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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

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.

"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.

"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."

— The 18th century Danish period piece "A Royal Affair," which centers on the forbidden romance between the Queen of Denmark and royal physician and minister Johann Struensee, was filmed in Prague, not Denmark.

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