[{"id":10630,"title":"The Edge of Seventeen","content":"Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together\u2026 until Nadine\u2019s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) and Krista begin dating. With her view of the world rocked, Nadine is forced to see the people in her life \u2013 including her well-meaning but distracted mother (Kyra Sedgwick), and unlikely mentor and History teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) \u2013 with fresh eyes and new appreciation that people\u2014and life\u2014are more complicated than she thought.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWriter\/director Kelly Fremon Craig was inspired to pen The Edge of Seventeen by the authentic teen films of her youth, a type of film not often found in today\u2019s marketplace. \u201cI\u2019ve always been intrigued by periods of rapid emotional growth and self-examination, when situations change around us, forcing us to step into new roles and re-determine who we are and how we feel about ourselves.\u201d\r\n\r\nFremon Craig\u2019s spec script about a girl and her best friend in high school came to the attention of legendary Oscar\u00ae and Emmy\u00ae Award-winning producer James L. Brooks at Gracie Films. \u201cKelly had a first draft and when we first talked - just as she was leaving the office - she turned around and she said \u2018No one will ever work harder than I do.\u2019 And that did it.\u2019\u201d \u201cHonestly, I wasn\u2019t captivated by that first draft,\u201d admits Brooks. \u201cIt was good work. But when Kelly said that, then we went to work. She went away for a big chunk of time. I\u2019m a big believer in research. She\u2019d bring back interview tapes and we\u2019d look at it and it would inspire us.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe first time I read the script, I thought this is special,\u201d remembers longtime Brooks collaborator and Gracie Films producer Julie Ansell. \u201cThe characters were so full and so funny. We spent almost four years working on it, which is our process. This is what we like to do. This is an amazing piece of writing\u201d\r\n\r\nBrooks describes the story succinctly. \u201cAfter reading the first draft, there were some people who wanted to title the film Besties, and that first draft focused on a friendship between two girls. But now it\u2019s about a lot more than that. The friendship is still the catalyst for a lot of action, and the story is mainly about this central character Nadine, but there are a couple of people in this movie with secrets, which adds great tension.\u201d\r\n\r\nGracie Films\u2019 reputation for acclaimed and thoughtful material as well as their track record for mentoring fresh filmmakers made it the perfect home for Fremon Craig and her screenplay. \u201cI don\u2019t do this very often and when I do, the motivation is always the same\u2026 a writer with a real voice, and that writer will always play a continuing role with the movie. That\u2019s all we do with our little group,\u201d says Brooks. \u201cThe first writer we worked with was Cameron Crowe for a picture called Say Anything, and he ended up directing that project. With Wes Anderson on Bottle Rocket, we knew he was going to direct going in, and with Kelly we knew it going in. We knew this would be her film to direct.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs with any first-time director, there were concerns. \u201cKelly is an Orange County girl, just a delightful human being and there was a moment when we worried whether she\u2019d be too nice for the job,\u201d laughs Brooks.\r\n\r\nOscar\u00ae nominated Hailee Steinfeld is the center of an exceptionally strong cast with wide appeal. \u201cThis is a character-driven movie and finding Nadine was an incredible journey - very difficult and incredibly important,\u201d remembers producer Julie Ansell. \u201cWe must have seen over 1,000 girls \u2013 from knowns to unknowns. We read everybody and we weren\u2019t going to make the movie unless we found the right actress. Hailee walked in and that was that. Actually, every part was like that.\r\n\r\nUp-and-coming actress Haley Lu Richardson was cast in the pivotal role as Nadine\u2019s inseparable best friend Krista who falls for Nadine\u2019s brother. \u201cAgain we had a large search for both of those roles,\u201d says Ansell. \u201cWe cast Blake Jenner as Darian fairly quickly. We thought the Krista part would be easier but it turned out to be very difficult. Luckily, Haley Lu came in pretty late in the process. At the beginning, you only see Darian through Nadine\u2019s eyes and they have a difficult relationship.\u201d\r\n\r\nDirector Kelly Fremon Craig had Jenner write in a journal while prepping for the role. \u201cBlake is one of the most committed, researched, and hardworking actors I\u2019ve ever seen,\u201d comments Fremon Craig. \u201cHis talent is extraordinary and he blew me away. The minute he came in, he had me crying.\u201d\r\n\r\nVeteran actors Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson portray the key adults in the story \u2013 Nadine\u2019s mother and teacher. Filmmakers needed a powerful actor who could make an impact on a lead character with limited screen time and were thrilled to cast Oscar\u00ae nominated actor Woody Harrelson as Nadine\u2019s History teacher. \u201cWe needed a Mr. Bruner who could stand up to Nadine,\u201d says Ansell. \u201cThey have a fractious relationship, but at the same time the scenes between Woody and Hailee are hysterically funny.\u201d\r\n\r\nTwo Canadian actors round out the cast: newcomer Alexander Calvert playing Nadine\u2019s crush Nick, and veteran Eric Keenleyside appearing briefly as Nadine\u2019s father Tom, whose untimely death kick starts the story.\r\n\r\nPrior to the start of principal photography, the director led the cast through a period of intense rehearsal. Sedgwick enjoyed this, \u201cWe started with a really good improv with Hailee and I. Coming from theater, I love rehearsal and it was interesting to talk to Hailee about it because she's not used to rehearsal.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrincipal photography on The Edge of Seventeen began on October 21, 2015. The shoot utilized a multitude of practical locations around Vancouver, BC, Canada to create a fictional Pacific Northwest location, called Pointview, Oregon.\r\n\r\nOne of the key locations for the film was Guilford Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC, which played the fictional Lakewood High School. \u201cOn the first day Blake and I shot together, we were actually filming in a real high school that was in session,\u201d shares Richardson. \u201cWe had done a couple takes when the bell rang, all the kids were rushing through the hallways during their passing period and we were just standing there. Being there made us realize that we had to talk louder and faster in the scene, because that's how it really is in high school. Actually filming in a place where normal kids, real teenagers are experiencing their everyday life, brought you into that world right away.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/the-edge-of-seventeen-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/the-edge-of-seventeen.jpg","post_excerpt":"Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together\u2026 until Nadine\u2019s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) and Krista begin dating.","post_date":"13th November 2016, 12:17:17","french_date":"13 novembre 2016, 12:17:17","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-13 17:17:17","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/the-edge-of-seventeen\/"},{"id":10622,"title":"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them","content":"There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away\u2026and is now nowhere to be found.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose seven beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.\r\n\r\nIn addition to director David Yates, the film reunited a number of people from the \u201cHarry Potter\u201d features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers.\r\n\r\nHaving helmed the final four installments of the \u2018Potter\u2019 franchise, Yates says his return to the cinematic wizarding world was \u201clike coming home. It was lovely to step back into the place I\u2019d spent six wonderful years.\u201d\r\n\r\nJ.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the film and also served as a producer, recalls that she initially brought the primer into being as a project for charity. \u201cDuring the writing of that book,\u201d she says, \u201cI became interested in its ostensible author, Newt Scamander, and he took on quite a bit of life for me. So I was very enthusiastic when the studio came to me and said they wanted to make it into a movie because I already had the back story in my mind and it just so happened that they\u2019d optioned the very thing I was most interested in. And I knew if it were to happen, I would have to write it because I know too much about Newt to let someone else do it.\u201d\r\n\r\nFound within the tale are other, albeit more subtle, links to J.K. Rowling\u2019s previous works. Producer David Heyman, who also produced all eight of the \u201cHarry Potter\u201d films, confirms that amidst the magic and fun, are concepts that have become hallmarks of her writing. \u201cMany of the underlying themes of the Potter books are in evidence here: the virtue of tolerance in contrast to the dangers of intolerance and repression; being true to who you are; outsiders coming together and connecting\u2026\u201d\r\n\r\nEddie Redmayne, who stars in the central role of Newt Scamander, relates, \u201cA theme at the core of this film is the fear of things we don\u2019t understand and also how people react to that fear by taking extremes.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe talented ensemble of actors joining Redmayne in front of the camera included Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.\r\n\r\nBehind the camera, a number of other \u201cPotter\u201d alumni were reunited on \u201cFantastic Beasts,\u201d including production designer Stuart Craig. Over the course of eight films, Craig had realized Rowling\u2019s vision of the wizarding world, perhaps most notably the Hogwarts Castle, whose silhouette has become as recognizable as the characters who inhabited it. For this film, Craig created another wizarding world institution\u2014the headquarters of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America).\r\n\r\nThe casting of \u201cFantastic Beasts\u201d began with the character of Newt Scamander, whose visit to New York becomes far more eventful than he ever imagined. Heyman says that Eddie Redmayne was the filmmakers\u2019 first and only choice for the part. \u201cHe is quintessentially British, and an actor for all times who can play a character from any time.\u201d\r\n\r\nYates reveals that finding the chemistry began in the audition process. \u201cWe started with Eddie as Newt and then built the world around him. It was a bit like putting a band together,\u201d the director laughs. \u201cEddie flew to New York with us and we auditioned lots of Tinas and Jacobs and Queenies with him in a room. Over a 48-hour period, he did the same scenes over and over again with different people, and out of that process we found our core cast\u2014four actors who all bring something different to the movie in interesting ways that complement one another.\u201d\r\n\r\nRedmayne says the results were worth it. \u201cThe film revolves around this quartet of people who start out moving in completely opposite directions and end up cohered as friends. It was wonderful getting to work with three such brilliant actors as Katherine, Alison and Dan.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs the title suggests, there is another ensemble of characters who play a vital role in the story: the collection of magical animals that Newt has rescued during his global expedition. The beasts were designed and then given depth, dimension, color, light, movement and individual personalities via CGI. The complicated process involved a close collaboration between David Yates, J.K. Rowling, visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz and their team, and the VFX computer animation development department, led by Pablo Grillo, among others.\r\n\r\nManz recalls, \u201cThe main challenge was to create animals that you believe could live in the animal kingdom of the wizarding world.\u201d Part of the task of instilling that belief fell to the actors, primarily Eddie Redmayne, who shares the most amount of screen time with the animals and had to convey Newt Scamander\u2019s abiding love and compassion for his menagerie. In preparing for that aspect of his role, Redmayne spent time with real-life animal handlers, studying how they related to the beings in their care. He details, \u201cI met with zoologists and people who track animals to observe them in the wild, and they all talked passionately about feeling at one with the environment and celebrating nature. I did quite a bit of work on the extraordinary relationships between humans and animals and it lent a lot of physical and emotional elements to my performance.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo help the actors perform opposite beasts that weren\u2019t actually there, the filmmakers often utilized puppeteers \u201cto give the actors something real to interact with, something they could touch, which reacted to their performance in the moment,\u201d says supervising creature puppeteer Robin Guiver.\r\n\r\nIn bringing the beasts to life, Grillo says that they sought input from the person whose imagination had spawned the entire project. \u201cOver the course of the production, J.K. Rowling would come in to see how the creatures were going and her approval was obviously very important to us. On some occasions, she would say, \u2018No that\u2019s not right. Newt wouldn\u2019t have that in his case because it\u2019s a domesticated creature; Newt\u2019s special interest is more rare and vulnerable species.\u2019 She obviously knows this world intimately, so that kind of feedback was invaluable.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe final artistic element in \u201cFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them\u201d is the score, composed by James Newton Howard. \u201cThis is the kind of movie that\u2019s every composer\u2019s dream,\u201d he states. \u201cThe scope of the film is very broad\u2014there are beautiful, magical moments and also some dark, scary moments, so it required complex themes that are able to move between them, while, more than anything else, helping to tell the story.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/fantastic-beasts-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/fantastic-beasts.jpg","post_excerpt":"\u201cFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them\u201d takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling\u2019s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.","post_date":"10th November 2016, 01:12:17","french_date":"10 novembre 2016, 01:12:17","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-10 06:12:17","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them\/"},{"id":10614,"title":"Shut In","content":"Shut In is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England.\u00a0When a young boy is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, Mary (Watts) becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWriter Christina Hodson says the inspiration for Shut In came to her while she was living alone in a creaky New York City studio apartment. Imagining the possibilities behind the unexplained noises she heard late at night, the first-time screenwriter penned the script in just six weeks. The result was a tense psychological thriller with a simple premise, complex emotional undertones and a chilling twist ending.\r\n\r\nExecutive producer and Lava Bear president Tory Metzger was immediately impressed by the script, which she says was unlike anything she\u2019d read before. \u201cIf you do what I do and read a lot of screenplays, you often think you know where they\u2019re going \u2014 and very often you\u2019re right. In this case, I had no idea what would happen. One of the things that struck me was that I was 60 pages into the screenplay before I actually understood that instead of a great dramatic movie, I was reading a genre script. That\u2019s not an easy thing to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nMetzger says she and former Lava Bear CEO David Linde, who also serves as an executive producer on the film, were excited to find a script with such a strong female lead character. \u201cIt was a great part for a woman,\u201dshe says, \u201cand that\u2019s something that we\u2019re always on the hunt for, because there are so few of those out there.\u201d\r\n\r\nConcerned that the screenplay\u2019s subtle dramatic elements would be lost in the hands of a filmmaker who wanted to make, Hodson says she and the producers were keen to find the right director for the project. Enter Farren Blackburn, an experienced British television director with a strong minimalist vision for Shut In.\r\n\r\nBlackburn says he was intrigued with what he saw as the cinematic potential afforded by the script\u2019s economical storyline and confined setting. \u201cWhen I first read Shut In, I was excited by the fact that it was a genre movie that could be very beautiful and shot with great artistry,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019m a big fan of those pared-down \u201970s American movies that had a European aesthetic. Plus, Shut Inhas a protagonist you really care about and who has an interesting journey, so for me it was a no-brainer.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo play the film\u2019s central character, the filmmakers turned to two-time Oscar\u00ae nominee Naomi Watts.\u00a0The British actress, whose career began in Australia before moving to the U.S., says she was attracted to the challenges of capturing Mary\u2019s fragmented state of mind.\r\n\r\nBlackburn secured the highly sought-after actress\u2019scommitment to the role via video-conference call, a technology that coincidentally plays a key role in the plot of Shut In.\r\n\r\n\u201cI had a nice conversation with him via Skype,\u201drecalls the actress. \u201cThen I looked at some of his work and thought, wow, he\u2019s accomplished and very visual; he knows how to handle this genre very well. So I thought great, okay, I\u2019ll give it a go.\u201d Blackburn remembers the call a bit differently. \u201cI was sitting in my flat trying to prepare for this call with Naomi Watts, which was bizarre in itself,\u201d he says. \u201cWe all assumed that following the Skype there would be a period of silence, then possibly a decline \u2014 but she shocked us all by committing to the project there and then. In that short meeting, she was everything I\u2019d hoped she would be.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith Watts on board for the lead role, the filmmakers began casting the roles of Mary\u2019s 18-year-old stepson, Stephen, and her young patient, Tom. Blackburn is confident audiences will be captivated by the performances of the film\u2019s two young actors \u2014 one playing a character unable to hear, and the other largely bedridden and motionless. To find a young actor with that extraordinary screen presence required casting a worldwide net, says the director. \u201cAt one point we had a casting director in London, a casting director in L.A., a casting director in Canada and someone in Paris advising us as well. We really left no stone unturned.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter the expansive search, Blackburn selected Charlie Heaton \u2014 a British musician from the East Yorkshire town of Bridlington, who had very little acting experience at the time. Heaton\u2019s popularity has since soared, however, thanks to a starring role as the heroic Jonathan Byers in Netflix\u2019s supernatural hit series \u201cStranger Things.\u201d\r\n\r\nHeaton\u2019s casting came as a last-minute gift to the filmmakers, says Blackburn. \u201cWe were about a week from filming, and his self-made tape came through the door. I\u2019m not sure his agent will appreciate me telling it, but this will be a great story when he\u2019s a big superstar in a few years\u2019 time. At first they sent a faulty recording \u2014it was only a minute long. But I was so taken by Charlie and his potential in that one minute that I called Tory and said straightaway, \u2018We have to get him over to Montreal,\u2019 where I was in pre-production.\u201d According to Hodson, the video, despite its brevity, had a powerful impact on everyone who watched it.\r\n\r\nThe role of Tom went to Jacob Tremblay, who became an awards-season favorite in 2015 after his breakthrough role as Jack, the imperiled young boy in Room. The Vancouver-born actor was only 8 when he shot Shut In. Although the film is a thriller with adult themes, Tremblay says the scariest moment may not have been captured by the camera. \u201cThere\u2019s this scene we filmed where I was hiding and she had to scream,\u201d he recalls. \u201cBut when Naomi screamed, it scared me! So then she was saying, \u2018Oh, my gosh. I\u2019m so sorry!\u2019 We were both laughing. She\u2019s very nice and kind.\u201d\r\n\r\nShut In was shot throughout March and April of 2015. The majority of the exterior locations and some interiors were filmed during 12 days in Sutton, one of the major ski resorts in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, about 70 miles southeast of Montreal. The next 19 days of filming took place at sound stages in Burnaby, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver, and at nearby Deer Lake, which served as the location for the film\u2019s climactic scene.\r\n\r\nPerhaps the biggest challenge the filmmakers faced during the shoot was the frigid weather in Quebec, says Blackburn, who notes that temperatures of negative 20 degrees are difficult for even the most experienced production professionals. \u201cYour brain and your body just want to shut down.\u201d\r\n\r\nIronically, when the crew needed winter weather, Mother Nature did not cooperate. That was the case for a scene in which Dr. Wilson drives through a blizzard to Mary\u2019s aid.\u201cWhile for most of the Montreal shoot it was subzero temperatures and snowing, on this particular day it was not,\u201d laughs Blackburn. \u201cWe had to bring in our own snow.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/shut-in-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/shut-in.jpg","post_excerpt":"When a young boy is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, Mary (Naomi Watts) becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son.","post_date":"3rd November 2016, 13:57:46","french_date":"3 novembre 2016, 13:57:46","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-03 17:57:46","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/shut-in\/"},{"id":10607,"title":"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk","content":"Billy Lynn\u2019s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad \u2013 contrasting the realities of the war with America\u2019s perceptions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe story is based on a novel that producer Rhodri Thomas at Ink Factory read eight months prior to its publication (it ultimately became a 2012 National Book Award finalist). \u201cA friend of mine, a publisher, gave me the manuscript and said, \u2018You\u2019ve got to read this book. It\u2019ll change your life.\u2019 I read it on vacation and loved it. It was anti-war but very much pro-soldier which is something that moved me deeply. After some inquiries my co-producer Stephen Cornwell and I found ourselves in dialogue with Ben Fountain the novel\u2019s author.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cSo the Ink Factory optioned the book in 2012,\u201d says Thomas, \u201cand developed it with Film 4, the film arm of the UK broadcast Channel Four. They\u2019re incredibly supportive of cinema--they like to take risks and six months before its publication they took a risk on this material. Happily, the book was phenomenally well-received. We then started developing the screenplay. With that screenplay, in 2013 we began work with TriStar\u2014in fact they came to us because Tom Rothman, who at the time was running TriStar, was a fan of the book, which had been published by then. When Ang Lee signed on, we were thrilled. What we didn\u2019t imagine was that he was going to make it as a 3D, high frame rate spectacle, we embraced in an instant having been completely blown over by Life of Pi.\u201d\r\n\r\nProducer Marc Platt remembers receiving \u201ca phone call one day from Tom Rothman, who said\r\nthat he had a very special project to be directed by Ang Lee and \u2018we\u2019re not quite sure how to push it up the mountain.\u2019 Ang is someone that I\u2019ve always held in the highest regard as a filmmaker\u2014back in my years as a production executive and President of Universal Pictures we made a film together called Ride With the Devil.\u00a0So the moment he said Ang Lee of course I was interested. \u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe genesis of the novel,\u201d says novelist Ben Fountain, \u201c began in 2004 during a Cowboys\r\nThanksgiving Day football game. This was three weeks after the general election when George W. Bush had beaten Kerry. I felt like I didn\u2019t understand my country. Then, we had a bunch of people over at our house for Thanksgiving. We had the game on. Halftime comes and I\u2019m sitting on the sofa. And everybody else gets up, \u2018cause nobody watches the halftime show. But I stayed and started watching the halftime show\u2014I mean really looking at it. And it\u2019s very much the way I write it in the book: a surreal, pretty psychotic mash-up of American patriotism, exceptionalism, popular music, soft-core porn and militarism: lots of soldiers standing on the field with American flags and fireworks. I thought, this is the craziest thing I\u2019ve ever seen. I wondered\r\nwhat it would be like to be a soldier who had been in combat who gets brought back to the US and dropped into this very artificial situation. What would that do to your head?\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAdapting the novel,\u201d notes Stephen Cornwell, \u201cwas a big challenge. And like any adaptation, it evolved. One of the big questions was how to place Billy at the center of the story. How to find a way of creating this character whom, in the novel, engages the reader with his internal dialogue. How do you make that work cinematically?\u201d\r\n\r\nAng Lee\u2019s use of this new technology creates an immersive experience that is designed to allow\r\nthe audience to deeply experience Billy Lynn\u2019s emotional, physical and spiritual journey in a\r\npersonal and profoundly encompassing way. \u201cThe film explores what the reality of his experience is for this one soldier, Billy Lynn; the technology allows us to realize how he hears it, how he views it,\u201d notes Producer Marc Platt.\r\n\r\nLee\u2019s approach would create logistical and technological challenges never before encountered on a traditional movie \u2013 the team developed a new cinematic lexicon by necessity, every shooting day and on into post-production, but always in service of the story. And his careful use of this new approach allowed him to explore shifts of dimension, film speed and perspectives with brand new tools. The movie even set up its own lab in Atlanta in order to process a vast quantity of data, as Lee and Toll invariably relied on two cameras running at five times the normal speed with twice the amount of data running on each of those cameras. That translated into twenty times the data storage of a normal high-quality Hollywood film on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nIndeed, in order to achieve the 3D look, the positions of the two cameras on the rig must always match each other exactly. The cameras are physically bigger and sit on a rig that comes from a German company called Stereotech. Between the cameras is a mirror that\u2019s half silver that allows us to overlap the cameras. The rig is run by motors, encoders and robotics that allowed Lee, John Toll and Demetri Portelli, the film\u2019s sterographer, to manipulate the 3D depth. In other words, the team could shoot a 2D image as well as 3D, which occurs as soon as they start to separate the cameras. It allowed a huge range of flexibility in that they could choose the depth, essentially controlling how pronounced visuals were or how or how much they receded into the screen based on, among other things, Ang Lee\u2019s sense of the emotional content for the scene.\r\n\r\nThe one big challenge is light because shooting at 120 frames means you need five times as much light. So the great challenge of the whole film is on DP John Toll to figure out how to work with so much light.\r\n\r\nFor the filmmakers, casting the right actor was crucial. \u201cWe searched and searched and\r\nsearched,\u201d remembers Marc Platt, \u201c and many fine actors were tested and read. Ang knew what he was looking for, even though he didn\u2019t know exactly what he was looking for. He kept turning over every stone\u2014we saw actor after actor. One day when we were near a tape came from a young kid, Joe Alwyn, who was at university in London (the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), and on his tape there was innate power, nuance and intuition that felt very much like the Billy Lynn we were looking for. So we brought him over to New York where he read and tested and the work spoke for itself. There was something about Joe that presented both the kind of blank slate that the film required Billy to be. \u201d\r\n\r\nJoe Alwyn confides how \u201cthroughout the whole audition process it was hard to compute the\r\nscale of it\u2014this being Ang Lee and such a huge project. So when I was flown to New York to meet and audition for Ang I didn\u2019t feel particularly nervous because in my head it was something completely other and so big that it didn\u2019t kind of compute. So yeah, it\u2019s a big one, I guess, to take on for the first-ever job. Coming from drama school and not having done any film work before, it\u2019s taken some adjustment to be acting in a way that does not incorporate the entire arc of a journey over a few hours, as you would in a play. \u201d\r\n\r\nThe young actors\u2019 bonding started before production. \u201cIt was unlike anything I\u2019ve ever experienced, unlike anything that any of us had experienced or quite imagined that we would be going through,\u201d remembers Joe Alwyn. \u201cWe were taken away for two weeks and put up into this kind of motel where we had to build our own bunk beds and stay and live 24\/7. All access to the outside world was taken away from us, no phones or any form of communication. And then every morning, very, very early in the morning, we\u2019d be taken off to this training camp in the woods run by former Navy seals who put us through our paces, to say it lightly, in terms of both physical and mental training. It was very hard, very intense.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cBoot camp was something I was not expecting,\u201d says Arturo Castro who plays Mango. \u201cI knew it was going to be intense, I just didn\u2019t know how psychologically and physically demanding it was going be. I didn\u2019t expect them to treat us like this\u2014normally actors get treated well,\u201d he laughs.\r\n\r\nThe fictional town of Al-Ansakar, set in Diyala Province, was built amidst a cluster of small homes in a dusty section just outside of the city of Erfoud, Morocco. \u201cWe very much wanted to make sure that our scenery didn't look like Hollywood,\u201d says production designer Mark Friedberg, \u201cso we needed to find a place where the background of the village preexisted and then built our part of the village. To make it all look authentic we worked with the people of the village to help us build our sets in their style, the way that they live. Part of the great violence of this battle is not just between the insurgents and our Bravos but how this beautiful, peaceful place is torn apart with 50-caliber gunfire explosions.\u201d\r\n\r\nBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was shot in native 3D and not in 2D with later 3D conversion. On set the filmmakers and crew wore special glasses to watch the 3D monitors; \u201cAng, who can see things dramatically in ways that other creatives don\u2019t, insisted on shooting in 3D rather than converting for 3D,\u201d says Scot Barbour, Vice President of Production Technology for Sony.","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/billy-lynn-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/billy-lynn.jpg","post_excerpt":"Billy Lynn\u2019s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour.","post_date":"31st October 2016, 22:29:09","french_date":"31 octobre 2016, 22:29:09","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-01 02:29:09","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk\/"}]