"Life of Pi" Break Rules at NY Film Festival
Director Ang Lee says he broke every rule in “Life of Pi” bringing the best-selling novel into stunning 3D stereoscopic life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine.
“There are a few classic advices in movies: never make a movie featuring animals, kids, water or 3D”, Ang Lee said at the premiere this weekend , which was the opening screening of the New York Film Festival. “We ignored all .” Ang Lee shot the movie with Arri Alexa cameras fitted on Cameron-Pace Fusion 3D rigs.
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The Wave Machine
Because the second hour of the two-hour movie takes place at sea, Ang Lee went to Taichung in his native Taiwan to film in a specially designed wave-generating tank that measures 230 by 100 feet (70 by 30 meters) and contains 1.7 million gallons (6.4 million litres) of water. “We created our own Hollywood,” Lee said. The results are spectacular scenes that lend themselves especially well to the 3D stereoscopic experience, with flying fish shooting out of the screen, and surrealist trips by the camera into a deep populated by luminous jellyfish and whales.
The second (or is it the first?) star of the film is the tiger, played in turns by four real tigers and (for most of the closeups) a stunning CGI double.
Based upon the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, 'Life Of Pi' tells the story of a young man's incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. Narrated in 3D stereoscopic format, Pi is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget. The movie will be released on November 21, 2012 in the USA and in December 2012 in europe. 'Life Of Pi' is on IMDB.