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Audacious Caper

The crew mounts the camera to a JLG lift.

where they make physical contact with
the librarian. You're sort of inhabiting a
movie, then suddenly we smash back
into handheld, documentary-like coverage of the actual crime," Layton says. "I

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wanted it to have this feeling of
complete, agonizing chaos, like the
wheels had come off."
Birkeland adds, "The second they
start attacking the librarian, the camera

goes into handheld, with a 45-degree
shutter, and it's 'there' with them, being
with their energy. We become quite
subjective at that point."
The staging of these heists
required 360-degree lighting. Their
main source in the special collections
room would be the practical overheads,
which gaffer Stephen Thompson and
the electricians designed. "We created
3-by-3 boxes with a grid underneath,"
says Birkeland. "They had two rings of
60-watt bulbs, an outer ring and an
inner ring, that were separately controllable. The boxes had 16 bulbs in [each]
- four in the center and 12 in the outer
ring. If I wanted more punch, I'd turn
on all of them." One was placed directly
over the Audubon display case, and the
other over the librarian's desk.
With each heist, the lighting gets
progressively darker. By the third, the
room is quite somber, with patches of
light. "If you were under the practicals,
you'd be toplit," says Birkeland. "Then


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