The scene: Tilda Swinton crowd surfs Spain's La Tomatina festival. Cinematographer: Thomas Townend, second unit cinematographer Birth of the shot: Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey "was already working on 'The Avengers,' so my entire involvement with the movie lasted for the one-hour, 15-minute duration of the festival. I had a shot list, and the fun pressure of getting them in that allotted time." Making it work: "We had two cameras on balconies and two in the street. It's 40,000 people, most of whom have been up all night drinking, crammed into a very small space. We got the shot above the seething crowd first and then went out with Tilda [Swinton]. We had six guys with us dressed as revelers and they held Tilda aloft." Shot significance: "There's the hint of her former life as a travel writer. The color red from the festival contains obvious symbolism, given what happens later. And the shots from above, since they're filmed in slow-motion, deliberately distorts the reality, which is quite unhinged. In the film, it looks much more elegant."
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