Kevin Feige has already brought audiences, through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, endless wonders. The adventures shared with us by screen for the past decade have been nothing short of fantastic, devastating, wonderful, and engaging.
But little did we know that Feige may have missed a really obvious keystone of filming, as a quote published in Variety revealed.
In speaking of Chloe Zhao, who recently won the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the second ever woman to do so, Feige praised her camerawork on the upcoming The Eternals.
He was especially impressed she wanted to shoot in the actual outdoors, rather than on a soundstage with a green screen.
Worlds Most Powerful Media Moguls reminded that there are in fact other ways to shoot movies than in a green screen… https://t.co/nKKrdx552M— Minovsky (@Minovsky) 1619627080.0
Feige's full quote is incredible. Someone rediscovering that cameras can capture the beauty of earth. https://t.co/v14NPa7Xr1— Minovsky (@Minovsky) 1619629440.0
There are filmmakers who are incredible at capturing nature to the point that this could be described as an aspect… https://t.co/tAM17Ai2Rc— Minovsky (@Minovsky) 1619629781.0
Kevin Feige isn't even the most worrying person in this scenario. He's in a board room with other powerful unnamed… https://t.co/rfcyC0YKA4— Minovsky (@Minovsky) 1619630575.0
Feige's entire quote is really something else:
"And I had to keep saying, 'This is right out of a camera; there's no VFX work to this at all!'"
"Because it was a beautiful sunset, with perfect waves and mist coming up from the shore on this giant cliffside — really impressive stuff."
The fact that Zhao's choice to simply shoot outside is catching the laughter of many following the story.
@MinovskyArticle Just grotesque that such a being is running anything— Glenn Kenny (@Glenn Kenny) 1619629547.0
@MinovskyArticle I’d hate to see “signature style” become a catchphrase for directors or studios to justify and mar… https://t.co/WgkDtI7ee7— James Bont (@James Bont) 1619629872.0
@MinovskyArticle So, wait… He didn't know her visual style until after he pitched this reel? How do they pick directors for these movies??— L. Rhodes (@L. Rhodes) 1619635409.0
@MinovskyArticle I used to have a job taking city kids hiking, and sometimes they would look at rock formations and… https://t.co/hdbdZHVxxw— bespectacledsparrow (@bespectacledsparrow) 1619639642.0
@MinovskyArticle "this is a signature style" https://t.co/NlLsdmh3xG— dan of steel (@dan of steel) 1619632360.0
Films have been a piece of the American zeitgest for the last 100 years, so the idea this is new information to a filmmaker is troubling at best.
One shrewd user invoked The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, one of the very first films ever shown to an audience, to poke fun at Feige's amazement with the use of real objects.
Kevin Feige smashing through the aisles to the exit, terrified, unable to believe his eyes https://t.co/mbuuZgFaaR— Phil Drinkwater (@Phil Drinkwater) 1619635407.0
has Kevin Feige ever seen a movie https://t.co/hyHCcuvTed— 9 V O L T (@9 V O L T) 1619634025.0
Kevin Feige watching a movie shot on practical locations https://t.co/tFI0sAja39— Jason Bailey PLUS (@Jason Bailey PLUS) 1619635927.0
CHLOE ZHAO: what if we have actual human beings acting in the same room together KEVIN FEIGE: goddamn that’s crazy… https://t.co/bdxP25z8Wf— Emperor Norton (@Emperor Norton) 1619634329.0
“It looks just like a real dog,” Kevin Feige says, as Chloe Zhao shows him an iPhone photo of a Labrador. A single… https://t.co/Sl6PtpMoQC— Jessica Ellis (@Jessica Ellis) 1619635190.0
If you are a filmmaker looking for a sign you should continue in your career, and you know the outdoors exists, this is your sign to continue working in your field.
You, too, may be able to wow a major film executive in one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time.