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Old August 19 2011, 02:10 AM   #1996
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Old August 22 2011, 02:15 AM   #1997
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Well the past 3 and half weeks or so have been very exciting for Pittsburgh

Nolan thanks Pittsburgh

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11233/1168937-100.stm

Mr. Nolan is going out on a classy note with a full-page ad in today's Post-Gazette expressing, "Thank You Pittsburgh." The backdrop is the movie's eye-catching poster art with the shape of a bat in the middle of crumbling buildings.

The ad is signed: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas & Charles Roven, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition to being the director and co-writer, Mr. Nolan is a producer along with Ms. Thomas and Mr. Roven.






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Old August 22 2011, 03:43 AM   #1998
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I visited Pittsburgh when I was an extra for the Heinz Field shoot. It was an incredible experience, and I met some very cool people. I am really saddened that Nolan and his crew are moving on. Pittsburgh during that time was just a wickedly cool place to visit and experience and you can tell the entire city was immersed into the whole filmmaking experience of The Dark Knight Rises.

I think what's made everything even more special and incredible were the various Pittsburgh Ninjas that captured so many cool and wild moments. There are some skeptics that think it is going "ruin" the film, but I digress. I think one of the coolest aspects about observing a film from afar is seeing little tidbits and how things are going to come together... because quite frankly at this stage we have very little actual idea about how everything is going to come together. We're legitimately clueless, despite all of the "spoilers" we witnessed unveiled in Pittsburgh.

Regardless, I love these Batman movies because I feel like I have some sort of inexplicable connection to them and that's mostly because I feel like we are experiencing the movie as it happens. It makes the actual viewing experience that much more amazing because we remember where we were when certain things happened. I'll never forget being an extra at Heinz Field and hearing Tom Hardy speak as Bane for the very first time. I'll never forget being merely feet away from Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister. I'll have those memories forever.

It really sucks that The Dark Knight Rises filming is winding down, and the fact that the production is leaving Pittsburgh almost feels like the end of an era, but I'm excited that we're still in the thick of the journey. I'm excited to have those memories and the experiences that I've went through thanks to Pittsburgh and the production of The Dark Knight Rises. There's so much more yet to discover. And I can't wait to discover it!
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Old August 22 2011, 03:59 AM   #1999
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It really sucks that The Dark Knight Rises filming is winding down,
Shooting runs through the middle of November.

and the fact that the production is leaving Pittsburgh almost feels like the end of an era
They were there for a month. That's not an "era." Step away from the computer and breathe, boy.
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Old August 22 2011, 04:14 AM   #2000
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I'm aware that filming runs through November. I plan on heading to New York in the fall to scope out filming. However, filming started in May and it is now the end of August, and they have about three months to go. They have been filming for four months, which means they are more than halfway done. We might not get the kind of revelatory tidbits we got in Pittsburgh. I'm assuming security might be tighter in Los Angeles and possibly New York. That's what I meant.

They might have only been there for a month, but it was quite an eventful month. We uncovered so much about the film (Bane's full look, the camo Tumblers, various Batman vs. Bane fight sequences, and so much more) even though we don't quite know how they pertain to the story. I feel like the production was so silent during the first three months of filming and then the last month was an onslaught of exciting revelations (we even got to see our first full look at Catwoman during that time as a consequence of filming in Pittsburgh).

It might not have felt like an era to you, or others, but to me and probably some people that were there or followed the production's duration in Pittsburgh closely it feels like the end of an era. I understand it might not mean much to you, but don't discredit what it means to others.
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Old August 22 2011, 04:22 AM   #2001
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I think what's made everything even more special and incredible were the various Pittsburgh Ninjas that captured so many cool and wild moments.
Have to give props to SubaruWRXfan who provided 80% of the videos. Also pittsburghmovies


two final videos from Pittsburgh



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Old August 22 2011, 04:28 AM   #2002
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He was amazing. I feel bad that I didn't get to meet him in Pittsburgh, but what he was able to capture was just incredibly awesome.
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Old August 22 2011, 05:15 AM   #2003
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I don't know anything about the movie industry, so I wonder, is it illegal to film or take pictures of a movie bieng filmed? I mean it is public property and shouldn't the 1st amendment protect people? I don't understand how they have the authority to tell someone to put thier camera away. Doesn't the public have a right to be there and witness it if they want? I really don't know, please enlighten me.
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Old August 22 2011, 05:27 AM   #2004
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I believe everything is game on an open set. We would not be getting the type of footage coverage we have been if this was a totally closed off set. Same with the "Avengers" and "Man of Steel" productions and to a lesser degree "Dark of The Moon" who had an open set for most of their location shooting.
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Old August 22 2011, 06:02 AM   #2005
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That sounds right, its just in those videos they are telling whoever to put the cameras away. I guess they are just wanting them to do it, but no real authority.
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Old August 22 2011, 10:33 PM   #2006
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My buddies and I were talking about this film and I'm sorry that we cannot muster up the sheer enthusiasm for it that is presented in this thread. Sure, it should be good, and we will see it, but a certain ennui has set in.

First of all, let's go back to Batman Begins. It's a great reboot of the franchise and does right by actually analyzing Bruce Wayne as a character, something the other films didn't really do, and least not really.

And there are those people that like Batman Begins better than the Dark Knight, but not for the same reason most people like the original better than a sequel,, which is because sequels are usually disappointing. TDK can hardly be called by anyone as dissappointing - but most of those people that do like BB better is because they happen to still be more interested in Wayne as the main character, and the ideas of fear and all of that, whereas the sequel was more of a crime drama set against a complex three-tiered moral compass.

The fact is that BB set up the sequel in interesting ways, for one thing the Joker card and the other, the "escalation" discussion, and for the other, word before the film came out was that they were going to go with the notion that it "was going to get worse before it got better" (meaning crime and the state of Gotham) despite Batman's presence. Batman Begins made decent money to be sure, but they were compelled less to top that film than to just make a good film to follow it up, a film that would explore the themes it hinted at. It was only when the film's marketing, Ledger's casting, and, much later, his death, all happened that the hype machine took over, but the reason it worked is because when the film was made, they couldn't give in to all that hype because it really didn't exist until post production, and instead, they were just trying to make a kick-ass film. And they did. But let's not forget that even though it was a good film, it, like all of Nolan's recent output was seriously flawed. His quick editing often leaves even keen viewers behind. I challenge anyone to really know what was happening with the bullet tests the first time they watched the film with absolute clarity.

But now, the hyper machine for this new film began way early. No matter how many ways you cut it, the new villains they picked are just as interesting as the Joker. The Joker required daring casting, a performance, that while not showy, did have to take a few chances. It was the one almost-showey performance in the film that needed to be that way. Bane seems to be a phyiscal threat to Batman because, what?, he's strong.. but that is just not as interesting to me as someone like the Joker, whose very essence strikes a polar dynamic with Batman. I honestly hope two things:

1. Nolan doesn't try to make a better film that Dark Knight so much as he just tries to make a good film in general. Giving into the hype and the expectations now wouldn't be a good idea.

2. Rumor has been going around that the LoS story comes back to the fold in this film, and if it does, I believe that Bane and Selana would not be the main villains (at most they would be the main villain's pawns) and I guess I hope he goes in that direction because, on their own, neither character seems to be as interesting a villain as is necessary. Plus, Nolan's gotta wrap up his "trilogy".

Wait -- what? Trilogy. Why is this a trilogy. It's not like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or even (the non-trilogy but still story ending) Harry Potter where a definite story end is eminent from all that proceeded it. Batman might begin, but his ending is less important than the various separate dillemmas that he encounters, all the challenges he would face. That's why Batman TAS was such a good show and obviously would work better than an animated series set in Middle Earth. Batman just is. and what he does in individual stories is more interesting than how or why he would ever stop being Batman. There was no quest, no specific destination in these three films of Nolan's Batman.

So here's where I differ from many people. I fear that this film is simply not going to have to have the depth or breadth of the other films - it will try to conclude a story that perhaps should have no conclusion, it will try to shoehorn in a manufactured end. And the trailer was unimpressive. The original teaser trailer for TDK showed us nothing but the bat symbol, but the dialogue you hear was chosen because because it got right to the core of what the themes of the film would be. If the dialogue of TDKR's teaser is comparable and gets to the core of what this film will be, than we are all in for a very shallow movie.

Plus there seems to be an over-reliance on silly gadgets and vehicles and set pieces, and those things are not what made those films good.

I might butt heads with JacksonArcher, (just on this issue.. he seems like an awesome guy and I'd love to chat with him) but while Nolan is one of the best and most thoughtful filmmakers of popular entertainment today, he still needs to improve a lot before he can be considered a master filmmaker. Inception is a film I love, but I can only love it when I've been able to accept it's many conceits and just enjoy it. I think Ellen Page's entire character was a cop-out and was there (perhaps by the demand of the studio) to serve as a vehicle for exposition - left to his own devices her character would never had been made an Nolan would have us try to p[iece together what was going on. But, of course that still would not explain how dream boxes could work in the dream exactly like their real counterparts, or myriad of other problems I had with that film ("Fischer's injured, he won't make it, even though this is only a dream. I let's move him down another layer, and then bring him back to this layer! That will work!")

If Nolan was truly the master filmmaker that everyone seems to think he is, I wouldn't be so worried about the Dark Knight Rises, but I don't think he is as good as the hype machine would have you believe.

And again, JA, I'm not dissuading you from having your heroes, as a writer I do myself, but look to their flaws, and you might actually learn more. Concentrate on your own style, become your own film making hero, let your own personal style be unleashed instead of talking about how cool it is to be within ten feet of other filmmakers. I don't mean this as insulting or to be flaming but instead just as advice.
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Old August 23 2011, 12:59 AM   #2007
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I've never bought into the idea that TDKR has to wrap up Batman's quest. It could simply be Batman overcomes incredible odds in a good story and ends on the note of Batman finally embraced as Gotham's genuine guardian angel.

I suspect that every little tidbit of information and every pic coming to light is being over analyzed to death and that what we finally get as a whole onscreen will be quite different. Letting certain things slip out can be just as misleading as keeping a super tight lid on everything.

I enjoy the occasional photo coming to light, but I try not to get to over analytical about it.
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Old August 23 2011, 01:49 AM   #2008
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There's not many options anyway. He dies, he stops or his identity is revealed. Or he goes on as Batman forever.
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There's not many options anyway. He dies, he stops or his identity is revealed. Or he goes on as Batman forever.
So why is there so much hype for this film? The reason the last film had hype was because the story was looking more and more interesting, not because there was a Batpod, or new armor, or whatever. But all we've seen about this film are devices, gimmicks, and what look to be bland, uninteresting characters...
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I'm curious about how Catwoman will be done in this film because Anne Hathaway doesn't strike me as an obvious choice for the character. Yes, I'm interested in some of the glimpsed hardware, but I really want to see how Batman will be evolved and whether and how society's perception of him will change.
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