‘Aquaman’ director James Wan explains the “complex” and “complicated” shoot

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Aquaman director James Wan and asked how shooting in Australia was going. Wan was very honest and open about the complicated nature of shooting a movie about heroes that live under water.

“It’s a very technically challenging shoot to be on,” Wan said in a phone interview from the Aquaman set. “Working with water, and even the dry-for-wet sequences are very complex. … Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated. You have to think about CG with the hair, and how their clothing moves, how are they floating, what kind of rig we put them on and all that stuff.”

Wan went on to explain that a lot of the challenges come from his commitment to shoot as much with the real actors as he can, avoiding the use of CGI whenever possible. “That just makes it very difficult and time-sucking and time-challenging to do all of this,” he continued. “So it’s not an easy shoot — but hopefully it will pay off in spades down the line.”

Wan directed 2015’s Furious 7, which went on to make $1.5 billion, and I’m sure that wasn’t the easiest thing to shoot either. No matter how complicated it is, I think we’re in good hands with Wan at the helm of Aquaman.

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter