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boy comes to and sits up, the camera
rolls up and over him. James pulls off
his blindfold and the music catches his
attention. "We placed a blindfold
around the matte box and then pulled it
off and threw the focus back, so it
provides James' POV," Goldblatt
continues. "We did it on a Dutch head,
and the camera was angled to simulate
his eyesight. There is a series of shots
going to the band and back to James'
eyes. Suddenly, the Dixieland music
changes to a kind of funk rhythm. It's
not real; it's in James' head, but it
inspires him to get up and continue
fighting. The sequence is a metaphor
that visually conveys how music was
such a powerful force in his life."
A complicated Technocrane shot
also captures that connection between
James and the music. "The camera
starts over James on the mat as he looks
over at the band," Arnot explains. "We
held the ropes open on one side of the
boxing ring and the telescoping arm
went through the opening, crossing to
the other side of the ring. The arm
couldn't go all the way through [the
second set of ] ropes, but they became a
kind of framing device."
Another key scene finds the adult
Brown and his band sitting inside a
Vietnam-era troop carrier that flies
them to a military base to entertain
American soldiers. While en route, the
plane is attacked from the ground, causing chaos onboard. The production
obtained an actual period plane that
they parked on a tarmac, but it never
left the ground. Goldblatt explains, "In
theory, the plane is in the air, and it's out
of control as the pilot tries to take
evasive action. We couldn't afford any
hydraulics, so we had to make it seem as
if the plane was bouncing around. The
AD would just yell at everyone onboard
to cower and move right so it looked as
if the plane was being buffeted!"
The scene was covered three
different ways: handheld, on a
Steadicam and from a Technocrane that
sat on the tarmac outside the plane's
open tailgate. For the handheld shots,
the grips attached a pulley to the wires
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