Caught the matinee showing of Aquaman today and to my surprise it was a very, very entertaining movie. I wasn’t thrilled by the trailer and didn’t know enough about the character to see it for the comic’s sake, but after a few good reviews and a free ticket (thanks, David <3), I was well on my way to the sunken city of Atlantis.
The story was pretty cool, a bit long, but it doesn’t feel long. The action is shown in very linear chunks, which I enjoyed because nothing came as a surprise and I didn’t have any questions at the end. The underwater scenes (swimming, fighting, standing/breathing/talking) were super cool and that’s what interested me most – how did they film these scenes?
I did a little searching and discovered it was filmed “dry for wet,” which means the underwater scenes were filmed on set (grounded or in the air) and the water was later added by CGI. Willem Dafoe goes on to say: “Most of my scenes are underwater. Some are not. So much of it, because we’re talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you’re limited to what you can do with sets. It’s more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel. But we aren’t doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It’s not like we’re all sitting around pretending we’re underwater like this [stands up still], we’re swimming around, we’re moving. So that should be really beautiful.”
Pretty neat, huh??
I looked a little further to see how a film *could* be shot underwater and came across this super cool video about how to make a pool look like the ocean in a movie. Really great stuff!