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Robert Zemeckis for ‘Flight’

Eye on the Oscars: The Director

It’s been a long 12 years since Robert Zemeckis, who’s focused his energy on performance-capture projects over the past decade, has made a live-action film. Even though Zemeckis was faced with myriad technological hurdles (including that this would be his first time shooting with digital cameras), “It wasn’t anything logistical or the digital learning curve” that intimidated the director.

“It was having just 45 days for the total shoot and a budget of just $31 million,” he says. “And that’s a big challenge when you’re doing a character-driven piece like this, as you always want to give your actors as much time as you can so they can really do the work.”

Fortunately, Zemeckis could rely on Denzel Washington and the rest of his incredibly pro cast to arrive prepared. “One of the reasons I feel you can make a film that looks as elegant as this for so little money is because everyone involved is so experienced.”

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