Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope explains how and why legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick greatly affected the production of the sequels.
The legendary film director Stanley Kubrick died on March 7, 1999 and it is now when it is revealed that he caused the filming of the aftermath of Matrix was miserable. Since nobody knows exactly why they did not achieve the same degree of quality as the original film.
At the time of its release, The Matrix impacted viewers around the world. Perfectly blending action and science fiction into one tremendously dazzling film that revolutionized the way the two genres could work together on screen and opened new avenues to explore. Unfortunately, the aftermath did not end up being as spectacular as expected. The two films were shot simultaneously adding up to 276 days of production. Cinematographer Bill pope He was a person who not only felt the pressure to film two sequels of a box office hit, but also hated every second of the process.
In a recent interview, Bill Pope shared his views on the “numbness of mind and soul” process that the shooting of the two sequels became.
In addition to this, the veteran cinematographer, who is not involved in the upcoming fourth installment of The Matrix, also blamed one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick. Citing the influence a book had on Wachowski sistersAs they became obsessed with redoing shots over and over until the whole process became too difficult to bear:
“Everything that was good about the first experience with the Matrix was not good about the last two. We were no longer free. People looked at you. There was a lot of pressure. In my heart, I didn't like them. I felt that we should go in another direction. There was a lot of friction and a lot of personal issues, and it was shown on the screen to be honest. It was not my highest moment, nor was it anyone else's. The Wachowski had read this damn Stanley Kubrick book that said, "Actors don't do natural performances until they're exhausted." So let's shoot 90 takes! I want to unearth Stanley Kubrick and kill him. "
It is very unfair to blame Stanley Kubrick for the drop in quality of the Matrix sequels. If the Wachowski sisters were very successful, they must have emulated the shooting conditions of the first installment. Since the large number of special effects that was used instead of giving more importance to the story was also widely criticized. Something the legendary Stanley Kubrick would probably agree with.
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