With six Oscars, Mad Max: Fury Road was the most awarded film of the 88th most important film ceremony, instance to which he had arrived with 10 nominations.
The fourth installment of the saga Mad Max, released in 2015, presents the usual post-apocalyptic life created by George Miller and that he has developed in all titles. On this occasion, with the presence of Tom Hardy y Charlize Theron as protagonists.
Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyle, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound were the recognitions that the film took on Max Rockatansky (Hardy), a survivor of a nuclear holocaust who is captured by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) to be a blood donor for his army. On the other hand, the commander Furiosa (Theron) tries to escape while on a trip looking for gasoline for the Citadel, Joe’s stronghold.
Max and Furiosa’s big-screen encounter is the explosive result of a production that began in the mid-90s, first with Miller returning to have the rights to the saga (in the ’80s he directed the first three, starring Mel Gibson), writing a script and fine-tuning the details for the start of filming in 2001. However, the attack on the Twin Towers and the subsequent US invasion of Iraq it put the fourth film on hold for nearly a decade.
It was not until 2006 that Miller decided to resume the project, re-writing the script and pulling the first strokes of the car design with Brendan McCarthy. In 2010, Hardy and Theron joined the production as leads. In fact, at that time, the director was thinking of making two films: Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa.
Filming was scheduled for 2012 in New South Wales, southeastern Australia. However, the entire team had to leave that location because unexpected rains grew wild flowers that clouded the idea of showing an inhospitable place.
The filming, finally, started in June 2012 in the Namibian desert in Africa, after the production designer Colin Gibson (a close associate of Miller) would rule out the Atacama Desert (Chile) and the Salt Lake Chott el Jerid (Tunisia).
According to Gibson, the movements of the particular cars and the movements of the actors were made with practical tricks (such as the use of harnesses that were eliminated in post-production), with real things happening in front of the camera instead of generating computer images (CGI).
“Miller had spent too many years with pixels that did whatever he wanted, that is, penguins and pigs whose lips moved”Gibson said in reference to the Australian director’s earlier films, Happy Feet and Babe. “And then we wanted to make the last live action movie and make the stunts as authentic as possible.”added. Some athletes and members of Cirque du Soleil were part of the filming.
Gibson was recognized with the Oscar for Best Production Design alongside Lisa Thompson.
Filming ended in December 2012 and Miller asked his wife Margaret Sixel (with whom I had already worked in Happy Feet and Babe) to take over the editing. There were 480 hours of film material and it took him three months to see the complete material.
As for the sound, Mad Max took nature as a reference. For example, the sound designer Mark Mangini took as inspiration Moby-Dick, with Furiosa’s vehicle, the War Rig, as if it were the great whale, while Immortan Joe was like Captain Ahab.
To such an extent came the fact that they did not want to use so much technology, that Mangini took up real whale sounds every time the vehicle was harpooned by Joe’s men. And when the truck crashes in the desert, what you hear is a slowed cry of a bear.
Sixel took the Oscar for Best Editing, while Mangini along with David White received the award for Best Sound Editing.
What is coming? Miller stated last January that there will be at least two more deliveries of Mad Max, although in October he announced that Furiosa may not be present.
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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, the post-apocalyptic world created by George Miller