Kevin Feige Explains MARVEL's Reshoots And Additional Photography Process

Hit the jump to hear what Kevin Feige has to say about reshoots, or additional photography, and how the process has become a standard function of Marvel Studios' production schedules.

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By DrDoom - 8/9/2014


The term 'reshoot' used to be looked at with much derision by people outside the filmmaking community, but many now realize that it is actually a rather standard part of the process. Director Joss Whedon has recently announced that principal photography on Avengers: Age of Ultron has culminated, and now, producer Kevin Feige has suggests that the cast could end up reassembling for two weeks of reshoots, or additional photography, for the film.

Talking about how he remains optimistic about the process of reshoots, Feige said that "I'm reading the part in Jedi where George (Lucas) is finding the movie in the cut. It happened in Empire, and it happened in Star Wars. You've heard about those famous early screenings where people were like, 'Poor George. His career is over.' That brings great solace to me when we screen our movies for the first time and they're terrible and they're a big mess. I remind myself to get calm and proceed. Post is my favorite part, because it's easiest to find what's wrong with the movie when you're watching the movie."

Feige also confirmed that it has become standard practice for Marvel Studios productions to schedule two weeks of reshoots so that there are no issues with scheduling. This practice helps make post-production more manageable in case of potential issues, and has been used to great effect in the studio's previous efforts. He explained this by saying that "We always build in two weeks because the hardest thing about the additional photography is the actors' schedules, wrangling the actors. So we just build it in. We've done some movies that have three days of reshoots, some that have fifteen days, twenty days if not more.

Sometimes we know what we need by that point and sometimes we're wrangling them anyway. There's a shot in Thor: The Dark World we call the Three Continent shot. It's one shot, with three different actors in it, that was done on three different continents.

Additional photography is invaluable. Sometimes it's to fix something that's not working, but most of the time on our movies it's two-fold: sometimes a better or more exciting idea will come along, or more often something will come out of the movie - because it's too long or the movie is stronger without a particular beat or scene or shot, and you need connective tissue."

Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1st, 2015.
Source: Bad Ass Digest
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BlackIceJoe - 8/9/2014, 5:24 PM
Isn't the correct term new shoots? Because reshoots implies changing the scene or am I wrong?
Moohika - 8/9/2014, 5:24 PM
But if it were any other movie heading for reshoots, you'd hear "oh this is going to be a shit movie!"
AlexanderLykins - 8/9/2014, 5:26 PM
Wonder what the mid and post credits scenes are? I don't want another Howard the Duck!
jmartinez986 - 8/9/2014, 5:26 PM
don't they also use this "reshoot" period to shoot some of those mid/after credits scenes??

if so, could it be that they are finally shooting the tony goes to space to join the guardians scene at last??

it could do very well to setting up the guardians sequel and maybe having downey jr sign on for another film without having to carry the load of the movie..
TheDudeRusty - 8/9/2014, 5:28 PM
If this was BvS, you'd be hearing "flop." Oh wait we already are.
Yutz - 8/9/2014, 5:30 PM
^This

And who cares? Like Mark said, happened for Cap 2 and that film was awesome.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 8/9/2014, 5:32 PM
Interesting how movie making at Marvel goes down. Love reading what Feige has to say. He can be a man full of riddles as well.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 8/9/2014, 5:34 PM
Lol DC fans already salty and nobody said nothing. ;)
Bekss - 8/9/2014, 5:34 PM
Man, the trolls start talking instantly about DC in Marvel threads and then they go accusing "marvelites" of doing the same thing.
Trolls have been like crazy the last 2 weeks
MrBlackjack - 8/9/2014, 5:36 PM
This happens all the time. Anyone who says "Oh shit!" needs to get over themselves and learn a thing or two.
Odin - 8/9/2014, 5:37 PM
Since we are on this topic, I'd like to go for the record: Everyone who judges a potentially good movie before even seeing a trailer is douchebag. It's okay not to be excited for something, but don't call anything "trash" or "flop" when it's obvious to everyone that you can't really know it.
Bekss - 8/9/2014, 5:37 PM
Which was the last CBM without "reshoots"?
Sipprelle - 8/9/2014, 5:39 PM
Is this a big deal? It's just shootin' a few scenes.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 8/9/2014, 5:39 PM
jmartinez986 - 8/9/2014, 5:26 PM

don't they also use this "reshoot" period to shoot some of those mid/after credits scenes??

^^^
Not necessarily. If I'm not mistaken those mid and final credit scenes happen closer to the premiering of the film.
EXODUZ - 8/9/2014, 5:42 PM
Every movie goes through reshoots of some kind today in hollywood.. and Marvelites.. there were like two trolls, so don't exaggerate about the persecution you go through.. even DC fans are happy for marvel movies to turn out well.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/9/2014, 5:43 PM
Pretty much every major blockbuster has reshoots at some point. It's just part of the process.
DCMarvelFreshman - 8/9/2014, 5:44 PM
He didn't say AOU is headed for reshoots. He said Marvel has a budget and time set just for additional photography on all their movies, including AOU, because it's inevitable in post-production.
SuperDude001 - 8/9/2014, 5:45 PM
@BlackIceJoe Well yeah, it is 'reshoots' because they just add or redo parts of a shot that could be better in the film, and are going back into shooting the film. 'New shoots' isn't a phrase and would apply to a completely new project.
Bekss - 8/9/2014, 5:46 PM
@EXODUZ

Please don't confuse trolls with DC fans/Marvel fans/etc. Theya re not the same
SuperDude001 - 8/9/2014, 5:46 PM
And anyone worried, this isn't a bad thing. Almost every blockbuster or successful film has reshoots, even the small indie ones. It's a natural process in filmmaking, just unfortunate. But we all should be glad cause that means they're making the film even better than what we could be getting.
BlackNickFury - 8/9/2014, 5:47 PM
Avengers Age of Ultron is going epic and gritty too. I can't when the trailer for Avengers Age of Ultron drops.
marvel72 - 8/9/2014, 5:47 PM
i have a feeling this movie will blow minds.
0megaDaGod - 8/9/2014, 5:49 PM
@MarkyMark

Same!

WayneCEO1 - 8/9/2014, 5:50 PM
Reshoot is for the secret Guardians of the galaxy cameo. Script changed after success of guardians. Thats my guess.
TheYoungMan - 8/9/2014, 5:50 PM
Reshoots? How hard is it to do this:

THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/9/2014, 5:51 PM
It's all good
TheGreenCondom - 8/9/2014, 5:51 PM
Maybe we can catch a glimpse of something
MexicanChinman - 8/9/2014, 5:52 PM
Why on every article about "reshoots" y'all guys always repeat "this happens all the time..." bs? It's common knowledge and you don't have to repeat yourself over and over again.
BlackIceJoe - 8/9/2014, 5:53 PM
@SuperDude001 Thanks for the explanation.
TheGreenCondom - 8/9/2014, 5:54 PM
@TheMexicanSuperman
Because there are idiots that don't understand that, and think its because of bad footage
ruadh - 8/9/2014, 5:55 PM
Reshoots or pickups? Films schedule for pickups. Why does this site always make it something else?
Scarilian - 8/9/2014, 6:02 PM
Its not actually reshoots, in fact its believed to be pick-up shots and background plates. Heard from some other sites that Avengers 2 will feature scenes from Avengers 3 (Think along the lines of flash-forwards, visions or premonitions) Chances are that it'll likely be to help blend Avengers 2 with Avengers 3... considering some aspects for the third film are being worked on now. The scene with the Avengers wounded/dead in the trailer is one of those scenes.
AlexanderLykins - 8/9/2014, 6:05 PM
@TheYoungMan

SuperDude001 - 8/9/2014, 6:07 PM
@Scarilian Wouldn't it be pointless to do those now though? Avengers 3 is years and years away, and if they were going to film them it would've been a lot easier to just do it in the normal schedule?
ruadh - 8/9/2014, 6:09 PM
@scarilian, sounds like nerd supposition.
Enphlieuwince - 8/9/2014, 6:28 PM
Getting closer...

Desrow - 8/9/2014, 6:40 PM
@TheYoungMan,

Scarilian - 8/9/2014, 6:54 PM
@SuperDude001 @ruadh

We know from the trailer that their is a scene of the Avengers lying defeated/wounded/dead at the bottom of the stairs before Thanos - this is no doubt a vision of a potential future given to Tony Stark from Scarlet Witch - as they have stated multiple times that Thanos will be saved for Avengers 3. The idea is essentially to hype Avengers 3 in Avengers 2 and introduce the Avengers to Thanos without them actually meeting Thanos yet.

Given this is known from the trailer it wouldn't be surprising that their are other things connecting Avengers 2 to Avengers 3 or other flash forwards/visions similar to the Hulk's vision of the Leviathan at the start of AOU.

Think of it as speculation if you must, but it is definitely a possibility and partially confirmed already.
SageMode - 8/9/2014, 6:57 PM
The ones hating fail to realize that if it wasn't for Whedon, you wouldn't be getting your crown jewel that's gonna be released in 2 more years.
GiantNerd - 8/9/2014, 7:02 PM
Welp that settles it. Marvel is doomed.

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