WHEN ALL YOU'VE EVER KNOWN IS LOST
FIND YOUR COURAGE
This is by far the longest I've ever been on a production. And uh, it started in August of 20...2009, when Ang came over, and he... he asked whether a digital character looks better or worse in stereo. And, we all kind of said, "We don't know. So why don't we give it a shot?"
So the...you know, the challenges for us were how to portray an ocean that's as much a character as possible. And you know this is the first film in a while that's really... right there in the ocean, non-stop for over three fifth of the running time.
So we had to find the way to deal with the ocean and then the animals. Hmm... Even we did...even though we did use some practical tigers, there was no ways we're putting even the trained tiger on the life raft with the actual actor. Hmm...even on the tank, put it among this 26-foot boat would have never flown with the insurance adjusters. So we had to make a digital tiger and make sure that it looked as real as the back to back with the real thing.
The whale breach, it has a slightly overcranked feel, a slight motion feel. And again to get that weight into that animal is...is tricky, and I think it works well. You know, for me, it was just really important that we could feel an animal weighing tons of pounds. And that it was powerful enough to breach out of the water to that height, just to fit the drama and to make it spectacular.
We just pushed the height of the jump, and the whale comes out of the water completely, and it looks cool.
LIFE OF PI