Because of the nature of film production, shooting in sequence is a fairly rare thing. After all, it makes way more sense to shoot as much as you can in one location before moving on instead of going back and forth between scenes. Some movies are an exception, however, and one new one is director Michael Noer's Papillon, as I recently learned from one of the film's stars, Rami Malek:
Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam discussed their work on Papillon at length earlier this month during the Los Angeles press day for the film, and during our conversation Malek explained the benefits of the movie shooting all of the material from the beginning to the end of the script in order. While discussing the tough production, the actor noted that the stress and exertion of the entire filming experience actually added to the character work, as he was being worn down much like his character was, and it came through in the performance.
Putting in his two cents on the matter, Charlie Hunnam noted that one area in which the sequential shooting was very beneficial was in the physical transformation of the characters. In the movie, based on a true story, Hunnam and Malek play Henri 'Papillon' Charrière and Louis Dega: two men who, in the 1930s, were sentenced to imprisonment in a labor camp in South America. Despite their attempts to escape, they were kept incarcerated for years, and it obviously had a toll on their appearance. Hunnam explained how filming Papillon in chronological order was ultimately very helpful for this part of the process, saying,
It was a lot of hard work, but it pays off, as both Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek put on fantastic performances in Papillon, taking on the respective roles played by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the 1973 original. Depending on what market you live in, you can see the film for yourself now, as it is currently out in theaters in limited release.
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