Mad Max: Fury Road – Cinefex 142 Extract

by Graham Edwards

Mad Max: Fury Road - exclusive visual effects coverage in Cinefex issue 142

All this week we’re featuring exclusive extracts from the articles in our latest issue – Cinefex 142, now available in both print and digital editions.

Today we’re looking at Mad Max: Fury Road. In this extract, stunt supervisor and action unit director Guy Norris describes the massive logistical operation behind the action-packed location shoot in Namibia:

“The desert base camp accommodated approximately 1,000 crew members. “It was a Western on wheels. It was like when John Ford would get together 40 riders and they’d spend three months filming in Colorado. We had 65 stunt people on location for nine months. On our biggest days, we had more than 150 stunt performers.

“We had our training base and gym in a factory in Walvis Bay, and when we rolled out to location it was like a military operation with different divisions — bikes, trucks and cars. Every morning I used a big whiteboard to brief the crew, drawing roadmaps and using Matchbox toys to show what we were going to do.”

Read the complete article in Cinefex 142, which also features Jurassic World, San Andreas and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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One thought on “Mad Max: Fury Road – Cinefex 142 Extract

  1. Fury Road was vibrant. It reached for new terrain and won. It had a viseral energy and power in a fresh palette, with many special hits of energy. Little things like the small boy gathering the hair, or making the guitarist blind, and energy shots like the tearing off of Nicholas Hoult with Josh Helman on the back turning and roaring his approval as the jets of fire blasted out of the exhaust, were my favorite moments. A couple of days ago I saw Jurassic World in 3-D, and felt that even though the 3-D was fine, it simply makes a film look artificial. Funny how I didn’t mind that in Fury Road. But Jurassic World brought me to a standstill with 3-D. I have a large collection of 3-D cards and a viewer, and although it’s entertaining in an old world charming way, the look is very artificial. Same with films. Oh, another thing, (since the Jurassic World blog has closed comments…) the best things in World were quiet moments…being with the creature that died…I felt that at the very end the tyrannosaurus shouldn’t have bellowed out another roar. It should have been another quiet moment, extended a bit longer…just being with him. Here’s to adventure films.

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