It seems the Wachowski Brothers are planning to wow us all with some new innovative camera work in their upcoming big screen adaptation of Speed Racer. According to Frosty over at Collider, the Wachowski's are planning to shoot the film so that everything in the frame is in focus, just like a cartoon would be.
Susan Sarandon spilled a little bit about the new camera that is being used on the set, and exactly what the Wachowski's are doing with it. Here is an excerpt for her resent In the Valley of Elah press conference, with Tommy Lee Jones in attendance:
Susan Sarandon: I love the Wachowski Brothers. Basically all I do is make pancakes in the movie and stand around and serve breakfast to everybody.
Tommy Lee Jones: What camera are they using?
Susan Sarandon: They're using some high def thing that comes with guards and it's beyond anything I've ever seen.... 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.
Tommy Lee Jones: The camera comes with guards?
Susan Sarandon: Yeah, yeah. When I talked with them on the phone - I'd never met them - when they asked me to do it, I had two conversations with them because it's a very small part and it was a very long commitment because of the way they were shooting this. At a certain point I just said I don't have the faintest idea of what you are talking about, I'm in. I just thought when am I ever going top get a chance to be up to my neck in something I understand so little about and they definitely fulfilled my expectation. But they have these two big, huge, widescreen things...At the end of the day you can see how everything is going to be before it's treated and they have a room of 200 or 300 guys that are doing all the background, it's insane. And we were shooting on 4 stages and it was really interesting and a lovely experience and all the actors were great and I was working with a monkey...I'm sorry a chimpanzee - he doesn't like to be called a monkey. It was wild... and they're very, very sweet. They have complete control, which is every director's dream.
Tommy Lee Jones: What is the movie about?
Susan Sarandon: It's a cartoon called Speed Racer which they're now making into a movie. What the story's about is John Goodman and I are mom and pops and he makes racing cars and it's about the corruption of sports by corporations and of course while we were doing it all these horrible things were happening in the sports world - including the racing world. It's all about cheating and betting and how things are fixed and everything else, but it's also about family values and pancakes are love.
There is a lot of talk that it might be rated G? Are they still going for that?
Susan Sarandon: Yeah.
"Speed Racer" opens May 9th, 2008.
Speed Racer was released May 9th, 2008 and stars Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Elia, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Holroyd, Ariel Winter, Scott Porter, Gian Ganziano, Peter Fernandez. The film is directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.