So, you say you want to recreate the raid on Osama Bin Laden? And you want to have all the details exactly right, even though you’ll begin filming “Zero Dark Thirty” less than a year after the assault on his hideout took place? You’ll need to shoot everything twice, once on a moonless night, once with night-vision lenses?
Good luck with that.
“It was a pretty big undertaking that required a lot of logistical planning just to go into the building of compound,” Bigelow says.
Soundstages would have made things easier, but they also would have taken away from the verisimilitude of the real-time sequence. So Bigelow dove into the advanced planning, then moved on from there.
“I had to have the entire piece choreographed before we broke ground,” Bigelow says. “It had been pretty well delineated through first-hand accounts, but … you had to really break it down to bring it to life.”