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Watch: Gareth Edwards Explains The Halo Jump In Anatomy Of A Scene From 'Godzilla'

by Ken Guidry
May 20, 2014 10:35 AM
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After his film “Godzilla” raked in $93 million at the box office this past weekend, you can bet director Gareth Edwards is having a good week. The film’s not only a financial success thus far, but it’s received approval from the majority of critics as well. And as part of New York Times’s regular feature, Anatomy of a Scene, the director recently got a chance to speak in great detail about a sequence from “Godzilla” that he appears to be particularly proud of.

The scene features the film's str Aaron Taylor-Johnson who deploys from an aircraft with his fellow soldiers, also known as a halo jump. As Edwards explains, a halo jump is when you pull your parachute at a very low altitude after jumping from a very great height.

Edwards reveals in his commentary that the scene is actually a combination of multiple different locations and effects. For example, when the soldiers make their jump, they’re on location in Hawaii. Then, the shot after that jump is 100% CGI. The scene combines CGI with real footage of skydivers in Paris and California and there’s even some green screen action going on here and there.

The director also talks a little bit about the overall imagery and what it’s meant to evoke. Overall, it’s a pretty fascinating video and if you dug “Godzilla,” you’ll most definitely want to check it out below.

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