Post by Sparky on May 9, 2021 7:37:56 GMT
With Quadrophenia - that used many volunteers for the fight scene, it wasn't easy to control them all.
I did a job 5 or 6 years ago for the BBC, much of it was shot in a Secondary School during the autumn 1/2 term - and the BBC (in their wisdom) invited the school to provide 150 odd mixed age/sex Pupils and Staff as extras to fill up the school hall, playground and generally be around.
For the Director and First & 2nd ADs, It was a pain in the backside keeping control of them all, as their level of film making stopped at wandering around with a mobile phone. And the process was quite tedious.
Many didn't understand why something as simple as a group of kids walking into school would take most of the morning to shoot.
With the film, "The Shining" - in the scene where actress Shelley Duval runs out in the snow to the maze - Kubrik on purposely wound up Duval -during previous takes he'd stop her mid performance, constantly, until she was literally seething.
So when she runs out of that door into the snow - seething, screaming - it's a real reaction. It's all that aggression coming out in her character.
He did a similar thing with Jack Nicholson - prior to the 'Here's Johnny' Scene.
I think - as a Director, if you are known and have a good track record - you can get away with pretty much anything with actors. An unknown would just stick to the rules.