Director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is not only visually pleasing, but also tells a young man’s story of adventure, survival and discovery.
During a recent event in New York, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment gave an intimate look on how the film was made, deleted scenes and special featueres. Director Ang Lee, editor Tim Squyres and screenwriter David Magee were on hand to discuss the challenges with making the movie, bring the book to life and how the industry is changing.
“The editor for a movie like this is not just doing montage and putting images together, doing combinations, and deciding rhythms,” said Lee. “He’s actually making the images as well.
“I don’t really know what editors do or how to define editing anymore. It involves creating images, as well — particularly the rhythm of mise en scène, not just montage,” he said.
The panel discussion included the screening of two deleted scenes, as well as VFX breakdowns from the film’s massive shipwreck scene, which will be included in the Blu-ray supplements.
As part of the extensive production of Life of Pi, Lee made a cartoon sketch of each shot of the scene, frame by frame, to further bring the book to the big screen.
The director also addressed challenges with making a movie such as this.
“A movie like this, it’s very common that half of the budget goes to visual effects,” Lee said. “This is a business where it’s very hard to make money, and it’s at the end of post-production, so everyone’s getting down on the VFX studios.
“And, each time you see visual effects, you want to see something that’s never been done before, so their research-and-development fees are high,” he said.
Life of Pi will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD internationally on March 8 and in North America on March 12 by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Edited: March 11th, 2013