Friday, 6 November 2015

Mad Max Fury Road Research - 100 Facts

General Facts

1. Originally slated for a 2003 shoot in Namibia, the film had to be delayed after the beginning of the Iraq War caused trouble with shipping and security in Namibia. Production began again in 2009.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road will be released thirty years after the last film, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
3. Charlize Theron shaved her head for her role of Furiosa, and had to wear a wig for A Million Ways to Die in The West.
4. Rumors flew that Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, who plays Max, did not get along at all, and that Theron got to the point of not even speaking to Hardy on set.
5. Constant weather delays and location issues caused the film to be delayed more than once, including cold when it was supposed to be hot, and vice-versa. Reshoots also delayed the final product on countless occasions.
6. Liam Fountain auditioned for Max but lost the part to Tom Hardy. Liam Fountain played Max in the 2011 short film Mad Max Renegade, which takes place between the first two films.
7. The film was shot in sequence, which is rare, and the storyboards were completed before the script.
8. Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron’s left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.
9. Originally, Mel Gibson was going to have a role as a drifter in the film, but this never came to fruition.

Pre Production 

10. It took more than 10 years to map out the storyboards for the film.
11. Producer Denise di Novi was assigned to supervise the ongoing production and report any further problems.
12. Miller has a history of going over budget.
13. Much of the expense attributed to the road-ripping vehicles and the creative, but savage weaponry that appear in the film.
14. 3D shooting rigs developed for the film were scrapped.
15. Hardy and Miller had been working on a way to establish a human story within the action-filled movie.
16. The cast were chosen in 2009 including Tom Hardy.
17. Pre production was restarted due to delays.
18. Warner Bros. and Miller agreed to a full 12-month delay so he could continue work on Happy Feet 2
19. Tom Hardy took over the icon role from Mel Gibson.


20. The film was directed by George Miller.
21. Mad Max is part of a franchise.
22. John Seale became the director of photography who developed the testing of the 3D cameras.
23. The 3D camera rig had to be small enough to go through the windows of the truck where a lot of the action takes place.
24. The camera used in the dessert had to be waterproof and dust proof.
25. The digital cameras were fixed with an inbuilt cooling system.
26. Seale faced a challenge between the lighting compromises for multi-camera shooting.
27. Miller announced that the film would be switched to film in 2D after many limited factors which stopped a clear image being present.
28. Mad Max Fury Road was based on a single camera philosophy - the idea that somewhere on the set is a single perfect spot for the camera to record that scene.
29. Following the switch to 2D, they used Alexa cameras (with Primos) to film.
30. John Seale used the Alexa 11-1 zoom camera, which he called the paparazzi camera.
31. The crew used handheld Canon cameras when filming on the vehicles.
32. Originally the camera crew used wide lenses to film the actors whilst on the moving vehicles, but it became expensive to crop out the camera operators, so they were replaced with an edge arm.
33. George Miller had no script when they were prepared to shoot the film, but instead had over 3500 storyboards created by Mark Sexton.
34. The studio insisted they needed a script, George Miller had one but he thought it was not very good.
35. The director began a lengthy 6 month shoot in Namibian Desert, faced with several false starts.
36. More than 150 vehicles are involved in the stunts conceived by production designer Colin Gibson.
37. Key stunt crew members include, Special effects supervisors Andy Williams and Dan Oliver, and supervising stunt coordinator Guy Norris.
38. Mad Max Fury Road was to be released thirty years after the last film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
39. Further filming for Mad Max was shot in Sydney.
40. The film had to be delayed after the beginning of the Iraq war.
41. Mad Max Fury Road includes insane stunt action and post-apocalyptic landscapes.
42. Visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson led hundreds of visual effects artists during the film.
43. The visual effects team crafted more than 2000 visual effects shots, helping to transform the exquisite photography into the final film.
44. Colorist Eric Whipp carried out plate manipulation, weaving in a distinctive graphic style for the film with detailed sky replacements and unique day for nights.
45. Jackson was aided by visual effects producers Holly Radcliffe, with Lloura taking on the Lion's share of digital work.
46. More than 1500 shots were overseen by visual effects supervisor Tom Wood and producer Fiona Crawford.
47. An in-house postvis and VFX crew set up at production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell.
48. Addition work was completed by Method Studios and BlackGinger, with early previs delivered by the Third Floor.
49. There is 2000 VFX shots in the film. A very large number of those shots are very simple clean-ups and fixes and wire removals and painting out tire tracks from previous shots, but there are a big number of big VFX shots as well.
50. The Citadel location was produced via a combination of principal photography in Namibia, shooting in Sydney and visual effects work from lloura informed by actual rock cliffs photographed in Australia and re-worked using photogrammetry.
51. The cliffs in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney were used to create the Citadel, Jackson took a helicopter up and flew backwards and forwards with a high res stills camera.
52. They had a chopper standing by for 10 days waiting for the right conditions.
53. The photogrammetry techniques were inspired by Jackson's initial use of an on-set aerial photography drone from Sensefly that he had intended to employ just for ground reference photos.
54. The photography drone was a one meter wingspan plane with a compact camera.
55. The photography drone worked by someone mapping out the area on the ground,  you then throw it up in the air and it flies in a grid taking photos every two meters and then lands where it was launched.
56. lloura did all the Citadel work, she started using the software Photoscan to build textured terrain models, and then, experimenting with the software. This involved taking raw materials, chopping it up and bending it around and re-building it.
57. George didn't quite like the black staining over the Blue Mountains, so they were re-coloured and re-textured, in order to keep it as authentic as possible.
58. Photogrammetry acquisition was also carried out at Jenolan Caves south of Sydney for what would become interior regions of the Citadel.
59. There was a practical set piece on the Citadel that was shot in one of the stages at Fox Studios in Sydney, which was completely replaced.
60. Below Joe they had shot about 150 extras which were then extended to 30,000 with crowd sims.
61. Practical rain machines were used on set in front of the very small pieces of rock face. There was also some pouring water where it splashed on some rocks.

Post Production

62. Film Editor Margaret Sixel was given over 480 hours of footage to create Mad Max Fury Road.
63. The final edit of the film ran 120 minutes and consisted of 2700 individual shots.
64.  'Eye Trace' and 'Cross hair framing' techniques were used during the filming which enabled the editor to keep the important visual information in one spot, the center of the frame.
65. George Miller was constantly heard over the walkie talkies saying 'put the crosshairs on her nose' and 'put the crosshairs on the gun', this was to protect the footage for editorial.
66. Every new shot had to occupy the same space as the previous spot, this would allow Margaret Sixel to amplify and accelerate scenes and cut as fast as possible.
67. One bad cut could ruin any moment of the film.
68. There were rumors that Charlie Theron and Tom Hardy who play Max did not get along at all and that Theron got the the point of not even speaking to Hardy on the set.
69. Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets.
70. Liam Fountain auditioned for Max but lost the part to Tom Hardy.
71. It was important that the cars did not exceed a given speed so that the action depicted would be true to what they could legally and safely shoot.
72. The final twisted mix of vehicle pieces, metal and bungie-corded guitar that fly towards camera were largely practical effects.


73. Due to years of delays and cost over runs, Mad Max, Fury Road ended up costing $150 million to produce.
74. Mad Max Fury Road generated $374 million at the box office.
75. Fury Road repeated its No. 1 position on the strength of a slightly lower estimated $7.5 million spent on 957 national airings across 42 networks.
76. The film's marketing kicked into gear at SDCC, when Warner debuted a several-minute sizzle reel, a condensed version of which made it up online a few days later.
77. The first teaser debuted on December 10th of last year.
78. Mad Max, Fury Road had its world premiere on the 7th of may 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
79. Warner Bros spent a total of $43.7 million on advertisement for the film


80. Mad Max was one of the most pirated films.
81. Mad Max had 22.90 million shares on torrent network.
82. The five most pirated film, led by Mad Max, were downloaded on torrent networks worldwide           85.34 million times, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.
83. 'The Age of Adaline' sold remarkably well, moving more than 57% as many units as 'Fury Road' did in the latter's second week of release.
84. Max Max had 1.75 million pirated downloads over summer.
85. Fury Road generated 48% of its second week sale from Blu-ray Disc.
86. Mad Max remained on top of both national home video sales charts for two consecutive weeks.
87. 'Hot Pursuit' dispersed their spending more.
88. In the U.S box office revenue was the second best on record, after 2014 hit a seven-year low.
89. An art book and a comic book miniseries will be released for Mad Max.
90. An upcoming console game based on the film series is releasing in 2015.

Important facts

91. An invasion and subsequent war in Iraq stopped filming.
92. The film was going to be filmed in 3D as a CG animated movie.
93. Filming was delayed twice.
94. Filming originally first finished on the 17th of December 2012.
95.  In 2013 they had to go over filming and re shoot particular scenes.
96. Warner Bros insisted that a script was written during pre-production stage, Miller said that he had one but it wasn't very good.
97. The cast were picked in 2009 for Mad Max Fury Road.
98. The film was originally going to be filmed in Iraq but it rained persistently.
99.  Just under $1 million was spent on TV adverts.
100. The crew spent 6 months in the Namibian desert.

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