The Wachowski's Speed Racer Using Revolutionary Full Focus Cameras
For all of you out there who are doubting the upcoming Speed Racer, this is a big "I told you so!" If you were worried that The Wachowski Brothers were going to put out a boring G-rated film based on a cartoon, you're wrong. Our friends over at Collider have spent a while trying to figure out whether a rumor they heard about the cameras was true. He finally spoke with Susan Sarandon, who plays the mom, and received confirmation and some juicy details.
Let's jump right into it. Sarandon confirmed that the camera system they are using will have layered film so that both the front and back are in focus like a cartoon. Holy shit, yep that's what she just said!
They're using some high def thing that comes with guards and it's beyond anything I've ever…. I saw 10 minutes before I left, they did a special thing for me cause they're just wrapping and having a party tonight, they were still working after I left. They're doing something where they're layering film so that the front and the back are in focus like a cartoon and they're also doing two dimensional and three dimensional stuff and mixing and everything is very, very saturated with some new kind of film, so they actually have to treat the actors in some way so we can hold our own with the background. So it's every color that wasn't in The Matrix is seriously in this film.
This has been a documented thing since the first announcements about Speed Racer. The Wachowski's have said that they don't do movies unless they can achieve something great each time. It's just a matter of wrapping your head around a new idea each time they do it, because no one will imagine they can do what they're doing until they see it on the screen.
It's even hard to grasp the idea right now. Imagine the look of 2D animated cartoons with the entire frame being in-focus (like the photo below), and transpose that into live action film. Doesn't make sense does it? I'm incredibly anxious to see the first look of this and see exactly what Sarandon's talking about.
You can read the full interview with some more technical details and an on-set anecdote from Sarandon over at Collider. This confirms the idea that Speed Racer will essentially feature visuals that we've never seen on the big screen before. At this moment, I'm more excited to see this filmmaking revolution than James Cameron's Avatar and definitely more than any 3D film. Go Wachowski's!