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Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart': A Filmmaker's Passion (2000)

A very well structured making-of ducumentary for the film Braveheart (1995). We learn about how Mel Gibson got attached to the project as star, director and producer. This is a fairly ... See full summary »

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A very well structured making-of ducumentary for the film Braveheart (1995). We learn about how Mel Gibson got attached to the project as star, director and producer. This is a fairly informative piece that is a great companion to the film. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

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Interesting look at the craft of movie-making
14 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's no plot as such to a documentary short such as this. Rather, it's a look at the craft of movie-making and the specifics of some of the production of the film, "Braveheart." This is an interesting film from that standpoint. It accompanies the DVD that was issued with the movie on DVD after this documentary was made in 2000.

The title given on my DVD is "A Filmmaker's Passion: The Making of Braveheart." It includes short interviews with some of the cast and crew. Other reviews discuss the mechanical horses used in "Braveheart." This shows how they were used, and also how the scenes were shot with the raining arrows. "Braveheart" Director and actor Mel Gibson explains that the challenge for any epic film of this nature is to make it appear realistic without anyone getting hurt. So, we see some of the movie craft that made that possible in "Braveheart."

Another interesting aspect here is an interview with the screenwriter Randall Wallace. We never learn if William Wallace, the hero of "Braveheart" and larger than life real hero of Scotland, was a distant relative of the writer's. But he admits that he had never heard of the Scottish hero before taking on the movie project. He went to Stirling, Scotland, and saw the 220-foot tower monument to Wallace. The writer hints at the extensive fictitious accounts in the movie. With very little historical details recorded anywhere about William Wallace, the movie story was based more on legends which are part of the Scottish lore.

Anyone who has wondered how such large battle scenes are staged should enjoy this look behind the scenes of the movie. Besides the mechanical, stunt work and special effects, this film shows the location shooting and how so many extras could be coached into making the realistic battle scenes. That part of the film was shot in Ireland, and the producers were able to use an entire reserve unit of the Irish army. Some 1,500 Irish soldiers were used for the battle scenes.

This short mentions that the shooting in Scotland was near Inverness. They didn't know when they chose it that it was supposedly the rainiest place in Europe. But, Gibson said that helped add to the realism, and we see some of the scenes that were shot in the rain.

For movie buffs who like to know how some films are made, this documentary is a very good look at the craft of movie-making and the work on the movie, "Braveheart."


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