Thursday, March 08, 2007

Cleveland Scenes in the Final Cut

Several clips from the film shoot in Cleveland can be scene in the final cut of the film. Even a few made the trailer. Scroll down for many detailed photos of the stunts and crashes of this second unit in action. Here are stills from the film, which include downtown Cleveland:

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Vehicle Stunts & Crash Video

On location on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, the second unit film crew gets great crash and chase scenes with an armored truck that's being driven by the villain in this new movie, Sandman, which crashes into several parked cars.

Here's a video including the good wrecks. The Armored car did most of the crashing action. There were film trucks following and trailing the hero truck. A motorcycle with the camera mounted on the front or the back was also often involved. The directors and photographers followed the truck in a large SUV containing the video feed monitors. The action happened directly across the street from my office windows on the 2nd floor.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Spider-Man and Sand Man Pose

Spider-Man went on top of a ladder to pose for some shots. I think it was for light reference for the computer-generated Spider-Man. Then the stunt-actor for Sand Man went on the top of the armored truck that they had been filming all day. He was just standing there for the camera for a while. Then he took a call on his cell phone.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Spidey Signs Autographs

After he did key poses on the ladder and on top of the truck, he waved to the gathering crowd and did an amazing standing backflip. (I just caught him landing it in the photo below.) This stunt Spider-Man is far more like the comic book character than than Tobey Maguire ever will be.

He proceded to shake kids' hands, sign autographs and pose for photos with people. He spent a bunch of time with the kids whose parents had brought them down to the set. This lasted about 40 minutes. (After about 10 minutes of work.) He was very cool and talked with everyone who addressed him. When he had to leave he yelled, "We love Cleveland!"

Spider-Man for Reference

This scene features the armored car flying down the street. The film truck has a huge jib arm mounted on the back that extends about 80 feet in front of the truck. It swings way up in the air while filming the top of the truck in front of it. Both were flying up and down the street with the extras on the sidewalk and the drivers creating the traffic on the road.

Then the stunt actor for Spider-Man came out in costume and did some key poses on a ladder and then on top of the truck. They didn't film him on the moving truck, he only came out and posed for about 10 minutes. I think it might be for reference for the visual effects to be digitally added in post-production. They were taking pictures of the actor in costume in the same light as they had filmed all day. That way the computer generated effects will match the live action scene filmed on location.

Spider-Man 3 Credits

Sam Raimi: Director

Writing credits: Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (creators: "Spider-Man" comic book and characters)

Todd McFarlane: Characters

Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi: Story

Alvin Sargent: Screenplay

Cast (in credits order)
Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
Topher Grace as Eddie Brock
James Franco as Harry Osborn
Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sandman
Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy (attached)
James Cromwell as Captain George Stacy
Mageina Tovah as Ursula

Cinematography: Bill Pope

Costume Design: James Acheson and Katina Kerr

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Bradley: second unit director
Francois Caillaud: additional second assistant director
Eric Heffron: assistant director
David Lowery: second unit director
Jeffrey Lynch: second unit director
William Purple: second assistant director: second unit
Brian Taylor: second assistant director: second unit

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Friday, April 28, 2006

The Spider-Man Costume

Between shots, the stunt actor would sign autographs and pose for pictures. The spider-man costume is very cool looking up close. There are no seams at all. No idea how he gets into that thing. Clearly, they spent lots of time and money on this wardrobe. Thanks again for these great shots, Mikey.

Fans on Set Location for New Spider-Man Movie

Here are some shots of Spider-Man fans in costume on the set location in the theater district in Cleveland. The real stunt actor for the movie was posing with a kid (also in costume, not official wardrobe) after blocking some shots. He was briefly on set in front of the cameras for the photographers to pull focus and to compose the frame where the final Spider-Man will end up in the shot. Perhaps they will add computer-generated characters into these scenes. They shipped in some Los Angeles Times for the set, or maybe for the crew to read. Thanks Mikey for the photos.