“Four months to ship them” before Furiosa, discover the incredible journey of the vehicles in Mad Max Fury Road. When the weather forces Warner to change its plans…

“Four months to ship them” before Furiosa, discover the incredible journey of the vehicles in Mad Max Fury Road. When the weather forces Warner to change its plans…
“Four months to ship them” before Furiosa, discover the incredible journey of the vehicles in Mad Max Fury Road. When the weather forces Warner to change its plans…

Culture news “Four months to ship them” before Furiosa, discover the incredible journey of the vehicles in Mad Max Fury Road. When the weather forces Warner to change its plans…

Published on 05/25/2024 at 5:45 p.m.

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Colin Gibson, the brilliant creator of the vehicles for the latest Mad Max films, recently returned in an interview about the chaotic filming of Fury Road which, unlike Furiosa, required an impressive logistical effort.

A filming in the greatest chaos

After long months of waiting and a more than enticing tease, Furiosa was finally released in theaters this Wednesday, to the delight of fans of the Mad Max saga. Between Cannes and its national release, the film caused a sensation and once again offered a major spotlight on George Miller, but also his collaborators, each more talented than the last. Not long ago, production designer Colin Gibson spoke in a long interview given to Automobile Magazine.

In this interview, the creator of the vehicles for Fury Road and Furiosa spoke about his talents as a mechanic and the chaotic filming of the first film. He explains, among other things, how the Australian climatic conditions considerably delayed the filming of Fury Road and forced the teams to relocate entirely to another continent.

After a prolonged period of record rainfall, what was once the barren desert of the Outback had become a lush green meadow. The Wasteland was covered in flowers and the salt lakes were populated with pelicans and fish! For the next eighteen months, the team explored the deserts of Chile and the United States before deciding to revisit the idea of ​​filming in Namibia. Since Warner was hesitant, we had to convince them that we could still make the film. I can still hear the studio execs saying, “But all the vehicles were built in Australia guys, it’ll take you at least four months to ship them. By the way, where is Namibia?”

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Impressive logistics

For Fury Road, Colin Gibson designed more than 88 original vehicles, all of which appear in the film. Added to this are the doubles in the event of a breakdown, as well as the cars having been reproduced in the event of a failure during the explosion sequences. In the end, the film crews found themselves with more than 150 vehicles that had to be moved from Australia to Namibia. An additional constraint which required an impressive logistical effort.

The fleet of vehicles was placed in containers, along with the costumes and props that had already been developed in Australia. The whole thing was then put on a cargo ship delivering mining equipment to the west coast of Africa. On arrival, another workshop was created so that I and my team could adapt the vehicles to new conditions which involved higher temperatures and finer sand in which we got stuck more easily! As filming progressed, the oppressive heat and desolation of the desert began to be taxing. We all thought we were going to die on the spot!

Colin Gibson was therefore able to find his cars in Namibia and adapt them to the terrain directly on location. A Dantesque and exceptional device, which nevertheless made it possible to ensure filming and give the film its unique visual identity. For his work on Fury Road, Colin Gibson received several awards including the Academy Award for Best Design. A reward that he could also receive next year for his work on Furiosa. If you want to learn more about the design of these post-apo cars, we invite you to read the entire interview on the website Automobile Magazine.


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