The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed how he had to try to cut out some of the big budget production of The Avengers movie, to stop it from looking too clean. Joss claims that some of the sets that they had for The Avengers were a little too good.
Whedon explained, “Limitations are something I latch onto. A novelist has a blank page. A genre writer never has a blank page. That’s useful to me. By the same token the restriction of budget or set or location, anything like that, can be really useful. When you can have everything, everybody wants to give you everything and then it’s very hard to make things feel real, to make things feel lived in.”
He added, “We had these amazing sets, really beautifully designed, and epic, and great, but I found that once we got off the sets and started shooting on location…my camera work got a lot more interesting. Because I had to work around these things. Trying sometimes to pull the big budget out of the movie has been part of the creative process. As a producer, it convinced me to just, too much Scrooge is not a good thing.
Joss continued, “I got a guy in a cape, I got a guy with an A on his head, I got a green guy – it’s a delicate balance. And to make it feel real, like real filmmaking, even when there are CGI shots and they say, that looks like a bit of a mismatch, I was like keep it. Say it’s from different takes. If everything matches perfectly there’s going to be a disconnect, it’s going to feel too clean. It’s not going to feel like what I’m used to in film, which is a slight dirtiness.”
The Avengers is set to be released on April 27 in the UK and on May 4 in the UK.