March 10, 2016

Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Swept the Below-the-Line Oscars, According to the Crew

Aside from being nominated for Best Picture, Max Max: Fury Road dominated the 88th Academy Awards, taking home 6 Oscars altogether in the below-the-line categories. Why such a sweep?

George Miller's third installment of the Mad Max franchise garnered myriad technical accolades — Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing — at the Oscars this year. Below, the crew explains to Variety exactly why they believe Max Max: Fury Road ruled below-the-line.

"George had such a strong vision and we had such a strong backbone." 

According to the post-show interviews with the Oscar-winning crew, much of Fury Road's success came from great collaboration. George Miller's ability to give each team the space to be creative, as well as the crew's willingness to bring his vision to life, created a thriving environment that brought the best ideas to the surface seamlessly. It's a real feat, considering the fact that no single department saw the entire concept of the film in its entirety.

Collaboration is one of the many keys to success in filmmaking. Even if you're a director who likes to hold creative control, working closely with your team and allowing them to express themselves creatively will help your vision be captured.      

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killer film, killer crew, killer vision by GM

March 10, 2016 at 5:17PM, Edited March 10, 5:19PM

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Nathan T
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This is the fourth installment of the franchise;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Max_(franchise)

March 10, 2016 at 5:58PM, Edited March 10, 5:58PM

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pixaweb
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Er, fourth instalment... This is a film website right?

March 11, 2016 at 6:15AM

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keith
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Another lame ass movie that gets credit for execution but has almost no substance whatsoever. Troll away, I'm not going to check back for your comments.

March 11, 2016 at 5:02PM

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Rory Sopoci-Belknap
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ok

March 11, 2016 at 6:18PM

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Chuck McDowell
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I agree with you, Rory. Mad Max: the Road Warrior was a much more superior film in subtley, performance, and character depth, as well as basic script structure.
With that said, the first car chase scene of Fury Road was simply mind-blowing. But by the second and third car chase, it became repetitive. And also the need to go back to the beginning of the film, didn't feel right.
I wish everyone to rewatch Road Warrior again or for the first time.

March 11, 2016 at 7:13PM, Edited March 11, 7:14PM

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Ed David
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