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The Boys Are Back

Ari walks his
former
assistant
Lloyd (Rex
Lee) down
the aisle.

extensively on his current projects.
Another signature camera move
from the series follows three or four
actors during walk-and-talk sequences.
To enhance such shots in the feature,
Smallwood made 8'x8' lightweight
frames on which, he says, "I could
Velcro diffusion. Then one grip could
follow the actors, diffusing the sun with

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one 8-by-8 frame." Smallwood also
made an 8'x8' frame with Ultrabounce
material - white on one side and black
on the other.
"A lot of scenes in Entourage take
place in busy areas, and there wasn't
time to put up a frame with stands,"
Smallwood continues. "Our approach
had to be more like cinema vérité,

where we ran out into the street and
did a scene. Then the traffic light
would change and we'd go back to the
sidewalk." This strategy of shooting on
the fly worked especially well for all of
the film's cameos. "The high-profile
actors would be on set for one hour, so
there was no time for an elaborate
setup," he says.
As further reference to the film's
visual departure from its television
roots, Fierberg points to a scene in a
therapist's office in which Ari launches
into one of his signature rants and the
camera dollies into an extreme closeup. "That's something we never would
have done on the series because it's a
'dramatic movie' move," says Fierberg.
"But I said, 'It's time we do this with
Ari.'" In another scene, Ari is in the
office of a financier played by Billy Bob
Thornton. "Doug asked, 'Can we get a
high angle looking down?'" recalls
Fierberg. "We never would have done
that on the show, and [we] eventually


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