horses or performing here wanted you know just just grueling nasty you know horrible that's from these things where they're you know face planting and you know I'm tumbling over each other this is a horse and rider actually captured at the same time and then split up into individual actions I'm gonna show you the motion tree here
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for this guy is quite large these controls a different aspect of the horses behavior you do get instances where maybe some of the some of the riders are a little bit more adept at riding the horses than than others which is it which is is pretty realistic normally we have a performer wear lycra suit in which we have velcro a little reflective markers on that was a lot of lycra and a lot of suits to build so we went to workshop and talk to Gino
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Acevedo and said what's the strongest glue you've got we're able to adhere the markers right into the hair of the horses and we were able to do so come down every night and clear them up and then back on the next day the horses we had dictated a lot what we were able to achieve as well luckily we had some you know a great raring horse we had a horse that we could put down and get back up again we had the motion edit team work on those and fine-tune them so that contact
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was happening and so that works are getting trampled and so that you know we the timing in the in the contact is actually working because obviously we didn't really want to trample over the stand she's all of these are individual actions and then there they're transitioning between each other so I can go to a canter stop I'm responsible for producing what we we termed the creature wreck which is the high-rez acid that the horse motion gets
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put onto that's just kind of my job you have to work sort of anatomically but at the same time break a bunch of rules about how that stuff works you're working with surfaces that hook up and behave like normal muscles so you have to anticipate where those things are going to bulge under the skin and how they react to world forces here's the sequence you know fairly rudimentary form and what I'm working on here is just getting the riders and horses here looking correct in space and matching
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with the camera I've put in the first layer of arrows bowing down and after that okay go ahead and render it still with just very simple shaders just to get an idea of how the riders are looking with motion blur and also the arrows lighting the horses and riders just gelling them into the scene trying to match the lighting of a live-action Rise it's also good for me to reference this and see where maybe the animation
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could do with a bit more work rotoscoping is separating images from the background plate in order to layer things in behind those masking so this shot though as a charge battle charge and there's gonna be CG characters colliding so if there were no mattes no rotoscoping the CG characters were just overlay these horses here so
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what we have to do is draw a line around every single one of these horses and the compositor will take the plate apply the mat apply the CG and then they will layer in as they're supposed to and actually fill in all the gaps somebody who's familiar with DG Devils can probably tell which ones are and which ones that but it's it's gotten to a point where it's some pretty difficult now this guy's not real this guy isn't either and a couple of them in the
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background and the one that gets basically wool from the get hit so that was the major challenge with this shot making realistic horse and rider motion when you had you know big screen references of real horses and riders very close bys he couldn't make many mistakes it wasn't very forgiving animation instead a really good job of making those look pretty nasty the the keyframe animation on film 2 was amazing but this this took it to a whole nother level
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hopefully in the end it'll be difficult to tell where you know the line between our real horses and the digital ones ends but I guess when you look at it in those terms the bottom line is if it's a horse that's getting killed then it's a digital one because we've tried to avoid obviously hurting any real horses we've squeezed everyone's pits every animal every zoo we could possibly find and voila another kill charge was the next the next big challenge for us in this movie
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they they really come in they're a big part of the polymer battle there's 20 21 mama kills every time I've storyboarded for PETA there's always been something in the movies there's always been something that I've had to story believin right back on brain-dead especially back on brain-dead but it's always been something that I've just the arm man that is that is going too far and generally it's the thing people who talk about the film's love the idea here was to you know seamlessly blend between
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our real like lists and digital like loss which happens about right here just before he mounts the task and so you know had to be quite careful and matching textures and getting the shaders to behave exactly as Orlando's costume behaved we have plates where we would photograph Orlando Bloom against a blue screen and he has to do impossible things that you could never have a real actor do the idea here is Legolas is supposed to be standing on the front leg of them on the
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kill jump into the back leg of them on the kill yeah we're trying to figure out how we can get this to work this is what we ended up with so you can see it's quite a bit different I'm really the only thing we preserve from the blue screen was a few frames of Legolas his face which we attached to the digital actor in in a few key places and the rest of it was reanimated entirely because the sandbag said Legolas is climbing onto aesthetic Legolas of just
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in his mind trying to sort of mimic what the d'marco would be doing to changing away that sort of thing and then with what Legolas is doing I've got to try and animate the the mama kill to make it look as a thematic of pushing around Legolas not a lick listed of de standing on a sign to some sort of timing reference there's a few artists here that are particularly good at that that's sort of morphing technique and what we've done is we've we've tried to match our CTE Legolas as closely as we can to the physical Legolas that was
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photographed against the blue screen it was said we couldn't do it we sort of you know bang it around with figures and things and everyone said now it's just too difficult Richard being originated here he is of course we can do it we can do anything so about six people carved it for about six weeks when I was sculpting the elephant originated the market and you know sculpting with a small tools the final pointed thing and
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in doing the bigger one these bigger tools of course different substances make a difference too because I've been scoping and plasticine sculpey one that's in studios being sculpted out of poly foams like foam and it's that's got to be carved with like knives blades and saws and sandpaper and grinders and see we're now using big power tools like saber saws and the angle grinders to to sculpt with interesting the whole
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of experiment trying to figure out how to achieve this sort of glorious sort of skin texture had a bit of fun session trying out salt all different things and spraying foam and pushing sand and and then spraying the foam in a very fine mist to the questi bangle so it built up on the sand it has also made it very very hard so you can climb around on the surface even though there's a very thin layer of foam in places you can actually climb around all over as we have to do there was a lightweight steel structure just as a starting skeleton just
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basically cubes of steel which are all bolted together and it comes and 211 pieces so we had a living 40-foot trucks which we loaded all on using cranes and stuff in Miramar equator we rebuilt it and in convoy brought them all out here so anyone who was in the middle of Wellington City on about four o'clock Thursday afternoon would have looked up to see in giant eeeh or a giant ask or a giant league or four giant legs so sailing pass on these trucks apparently
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several people saw it was very funny okay just spending some time in the city and an elephant went past and pieces what where is it we're about in the ship if they had found it I'll thank God for that okay well it's gonna be a good day today I can feel it and that's good that's a relief it's good I just took a couple of rolls of 3d film from the state that they're no we thought it was enough skip found on the
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skip Oh excellent wait yeah well the whole cartwheel and I think at some point you separate yes and let you land of the horse collar comes down jump here and then over the top of the wool suit bet that you shouldn't have your hand down here because you don't you've
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got actually quite a bit of time so really one is just without any thought to chopping his head off you're just jumping out of the way anything and then you see is Nick regard of Quran do not come between the Nazgul and his prey the
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way Pete works with animation is very much like the way he works with live-action he'll enjoy having several takes to choose from and sometimes like in this case it's really necessary to see the action in a couple of different ways so it's you know he's able to them choose which one of any he likes what I'm doing is making it a smoother more comfortable ride for the witch-king who after losing a steed to some nasty woman who just deemed it
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cut its head off gets off and walks towards her to give her a ride bloody telling off so to try and ease his mood to try and make it easier for hunter what I'm gonna carpet as there's wander down which hopefully should go along with the cheering them after that we might make him a nice cup of tea so with great pomp and ceremony the carpet goes on and we'll use the Lawrence is using this
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this standard stick which we have marked up which where we can track the actual movement of it and what's gonna eventually end up on it is this giant ball and chain thing here and and obviously the reason that we use this instead of the original prop is because he swam this around in Miranda you know it's obviously as a safety he's free to
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just do his actions as well as wild as he wants and still not not worry about the safety concerns you see it's a cheat provided by the lovely Jane who helped me in many ways you know Nonis gives the odds about my chances he's just stabbed the witch-king in the
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knee a couple of scenes before which Dead and Suzanne which is why he's got and the shot we just done an orc is also having a shoulder so he's fond but do be tuned and have at you you knave he falls down and then he dies for the black gates of Mordor location we need an area that's a bit like a desert or sort of a large expanse of barren land with very
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little vegetation because it's the kind of arid dead desolate part of the landscape of middle-earth and there's very few places and you zealand that actually have this sort of because museums are very green country and quite mountainous to actually find something flat with no vegetation is very difficult and this area of the desert road the ring of po desert is called is and is unfortunately the same area as the new zealand army do their live firing exercises or I find funny is and
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of all the places in this army zone Peter chose the most dangerous place to shoot in with the most live ammunition well those more bonds of a show so today buried underneath the same droite outside our truck we could have died all the lights were gone now we're expendable the army had to do like three sweeps through this area removing unexploded bombs in mines
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and mortar bombs and various things before that even allow us to come in and shoot but they've been very good about cleaning it up for us so we're able to come in all these horses around this to the landscape we should be shooting a spaghetti whistle at the weekends what we can do we don't we don't have any weekend that's right working too hard myself and my partner time here we're not proud to say clock up a regular hundred hour working week as we have done for about three and a half years
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we've had a couple of days off since Christmas Fight Club about four months ago so it certainly it certainly takes us toll but fortunately everything has its games and the product that we see in the rushes gives us the the inspiration and the the energy to keep going so we'll take on regardless the Monty come forth it's basically dead it's one of the
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Living Dead I've never been so submerged in costume makeup image masks etcetera as I have been underneath the door they can still perform so anyway it was no answer no Jade because we're operating two sets today so the other sword that was specially made for this gag has had to go to the other set things come off we won't have to cut it hopefully you will
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not to us as swordsmith whatever here today as witters biggest day for the Amory Department we've got 350 extras Tristan full plate armor and carrying weapons and that's a big day but it's going surprisingly well and everyone's coping with it and it's a good sign for the future the Army's involvement here as we provide a number
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of extras to supplement the meaning for the the casting here and also we provide a bit of land for the the complete top of the crest there's lots of standing lots of lots of energy involved and yeah yeah they had been really tiring a lot of guys just got home and crashed not interested in playing afterwards pretty
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bloody boring just getting in listen to thee just remember to keep your focus and energy up brother do fighting season boys today the NAM good later on you want to keep it aside tell us just want continuity stands for how we get paid to meet you pay for us attorney I want you C to anymore start actually picking more about it these people have been hanging around
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about six hours they're gonna call lunch now lunch is just behind you with chaos equalized chaos doing battles is like you can rehearse something but every time you do it if it's something changes and the camera is always a different places so it's especially some form of chaos hoping people don't get hurt today so far so good any of people gone down yesterday we had a few strippers from the blonde Dorian Rick's decided to fall over in front of the rest of us as they ran over them but
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today it's just mainly mayhem in looking for put more blood and guts I think she has a thing which i think mary has picked up the eastern technique of using the opponent's pin yeah the force I mean
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when I started this job I was a six stone we claim 14 don't worry about you can see the frame in their eyes quite incredible we've gone through seven temples now at the shaolin temple which is okay most people take 1516 years what did we take no difficulties at that took 14 about how do weekend off yeah you went
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south party yeah I get drunk you're working with stuntmen who you don't want to injure so you've got to be composed and controlled I'm going to get the moves in right you want to sell it to the camera you want it to be real and you want to show the strength that character has in that situation and the skill that he has and you're trying to stand on my own there's a lot of things
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that that come into play in that situation just in case detects a straight blow though padding up as well because they're getting right in amongst the action Andrew you forgot to take your skateboard helmet off at lunch time whoops after your skateboarding finish solutely from serious plastic surgery I think some serious plastic surgery wouldn't actually go to don't um you don't actually hit his arm because what
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you what you should do is just slice past us because then we then we can just chop it off because if your sword blade actually stops we kind of can do the follow through on the computer breezes that always find wood on top of a volcano performing stunts but access is a different part of the cerebral cortex and the include eh Maximus the element is the only Bonnie do one of them they will do one for us and then we'll do one leap so what there's a through the Elementium one sir that's like a shockwave that goes
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through and destabilizes to Talent unless we pan back up we pan back on the sarong sign at the top looking at all mean and angry sauron's I goes an over and the tower begins to come apart now in this test there's only 100 moving pieces simulated and the towers not being destroyed now where as in the final all of this will be coming apart it's a difficult one whether to do anything like this with miniatures on or
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with CG however how far a piece of debris will go out of the tower sideways compared to how far it will go down it creates an arc and the shape of that arc will dictate the scale of the object if things go out more than the object they detonated was a smaller scale and shot at a higher speed so in order to make the output from OB believable I think think we figured we had to make a six-story miniature on top of that we also have to make an out of a form of cookie dough in order to get it to
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crumble correctly so that is one big biscuit a few things have changed since last time we talked on top of the destruction of Merida we are now spending a good portion of the time at the black gates watching the ground open up and and the gates fallen to the ground and thousands of volts being swallowed by the earth itself this shot was kind of a late addition and and we did have the the challenge of eating it in at the end of the schedule but still that there's so
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much going on and that we had to develop in a very short period of time but luckily there had there had been work on the Barrett or crumbling before us and they were doing good work on that so we were able to grab a lot of the techniques and apply it to what we're doing because there's there's a lot of similar things going on this is one of the Blackgate shots basically what we're trying to achieve here is the ground is crumbling apart and eventually this will be covered with tens of thousands of orcs you know as it's breaking away we
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have the bits of the gate that are gonna be falling in and then the two towers on the side which start to break up as well our first version of this was a big stone crashing big stone crumbling and you know that sort of thing because the towers evidently made of a possibly of obsidian or rock so our first obvious choice was to do it with crumbling stones which sounds pretty good but Peter thought it would be really good to have it sound different than you would expect and he likes into those little twists so he thought it'd be cool to
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have it sound like glass breaking so we went in in the record room and just round up a bunch of glass and some ceramic tiles and things like that there's gonna be a bit of an issue of trying to make the whole tower sound big and and made of glass I've added some some place your bangs some actual actual glaciers breaking you know so yeah you got a mixture of like sort of an ice element the glass and the glaciers make it sound heavy but they'll probably be a few
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other quite a few other elements to added throughout here to try to make it sound like it's got the scale this dump tank we've built up on top here is for allowing the larvae to run down the table and when we are pulling levers that allows the lava to fly we built it ourselves it's a great design is what it does it's got a knife edge that cuts through the crust and separates the crust of the material underneath so what we're able to do is
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dump the crust and recycle our material depending on what sort of crust action we want and we use different materials some of it as stearic acid some of its lacquer some of the crust what we're doing is using drawing methacel sprinkled on top so it sort of dries and then spraying that see this sort of look here it's really stringing and building up that's lacquer the surface we use and obviously SP Lau has to allow ultraviolet to pass through because we
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are using UV lights these are UV inhibitors whereas all the other guys have gone for fetch and I've gone for practicality then you've run into a whole lot of other problems with material that can allow UV to pass but then getting and we're gonna have sheets so in the case of this table we've actually had to eliminate sheets together we've cake layer there's about nearly 900 kilos now getting close to a ton of material on the table at any one time
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you can imagine the cleanup time and that the reset times between the shots everybody keen on a good two hours overtime I have a live son I wasn't but
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I think what we can do is now and then we cut you now and you'll say you're mine and if you'll respond to your first line then you'll say your second line it is a carnation sales which I think celebrated I done something it's a new creation is called come rain come shine come dancing now come the days of the Queen we've been scouring the landscape looking for something for the guy who's got everything and we found this which
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is a 4d camera if you would just like to step down here on the next step 5 there's no way that I could have made this film alone I mean that's just me wanting to do this particular project but what I needed as I needed a huge amount of support I needed people that had never worked on a film the size before which was sort of all of us really to just to step up and to and to meet the challenge and you certainly did every single one of you and and you
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should all feel so incredibly proud because there's did there wouldn't be any film in any film projects in the world that anybody could conceive of that you people couldn't just make because you've been involved in like what I'm sure is the most complicated film production ever you've done incredible work and you know it's it's you folk that should feel incredibly proud of yourselves so thank you all very very much so if it's any consolation this is the first time it snowed and while you're in
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April in 47 years it's quite interesting isn't it the way that it's just drifting down like this where the good news is we're about to go out and finish the scene that we started to shoot in T an hour last year so we're finally gonna be able to get that scene finished so it will not be wasted day thank you

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