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It's going to be all green screen

22 November 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Maybe we were left out of a memo somewhere, but until we spoke to Emile Hirsch recently we were under the impression that Speed Racer, the Wachowski brothers' adaptation of the cult cartoon about a boy who wants to be the best racing driver in the world, was going to using green screen elements for its reportedly groundbreaking racing sequences, but using old fashioned sets and props for much of the rest of movie. We'd heard rumours that much of it would be filled in later (John Mathieson, who was Director of Photography on Gladiator, apparently turned down the chance to shoot this because of the glut of green), but no concrete confirmation that it was taking the full 300 approach.

"Nope, it's all green screen," Hirsch told us. "There were no sets, just us and the green background. I haven't seen anything of it finished yet, there was a lot of trust [in the Wachowskis] involved. It's going to be crazy. Was the monkey real? Yes."

So, what does this mean for the look of Speed Racer? Are the brothers going to try to stylize this to look just like the cartoon – though presumably without the characters mouths continuing to move after they've finished speaking?



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L: Adrian we know for a fact that all car chases in the Bourne movies were done for real. and so actual cars were actually driven. and yet, from th sound of things... in this, a film which is much more focused on that element, none will. no vehicle in this will even have to be a driveable model. they'll just be trussed up on gimbal or something like the fantasticar in Fantastic 4 2.here was valid reason for doing it with that. not averse to green screen by any means, but in this c More

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L: CameronJames Awh common, yeah green screen movies are a nice novelty, but for the love of god, does every action movie have to do this now sp; what action film, aside from 300 is completely green screen? beowulf doesnt count because its motion capture, not normal actors. i think this could be really good. More

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we know for a fact that all car chases in the Bourne movies were done for real. and so actual cars were actually driven. and yet, from th sound of things... in this, a film which is much more focused on that element, none will. no vehicle in this will even have to be a driveable model. they'll just be trussed up on gimbal or something like the fantasticar in Fantastic 4 2. only there was valid reason for doing it with that. I'm not averse to green screen by any means, but in this case.. More

Posted by Adrian at 18:11 on 22 November 2007 | Report This Post

Not every film, but it sure does help the budget. It's interesting though when filmmakers do experiment with this technique: this is the Wachowski's turn. But I do feel this should be an exception rather than the norm, but let's face, animation and live action are just distinctions now, not genres. More

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Awh common, yeah green screen movies are a nice novelty, but for the love of god, does every action movie have to do this now More

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I am really looking forward to seeing the look of this one. More

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