Watch Margot Robbie Fight on Roller Skates in ‘Birds of Prey’ | Anatomy of a Scene

By | February 16, 2020

Watch Margot Robbie Fight on Roller Skates in ‘Birds of Prey’ | Anatomy of a Scene
Watch Margot Robbie Fight on Roller Skates in ‘Birds of Prey’ | Anatomy of a Scene
Hi, I’m Cathy yam, the director of birds of prey, so we’re near the end of the movie in this is the culminating, the final fight scene between the women and the gangs that Roman Sionis played Ewan McGregor sentence to the Funhouse, which is called the booby trap. Will originally it wasn’t a fun house? Actually, I believe originally it was a hotel and there was supposed to fight their way down. But then, when I got together with our amazing production play Barrett’s and RDP Matthew libatique, we kind of thoughts.

Wouldn’T it be more interesting to convey a location that felt like Harley Quinn’s mind on acid are actresses there. The majority of the stops in South that was four to five months of brutal training when, when we were in frappe doctor, is where training pretty much every day, with our stunt team to roller skate for this movie, because she, in the roller skating in a good Portion of the movie She learn to roller skate on a bank track for the Derby scene and then obviously she’s roller-skating.

Here, and for this moment she is actually just roller skating. She said she became so good that she was able to stop herself, which is actually the most difficult thing to do, while on a rotating Carousel, which is infinitely harder than when you’re, not on a rotating Carousel. With another challenge that we only sort of realized on the day to with that, because the background was so different for continuity, whenever we started a take, we had to make sure that we started it ended at the same point.

So the carousel, it became a state clock and we had a number for each of the hands and and in each hand, had to directly correlate with a point outside in the Funhouse so that we were able to actually match up the background. If we didn’t do that, then it would have been a complete nightmare.
Roller skating in an action scene? Difficult. Roller skating in an action scene while on a rotating carousel? Good luck with that.

Margot Robbie pulls off the stunt as Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey.” Though the climactic moment, which takes place in a funhouse, wasn’t just a challenging set piece for Robbie. Other cast members, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco and Rosie Perez, performed many of their own stunts in a sequence that required months of training and preparation. That included leaping on bouncy props and executing complex fight choreography on that rotating set.

In this video, the director Cathy Yan further discusses the scene’s levels of difficulty and how the shots were organized. For one, she and her team came up with a clever way to maintain continuity when shooting on a spinning set with a wildly colorful background.

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