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Oscar foreign film nominees reveal movie magic

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

"No street in Copenhagen looks remotely like it used to look in the 1760s," said director Nikolaj Arcel. "But you can actually go to Prague, and they've quite beautifully kept some of these old streets and restored them."

— Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, the directors of the Norwegian film "Kon-Tiki," digitally recorded their historical drama about the treacherous 1947 sea voyage of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl so they wouldn't run out of film.

Ronning said the filmmakers shot 140 terabytes worth of material — roughly about the size of 6,000 Blu-ray discs. They captured the boatload of footage because "Kon-Tiki" was shot in both Norwegian and English and included over 500 special effects shots.

— Kim Nguyen, the Canadian director of "War Witch," said his Congo-set drama about a young woman who becomes embroiled in an African rebellion was filmed chronologically, and that Rachel Mwanza, the film's 16-year-old star from the Congo, gained weight during production. It wasn't an issue because her character becomes pregnant in the film.

"She actually gained like 15 or 20 pounds during the film, which was perfect," said Nguyen. "Best special effect ever."




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