I like doing a science fiction movie because there is so little written about this time in America. *Intro music* *Shot fired* *yelling* I had a son The proper thing to do would be to finish him off quick He needs to be cared for as long as neccessary. I understand. *smack* HELP! What happened? We did what we had to do. *Heavy breathing* He was buried right. *roar* All I had was my boy and you took him from me, you understand? How you guys doing? good \ put on a bit of weight man I’ve been in the gym working out.
When you saw me at “Mad Max” I was smaller. I’m trying to bulk it up a little bit. I’m trying to stay in shape. I’m trying to get that look What are you trying to do, man? You went from “Mad Max” to this. Are you trying to break some shooting endurance record? No, I’m just trying to stay gamefuly employed Nice, nice, but nice work. Alright What was the biggest challenge, ’cause this thing was so physically demanding but it was cool. But I know the challenge was shooting it. ’cause it was just a challenge just to get to each set, each day. 2 or 3 hours to get there. Then you worked 2 or 3 hours to get back home. Well, I think we kind of all knew what we were signing up for from the onset. but the weather conditions were the real struggle for all of us. Logistically we had to go to far off, untouched locations in the middle of the wilderness. and do very intricate shots and stunts and sequences that involved lots of rehearsal, but it was the changing climate that always was a struggle for us.
One day we’d come in and you know. An entire sequence that we thought was gonna be in snow and there’d be no snow for weeks or the opposite would happen. Or it was underwater Completely washed out Ya. You did it on land in water. There were a lot of different elements that you had to deal with on the shoot but, because it took place in the time period that it took place in, what did you do to get the mindset of how someone would actually live through that sort of situation back then. It’s a little different if you get lost in the woods today as opposed to going through the scenario back then. Yeah, very much so. I mean everything was catered to deal with that period in time So when we arrived, all the elements from design, props, costumes it was focused exclusively on this particular project, so once we, once you got immersed in that world it was then you know A question of just picking up as many small pieces as possible to fill out your side picture on character So the mindset happened I think, was starting to develop as soon as we arrived on the ground.
Because, it was corralled to create that. We had a lot of people on set that were advisors for us that were very nostalgic about this time period. and almost looked at like the mountain men as a spiritual philosophy almost Their integration with nature I say, it was kind of like doing a science fiction movie because there is so little written about this time period in America It was kind of like the Amazon. There was a lawless, untouched landscape. And so, we really relied on fur trappers journals Native American stories There were no historian (there) back then So we had to sort of create this from etchings, you know, so to speak. It was really the advisors that helped us a lot. To understand how they would survive under these harsh conditions and what their mentality was like. *voices in distance* *gun shot* Now where did you actually shoot? Where were the locations? Canada. Alberta, Calgary and, uh… Ishawia The southern tip. All the the snow pack melted by the time we were going to finish the movie, so So we had to go to the southern tip of Argentina to do the last sequences of the film.
And what did you find out to be the most interesting thing about shooting in those particular areas, in parts of the world? How warm it is. *Laughing* How bitingly warm it is No, the sub zero temperatures were a constant struggle I mean that was the main… when you put yourself in those environments it becomes just about just the basics. And for me the basics were, how do I not let my fingers lock up from being frozen every single night. And the paradox was it’s an incredible beautiful, stunning, breathtaking environment as well which is trying to kill you. *laughing* You’re standing… you want to take it all in and then you realize, you know it’s a dangerous place. Well job well done. Masterful piece of work there Thanks a lot Thank you very much Good to see you again You too
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