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Entertainment Exclusive: Zack Snyder's digital addition of Tig Notaro to Army of the Dead explained

12:40  09 may  2021
12:40  09 may  2021 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Zack Snyder's eagerly-anticipated zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead is just around the corner at last and Digital Spy has secured a host of nuggets of information about the movie from director Snyder and stars Dave Bautista and Tig Notaro ahead of its release.

a close up of a person wearing a hat and sunglasses: Director Zack Snyder tells Digital Spy how he digitally added Star Trek's Tig Notaro into Army of the Dead movie during reshoots. © Netflix Director Zack Snyder tells Digital Spy how he digitally added Star Trek's Tig Notaro into Army of the Dead movie during reshoots.

Among the details they exclusively revealed to us, including why Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista picked Army of the Dead over a role in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, we also learned more about how the production team managed to digitally insert an entire performance into Army of the Dead.

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Star Trek: Discovery star Notaro plays The Pilot in the movie, having replaced You actor Chris D'Elia. As you might expect, shooting Notaro's scenes separately and digitally adding them into the movie was a real technical challenge.

a person wearing sunglasses: Tig Notaro in Army of the Dead trailer © Netflix Tig Notaro in Army of the Dead trailer

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"The biggest challenge was exactly what you'd imagine – shooting Tig in all those different environments and scenarios. It's all just putting Tig on green screen, in chairs, standing and firing a gun, and just matching the lighting," Snyder exclusively told Digital Spy.

"It was a technical exercise in a lot of ways for me, because it's one of those movies that I had shot with the most sort of raw lighting concept, to make it feel really real. The most raw, handheld, lit-by-a-flashlight movie – now to do that in a super scientific, controlled environment, recreated exactly, with actual lights and stuff."

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The Justice League director praised star Notaro for being "amazing", saying that her performance "literally is perfect".

"I couldn't be happier. Her whole cadence, and her as this kind of gruff helicopter pilot – she's kind of perfect. It's pretty amazing," he said.

"This amazing friend of hers, who's a comedian and an actor, came in to do the off-camera dialogue with her, who is roughly the same height as Dave. So we were able to get the eye lines and everything correct. But it was really crazy."

Notaro was also full of praise for Snyder, telling us that he made joining the movie at a late stage as seamless as possible. Revealing that she was able to watch a rough cut of the movie before shooting to help her visualise herself in the scenes, she said that Snyder was "very easygoing" in his approach.

"Even though I wasn't there for the original filming of this movie, the original movie is so huge and then he has to do these retakes and green screen me into an entire movie, and I was just in awe of how he is just a very cool, chill, talented guy," she said.

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Tig Notaro wearing a suit and tie: Tig Notaro attends the premiere of 'Transparent' © Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic - Getty Images Tig Notaro attends the premiere of 'Transparent'

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"I found it to be very fun and welcoming and that is really because of Zack and his crew around me. It was a scaled-down crew, so it was a bit more intimate. There was something almost easier about it because it felt closer to a short film shoot, even though we were doing an action film with a green screen."

If you just can't wait to watch Army of the Dead, Netflix has confirmed it will be releasing the first 15 minutes of the movie early to whet your appetite.

To read the full Dave Bautista interview and for more on Army of the Dead, check out the new issue of the Digital Spy magazine, out now on Apple News+.

Army of the Dead is released on Netflix on May 21.

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