Movie making is an art, a science, and a feat of pure magic.
There are hundreds of crew members, hundreds (sometimes thousands) of post production artists (editors, CGI, other VFX sound etc), not to mention all of the producers and people with director in their title (assistant directors, second unit directors, etc.) that have to get things just right to bring those special moments streaming by at 24fps.To honor the magic that few get to see, we've decided to break down the best behind the scenes photos from The Dark Knight.
One of the first scene shot in the film, The Joker (Heath Ledger) and Batman (Christian Bale) have a duel of wits, and then (one-sided) fists.
Joker and a Stunt Guy
Behind the scenes shot of Heath in Joker face make-up, out of wardrobe, posing with one of the stunt guys.
A Batman Prepares
Batman (Bruce Wayne) looks over the edge while Director Christopher Nolan and the crew looks on.
Nolan Directs Heath's Joker
In the big third act twist, it's revealed that Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman, left) is alive and well and has seemingly tricked Heath's Joker (center) while Batman (below out of frame) lies unconscious. Director Chris Nolan (right) gives notes between takes.