Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby Morrisminor » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:55 pm

Darn! Found out too late this was happening....

John Seale & David Burr - A Fireside Chat

After shooting for nearly six months in the desert of Namibia, NSW members John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS recently completed principle photography on the much anticipated Mad Max Fury Road.

In roles reprised from previous films John was once again at the helm of main unit and David in charge of second unit.

In support, and led by A camera focus puller Ricky Schamburg and 2nd AC/Coordinator Michelle Pizanis, was an international camera department numbering thirty seven drawn from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA - a large camera department by any standards.

This was John's first foray into the digital world and he chose to shoot with ARRI Alexa of which he had ten at his disposal - six Alexa Plus and four of the new Alexa M. Also in his camera arsenal were a selection of "semi disposable crash cameras", Canon 5D11's and Olympus OM-D E-M5's.

David Lewis ACS has been successful in coaxing both John and David to come along to the April Drop In to discuss the trials and tribulations of working on this high octane picture.

Join them at National HQ on Thursday 18th April for a "Fireside Chat".

As usual ACS HQ doors will be open from 6pm - address below.
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http://www.cinematographer.org.au/cms/newsletter.asp?ID=20885
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby biolumen » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:22 pm

Morrisminor wrote:Darn! Found out too late this was happening....

Meh, it's not like any of us regular folk would have been allowed in to hear them talk anyway. I think it was a members only thing. I just hope we get to hear these stories at some point down the line.
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby biolumen » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:39 pm

Steadicam operator Andrew Johnson..

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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby biolumen » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:06 pm

The annual SMPTE conference took place last week in Sydney. One of Thursday's panels was of particular interest.

Thursday July 25 @ 3.45pm

PANEL #6: FURY ROAD – THE DUST CLEARS

Cinematographers John Seale ACS ASC, David Burr ACS and Camera Department co-ordinator Michelle Pizanis talk about their collaboration on the new MAD MAX: FURY ROAD film.

Screen Hub also has a write up on it.

Fury Road: the camera department reveals all

by: Dominic Case
Screen Hub
Friday 26 July, 2013

Although the fraught, obsessed crusade of Mad Max: Fury Road is defended by evil PR ninjas, genius cinematographer John Seale and his camera team took an audience of SMPTE professionals through the experience of making the film. The 3D story alone is extraordinary.

http://www.screenhub.com.au/news/showne ... wsID=48886

That's just the lead in. The rest of the article is behind a pay wall. So, if anyone knows anyone who has access to this article, please do us a favor and copy/paste it here.
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby DGSimo » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:02 am

FXguide.com just be putting something up too as they got to chat with John Seale:
http://www.fxguide.com/
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby biolumen » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:32 pm

This is related to that Nikon workshop thing I posted elsewhere yesterday.

Yesterday, I was talking to the Head of the Camera Crew of the new
Mad Max movie; "Fury Road".
He told me they destroyed 26 x 5DM2s during filming in Namibia.

I WANTED TO CRY A RIVER !!!
WAAAAAAAAAAAH !!!!

But they only used Canon because no one else had the technology to match.
I cannot show the vehicles and actors.
Warner Bros. refused to let them film with drones with open-bladed rotors for safety.
But.... They can let the actors and others ride fast in unroadworthy
vehicles......
STUPID....

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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby croft007 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:51 am

Very Cool...
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby biolumen » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:31 pm

John Seale talks Fury Road in this podcast. The 20 minute interview starts at 1:08:00.

http://media.fxguide.com/the_rc/the_rc-134.mp3

Biggest takeaways are...

1. Miller wanted a post apocalyptic setting that was devoid of even a single blade of grass. Something happens to the world that causes this, but exactly what is apparently left vague.

2. When asked about the look of the movie, Seale said they weren't too concerned with lighting or continuity. "We just shot it. The DI and the post work is so explicit that almost every shot was going to be manipulated in some way or form". Elsewhere he calls it a "massive post picture". Looks like we might be getting a highly stylized setting.

Before and after the interview, the interviewers themselves also said that....

1. 75% of the film takes place in the cab of a truck

2. Confirmed that "pickups" are about to take place and that we might not see the movie until late next year.

There's also a bunch of other technical stuff talked about.
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby Dethroned Emperor » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:14 am

biolumen wrote:John Seale talks Fury Road in this podcast. The 20 minute interview starts at 1:08:00.

http://media.fxguide.com/the_rc/the_rc-134.mp3

Biggest takeaways are...

1. Miller wanted a post apocalyptic setting that was devoid of even a single blade of grass. Something happens to the world that causes this, but exactly what is apparently left vague.

2. When asked about the look of the movie, Seale said they weren't too concerned with lighting or continuity. "We just shot it. The DI and the post work is so explicit that almost every shot was going to be manipulated in some way or form". Elsewhere he calls it a "massive post picture". Looks like we might be getting a highly stylized setting.

Before and after the interview, the interviewers themselves also said that....

1. 75% of the film takes place in the cab of a truck

2. Confirmed that "pickups" are about to take place and that we might not see the movie until late next year.

There's also a bunch of other technical stuff talked about.


A few worrying quotes from that podcast "George knowing he was going to cut the film very quickly, meant that you didn't have time to analyse each shot"

and "Dont worry about the continuity, it will be cut too fast" I hope we dont end up with with a shakey cam, hundred mile an hour edited type of film.
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Re: Dean Semler needs to return........nope, it's John Seale

Postby kickherintheguts » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:20 am

1. So, they spent 5-6 months filming in the desert..so much time that Warner Bros. had to send an exec to the location to get the film wrapped..and they didn't spend much time analyzing each shot????

2. 75% of the film is in the cab of the truck/tanker? Okay, this could be a great way to go. Keep the action going, plenty of cars/trucks/motorcycles/submarines to do battle with.

3. A stylized MM4? I kinda know what stylized means, movies like Sin City, 300, and Moulin Rouge. If so, doesn't this make MM4 less real, gritty, raw? Or can it be just the opposite? I don't know.

4. MM4 possible release late next year? I just can't imagine this being released next summer so a Nov/Dec release does seem more likely. We've waited this long.........
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