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It Was A Tough Task Making This Film
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
3 July 2007
Some of the things I found interesting in this 60-minute
behind-the-scenes "documentary" about the making of the film, "The New
They built the fort and village from scratch, using the wood and trees
from the area: a monumental task. Built the houses as they would have
built them 400 years ago.
People really had to learn how to walk and stalk like the Indians back
then. No easy feat, physically.
It took eight months to find the right woman to play Pocahantas. They
went all over the world looking and she was right there in Los Angeles
all the time.
The actors playing the Algonquin tribesmen from Virginia were Indians
from all over the U.S. and it wasn't easy for these Native Americans to
have to do things they never would do in real life. For example, the
Algonquin people shaved half of their head so the long hair wouldn't
get in th way of their arrow-smith prowess. In some tribes in which
these actors belonged, shaving your head in this manner was only done
when a close relative died, so it took "a lot of soul searching" for
them to do look this way in the film.
The most challenging scenes to shoot were the boat scenes. Getting
three ships positioned properly in a narrow river, and getting all the
support ships out the way" is easier said that done.
The heat, humidity and rain shooting in the summer in Virginia was
tough, too. Cameras would constantly fog up, for example. The rainfall
in the six months they shot was one of the highest in Virginia's
history, it was said. Colin Farrell, who played John Smith, was
amazing, having to rehearse for hours in that heat with almost a full
suit of armor on his body. The actors who played the colonists said
they couldn't believe how brave those men were to come into a totally
new world and have the hardships they had to endure as settlers. This
documentary made me appreciate them, too, and the actors for the long
hard work these people do under sometimes-very adverse conditions.
Note: Just about everyone on this film crew was interviewed at one time
or another, but director Terrence Malick was never shown or heard from
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