Oct 01, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on It’s important to ‘read’ each other’s face: Ang Lee
Taiwanese American director Ang Lee said Sunday the most important thing in life is to "read" each other's face -- and that's why he tried to use the most sophisticated technology to shoot his latest film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk."
During a seminar in Taipei, Lee was asked why he shot the film with 120 frames per second in 3-D, 4-K resolution. He said not using make-ups was a challenge to his actors and actresses, especially in close-up, which was supposed to show their facial expressions in great details.
He said he intended for moviegoers to "feel the heat" in the acting and "see through" the actors' facial expressions and thoughts.
In his habitual humor, Lee said he would not use the 24 frames per second technology to look at Donald Trump. "Twelve frames per second should be enough to do that," he added.
As in the song "Like a Virgin," Lee said he hoped to try new ways of doing things as if they were happening for the first time.
While he used the new technology to shoot the Billy Lynn story, Lee said "I wasn't trying to take down the fences in the paradise; I was just trying to move them farther away."
On Friday, he told a press conference that cutting-edge technologies, such as the ones used in his latest film, could revolutionize moviegoers' relationships with film, making the movie-viewing experience much more intimate and personal.
The biggest breakthrough of the film is not the sharpness or fineness of its images, but its potential to change people's basic attitudes toward cinema-viewing, and their relationships and interactions with the story, Lee said.
"That has been the biggest inspiration and challenge for me," said the 61-year-old filmmaker, who is in Taiwan to promote the film.
Lee's new film was shot with the highest frame rate for any movie in history and five times the normal cinema rate of 24 frames per second. The ultra-high frame rate is said to produce crystal-clear images that make it seem like audiences are looking through a window.
"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" is about a group of soldiers, including 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who were celebrated for their exploits during the war in Iraq at halftime during a football game.
The film will hit theaters in Taiwan Nov. 11. Vieshow Cinema in Taipei's Q Square will be the only cinema in Taiwan equipped to show the film in its original format.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel