How 'The Revenant' Melded Filmmaking Traditions with the Latest Tech

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest film The Revenant is already legendary for its unconventional filming conditions. Shot in some of the most remote areas of the world, using only available light, and featuring a large portion of near-silent scenes, the beautiful film is a testament to both filmmaking traditions and the new technology that made it possible.

"I wanted to shoot this film in the most traditional and original of ways: to go to the place. To go to the place and make the improbable probable," Inarritu tells Wired. "I used every trick to get this made and shot. But at the same time, we used every technical advantage we had, like a 65mm digital camera that allowed us to shoot super-fast and capture all the light possible in the shortest time. When we were shooting in some of these mountain locations, you can lose the light very early in the day, especially in the winter, when it goes behind the mountains early. So, we needed to make the most of our time."

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