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Greig Fraser Goes Dark for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to Definition Magazine about his challenging, but rewarding, run-and-gun shoot.

'Zero Dark Thirty' in Post-Production

Dylan Tichenor

The Editor's Guild talks to editors Dylan Tichenor A.C.E., and William Goldenberg along with sound designer Paul Ottosson about the post-production process for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.

Says Tichenor about cutting together the more than 320 hours of footage, "I remember there was a ton of footage — hour upon hour upon hour — and our job as editors was to find the salient moments that speak to us and tell the story and the performance. As such, we had to watch every bit of it and pay attention and take notes and pull our bits."

The Run-and-Gun Style of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

American Cinematographer delves into the collaboration between cinematographer Greig Fraser and director Kathryn Bigelow on action thriller Zero Dark Thirty.

Image Engine Creates Visual Effects for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Image Engines provided more than 300 shots for the critically acclaimed feature film Zero Dark Thirty, which is now playing in theaters nationwide, and has been nominated for a 2013 Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. This included creating the computer generated Stealth Hawk helicopters (top-secret military vehicles used during the operations), as well as augmenting the bustling military encampments with computer-generated environments, digital soldiers, vehicles and effects.

The Visual Effects of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

FXGuide breaks down the visual effects of Zero Dark Thirty, including making CGI helicopters and dust, creating a crash sequence, substituting day for night and more.

They write, "When U.S. Navy SEALs raided a Pakistan compound on May 2nd, 2011 and killed Osama bin Laden, it was an almost moonless night. So when director Kathryn Bigelow sought to re-create the raid in Zero Dark Thirty, she and DOP Greig Fraser had a very clear mandate to film the scene in almost pitch darkness. The result is an authentic re-telling of the hunt for the Al Qaeda leader, but also one that posed a significant challenge for the visual effects crew from Image Engine, called upon to create photorealistic stealth helicopters used in the daring raid, as well as several other key effects in the Oscar-nominated film."

Read the full piece here.

Greig Fraser on the Crafty, Invisible Art of Cinematography

Zero Dark Thirty DP Greig Fraser talks extensively to The Credits about everything from shooting digital for the first time to storyboarding to the stealthy art of cinematography.

DP Greig Fraser Pulls Back from Perfection for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to the New York Times about some of the challenges of shooting Zero Dark Thirty, which involved a climactic scene filmed in near pitch darkness. Says Fraser, "We wanted to try to avoid ‘filmisms,’ classic filmmaking tricks, in making this. There’s always the temptation, as a cinematographer, to make the shot look as perfect as possible. But we tried to pull back a little bit on those false ideas visually and strip it down to its essence.”

Read the full piece here.

Editing 'Zero Dark Thirty:' Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Assemble the Perfect Procedural

Few films have the potential to be as politically charged as Zero Dark Thirty. Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, K-19: The Widowmaker) and producer/writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, In the Valley of Elah) have evaded those minefields by focusing on the relentless CIA detective work that led to the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs. Zero Dark Thirty is more of a suspenseful thriller than an action-adventure movie. It seeks to tell a raw, powerful story that’s faithful to the facts without politicizing the events.

Night Vision: Cinematographer Greig Fraser Captures Kathryn Bigelow’s 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 war drama The Hurt Locker swept the Oscars for its powerfully realistic portrayal of an Iraq war bomb squad unit. Bigelow’s follow up this year, the even more ambitious war-themed feature Zero Dark Thirty, is receiving the same kind of accolades. The film, which starts with the 9/11 attack and concludes with the Navy SEAL’s raid of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, is told in a very straightforward way; Bigelow embraces a style designed to make viewers feel like they’re observing real life unfold without the traditional trappings that indicate that we’re watching a war movie.

Night Vision: Cinematographer Greig Fraser Captures Kathryn Bigelow’s 'Zero Dark Thirty'

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<p>Director Kathryn Bigelow&rsquo;s 2008 war drama The Hurt Locker swept the Oscars for its powerfully realistic portrayal of an Iraq war bomb squad unit. Bigelow&rsquo;s follow up this year, the even more ambitious war-themed feature Zero Dark Thirty, is receiving the same kind of accolades. The film, which starts with the 9/11 attack and concludes with the Navy SEAL&rsquo;s raid of Osama bin Laden&rsquo;s Pakistan compound, is told in a very straightforward way; Bigelow embraces a style designed to make viewers feel like they&rsquo;re observing real life unfold without the traditional trappings that indicate that we&rsquo;re watching a war movie.</p>

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 war drama The Hurt Locker swept the Oscars for its powerfully realistic portrayal of an Iraq war bomb squad unit. Bigelow’s follow up this year, the even more ambitious war-themed feature Zero Dark Thirty, is receiving the same kind of accolades. The film, which starts with the 9/11 attack and concludes with the Navy SEAL’s raid of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, is told in a very straightforward way; Bigelow embraces a style designed to make viewers feel like they’re observing real life unfold without the traditional trappings that indicate that we’re watching a war movie.

The Final Trailer for 'Zero Dark Thirty' Released

The final trailer for Golden Globe nominee and likely Oscar candidate Zero Dark Thirty has just been released, focusing on the decade-long work of the intelligence team that eventually found and killed Osama Bin Laden. "Witness the greatest manhunt in history," the tagline reads. Watch below.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Producer on Kathryn Bigelow: 'Nothing Fazes Her'

Producer Megan Ellison talks the challenges and film footage of Zero Dark Thirty, saying of director Kathryn Bigelow, "Nothing fazes her. She’s just so efficient on set. Our first day, we did 72 set-ups. She moves fast."

Read more here on The New York Times.

Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow Talk 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Writer/producer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow talk to Vulture about the fast and grueling road to get Zero Dark Thirty made and released only 18 months after the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. Says Bigelow, "The goal was to be as accurate as we possibly could without, obviously, having been there. I didn’t want it to feel like a movie."

Read the full piece here.

Cinematographer Greig Fraser on Shooting in Darkness for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to HitFix about achieving the look of Zero Dark Thirty, especially shooting in darkness for the climactic final scene depicting the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

He says, "This is one thing I will absolutely give credit to both [director] Kathryn [Bigelow] and to [writer] Mark [Boal] for. Their drive to be as realistic as possible in this film. I mean, it makes life hard for technicians like myself. But Kathryn would say, 'We want to go real. We want the viewer to believe they’re in bin Laden’s front yard walking towards that front door as much as possible.'"

Read the full article here.

'Zero Dark Thirty:' A Historical Thriller Written in Real-Time

The New York Times talks to director Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the team behind the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, about their latest film Zero Dark Thirty centered on the hunt and eventual assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The film takes on the mammoth task of presenting a historically accurate take on a very recent event consisting heavily of classified information.

Says Boal, "I don’t want to play fast and loose with history."

Read the full article here.

Watch the New 'Zero Dark Thirty' Trailer

A new trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, about the elite squad who assassinated Osama Bin Laden, has just been released. The thriller looks tense and topical, similar to Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. It'll be released on December 19th.

Watch the trailer below.

Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Debuts

The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming drama about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, has debuted online. Says co-screenwriter Mark Boal, "I'm fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good. I think they're heroic and I'm intrigued by them. I'm fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people."

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