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Left
for
Dead
Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC
and Alejandro González Iñárritu
brave extreme conditions while
shooting The Revenant on
location in the Canadian
wilderness.
By Michael Goldman
*|*

D

irector Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC are keenly
aware that their method of shooting The Revenant last
fall and winter - in sequence and relying almost exclusively on natural light in the harsh Canadian wilderness -
has been controversial. Now, after nearly five years of planning
and a brutal, extended production and post schedule, the filmmakers are eager to explain why they believe the undertaking
was worth enduring such punishing conditions.
Adapted from author Michael Punke's 2002 novel, The
Revenant is based on the real-life survival and revenge story of
Hugh Glass. The 19th-century explorer (played by Leonardo
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DiCaprio) was mauled by a grizzly bear during a Missouri
River expedition in 1823, and after declaring him beyond
hope, his companions took Glass' weapons and fled. In the
movie, Glass awakens wounded and unarmed in a shallow
grave, but rises up and steels himself to track down the men
who had left him for dead.
Iñárritu and Lubezki readily concede that the production was numbingly difficult. Filming took place primarily in
the remote Rocky Mountain region surrounding Calgary,
Alberta, Canada - with certain sequences captured at the
Squamish River in British Columbia, north of Vancouver, as
well as the Kootenai River in Libby, Montana. The final

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