I have been in Vegas the last couple of days – I have a film permit to shoot video and 3D video. Well yesterday we ran across a major film production, filming the movie Now You See Me. It stars a lot of famous people and according to some reports will be one of the most anticipated movies of 2013.
Watching the production was fascinating – a very slow moving, carefully planned but well conceived creative process. Nothing is by accident – a casual cocktail waitress briefly passing in front of the actors for example is discussed, modified and practiced before actually filming a number of takes. Every little detail is scrutinized down to the placement of lights – guys were crawling on the floor at one point identifying distracting light reflections off the shiny floor. The production had taken over a large portion of the Aria Hotel and Casino.
One of the highlights was seeing Woody Harrelson. I have enjoyed his acting going back to the days of Cheers – but that isn’t why it was a highlight. What I thought was awesome was how he took the time to greet many of the extras on the set – there were around a hundred! Then he went around and shook hands with the young production assistants who were basically standing off in the distance doing crowd control – class act!