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Anatomy of a scene: 'Under the Skin'

Anatomy of a Scene: 'Under the Skin'
In the New York Times series 'Anatomy of a Scene,' people who had a hand in creating different films discuss what it really took to get the perfect shot. In the latest installation, Jonathan Glazer narrates a sequence from his film 'Under the Skin,' and explains that -- contrary to what an audience likely thinks -- this crucial scene was not shot with tons of actors on a sound stage. Instead, Glazer wanted to film a very 'real' reaction to a woman falling.

"Hello, I'm Jonathan Glazer and I'm the director of 'Under the Skin.'

Okay, so Scarlett's playing a character who's actually and alien in human form. Here she is walking down a street. It's a live street, there was no lock off, there are no extras. These are shops and people going about their normal business.

She's being filmed here out of an open window of a moving vehicle. Nobody is aware there's a camera crew anywhere. We're all hidden. All the cameras are hidden.

So the idea of the scene is that she falls, she trips and while she's down on the ground she's being asked if she needs help by passers by. So she's sort of slowly coming to and it's a key scene in the film because it's about a kind of demonstration of human kindness and how we help each other up when we fall, really.

So these people were here, this was shot through the window of a shop. And people aren't aware that we're filming at all, this is just life on a Glasgow street. And this camera angle is shot through the window of an apartment. And in that scene it's the beginning of her drift towards human impulse."

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PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM April 06 2014 at 5:40 AM

lucky the alien had the form of someone young and attractive

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Timothy April 06 2014 at 11:27 AM

Not only "and alien", but AOL didn't even spell her name correctly. Isn't it spelled Scarlett Johansson? Nope, no proofreading required.

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nicolaxoxo April 06 2014 at 7:50 PM

Anyone know if this is her real hair or a wig? I think she looks great in the one still shot looking up, probably the prettiest that I have seen her look.

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D.D. April 06 2014 at 7:20 PM

Did anyone ask her for a date? I would have.

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Susan PI April 06 2014 at 6:33 PM


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Jdarren4ever April 06 2014 at 4:27 PM

She's a good actress. I like her movies.

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cvanac8550 April 06 2014 at 4:06 PM

sounds like an upscale Life Force which if you are a fan of SiFi and have never seen Life Force your missing a really amazing flick

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ecdacky April 06 2014 at 12:53 PM

Glasgow has the nicest and kindest people in the places I've been to. The Glaswegians will just act their natural self .... and that is being kind. Camera or no camera that is what they are.

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Kenny April 06 2014 at 3:09 PM

everybody KNOWS they were shooting

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cvanac8550 April 06 2014 at 3:52 PM

terminally pretty . better in black .........looks like it could be an interesting movie ..I hope its not loaded with these never ending computer generated scenes that are becoming so commom...How about a story gd damnit

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