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A Wachowski revolution

Aug. 28, 2007by: Ben Barna
I'm still a little let down that the Wachowski brothers are following up their dark world of THE MATRIX films (mediocre sequels notwithstanding) with the bright, G-rated world of SPEED RACER and his monkey Chim-Chim, but there's some news today that has me a little more excited for the movie. The bountifully-bosomed Susan Sarandon recently spoke with Collider.com about some of the filming techniques the brothers are using, and apparently, they include revolutionary cameras that will allow everything on-screen to be in focus at the same time, like a cartoon:

Theyre using some high def thing that comes with guards and its beyond anything Ive ever. I saw 10 minutes before I left, they did a special thing for me cause theyre just wrapping and having a party tonight, they were still working after I left. Theyre doing something where theyre layering film so that the front and the back are in focus like a cartoon and theyre also doing two dimensional and three dimensional stuff and mixing and everything is very, very saturated with some new kind of film, so they actually have to treat the actors in some way so we can hold our own with the background. So its every color that wasnt in The Matrix is seriously in this film.

I never outwardly noticed that about cartoons, that everything is always in focus, but now that I think about it, I suppose it's true and especially noticeable with Pixar films. I also have no idea what SPEED RACER is going to look like. I just cannot picture it. Isn't the whole thing being done behind a blue screen, meaning that everything should be in focus anyway? Whatever. Kudos to the Wachowskis for trying something new and advancing the medium forward. I'm still not looking forward this movie, but as far as the trailer goes? I can't f*ckin' wait.

Extra Tidbit: Sarandon will start shooting Peter Jackson's THE LOVELY BONES this winter.
Source: Collider

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6:54PM on 08/28/2007
Well in movie like Monster House not everything was on focus and that what made it interesting. Having everything in focus is just a different way of telling a story and it wont make the film any better but probably more annoying for the eye.
Well in movie like Monster House not everything was on focus and that what made it interesting. Having everything in focus is just a different way of telling a story and it wont make the film any better but probably more annoying for the eye.
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12:59PM on 08/28/2007
I could give less of a shit about Speed Racer but it's cool that they're trying to keep the inovation flowing. Though, everything being in focus at once sort of sounds to me like they're taking some of the fun out of cinematography... I'd expect this from Peter Jackson but The Wachowskis sort of struck me as tradionationalists when it came to film... Ah well.
I could give less of a shit about Speed Racer but it's cool that they're trying to keep the inovation flowing. Though, everything being in focus at once sort of sounds to me like they're taking some of the fun out of cinematography... I'd expect this from Peter Jackson but The Wachowskis sort of struck me as tradionationalists when it came to film... Ah well.
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10:54AM on 08/28/2007

Deep focus?

Isn't that just deep focus photography? The technique used in "Citizen Kane"...
Isn't that just deep focus photography? The technique used in "Citizen Kane"...
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6:37AM on 08/28/2007

I DONT GET IT

Somehow, I just dont see myself getting excited at all about this movie. Matthew Fox as the racer and a monkey named Chim-chim? I never liked the cartoon and I doubt I'll like the movie, doesnt matter if it has revolutionary cameras or ones from the 1950's. I'm keeping my mind open..this movie isn't on my list of must-watch stuff.
Somehow, I just dont see myself getting excited at all about this movie. Matthew Fox as the racer and a monkey named Chim-chim? I never liked the cartoon and I doubt I'll like the movie, doesnt matter if it has revolutionary cameras or ones from the 1950's. I'm keeping my mind open..this movie isn't on my list of must-watch stuff.
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