Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wonder Woman filming locations!!!!!!

The film's opening exteriors were shot at the Louvre museum complex near Paris.

A variety of Italian beaches and coasts in Campania, Italy, stood in for Wonder Woman's home island of Themyscira. Many were near the town of Palinuro, like Spiaggia di Capogrosso and cala d’Arconte.

The German-Amazon fight scene was filmed at the beach at Scala dei Turchi. The beach there was far too narrow to serve as the fight area, however. So the rappelling scenes were filmed at Scalla dei Turchi, while another, wide-open beach is where the hand-to-hand combat, horses, and archery occurred. The visual effects team composited the white cliffs onto the larger beach. This action sequence was one of the last filmed, which allowed the production team to extensively develop it, plan it, and train for it. All stunts were broken down into location stunts and studio stunts, and into single-take and multiple take stunts, and into live-speed, slow-motion, and extreme slow-motion stunts. Because the choreographed fighting was so extensive, both the first and second units had to be on hand to film the beach fighting. Six cameras were shooting all at once. Shooting took two weeks, requiring the staff to track the lighting for every single shot so that it never varied within a shot.

Castel del Monte in Apulia, Italy (about three hours from Naples) was used for interior shots of the tower in which the God Killer sword is stashed. The "Castle of the Mountain" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Emperor Frederick II in the mid-1200s. (Some interiors for this set, especially the curving sculptures that hold each magic item, where built on the 3 Labs Soundstage in Culver City, California.)

Several villages in Italy stood in for parts of Themyscira.

Villa Cimbrone in Ravello on Italy's Amalfi Coast is a historic building which is home to the so-called "Terrace of Infinity". This terrace was used for the balcony scene where Hippolyta talks to a young Diana above the ocean. (A night's stay at the villa starts at $1,400.)

Sassi di Matera -- another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy -- was showcased in the scene when young Diana runs from her tutor at the start of the film. Sassi di Matera is thought to be one of the first settlements in Italy. The houses are dug into the limestone on the edge of a ravine, with the roofs of some homes serving roads for the homes above.

Camerota, Italy, is a hilltop village and one of three hamlets making up the port town of Marina di Camerota. The rugged but lush surrounds of the hilltop combined with the picturesque blue waters were used for a number of shots in the film.

Tilbury Fort in Essex, England, United Kingdom served as the Turkish Fort which Steve Trevor escapes from in an Imperial German biplane. Built primarily during the 1700s, the Dutch-design fort guards the entrance of the River Thames.

The River Thames and London Bridge were used for the shots of Diana and Steve's arrival in London.

The Lincoln's Inn area of London was used for the scene where a wide-eyed Diana walks with Steve Trevor after first alighting in London.

Australia House in London was used in the scene where Diana first meets Etta Candy. It was also used as the tailor's shop where Diana tries on a different of "modern" outfits.

Sicilian Avenue in the Bloomsbury area of London was the street where Diana and Steve walk after leaving the tailor's, and where the undercover Germans confront them.

King's Cross Station in London saw two of its train platforms closed and given a WWI-era makeover for the scene in which Diana, Steve, and the team leave London for the continent.

Bourne Woods in Surrey, England (about two hours north of London) served as the scene for a number of outdoor horse-riding, camping, and other scenes in the film.

Arundel Castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England, served as the castle in Belgium where Ludendorff is first confronted by Wonder Woman. It was built in 1068 and restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. (You can tour the castle if you buy a $25 ticket.)

The docks, village, and the grounds of St Margaret of Antioch Church in Lower Halstow, Kent, England, served as the village in Belgium where Wonder Woman and her team first land.

The Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, was where the sets were built for the Belgian village exteriors, the Amazonian throne room where Hippolyta interrogates Steve with the Lasso of Truth, the London pub, and the War Cabinet meeting.

Four different biplanes were built for the film. One was a partial plane in which Chris Pine could sit, and which was used for close-ups. Another was a take-off plane in which Pine could sit, while a man in a car hidden beneath the plane drove around. A third was a full biplane on a steel arm, which was used for showing Pine bombing and strafing. A fourth plane was an actual flying biplane. For Steve Trevor's death scene in the Imperial German bomber, Patty Jenkins was insistent on having his cockpit on a gimbal. Although the camera didn't gain anything, Pine could feel the tilt of the plane and this proved instrumental in getting a performance out of him. The cinematographer had originally designed extensive lighting effects to have moonlight cross Pine's face, etc., but it was all jettisoned once the dailies showed what a good performance Pine was turning in.

The "healing waters" scene presented enormous technical problems. The idea was that the water on Paradise Island contained energy, which the Amazons had harnessed. It also healed. This water glowed with the power of this energy. The glowing water alone was to light this scene, so that the film didn't have to have the standard torches and candles all over the place. The lighting scheme came together very late. Jenkins didn't want the scene to have anything going on except two people getting to know one another. It was important to show that Princess Diana had a deep emotional inner life, one which wasn't threatened by meeting a man and causing her to suddenly blush or become aroused. And then, during the shooting, the pool began leaking.

There were two Lassos of Truth. One was used for the FX department, to make it easier to CGI in the glow. The other was a physical prop which had a steel cable in it, which Gal Gadot could pull on. Anna Lynch Robinson, set decorator, led an extensive search to find a material that was flexible but could serve the purposes of the CGI team. Tests were run on hundreds of textiles and cords, and the Lasso was hand-woven by the art department.

There were multiple copies of Wonder Woman's shield. For the no-man's-land scene, the shield was rigged with 50 pyros in the front to simulate machine gun bullets hitting it. A shake rig (a small motor attached to the inside of the shield and which shook the shield) helped move it as if it were being hit by bullets.

Leavesden is where the no-man's-land scene was filmed. This was an outdoor set. Director Patty Jenkins fought long and hard to include the scene in the film. Studio executives and the producers were baffled at why Wonder Woman decides to fight for these villagers. "Ah, OK, but we're doing this cool thing in the town, why are you worried about that?" they asked her. "Who's she fighting?" others wanted to know. They didn't understand that the scene was important to Wonder Woman being Wonder Woman -- a person who has been told "no" throughout the film, and who for the first time decides to say "yes". Jenkins explains: "I think that in superhero movies, they fight other people, they fight villains. So when I started to really hunker in on the significance of No Man's Land, there were a couple people who were deeply confused, wondering, like, 'Well, what is she going to do? How many bullets can she fight?' And I kept saying, 'It's not about that. This is a different scene than that. This is a scene about her becoming Wonder Woman'." To keep the scene, Jenkins had to personally storyboard the sequence. Once she convinced her producers, she worked extensively with the pre-visualization artists and stunt people to work out how Wonder Woman reveals herself as she comes out of the trench, and how she blocks a bullet.

Once the studio approved the scene, Jenkins next had to break it down into its respective elements: What was a built set, and what was CGI? What was going to be live-action, slow-motion, and extreme slow-motion? How can a camera dolly across 300 yards of muddy field? How can the costume team keep Wonder Woman's boots clean? Shooting occurred in February 2016. There was little light, and the light only lasted about seven to eight hours. Moreover, Gal Gadot would be in freezing weather in a skimpy outfit. (Chris Pine later said that even though he was in long underwear, pants, socks, undershirt, shirt, coat, and gloves, he was still cold.)

1 comment:

  1. movie365 - I got to see this at an early screening and I am extremely happy to announce that I love the movie! Gal Gadot was the perfect cast for Wonder Woman! The action sequences are amazing. A great script and no editing problems (like in Suicide Squad). This is a very well made film. Patty Jenkins did a fantastic job. Chris Pine and Robin Wright are also really good. Wonder Woman is inspiring and people will look up to her for decades because of this film. The only flaw I have with this movie is the villain, felt very much just like a generic throw away Marvel villain.
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