James Bond: For Real
Okay, do I have to admit Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever? I know. I know. You gals love him. And I will admit to being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Casino Royale. I may even rent it again. (But it's no "From Russia With Love" my friends. Rent that classic, and then we'll talk.)
With that said, did anyone get a chance to check out the bonus disc? It has a rather excellent documentary titled: "James Bond: For Real," and it kicks some serious ass. Running around 30 minutes in length, it details the action scenes from the film in a rather precise and deliberate fashion, without becoming boring. Each action sequence is complete with cast interviews, explaining the production crew's planning and testing of each stunt. We get to see how camera placement adds to the needed deception of modern special effects. (Forget blue screen, it's green screen, baby!)
Another cool aspect of this short is the video tap of the actual stunts. Video taps are viewed by the director shortly after each take, to determine what film footage actually gets developed. A rather recent technological development, it involves a video camera built into the motion picture camera that "duplicates" the film shot and allows the director to decide what actually will make it to the editor. In the old days, everything shot was developed, a rather costly engagement. But now directors can review the video, make selects and save on production costs. In the case of this documentary, the video taps are carefully edited into each scene, giving the viewer a rather engaging perspective into the world of filmmaking.