Oscar foreign film nominees reveal movie magic
FILE - This publicity film image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen, left, and Alicia Vikander in a scene from "A Royal Affair." The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/Magnolia Pictures, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few old-school video cameras, a cloned apartment, a sea of digital sharks, and an actress who helped herself to craft services were just a few tricks that international filmmakers employed in their Oscar nominated films.
The five directors nominated for this year's foreign language film Academy Award revealed on Saturday how they used movie magic:
— "No," an account of the advertising tactics used in the 1988 campaign to oust Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, was filmed with U-Matic video cameras to give the film a grainy VHS aesthetic similar to the political commercials it depicted.
Producer Gale Anne Hurd, left, and director Nikolaj Arcel pose together during the The Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Arcel's feature film "A Royal Affair" is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
"We got used to it, and we just started loving it," said director Pablo Larrain, who noted that the vintage cameras had less resolution than an iPhone. "When we get to see regular movies now, they look so sharp!"
— Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke based the apartment where much of his relationship drama "Amour" takes place on his parents' own home because it felt comfortable and inspired him when crafting the film about an elderly French couple. The apartment was built on a soundstage and digital effects were used in windows to make the cityscape come alive.
FILE - This publicity image released by Item 7 shows a scene from "War Witch." The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/Item 7)
"It was an exact reproduction," said Haneke through a translator. "Not because their story had anything to do with what was happening on screen, but it gave me ideas and helped me find solutions when writing the script."