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Q

Accelerated Action

Luke Hobbs
(Dwayne
Johnson) wields
a Gatling gun.

work. You might see a wide master shot
from our A camera, and you would see
seven cameras in the shot and our actor
moving past them, along with our operator and focus puller. Visual effects
could take the operators and focus
pullers out in post, but it was tricky
lighting-wise, because you can't remove

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shadows that physically touch the
actors.
"We had to develop a master
plan, run little rehearsals, and choreograph the cameras - telling one camera
to move left 2 feet, another camera to
come toward us, and so on," Spicer
adds. "We would be almost in hysterics

because all these [operators] would look
like a little ballet troupe, the way they
were shuffling and moving around.
Sometimes we would have marks on the
floor, so that once an actor passed a
certain point, then a particular camera
would have to pull out just at that exact
moment, because another camera pans
on and we didn't want the other camera
blocking his mark. It was sort of multicam to the power of three."
Indeed, the camera department
was intimately linked to the visualeffects needs of the show right up until
the movie was finally locked. To help
ensure that the overall color palette
matched throughout the post chain and
across the hundreds of visual-effects
shots provided by several different
vendors, Windon and Reiser created a
"color bible" that consisted of a series of
DPX reference stills for all major visualeffects sequences. "I've been doing that
from Fast 5 onward," Windon says. "I
spent about a week with [Reiser], creat-


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