Birds of Prey actually clicks in its first huge motion showcase, which kicks off about 20 minutes into the movie (and returns for an encore about half an hour later, because of a prolonged flashback sequence). In it, Harley Quinn invades a Gotham Metropolis police precinct with a view to rescue younger Cassandra Cain, who’s ended up in custody after swallowing the dear Bertinelli household diamond.
It is a flashy and wildly inventive scene, by which Harley knocks out foes with glitter bombs and rubber bullets. It was additionally quite a lot of work. In keeping with Gayner, the sequence took about six days to movie, with round every week of rehearsal forward of time. All that prep was vital.
“Doing very lengthy pictures with particular motion and sensible particular results, with stunt folks flying within the air and hitting the bottom, everyone has to actually be in sync with each beat of it,” Gayner explains. “In any other case, you end up doing take after take after take, and these poor stuntpeople’s our bodies are simply getting beat up each time, so actually embracing the rehearsal time… made it a a lot smoother sequence.”
Robbie herself was really engaged on the scene for for much longer. Throughout the jail break’s huge climax, Harley takes a baseball bat to the corrupt cops attempting to cease her escape, and Eusebio says Robbie did lots of the stunts herself. “That is her twirling that bat, catching that bat. That is not pretend,” Eusebio says. “We skilled her for nearly a month or two months simply on the bat stuff.” On condition that Robbie’s stunt coaching lasted for about 4 months complete, that is a major period of time.
The jail scene introduced quite a lot of challenges for the particular results crew, too. Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan actually wished to make use of coloured smoke within the scene, and whereas it appears to be like nice on display, Hawker notes that it is a extremely poisonous compound. “Once you’re solely round it for like 5 or 10 minutes, it is superb,” Hawker says. “If it is like a 12-hour factor, it is ridiculous.”
Harley’s paint and glitter bombs brought about some complications, too. “Approach early on, we did numerous digital camera exams of the glitter bombs. We had paintball bombs, which mainly have been balloons filled with paint that we might plant onto the stuntees. After which we might squib them,” Hawker says.
It regarded nice, Hawker says, however it was messy, and there wasn’t time within the schedule for all of the clean-up. Consequently, the visible results crew took Hawker’s digital camera exams and composited them digitally into the ultimate sequence. “We had like 100 glitter bombs able to go, and I feel we used two or three of them,” Hawker laments.