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Miami Vice Interview

For the sake of archive, here is a small Michael Mann interview about Miami Vice. F0r those interested in Mann’s movie making approaches, I thought it was interesting that he doesn’t story board…

“Doing a hardcore Miami Vice meant doing it right, so the actors had to go practically undercover before they started filming. “Everybody went through training, and went through a lot of it. A lot of hard work went into it, and they look good because they are good, and they are good because they really can do everything that we see in the film, including all of the physical stuff. The most difficult thing to acquire is all the skills that I think these folks have, in terms of really being in an undercover situation. When they’re confronted at Jose Yero’s, and these guys have responses, and they accuse Yero of being the man hooked up with the DEA, or the street theater that they put down on Isabella in the house, when they pretend that they’re bringing back the dope which we know they stole, and the skill and the self-confidence they have came from lots of scenarios that Colin and Jamie and Naomie and Gong Li did, with real folks who really do do this stuff. They did simulations that were very, very realistic, and they did it a lot. I’m real proud of their work, and the benefit of it is what you see on screen.”

When the action breaks out, it’s in grand Michael Mann style. “I don’t story board. I do something else, which is I block it. We then train to the blocking. In other words, when everybody’s training, they’re actually training a lot of the moves that we are definitely going to use, and then, I do a lot of photography of that, and that becomes where the cameras go.”

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