How to Create Amazing Cinematic Sequences with the 'Elvis' Editors and Cinematographer
Editors Jonathan Redmond and Matt Villa and DP Mandy Walker share how they helped create the dizzying and epic Elvis through the vision of Baz Luhrmann.
In this episode, we talk about…
- Determining what to include and scratching Baz Luhrmann's itch
- Why Luhrmann considers "biopic" a dirty word
- Visually contextualizing what influenced Elvis’ music without dialogue
- Using original footage like Easter eggs and balancing scenes played by Austin Butler
- Details about the emotional sizzle reel made for studios
- The organic process of trial and error when deciding what to cut from four-plus hours of film
- Maintaining perspective on what’s working and what’s not
- Mediums and tools used to create the visuals for Elvis
- Lenses used to capture the different decades throughout the film
- Replicating lighting and scouring Australia for vintage rock 'n roll lights
- Selling the illusion that Austin Butler is Elvis Presley
- Sixteen weeks of prep and testing meticulously planned sequences, lighting, visual effects
- Moving from metaphorical to physical and creating a world people can feel
- Constantly communicating with Luhrmann and finding the harmony of visual language
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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman.