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Cinematography in Children of Men
Topic by: estherjane
Posted: January 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM PST
Last Reply: August 23, 2007 - 5:19 PM PDT

author topic: Cinematography in Children of Men
post #1  on January 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM PST  
Since the director isn't talking, does anyone have theories on how those two outstanding scenes were filmed?

The shot in the car when Julianne gets offed took a couple viewings. I'm thinking that the camera is mounted to a track attached to the dashboard that moves towards the backseat and back again. The only way I can figure it leaves the car is Julianne (or someone waiting outside the car?) grabs it, since it looks hand-held after that and her body isn't visible in the front seat.

And did anyone notice the blood spots on the lens during the chase in the internment camp? Did anyone notice that they disappear once Clive enters the building? It's weird that the camera suddenly moves in for a close-up, then pulls back again and then he runs up the steps. It looks like a dissolve to me. I don't think that is a continuous shot, there might even be more dissolves I haven't noticed yet.

I hope there is some explanation on a commentary track when the DVD is released.

post #2  on January 23, 2007 - 12:19 PM PST  
Well, the LA Times did an article on that car chase scene.

"It's sort of a high-stakes game between the two. For each movie they make, they draw up the film's rules of engagement, vowing to carry out what Lubezki describes as "intricate cinematic codas," no matter how difficult."

Sounds like there's a little bit of Five Obstructions-type action going on there.

post #3  on January 23, 2007 - 12:32 PM PST  
Thanks, that article is great and apparently he's not sticking with his announcement that he would keep his mouth shut about his techniques.

However, when the camera leaves the car, the roof is clearly visible....
post #4  on January 23, 2007 - 1:26 PM PST  
I may need to see it again just to pay attention to the cinematography.
post #5  on August 23, 2007 - 5:19 PM PDT  
Hmm.. it appears the the LA Times article is no longer online, as I can't seem to locate it via their archive search.
:( Boo.. I wanted to read it.

There was a small article in the Dec '06 issue of American Cinematographer that touched upon the visual goals set by director Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lebezki. Though they don't reveal all the secrets involved with these breathtaking single-take scenes, they do reveal images of a custom built rig placed on top of the car for the Julianne Moore car scene. My guess would be that they merely removed it via CGI in post.

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