A behind-the-scene video from the set of The Great Gatsby shows how much CGIs played a part in creating the film.
Director Baz Luhrmann's re-make of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel starring Leonardio Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire depicts a story of love and greed in the 1920s. The psychedelic effects bring the viewer through a virtual, bumpy ride of the glamorous life of millionaire Jay Gatsby. Some movie critics, however, bashed Luhrmann for going too over the top with his portrayal of New York City and Gatsby's lavish lifestyle.
The behind-the-scenes video takes the viewer behind the Hollywood curtain on the set of Gatsby to unveil the movie magic. The video takes majestic scenes from the movie and swipes or adds all of its special effects to expose lifeless green screens and bare sets.
What seems to be the never ending dock hopelessly stretching from Gatsby's party playhouse to his long awaited love Daisy, is abruptly cut off at no longer than 20 ft and the glowing green light across the water expands to a flat green screen.
The movie was planned to be filmed in New York City but the Australian director made the decision to film primarily in Sydney. In several of the behind-the-scenes video's clips the high rise cityscapes are completely computer-generated.
Although Gatsby's mansion was loosely based off of the college building of the International College of Management, Sydney, the video reveals almost of all of its majesty was created electronically.
The sets were not the only thing added in after shooting. Many background actors and fillers were even created to liven up the party scenes and busy streets.
The film was released on May 10, 2013 in 3D. As of June 27, the movie has earned over $300 million world wide and was the largest opening weekend for a film for Dicaprio.