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Ask anyone what their favorite moment in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” is, and chances are they’ll tell you it’s the long, panning shot when the superheroes finally gel as a team and begin tag-teaming the bad guys. (The other answer would probably be the “Oh, shit, it’s real now!” group shot of the team gathering for the fight and the camera pans around them.)
The battle goes for about 3-4 minutes and skips from superhero to superhero, all of it tied together by one continuous shot, with Iron Man jetting around joining various individual frays before leaping off on his merry way again. Well of course it wasn’t one continuous shot, it was 90% ILM and 10% Joss Whedon coming up with the idea. Or you could say it was 50% Whedon coming up with the idea and 50% ILM making it happen. Point is, it would have been impossible without the nerds at Industrial Lights and Magic and their computers.
It’s ridiculous how cool this look behind-the-scenes is, and really pushes home just how impossible all of this would have been what, 10-15 years ago? Now you can shoot just about everything in front of a green screen and somehow turn out something like, well, “The Avengers”.
Via : The Hollywood News