Behind the Scenes of Dredd – Slow-Motion Clip

Dredd 3D writer/producer Alex Garland explains the ‘Slo-Mo’ drug central to the film by saying, “The idea was that if you lived in this tough place, Slo-Mo would give you moments of beauty and peace and tranquility. You take it and your brain just starts running at a fraction of its normal speed.” And, because of the slower camera speed, the film’s drug scenes actually look visually stunning.
In this behind-the-scenes clip, Dredd Concept Artist Jock, Lead Stereographer Vincent Toto, Digital Camera Supervisor Stefan Ciupek, Special Effects Supervisor Max Poolman, Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, and actor Karl Urban talk about the design and using the newest generation of the Phantom camera to deliver the Slo-Mo effect onscreen.
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The Plot:
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD 3D to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Dredd 3D hits theaters on September 21, 2012.
Source: Lionsgate Films