The Rising Of A Blockbuster: Making Of The Dark Knight Rises
Probably the most anticipated movie of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, is sure not to disappoint. I have always been a long time fan of Christopher Nolan’s style of film-making and his practical approach to filming special effect scenes. In this in-depth 13 minute making of featurette Christopher Nolan and his crew talk about the scope of filming a movie this size, the scale of the locations and how important it is to them to try to film all of their special effects in camera decreasing the amount of CGI used in post.
Starting principle shooting in India they move on to the UK , then Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and finally ending in Manhattan. They used several different cameras, but mostly shot on IMAX cameras (as you can see Miss Catwoman smashing in the video below, ouch). They show four stunt men hanging from a broken fuselage of an airplane, being shot through windows and eventually skydiving. They also briefly speak of how they created a new 30 ft’ long and 17 ft’ wide, flying batmobile. The scene in which the police battle the mercenaries on Wall Street in New York took eight months of preparation and about 1,200 extras to shoot is described as controlled chaos.
The cinematography portion of the featurette starts at about 7:30 minutes, so if you can sit tight through some new footage and character bios then you are surely in for a treat. I know that I will be standing in line for the midnight premiere on July, 20th, will you be?