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Director Danny Boyle
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Reviewed by The Cubist on January 8th, 2008
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He starts off by telling the genesis of the film. He also talks about how he got the actors to react convincingly to CGI effects that, of course, were not present on the set during filming. He touches upon some of the research he did for the film and points out the parts that are based on fact. Boyle speaks passionately about his film and packs this track with tons of information and observations.
Also included is an additional commentary by Dr. Brian Cox from the University of Manchester, who was a scientific consultant on the film. He talks about how he got involved and how the filmmakers wanted to get away from the typical scientist stereotype. He gave the cast lectures on scientific facts that their characters would know. Cox talks about the plausibility of the film’s premise and the psychology of people in long-term spaceflight on this very informative track.
Reviewed by TommyT on February 4th, 2008
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A great commentary for a great film! Boyle clearly enjoyed making this film & he talks ethusiastically about the development of the story & the cinematographic techniques he & crew used during the production. He also reveals a few details about the story that I never would've picked up on.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on January 20th, 2016
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A great commentary. Danny Boyle is always fascinating, passionate and enthusiastic, but possibly more so on this track than other tracks I've heard, I get the feeling that Sunshine was a very, very important film to Danny Boyle.
He discusses all aspects of production, gives all involved their props, explains his influences and his decision making process.
A real treat of a commentary that I keep returning to.
Reviewed by grimjack on October 19th, 2019
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Like all of Danny Boyle commentaries, you really can tell just how complete of a filmmaker he is. How as an artist he thinks carefully about the looks, the camera angles, the performances, the special effects, and the weird optical effects, all which he uses to enhance the feel of a scene he is trying to get across.
This is a very educational track, as he talks about all sorts of things ranging from getting actors to do what he needs, how lead actors can steer the direction of a film, how he tries to sculpt his special effects to have meaning rather than mere spectacle, the importance of budgets, how to concisely put the script on the screen, and lots more. Definitely worth listening to (and a very good movie as well).
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