Mad Max: Fury Road - Behind the Scenes: Video
Admit it, you can’t get enough of Mad Max: Fury Road either, can you? One of the summer’s most compelling action films yet has knocked everyone for a loop with a one-two punch of surprisingly subtle storytelling and eye-popping automotive action. Director/writer George Miller’s post-apocalyptic vision has us salivating for more.
The proposed sequels may not be in the works yet, but if you just have to know more, Screen Slam has almost 20 minutes of B-roll shot behind the scenes, from the making of the new movie. Miller’s deft hand in coaching his actors and crew comes through, as does a close-up look at the workings of Mad Max: Fury Road’s many, many stunts, the majority of which were done without CGI.
The decision to stick with practical effects has been praised for giving the movie its immediate and immersive feel, and the B-roll shows off some of what the actors and stunt crew went through to make them happen. It’s especially interesting to take note of how many of the shots were done with vehicles moving at speed—sometimes upwards of fifty of them racing in a pack across the desert—rather than green-screen. This inside look at the film shows off some of the secrets behind stunning visuals like the free-swinging "polecats," the leaping, grenade-lobbing desert bikers, and the explosion that destroys the massive "Buzzard Excavator," all of which were performed using practical effects.
Also, if you’ve been trying to spot and identify as many of the 80-plus Wasteland vehicles built for the movie as you can, the B-roll provides a closer look at several of the cars that only get a few seconds of screen time, including a bare-metal Nissan Z and early-1970s Dodge Charger. If you keep an eye on the background, you’ll see how incredibly huge Immortan Joe’s "Gigahorse," built from two 1959 Cadillacs and riding on tractor tires, really is. The taiko drums of the "Doof Wagon" and the flame-throwing guitar wielded by the Coma Doof Warrior thrashing away on his wall of speakers are also heard; like the rest of the vehicles in the movie, these props were actually functional and being used during filming.
You can check our own Mad Max: Fury Road movie review here.