Continuing on from our Part 1 Interview with the incredible talent that is Jeremiah O'Driscoll, we delve a little further into some of his latest Film edits and some more crucial filmmaking advice.
NFF: The Walk (2015) was a fantastic film which held a combination of digital painting, green screen and other film related techniques and one of my favourite scenes is when Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character braces the walk over the Twin Towers. As a viewer it felt like it induced a level of vertigo – and I wondered if this was intended for the viewer?
J O'D: As I recall the original concept Mr. Zemeckis had for The Walk was to create an IMAX version of Petit's insane and beautiful 1974 performance which would play-out in real time as part of the World Trade Center Memorial museum that was to have and IMAX theatre. Whilst we were working on A Christmas Carol in Los Angeles Philippe Petit visited our motion capture stages many times. He was interviewed at length on camera and on one occasion he donned the motion capture suit and re-enacted his entire performance. It took seven years of pitching the concept and the film until TriStar decided to take it on. So, in a very real way, the vertigo-inducing scene was at the heart of the conception of the project. Editorially this scene in particular was very different from any other scene. When a wire walker walks the wire he looks neither up nor down, just straight ahead is a state of heightened concentration. So since the cuts aren't motivated by looks or eyelines any cut I'd make would be feeling my way through Joseph Gordon-Levitt's brilliant performance. Remarkably, by the time we filmed the climactic sequence, Joseph was accomplished enough to walk the wire himself. Many of the more technical moves were done by Jade Kindar-Martin, who is a very accomplished wire walker. [Read more...]