Behind the Scenes of 'Man of Steel'

'Man of Steel' is number one right now in the box office. Whether you loved the movie, hated it or haven't even seen it yet; it's hard to argue that this installment of the Superman franchise was a step up from the last iteration. Check out this 13 minute long behind the scenes feature on the movie where they discuss the making of the movie. Watch closely and try to pick out different lighting set-ups.

'Man of Steel' was shot with the Amir Mokri with XL2s and C Series anamorphic lenses from Panavision. It also used a different camera technique that director, Zach Snyder took from Firefly creator, Joss Whedon called the 'snap zoom'. A move typically used with a handheld camera, where the operator holds and locks onto a shot and very quickly zooms in.

It also broke Chris Nolan's (producer) apparent disgust with the 3D movie going experience. Well, he probably still hates it, but the film was post-converted in 3D (which I thought looked amazing).

“The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow ‘Man of Steel’ to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience. We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.” -Zach Snyder

Have you seen 'Man of Steel' yet? Tell us in the comments what you thought about the filmmaking aspect of the blockbuster.

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Ryan Rakowski's picture

From a perspective of a film student that is working on becoming a DP, I noticed many scenes had very shaky handheld camera shots. After seeing this behind the scenes I confirmed what I saw and didn't see any stabilization tools or anything on set and it bothers me. Why? It annoys me because my mind was more focused on the shaky camera movements than the dialogue or what was actually on screen. I know it's a stylistic thing but use a Steadicam or something! I enjoyed the film but something that excited me was seeing a Lexcorp tank explode in the background so I'm anticipating to see a sequel to this film like the Dark Knight was to Batman Begins.

Albert Lui's picture

It's true stable shots always show a more professionally and well-planned direction for a scene or movie, however I think some of the shaking was necessary to add effect. Let's say generically, (so I don't give any spoilers for this movie) if you had an earthquake or some type of car accident for a scene, it'll look more dramatic and almost force the audience members to feel as if they were near the scene or in it, to feel a shockwave or the running involved to get away from a scene.

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Nathan Hamler's picture

Not sure why Christopher Nolan refuses to shoot with digital cinema reason at all he couldn't have shot this movie with an Arri Alexa, Red Epic, or a Genesis....i don't get it....And instead of loosing money (so far), he could have prob already turned a profit.....

Jim Cunningham's picture

maybe he's not doing it primarily for the money?

Nathan Hamler's picture

That very well could be....he could be holding out purely on principle, kinda like Quentin Tarantino.....he won't shoot anything buy celluloid.....but the fact remains, even if he's doing it just from a creative standpoint, and wanting to share his vision with the world, that can be done with digital cinema, and damn near close (if not better, depending on who you ask) to what film can do......funny thing is, the joke is on all these guys, b/c film WILL go away one may be 15 or 20 more years...but it WILL go away, and all the hold-outs will have no choice....

Jim Cunningham's picture

as did the vinyl, right?

alreadyupsidedown's picture

Film is awesome, get over it!

It's not a competition, there will be no 'The joke's on them' when it disappears, (if it even does, which is doubtful.) It's a medium. A tool. It does not define the product.

What I don't understand, is why it personally bothers you. People can make powerful images or moving pictures on whatever medium they like. It's personal preference. Why don't YOU use a digital cinema camera next time YOU shoot a feature film?

RaienDrops's picture

If you watch the documentary Side By Side, Christopher Nolan and a few Directors and Producers explain why they keep shooting on film cameras rather than digital cinema.