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"Most days we would leave work
completely shell-shocked - exhausted
but happy."
Everything required absolute
precision. Transitions brought extra
demands, since the tail end of one shot
had to perfectly match the front end of
the next in terms of lighting, the height
and angle of the camera, and the
position of the actors. "The transitions
were beautifully conceptualized and
rehearsed," says Tavenner. "That was
part of Chivo and Alejandro's brilliance."
On the final night of principal
photography, the crew tackled a
sequence in Times Square, in which
Riggan accidentally locks himself out
of the theater's side door during a
performance and has to run through
the streets in nothing but his underwear to get into the theater's front
entrance. The production couldn't
afford to close down Times Square and
hire thousands of extras, so the scene
was shot while the regular Friday-night
crowds swarmed the area. A few dozen
extras were privy to what was going on
and stayed close to Keaton. Operating
the Steadicam as grips cleared a path
for him, Haarhoff raced down the sidewalk, at times parallel to and at other
times leading Keaton, who zigged and
zagged his way through the masses. "It
was actually one of the easier segments
to shoot," reveals Haarhoff. Two takes
and they were done.
Lubezki knew all along that
Birdman would require a great deal of
time in the final digital grade because
of the movie's single-shot approach.
The picture was color timed at
Technicolor in Los Angeles, where
Lubezki worked once again with ASC
associate and supervising digital
colorist Steven J. Scott, who had previously graded Gravity and Children of
Men with the cinematographer.
(Birdman's visual effects were handled
by Montreal-based Rodeo FX.)
"Chivo and Alejandro often
want to do a dozen different things in
any particular scene, or section of a
scene," says Scott, who worked with


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