This morning, three new user-generated videos from the set of Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Inception, popped up online and we have them for you. They’re all from the film’s downtown Los Angeles shoot.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on. The first clip is definitely the most interesting. Not since Amtrak sponsored Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade have I seen a train running along asphalt-paved city streets. But that was a long time ago…
Guess this little transportation anomaly is all part of Inception‘s hook that it takes place "in the architecture of the mind." I wonder who the best coffee in this guy’s head…
Kudos to whoever shot this next clip, which is a severe high angle looking down from a tall building at some sort of ruckus on the streets below. You can hear what’s presumably gunfire or a lot of little kids with firecrackers. I’m going with guns. From a filmmaking enthusiast’s standpoint, it’s worth watching because the bird’s eye view shows you how someone like Nolan blocks out the action and the cameras in a big set piece.
The final clip isn’t all that special, but we thought we’d include it anyway. It looks like it’s part of some chase scene. If you’ve ever seen a crew shoot a car commercial, this is pretty standard stuff. If you haven’t, check out the camera car pursuing the van. The camera rig on top is called "The Ultimate Arm," and it’s used in pretty much every big driving scene nowadays. Depending on how the camera department sets it up, the camera has the ability to fly 360-degrees around the car it’s mounted on top of.
Hope whoever is responsible for these videos keeps ‘em coming. There’s probably a Wanted sign with his or her picture on it around set by now, I’m sure. Or else this is a viral stunt by the filmmakers. Gah! Mind games, Nolan!
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