More Macbeth

A brief gap in the endless rain with a gorgeous day on Friday. Hankley at its best, with big skies and the intense greens and silvers of the scots pines and skeletal birch trees. Looking up at the sky above the pines it could have been the middle of summer… apart from the biting wind of course.

They’re still working hard on the set but are also filming at a spot a bit away from the ‘village’. We didn’t go very close but I snapped a couple of shots on full zoom (I wish I had a camera with a big long zoom lense!) and on looking at them, it seems to be the director Justin Kurzel talking to some cast members. That looks like Michael Fassbender on the right and Patrick Considine on the left, although with such a crap pic it’s hard to tell. I’m utterly intrigued as to what on earth those strange over-the-head contraptions are. Cameras?

I figured they wouldn’t start the main filming until the village was built, but they seem to be cracking on with it. The shot across Hankley bowl with the smoke drifting across is taken from the site of the Skyfall Lodge entrance gates.

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9 thoughts on “More Macbeth

  1. I think… “the over-the-head contraptions” are Overhead Camera Support Systems. At the tip they hang the camera. All the weight of the camera is transfered down to the hips, leaving the cameraman to concentrate on keeping the camera steady and pointed. The camera can not be seen in the picture, they pulled it off. This rig is really designed for static shooting. Macbeth (2015) is shoot in 3D, so the cameraman has not one but two cameras in his hands. The Overhead Camera Support Systems helps out.

    With the original Steadycam System, the cameraman can also run hard. The first time the Staedycam was used was in the movie The Shining, the 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The Steadycam is now also used in many television programs.

      • Because this type of overhead camera support is not often used. So, I thought why they use it for Macbeth? Weight! Then I had the idea to look at the film on ‘IMDb Macbeth’. And there it is: 3D! On google are some photos from the movie set which the dual camera.

    • The world of the film is indeed very fascinating, foxleylady. The public does not know that the film industry has no less than 180 occupations. Major film studios even have their own paramedics and firefighters. It’s a world in a world.

      A bit surprising is that in 1961 they “only” needed 150 people for the action film “The Guns of Navarone” (my favorite), and more than 1,000 people in 2012 for Skyfall. More than 400 people were put behind computers to polish the image of Skyfall and for the creation of digital effects. In 1961, they did everything for “real”, and the script for “The Guns of Navarone” was much better, I thought. The conclusion may be that the current movie industry is less creative nowadays and more focused on technique.

      • Thank you, Charles, for your interesting explanation. I agree with you, “The Guns of Navarone” was a really great film and far better than Skyfall. Too many digital effects and not enough realism these days. A shame, I think, as people believe they are seeing what is real, when they are not. I wondered if it was cheaper to do it digitally but if there were 400 people employed on Skyfall for that purpose, perhaps not!

        I hope you haven’t been flooded out, Charles! From what we see on the tv, the Netherlands are much better prepared than us!

  2. You’re welcome, foxleylady. No, we have no flooding. Our country is working almost continuously in order to avoid problems like this. In the floods of 1953 more then 1800 people were killed in the Netherlands. We learned our lesson then.

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