TOMB RAIDER STUDIO
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[ June 14th 2001 ]
scores this report on the hurdles and secrets
buried deep within the studios of Paramount Pictures
upcoming Tomb Raider motion picture:
real-life temples to cavernous, mind-boggling
sets, the production crew of 'Raider' had to invent
worlds that no one had seen before. Writer-director
SIMON WEST faced many hurdles to create Lara's
world, but perhaps the most difficult was building
a set on Europe's largest soundstage for the film's
climatic scene: a complicated system of planets
in alignment that rotate into an ancient super-sized
mechanical key to a puzzle.
'Tomb''s production designer, "The technical side
is quite difficult: nine planets and sun. How
do we make nine planets miss each other? When
we finally destroy it, crank it up, give it as
much as we can, start blowing arms off -- anything
can happen." Twenty-five-year-old Jolie's production
odyssey took her across the globe to such exotic
locations as London, Iceland and Angkor, Cambodia.
The actress also had to endure rigorous training
for the physical feats required of her animated
alter-ego, resulting in more than a few cuts and
scrapes on the set.
Movieline interview, Jolie points out, "I got
every different possible injury. I pulled ligaments,
burned myself on a chandelier.... But the most
difficult thing was learning how to do bungee
ballet. It took me a while to work with the harnesses."