FURY ROAD's Oscar chances? 10 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!

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Postby biolumen » Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:40 pm

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Postby biolumen » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:59 am

Interview with producer Iain Smith.

Scots producer drafted in to put Mad Max on the road to fury is up for surprise Oscar nomination

08:52, 13 FEB 2016
BY BRIAN MCIVER

TINY diamond-sharp grains of sand swirled around Iain Smith as more than 100 customised and deadly vehicles kicked into gear and barrelled across the Namibian desert with an insane roar.

The Scot looked round the massive location populated with an army’s worth of cast, crew and extras – and smiled.

At last, Mad Max was back.

The Glasgow-born producer was brought in by Australian writer-director George Miller to turn a 20-year dream into reality. And in summer 2011 in the silicon deserts of Namibia, they finally started rolling on Mad Max: Fury Road.

Now, five years on, the film is on the brink of history, with an Academy Award Best Picture nod just one of its incredible 10 Oscar nominations – the kind of accolade reserved for period pieces or hard-hitting dramas, and unthinkable for a fourth instalment in a franchise that is built on car chases.

But this was no ordinary action movie.

As Smith – whose producing credits include The Killing Fields, The Mission, Local Hero and Children of Men, as well as 24 and The A-Team – said: “It’s an unusual film and I think history will show it as a turning point, when in a time where a lot of things are done just as an exercise in mechandising, this is a film for the audience.

“A lot of people said it took them by surprise. It moved them and a lot of women picked it up too. It became apparent that it was not being seen as an action movie but as a cultural event.”

Iain, 67, was contacted by Miller – the now 70-year-old filmmaker who had written and directed Mel Gibson in the first three movies.

Iain explained: “The project had been going a long time before I got involved. George had been trying to get it off the ground for 20 years and there had been two attempts which had both belly-flopped. It wasn’t helped by the fact that Australia suffered terrible flooding two years in a row and the desert area of Broken Hill in the outback turned from Mad Max into the Sound of Music, looking more like an Alpine meadow.

“This was the third go and he knew it would be his last chance. He needed somebody to do the overview and bring common sense to the show. He had done research and came up with my name.

“I’ve got big movie experience, I’ve travelled the world and he and his partner Doug contacted me and asked if I would come over and look at their plans. Warner Brothers were backing it but they wanted to get this one off the ground, so I went down for three weeks and stayed for a year-and-a-half.”

Iain went on: “I do remember one evening standing in the middle of the main room in Sydney and feeling a sense of rising panic. On the walls, George had over 4000 storyboards drawn and we talked through every single one.

“We also didn’t have a screenplay in the traditional sense of 120 pages of script. He wanted to drive it like a silent movie would have been made and use lots of visuals to tell the story by showing it, not speaking it.”

Iain began making shorts and documentaries in the 70s.

By the early 80s, he was hitting the big time, making Scots classic Local Hero with long-time friend Bill Forsyth.

He also worked on Chariots of Fire (his first Oscar-nominated film), The Killing Fields (his second) and The Mission (his third).

The Scot has remained one of the busiest producers in the game, with projects ranging from the high drama of Cold Mountain to the all-out action of The A-Team. But when he stepped on to the sprawling Mad Max set and met the 1500-strong crew, he knew he was doing something new.

The story follows Tom Hardy’s Max as he is taken prisoner by crazed desert warlord Immortan Joe.

Max manages to team up with an all-female gang led by Furiosa – a one-armed, shaven-headed driver played by Charlize Theron – to escape. But the villain’s massive army of skinheaded followers take chase and the audience sit back to enjoy the mass chaos and carnage that follows.

Iain said: “If you look carefully, the chaos is very well organised and precise.

“There was no leaving things until the last minute. We were particularly pleased that at the end of the show, there were no serious accidents.

“It went extremely well, although each day was tough and long. But the fact that we had a filmmaker who knew exactly what he wanted to do and say made it a pleasure.”

Namibia stood in for post apocalypse Australia.

Iain added: “It was the oldest desert in the world and is one of the toughest terrains. The sand is silicon-based – it’s very hard and cutting like diamonds.

“If you have the right people, they will respond to that in a positive way. We had 140 vehicles we would send off into the distance, with a choreographed plan of what would happen.

“And over these 30 miles or so, they would do the sequences a couple of times and then turn round and do them again on the way back. I was there every day on set. It definitely wasn’t boring.

“The atmosphere was very positive. The shooting unit were principally Australian and all people who were desperate to see this movie made.

“The stunt crews – 140 permanent members – were fantastic guys, all stoic, hard working and positive.

“There was a real energy of being in that environment and a feeling of being somewhere hostile and exciting, and immensely beautiful. Every film has its own challenges but you are always having to rethink what you have done in the past. The main difference with Fury Road was the degree to which it was all action and the amount of physical work.

“George didn’t want to disrespect his audience by relying on CGI, so everything had to be done for real. All the crashes and smashes you see are real. Real vehicles doing real things.“

Another unusual element of the film was the length of time it took to make.

The shoot was 23 weeks and it ended in 2012. Miller then spent three years editing to get it right.

When it was finally unleashed last summer, the praise was overwhelming.

Iain said: “Mad Max is a special film for me because it brings all my life experience into one movie. The fact that it worked so well is proof to me that you have to respect your audience right from the start. It is also very unusual for a film that was released back in May to be in contention in the Oscars.

“Ten nominations after being released so long ago is amazing.”

While he is disappointed the actors have not been mentioned, Iain is delighted with the awards buzz.

With the exception of tomorrow’s Baftas, the film has featured in most of the major category nominations, including the Academy.

Iain revealed: “I plan to be in LA for the Oscars to enjoy what we hope will be a great night.”

After that, the Scot hopes to get working on other projects, including a long-awaited reunion with Forsyth. But he would also love to get the call for another outing with Max Rockatansky.

He said: “George does want to make another one for sure. He told me he has two stories but wanted to do something else inbetween it. I’d be honoured to work with him again. The only problem when you make a good movie is you then have to make another one just as good. But that’s the challenge...”

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Postby biolumen » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:55 pm

Fury Road won 4 BAFTAs. Film editing, production design, costuming and makeup/hair. Notable loss was in the sound category.
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Postby AquaCola » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:24 am

This time 2 weeks Fury Road will have one ?/10 oscars. At the very least I hope George wins best director.
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Postby Immortan Joecutter » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:07 am

AquaCola wrote:At the very least I hope George wins best director.

This is the big question and I'm getting little nervous about this.
Let's hope Oscar voters do have a attention span longer as of three months :? :lol: .
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Postby OzRedMonkey » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:05 am

Fury Road predicted to take home SIX Oscars!

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Postby AquaCola » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:37 am

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Postby Nightwalker » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:31 pm

It's George or nothing. How is something CGI be able to beat reality. :twisted:
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