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Accelerated

Action

ACS members Stephen
Windon and Marc Spicer help
James Wan propel Furious 7
across the finish line.

W

hen director James Wan stepped out of the indie world
to take the helm of Furious 7 - his first tentpole
action feature and the latest installment of the highoctane Fast & Furious franchise - he remembers
initially feeling "incredibly excited by the chance to play in a
big sandbox with all the cool toys and let my imagination run
loose." Two grueling years later, though, Wan mainly wants to
emphasize "the great crew, and the hard work and effort that
went into making this film come together in the end. After all,
we had to discover and feel our way along to make it work."
In part, Wan is referring to the ramifications of the
tragic death of one of the film's co-stars, Paul Walker, in late
2013, before principal photography was completed. The event
stunned the entire production and put it on an extended hiatus
that altered many aspects of its schedule, staff and logistics
when shooting finally resumed in April 2014. Even beyond
that, the sheer complexity of executing the multiple action set
pieces that the franchise's audience has come to expect was, as
Wan puts it, "unprecedented."
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May 2015

By Michael Goldman
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The production's hiatus resulted in some reshuffling
among the crew in order to complete principal photography.
Director of photography Stephen Windon, ACS - who has
been with the franchise since 2006's The Fast and the Furious:
Tokyo Drift - was unable to return after the hiatus and
handed cinematography duties to Marc Spicer, ACS. "Marc
was already shooting visual-effects plates for the Abu Dhabi
sequence, and he has also been my operator for about 25
years," Windon says. "So we have pretty much the same
process and the same shooting style. To me, it just seemed like
a natural thing to hand over completion of the movie to him,
and I was thankful that the studio and James Wan embraced
that. Marc supported finishing the movie in the way I wanted
to see it finished."
Similarly, 2nd-unit cinematographer Igor Meglic, ZFS
shares credit with Jacques Haitkin, and gaffer Dan Cornwall

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