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It took the Titanic: rare photos from the shoot

19 Dec 1997 premiere of the film “Titanic.” Shooting spent $ 200 million, which was a record budget for the time. Following the record — the film became the highest grossing in the history of cinema, having collected $ 1.8 billion. This record was able to beat only 12 years later the movie “Avatar”.

And want to look “behind the scenes” and see how it starred a familiar scene? Today you have the chance!


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1. In early 1996, on the coast of Rosarito Beach in the state of Baja California (Mexico) began construction of a new giant pavilion Studio 20th Century Fox, which was to shoot most of the scenes for the film. There with the help of five tons of dynamite was created by a pool of four million liters of displacement, which in the future will “float” the biggest model in the history of cinema.

2. Stage artist paintings by Peter Lamont (Lamont, Peter) managed to get the shipbuilding company Harland & Wolff copies of drawings of the Titanic. Using them, as well as the diary of Thomas Andrews (Thomas Andrews), chief designer of the ship, the builders have started work on building a nearly complete copy of “Titanic.” The final model created by the ship reaches 231 m in length, while the real ship was only 34 meters long. It was on Board this “ship” was produced by filming actors, replaced later in the film to digital doubles. “Because of the shooting, on our layout of the ship number of special effects declined by nearly a thousand episodes,” said producer Jon Landau (Jon Landau).

3. According to Rob Legato, one of the reasons why the special effects in “Titanic” look so believable is the constant improvement of hardware and software for monitoring cameras and “motion capture”.

4. “We have used motion capture for the filming of how the characters are moving, standing, sitting, — he recalls. — Then we scaned the film into the computer and put our actors on their computer models”.

5. During filming, the actors were dressed in suits, hung with sensors for motion capture. Their actions seemed arbitrary, although they were told in advance what to do. People shook hands and introduced himself. They were drinking tea, waving to their friends and perform other movements that seem natural and appropriate in a given place and a given time. In the bowels of the Digital Domain has created a library of digitized movements, which was available to every animator in the Studio.

6. “The person in charge of the process of filming in motion-capture, said: “Let three people stand there and shake his hand. Then let the others pass behind a trio of these”. In principle, the whole process resembled normal shooting actors in a particular scene. Then our artists with the help of computers cut out the faces and clothes of these actors and put it on the digital doubles. We also used data from the shoot to emulate natural lighting. When digital actors go on deck, they come in shaded and, conversely, lighter parts, resulting in greater compliance of these scenes, filmed by Russ (Russell carpenter (Russell Carpenter) — the cinematographer of the film)”.

7. During the filming of scenes with the use of technology motion capture we used forty actors. By just copying three-dimensional patterns in the scene of the crash vehicle were more than a thousand people.

Rob Legato: “Jim could hire another thousand people, but they would have to transport, feed, clothe, and hire additional craftsmen to blend the makeup. My rule during filming was simple: if something is possible to capture using standard cameras, we shoot on film. If the stage or any object in it is impossible to withdraw, we use a computer. For scenes in which the passengers of the Titanic falling from a great height into the water, we shot a real spray from the fall of ordinary objects, thrown into the ocean. Instead of the expected three weeks, to simulate the dynamics of splashing of water with the aid of computers, it took us only an hour”.

8. Continuing the theme about the process of shooting, falling in water people of Legato notes that after the film footage was scanned and transferred to computer animators Digital Domain extended jumping stunt with a 6-meter high and 21 meter. This was used a computer simulated water, allow to make collision more dramatic and natural. The supervisor explains that even the best stunt will be compressed directly before falling into the water.

9. “Only one glass dome, crowning the upper deck of the ship, took from the budget of “Titanic” 500 thousand dollars!”

10. In addition to three-dimensional passengers and water to create special effects for the film were necessary miniature models of the Titanic Museum detailing — built a few pieces. Did this Digital Domain (DD), and Donald Pennington Inc. (DPI).

11. “To create this episode was shooting copies of “Titanic” in scale 1:20. The deck was later installed “digital” passengers. It is necessary to praise employees Digital Domain for excellent rotoscoping scene: in the picture it is clearly visible that all passengers are over the rope railing of the ship. On this episode worked BFTR: during the filming of the ship’s hull was covered in a patina of rust, in addition, the paint from the scorching sun faded. Using ElectricImage and Adobe After Effects, Studio BFTR had replaced the real painting of the new, digital”.

12. In creating the models involved another Studio, Vision Crew, for manufacturing of miniature Digital Domain detailed part of the vessel: the lifeboats, cranes, propellers, and about 2,000 Windows! On the creation of the interiors of Titanic separate from the Digital Domain, and Donald Pennington worked for other studios.

13. The main instrument Digital Domain during the creation of the digital ocean “Titanic” was the software, developed by Arete on the analysis of satellite imagery of sailing ships. According to Legato, the developers studied the dynamics of the waves, leaving sailing ships, investigated the effect of wind speed on wave, the quantity of light absorbed and reflected by water. Digital Domain has improved the program by adding the ability to uninstall the virtual camera over long distances, as well as the creation of various trajectories of its flight. In addition, was added, and other options: a choice of heights, angles, sizes, lenses, the reflection of the sky in the water, and objects on or in the surface of the water reflecting sunlight.

14. Studio created: 7.5 m (scale 1:35, DD), 13th (1:20 scale DD) and 18 m (scale 1:14,5, DPI) model as well as the 44th (scale 1:6, DPI) thumbnail, which is in the process of filming the movie will break in half (DPI), a 7.5-m bow (DD), 7-m and 15-m stern (DPI) of the ship. Both studios also collaborated in the process of building a full-sized copies of the submarines “Peace.”

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