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Q

Accelerated Action
Top: O'Conner
and Toretto
hunt down
their enemy in
Abu Dhabi.
Middle and
bottom: The
camera
captures a
scene between
Letty and
Toretto.

background-plates operation goes to
the visual-effects department, led by
visual-effects supervisor Mike Wassel."
Haitkin says the need to capture
360-degree, high-resolution backgrounds for such sequences speaks
directly to the issue of "how background
plates are handled these days in action
films. Staging events in 360 degrees is
huge, so that when the main unit gets
onto the green- or bluescreen stage, they
can put or move their camera anywhere
and have a background that perfectly
matches the action recorded by second
unit."
One of the most complex jobs the
production had to accomplish in
Atlanta involved a nighttime shootout
in a factory, which Wan wanted lit only
by such sources as muzzle flashes and
emergency lights to underscore the
stealth-combat nature of the sequence.
"It's shot very practical - lots of craziness," Windon explains. "Because of the
strobe effects, which would have caused
[rolling-shutter artifacts with the Alexa
cameras], I decided to shoot the scene
on film. So we used Arri 235 [and
Arricam LT] film cameras and filmed it
in combat mode, at the hip, guerilla
style, handheld, very energetic."
Another big chase was shot on
the streets of downtown Los Angeles,
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