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Watch Brad Pitt in a Chase on the Moon in ‘Ad Astra’ | Anatomy of a Scene

Watch Brad Pitt in a Chase on the Moon in ‘Ad Astra’ | Anatomy of a Scene


“Hi, I’m James Gray. I’m the co-writer and
director of ‘Ad Astra.’ We had thought for a while
about what the moon might be like in the next
50 to 100 years and what it would take
to settle the moon and how we probably
wouldn’t be able to settle the moon in certain parts. So we tried to conceive of a
sequence, which illustrated the chaos of what it might
mean to adhere to treaties about certain parts you
couldn’t go to the moon, and if that would
mean lunar pirates. Probably, it would. And so we created an action
scene around that concept. The goal for the scene was
really twofold, I’ll say. One was to have it play as a
very subjective experience– the strangeness of
being on the moon to sell the kind of
one-sixth gravitational pull, but also to illustrate
what it means when there’s a total lack of order. And that was really
the ambition.” “Roy?” “Yes, Colonel.” “Look at this, the
big blue marble. It never ceases to amaze me.” “But it was really our attempt
to extrapolate, to think about essentially what it would
mean to settle territory and who gets to own what. And that has never
resolved itself peacefully in the entire
history of the human race. So why it would be
different on the moon? We have no idea.” “Lieutenant, you
clocking this?” “In an ordinary
action sequence, the issues are how to
shoot a stunt safely and superbly with
a lot of impact. But this represented some very
weird, difficult challenges, one of which was
how to simulate one/sixth gravitational pull. Additionally, how to make sure
that it looked like the moon. So my first idea, which
of course is always wrong, was we’re going to
shoot in the desert. And we will then figure
out a way to color time the sky that’s
blue, a jet black. And then we’ll take the
color out of the sand, and we’ve got it. Well, what we wound
up doing was shooting the sequence in the desert. And it presented huge
and almost impossible logistical challenges. The first was,
of course, well, the desert does have life. So all of the surfaces
turned out to be useless. The second was that the
sky, sometimes had clouds and sometimes had gradations. So even though we
shot it in part with an infrared camera, which
would turn the blue to black, it still didn’t turn
it all the way black. So the sequence had to be
almost like visual effects, heavily augmenting the
practical stunts that we did. And then, of course,
there was the attempt to simulate one-sixth gravity. And that was a
lengthy trial where we experimented the different
frame rates for the film. And ultimately, we decided
between 32 and 36 frames per second as opposed
to the usual 24 frames per second simulated
for some reason what our experiences of what
one-sixth gravity would look like. And may I say that the
strange fact of the scene is that when we had to
replace all of the surface and get rid of the desert,
get rid of the vegetation, we found ourselves using the
very high-quality Hasselblad photographs that were taken
on the moon in the Apollo missions. With a computer. And you cut out
around the wheels, and you cut around the
shape of the Rover itself. And you replace the ground. And the replacement
background was the photographs of the moon that were taken
over a 20 to 30 year period. And so when they’re
driving, what’s zooming past the wheels is a
series of lunar photographs. And so the actual
surface you’re seeing is the lunar surface.” [HEAVY BREATHING]

47 thoughts on “Watch Brad Pitt in a Chase on the Moon in ‘Ad Astra’ | Anatomy of a Scene

  1. Why would I want to look at a fading has-beens wrinkly features pretending to be on the moon . . . pure and utter fantasy. Man has never set foot on the moon and never will.

  2. So basically watch brat Pitt lie to the world through his movies CELEBRITIES ARE A JOKE TO SOCIETY!!!

    #acallforanuprising

  3. So…the zombies were driving the dark moon buggies? And they wanted to satisfy brain crave by any means possible? 😯 Crap! Angelina should have been riding shotgun!

  4. never seen so many people walk out of a movie. it was super slow and felt more about old people losing their minds than space

  5. I wanted to see this movie and then I saw on Facebook that multiple people said it was horrible. And now that NYT is promoting this movie, I KNOW it's a terrible movie. Thanks for saving me $10 NYT !!!

  6. Great movie just got back from watching it . I can only imagine how far we’ve really been out in deep space and the stuff they hide from us

  7. So he was all about appearance, but are there sound effects? What’s wrong with that picture?

    2001: had the absolute silence of the vacuum of space in the forefront.

  8. 🎶 Whalers: We're whalers on the moon,
    We carry a harpoon.
    But there ain't no whales
    So we tell tall tales
    And sing our whaling tune.🎶

  9. On a somewhat tangential note, I would very much like Hollywood to do a biopic on Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson and now convicted felon, roly-poly-boy-toy and daily punching bag for any number of his fellow inmates at the federal penitentiary in Englewood, Colorado.

    Perhaps it could be a musical. One of the numbers could be called "Smaller Pants," and two different versions could both open and close the production. In the beginning, Jared sings "I wanna get into smaller pants," in reference to his desire to lose weight by eating only veggie subs. At the end prior to his arrest, as he's flying around the country molesting children, he could sing the same line, but it would of course have a far more sinister meaning.

    Another number could involve a couple of parents going to the authorities to report that their pre-adolescent son has been victimized by Fogle. The song could be titled "He Went to Jared."

    You see, I'm a dead ringer for Fogle. We're talking "separated at birth" identical. Up until November, 2015 I had a fairly steady part time gig posing as him and entertaining at kids' birthday parties. For a reasonable fee, I'd provide the entertainment (balloon animals and showing the kids the former pants with a 48 inch waistline that "Jared" used to have to wear before he started eating Subway veggies subs everyday) and the food (a Subway platter). Needless to say, my tax returns for the past few years have shown a fairly significant reduction in income. My last gig was just after Thanksgiving in 2015. The people who had booked me had paid a deposit in advance, so they went ahead and had me come out with my balloons and five foot cold cut with six toppings on Italian herb bread. I ended up getting mauled by their German Shepherd who had been watching CNN a week or so earlier.

  10. That's real neato. But hey,what about your explosive expose on Kavanaugh? Do you consider yourself news? Really. Why? Do you employ journalists? Asking for a friend.

  11. Hi Team,

    Could you please create a documentary in keezhadi research..about old language and culture in the world.

    https://youtu.be/cvpOQwYXj_0

    Thanks

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