Technical wizardry behind the Oscar films

If you weren't bowled over by the scientific history behind the leading Oscar films for 2015, you might be blown away by the technological advances in some of the other contenders.

As the U.K.'s Guardian reported in an article by Fred Wagner on 4 March 2015, Richard Linklater's Boyhood took 12 years to film.

You knew that.

But did you knew that a state law prohibits contracts lasting over seven years. So the actors could not commit legally. So any of them could have walked out before the end.

Birdman, filmed by Emmanuel Lubezki, looked as if it was filmed in one shot. Russian Ark, now 13 years old, pioneered this amazing technique to make the point about the massacre of the oblivious St. Petersberg haute-bourgeosie with a mob waiting outside their windows. But its marathon filming effort produced a film of 96 minutes, while Birdman runs for two hours in mostly cramped quarters.

Wagner also notes that Jean-Luc Godard shot most of his most recent film, Goodbye to Language, on a Canon 5D – a "non-professional" camera (costing around $4000).

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