When British director Scott Mann’s latest film, Fall, was on the precipice of receiving an “R” rating from the MPAA over the number of “F” bombs dropped over its one hour and 47-minute run time, he did what any reasonable person would: he used artificial intelligence to digitally alter the actor’s performances in order to change the swear words into more palatable terms. A stroke of fricking genius, if you ask us.
For those who are curious: about 35 “F” words stood between a PG-13 rating and an R rating. Mann’s dilemma, then, became trying to figure out how to preserve the integrity of his movie without reshooting or dubbing. This is, of course, harder than it sounds.
On a traditional movie, you’d just bite the bullet and do reshoots. It’s costly, but it’s better than having your audience lose immersion because they’ve just heard a line delivered differently than what they clearly saw the actor say on screen. It’s a lot easier to read lips in 4K.
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But Fall isn’t a traditional movie. It’s a horror movie about two women who climb up a 2,000-foot radio tower. I won’t spoil anything, but it was shot practically. That means they built a giant tower and filmed their actors on the top of it.