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Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 1:55 pm
by Taipan
The photocall is ugly, courtesy of those scumbag photographers screaming like a bunch of apes to get a reaction from Charlize of course. But there's a civilized interview afterwards. I suppose you're starting to notice Miller's catchphrases "we don't defy the laws of physics" etc. Can't blame him, he's got to answer the same questions all the time, he's got the same answers:

Cannes 2015 - MAD MAX FURY ROAD by George MILLER (Photocall & Interview) (REMOVED)

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 2:14 pm
by Taipan
Mad Max Fury Road Cannes Red Carpet Interviews, just as awkward. Skip to 32:51 in case the link doesn't work:

Festival de Cannes (Officiel): MAD MAX -red carpet- (uk) Cannes 2015

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:28 pm
by Peter Barton
Taipan wrote:The photocall is ugly, courtesy of those scumbag photographers screaming like a bunch of apes to get a reaction from Charlize of course. But there's a civilized interview afterwards. I suppose you're starting to notice Miller's catchphrases "we don't defy the laws of physics" etc. Can't blame him, he's got to answer the same questions all the time, he's got the same answers:

Cannes 2015 - MAD MAX FURY ROAD by George MILLER (Photocall & Interview)

Red carpet interviews are always a bit like that, you've got a couple of minutes maximum to grab your sound bites as people filter past, and it is basically the same questions being asked many times over. It was interesting being there at the Sydney premiere on Wednesday and watching it all unfold, I heard Megan Gale in particular being asked the same questions several times over - still great hearing her talk about it, she had some very interesting answers (when I find some links for the published interviews I'll put them up), but would be nice to see a few more in depth interviews at some point.

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:48 pm
by TheGoose
"We Talked to the Dude Who Plays a Flame-Throwing Guitar in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’" ... -fury-road

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:10 pm
by PhilC
Not sure if these have been posted? There's been so much in the lead up to and post release.

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 9:47 pm
by biolumen
Interview with costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt.

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Now You Can Get the ‘Mad Max’ Look

The film may be unrelenting, dust-streaked brutality, but Mad Max’s makeup and costume designers faced challenges way beyond making everyone look beaten up.

Within the first few minutes of Mad Max: Fury Road, audiences have been reintroduced to the cult series’ antihero Max (Tom Hardy)—bearded, alone, and living purely off his instinct for survival.

They have breathlessly watched as he tries to escape a marauding party of War Boys in his beatup muscle car, seen him spectacularly crash, and cringed as his captors haul him off to serve as their “blood bag,” a source of clean organic fuel for their sickly bodies in the nearby Citadel.

“I’m in a state of shock because I have just seen Fury Road for the first time,” costume designer Jenny Beavan excitedly tells The Daily Beast.

Even for those who may not be fans of relentless, gearhead action films, Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolute visual delight, carefully crafted so that each detail, each costume, each metal trinket says something about the world and characters who inhabit it.

The fourth Mad Max movie continues the vision of creator and director George Miller, who Beavan describes as an auteur, while hair and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt calls him a genius. While Beavan signed on to the film later in its production cycle after the series’ previous costume designer, Norma Moriceau, had to back out, Vanderwalt was at the oval table since 2003, workshopping ideas and constructing this mad, mad world.

The visuals have an impressive impact when watching the movie, but talking to the women responsible for the costumes and makeup is to realize that this is not your average action movie out for cheap, high-octane thrills. The world has been deeply thought out in a way that can sometimes be overlooked in the roar of diesel.

Three warlords control the area’s resources—Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), head of the Citadel, who sadistically releases a short flood of water to his utterly destitute people whenever he feels so inclined; the People Eater (John Howard), a gargantuan sloth of a man who counts every penny and runs Gas Town, where the area’s precious fuel is mined; and the Bullet Farmer (Richard Carter), a violent bully who leads Bullet Town, supplier of the never-ending stream of deadly ammo and inventive weapons.

Each leader controls a horde of fighters who follow them like gods, down to copying their style of dress and aesthetic look. They make up the relentless force deployed to retrieve previously high-ranking Citadel driver Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron).

Take the War Boys, the expendable, half-life muscle of Immortan Joe’s army. They cover themselves in white dust to mirror the preferred stylings of their leader and carve intense—and one would imagine utterly painful—scars into their bodies.

These often take the form of engines and car details, the more intricate the higher their rank. But these markings aren’t just the result of sadistic rituals; no, this world is much deeper, much darker than that.

“Possibly they’d sit around with not a lot to do in their days, unless there was a trading run or some tribal war. They’d probably sit around carving themselves, a bit like kids used to do in the old days on wooden desks,” Vanderwalt explains.

“Our idea was that the War Boys, that was all they knew—their cars and the mechanics of cars. They knew how to make them work but, you know, they didn’t know how to make their ailing bodies work. So, they scarred themselves up like car pieces and car parts because they knew how to mend those.”

The job of clothing and transforming the cast of Fury Road wasn’t easy. Not only was this a crazy new world that needed the imaginative accoutrements and stylings to match, but the sheer number of cast and stunt men involved was daunting, and the conditions in the Namibian desert didn’t always make for smooth sailing.

“We had to not only double [every costume], treble it, quadruple it, we often had up to 20 of anything. Because what you don’t see is that every stuntman played every stuntman. Everybody was a Polecat, everybody was a Rock Rider, everybody was whatever, a War Boy,” Beavan says.

Vanderwalt describes how her team originally tried to take shortcuts in the scarification of the War Boys, using makeup and prosthetics for those who would be closest to the camera, but having the others slip on printed tinsley sleeves and T-shirts.

But after a trial run racing at high speed through the sandy desert, everybody came back tan, not ideal for the white sand-covered War Boys.

“There were issues like that [where] everybody just went one color. Everybody got hand-done every day [after that],” Vanderwalt says.

Charlize Theron, on the other hand, was able to make things a little easier for the hair and makeup team after she decided to shave her head for the role. Vanderwalt says she had originally discussed this option with the actress in 2010, but says she didn’t think Theron was ready to go for it at the time.

“But we kept talking about [how] she was in a man’s world, and she wouldn’t want to look at all feminine because she’d worked her way up…and got their respect,” Vanderwalt says. “I think it was like the day before she was due to come out or something, George came running to find me and said, ‘Look, look. Charlize has shaved off her hair!’ It was fantastic. She did it in L.A. before she got on the plane.”

Amid the hard world of constant war, the Immortan’s five wives, played by model-actresses Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton, are another visual wonder.

They step out of Furiosa’s mammoth black war rig in a delicate flutter of white cloth and swaths of pristine skin, a jarring contrast to the dirt- and oil-covered, gender neutral look of Furiosa.

Having spent their lives confined, they “didn’t need to wear anything, actually,” Beavan says. “There’s a simplicity, and they sort of just wrap themselves a little bit because it was organic and because it gave them a little bit of modesty, which I think most human beings have somewhere in their psyche.”

Despite this hellish vision for our future planet, both women describe the process of creating the movie as an incredible experience.

“[Namibia] is such a fantastic place where the sand dunes meet the sea. Just going hours into that desert every day, the sunset, the dawns, the sea mist rolling in, it was such a magical place,” Vanderwalt says. “And the first time ever that you saw the whole convoy of trucks, and they all started up, and the noise, and they went off across the desert, and you stood there and just had tears streaming down your face. It was so strong and emotional.”

Beavan laughingly jokes that the most memorable moment of filming for her was, “The dust, the bloody dust. The goggles.”

Then, she describes watching Hardy film the first scene, looking out over the desert before the War Boys descend. “I remember just standing up there, thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m lucky to be alive.’ I mean, we were in the most extraordinary country on earth filming this bonkers, bonkers story.” ... -look.html

Another Interview with costume designer Jenny Beavan.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Costume Design: The Inside Details on Wasteland Couture

That Shoulder Pad

While Mel Gibson also wore the shoulder pad in 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' (1985, left), Beaven tells Yahoo that 'Fury Road' took most of its inspiration from 1981's 'Road Warrior.' "The Max costume is absolutely based on the iconic Mel Gibson one with additions from an unknown war," Beavan says of Tom Hardy's onscreen look. "The leather elements of his basic costume are all the Mel Gibson look, remade in Namibia in my workroom into multiples."

Function and Furiosa

Charlize Theron plays the renegade Imperator Furiosa, an expert rig driver with a prosthetic arm. While her shoulder pad looks a lot like Max's, Beavan says that the costume feature "is all part of her prosthetic arm mechanism." Her leather corset, adds Beavan, is only there to support the harness for the arm structure. "I don’t think I really thought 'make her feminine and attractive!' — Charlize can do that in spadefuls whatever her hair and clothes look like!"

The Wives in White

The Wives are kept in a "bubble" in the Citadel by Immortan Joe before being sprung by Furiosa. Explains Beavan: "They need little clothing, and are therefore are completely inappropriately dressed for a road trip [with Furiosa]!" Director George Miller had Beavan model their look after a ballet he'd seen with dancers lightly wrapped, bandaged. (From left: Abbey Lee as The Dag, Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile, Zoë Kravitz as Toast the Knowing, Charlize Theron as Furiosa, and Riley Keough as Capable.)

Menacing Mask

"Every costume, mask, piece of footwear and accessory was thought out, concept-drawn, reworked, tried out in model form, in prototype," Beavan recalls. "Nothing came easily." Concept artist Paul Jeacock made Immortan Joe's mask, modeling it after horse teeth. The "maw," as director George Miller called it, also serves as Joe's air-filtration system.

Rotten Through and Through

Immortan Joe (foreground, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) "has rotting skin and needs the powder to soothe and disguise him," Beavan explains. His bulletproof Plexiglas armor also serves to mask his ailing body.

Powder Player

Nicholas Hoult plays Nux, part of the army of War Boys who are fiercely loyal to Immortan Joe. The War Boys pay homage to their tyrannical leader by wearing the same white powder he uses to soothe his diseased skin "and also because they are all sickly, too," says Beavan.

Metal Mask

Tom Hardy dons an iron mask during the first third of 'Fury Road.' "We had a maintenance crew with welding equipment!" says Beavan. "We did also have stunt ones made in various plastics from hard to soft."

Everything Has a Backstory

Every character, costume, and prop has a backstory in 'Fury Road.' Filmmakers and actors alike followed a detailed bible of the futuristic wasteland depicted in the movie. Angus Sampson, left, plays the Organic Mechanic. Sporting a number of sadistic-looking medical tools and a questionable bedside manner, you wouldn't want to be his patient.

Markings Say Everything

In this future world masks are a status symbol; scars, like the intricate carvings seen here on Nux's chest, communicate one's past and position; clothes reveal one's rank.

A Rough Road

From the 3,500 storyboards drawn for the film, thousands of props and costumes were made for 'Fury Road.' It was "rough" at times, says Beavan. "I cannot praise my crew highly enough. On set was grueling in the varied temperatures, the constant sand, the endless stunts, and everyone playing everything! ... The pressure for not only inventive making and creating but then making endless multiples plus the aging and distressing of those multiples was intense." (Pictured: Megan Gale as The Valkyrie, part of the female warrior clan.)

Leather and Car Bits

"Costumes are all about story telling with clothes," says Beavan. "Once you are embedded in the George Miller world of 'Mad Max' things begin to be clear in their own mad way! I love creating characters, so give me a bunch of old bits and pieces, car accessories, ethnic bits of fabric, leather, string, and a character I can hinge onto and I am happy!" ... 73884.html

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:04 pm
by biolumen
Long ABC interview with production designer Colin Gibson. ... 609497.mp3

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:52 pm
by biolumen
Gale says there was no Mad Max role

May 28, 2015, 9:28 am

Model Megan Gale says her role in Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t in the original script and was written in so George Miller could honour his word to one day work with her.

She said Miller, who created the first three Mad Max movies, specifically wrote the role of The Valkyrie in the Fury Road instalment for her.

The acclaimed director in 2007 had cast Gale as Wonder Woman for the feature film Justice League, but the movie never eventuated.

Miller, Gale said, made a promise to one day work together and he has delivered.

“When Justice League didn’t happen, he was very apologetic.... He swore to me, ‘I do want work with you. I will work with you one day. I promise you that’,” Gale said on the Ten Network show The Project.

“He was true to his word. He wrote that role (in Mad Max: Fury Road) for me.

“It didn’t exist in the original script.” ... -max-role/

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 11:19 am
by Taipan

Re: Fury Road Cast & Crew Interviews (WARNING! SPOILERS!)

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:31 pm
by Taipan
Brendan McCarthy interview where he talks about how the look of Fury Road was conceived. Really interesting stuff!

Brendan McCarthy Interview