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Sat Jul 11, 2020, 12:10 PM

Title Sequence: Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart (1982)

This entire sequence is shot using a combination of miniature models and a set built on a soundstage. Even the last shot in the title sequence, which appears to be filmed on an iconic intersection in Las Vegas. is in a studio. In some still photographs from One From the Heart you can actually see the ceiling of the sound stage.

Nearly the entire movie was shot on sound stages, including a climactic scene at the Las Vegas airport. Coppola here introduced a new method of filmmaking he claimed would substantially cut the cost of filmmaking; however, the budget for this film dramatically ballooned from $15 to $26 million, endangering Zoetrope Studios.

Coppola directed most of the film from inside a mobile trailer, rarely engaging his actors or crew face-to-face, but speaking to them through loudspeakers, so the entire cast and crew could hear even the most intimate directions to the actors.

The film was a commercial and critical failure, but remains a fascinating (and expensive) experiment.

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