Andrew Laszlo - "Rats, helicopters and snowfall"
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A Rambotown.net exclusive Interview with Andrew Laszlo:
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Andrew Laszlo and Sly!
|Dear Mr. Laszlo I've got some very special questions concerning some of the filming
locations of "First Blood". My first one: How did you get up that cliff, where you were hanging in that
"Goldberg contraption"? I've also been at that Othello Tunnels and I've no idea how to get up to that ledge
|Dear Oliver, I visited your Rambo website briefly and
found it very extensive and interesting. Now to your questions: In the early stages of the filming, a path was created but it was
extremely rough and difficult. In many sections one could only get up to
the location by using ropes. Later, a much longer, round about way was
found, but it was still difficult, particularly as every piece of
equipment, photographic, grip, lighting, etc. had to be hand carried.
|How did you make the 5 Othello Quintette Tunnels "invisible". When the stuntman is falling down,
there must be a tunnel right next to the tree where he's landing. Did you darken the filming material in the studio later?
|There was a tunnel, though my recollection after all these years is
somewhat hazy, near the 'Lazy Susan' shoot. We had to walk in over a
fairly long distance, again carrying equipment. I believe the location
where Rambo falls from the tree was also near this location, but further
from the tunnel. I don't recall five tunnels, but I do recall this one.
In the course of filming any movie, at times there are unwanted items in
the frame that have to be dealt with. This is not particularly difficult
to do in the woods. Unwanted objects, terrain can be relatively easily
camouflaged on the site, at the time of the shoot. Many such things can
also be corrected in post production, but nothing of this sort was done
|Have there been any shots in North Vancouver or Vancouver Island?
That's what some Hope locals told me.
|We did a lot of the work in the City of Vancouver. Most interior sets
were built in an enormous warehouse we used as a studio. The cave and
the abandoned mine and the interior of the first aid tent for example
were shot here.
|Where have you filmed that bar scene? In the Vancouver studio or in Hope BC?
|The bar scene was shot in a real bar. Frankly I don't remember the
exact location. A car would pick me up at the hotel, drive me to the
location and take me back to the hotel after work. The same thing
applies to location scouting. I was driven to all locations, select one,
at times a backup as well, and then be driven back to the hotel. Most of
the time I wouldn't even know where the actual sites were located. In
the early, preparation stages of the production, while I was still
living in Vancouver, we would spend hours of going from location to
location, and sleeping most of the time in between...
|Thank you very much for taking the time to answer all my questions! Now my knowledge of
"First Blood" got a boost!
|( I did this interview on July 25, 2005 with Mr. Laszlo. Oliver Wegner )