Still promoting his beautiful short film The Wholly Family, which will hopefully be available for purchase very soon, Terry Gilliam has submitted to a Q&A about his career and artistic process with The 99%.
That’s as in “99 percent perspiration” not, you know, the wealth gap.
Now, I’ll leave 99% of the article alone at the source (okay, more like 96%, but anyway) but here’s Gilliam on his favourite shot in all of his films:
Actually, the most sublime shot, there is one. It’s in Baron Munchausen. There’s a scene where they go to the moon, and there’s this big storm and then suddenly we cut to what looks like a starscape. And then the little boat comes in, but it’s upside-down, it’s the wrong way around, and then the stars disappear and become sand. It was all done in one shot, which I knew what I was trying to do. But it wasn’t until we actually turned the film and pulled that, and we did the light change, and I actually went “ohhhhhh, that’s fantastic.” And that was one of those moments that all the planning wasn’t as good as the final result. The final result was a quantum leap. Those are nice moments.
This shot is more than a nice moment, it’s one of the most incredible things in all of cinema.