Within the behind-the-scenes featurette “Below Assault” on the “Youngsters of Males” DVD, crew members mentioned the sophisticated means of capturing such a fluid, car-based motion scene with few cuts. Producer Eric Newman noticed the issue of attaining the “full vary of imaginative and prescient” Alfonso Cuarón needed whereas having stuntmen and actors each inside and outdoors the automotive throughout the ambush. “You possibly can’t match a digicam crew in a automotive,” he stated. Therein lay the issue.
Cuarón thought of going inexperienced display screen earlier than he and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki devised what Newman known as an “unbelievable piece of equipment” that enabled them to fulfill the technical problem of the complete, five-minute automotive scene. As digicam operator Frank Buono defined, the two-axis dolly is a rig with “the Sparrow Head from Doggicam and two energy slides, which work collectively to maneuver the digicam out and in, ahead, backwards, proper and left.” This made it attainable to “put the digicam anyplace within this transferring automobile and be capable to go searching 360, out the window, and by no means see any rigging or be bothered by any obstructions.”
There have been already 5 actors within the automotive, however 4 extra individuals — Cuarón, Buono, the cameraman, and the main target puller — have been mounted on high in a specifically constructed operation station. Because the actors filmed their five-way dialogue and reactions, having the digicam transfer round freely in the course of the automotive stored them on their toes, since there was no telling the place it could be at any given time.
For Julianne Moore, that unpredictability made her character’s dying scene all of the extra “thrilling to shoot.” Based on Chiwetel Ejiofor, there have been hinges on the automotive seats so they may transfer out of the way in which if want be.