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G.I. Joe The Scarlett Letter 1: Opening Trench Scene

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Published on May 5, 2006

The movie opens as Frostbite and Snow Job take the Snow Cat into town on orders from Duke. They are carrying an important document to the post office to be delivered back to G.I. Joe headquarters.

The area is an isolated snowy desert, with only a single road to follow. As they drive along, they are being watched from above...

Firefly awaits with is rifle as the Joes get within range. When they are in his sights...bang-bang...

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Director Commentary:
Somehow, it all started with this. The first thing written was the dialog between Snow Job and Frostbite, whining about Duke sending them out on such a lame mission.

The other part that was a given was that I wanted a couple of Joes to get shot in the very beginning. So at the same time, the movie starts out with some pretty light dialog, but then the characters who spoke it get killed.

As for how they were to get killed, well, it had to be firefly. Since he's such a bad ass, I patterned him after the ultimate bad ass. Firefly is basically a bad-guy Dirty Harry.

So the opening of this movie became an homage to the opening of Dirty Harry, which opened with a sniper shooting from an elevated position.

This is also the first part of the movie we shot. The trench was made by rolling a spare tire through snow to form the trench. This required walking carefully behind the tire so as to not disturb the snow on the side of the trench. We then used a small rake to form grooves in the road and cover the footprints.

The Snow Cat is moving by being pulled with a really long string by me as Myers recorded. No effort was made to cover up the string. We just hoped that since the string was white, it would blend with the snow, which it mostly does.

The closeup of Firefly as he shoots is my first attempt at bluescreening. He is set on a white t-shirt (the snow) in front of a bluescreen (poster board). The gunshot flare was done with photoshop using the "filmstrip" format. This is also how the blood effect was done.

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