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.