Behind the Look at Sin City
For this week's podcast episode, we watch,review and discuss the ground breaking, fully green-screened, ultra-violent comic book adaptation that boasts one of the most stacked casts of all time - Sin City (2005). Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.
Based on the graphic novels "Sin City", "The Big Fat Kill" and "That Yellow Bastard", by Frank Miller (II). The opening footage with Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton is from the Sin City short story "The Customer is Always Right" from the "Babe Wore Red" collection. Originally Frank Miller (II) refused to relinquish the movie rights to any of his comic works. In an attempt to persuade Miller Robert Rodriquez filmed his own short story audition for Miller in secret ("Sin City" short-story "The Customer is Always Right"). Here's that short film:
Rodriquez presented the short film to Miller saying, "If you like this, this will be the opening to the movie. If not, you'll have your own short film to show your friends." Miller actually approved of the footage and the film was underway. Rodriguez also screened the footage for each of the actors he wanted to cast in the film - all of whom are reported to have been instantly amazed.*
There are plenty of reason's Sin City is on IMDB's top 250 movies of all time list, but one that stands out is that this one of several films around the world to be completely shot on a "digital backlot" (i.e. with all the acting shot in front of a green screen and the backgrounds added during post-production).* Below is a video clip we found that shows the filming of Sin City with the green screen: