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Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:35 am
by Dene
Does anyone know when exactly the original film was made?

Wikipedia says "The film was shot over a period of 12 weeks in Australia, between December 1978 and February 1979, in and around Melbourne".

However, with a release date of 12 April 1979 this seems unlikely, and indeed George Miller says here (http://aso.gov.au/people/George_Miller_1/interview/) that "Remember that I spent almost a year cutting it".

So...is wiki a year out, and it was actually filmed Dec 77-Feb 78? Cheers in advance if anyone knows.

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:38 am
by Dene
I can now answer this myself :) .

Did a bit of rooting around the Internet, chiefly here: http://www.madmaxonline.com

Filming began Monday 24th October 1977. Not sure when exactly it wrapped but, early '78 I think.

So Mel was just 21 at the time.

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:07 am
by Sucks_Nitro
Wrapped February 1979 (according to Wikipedia) with the last scene shot "Kirk Bridge Road bridge stunt". First scene shot was Johnny making a phone call from the Princes Highway overpass just prior to Laverton station on Monday 24 October 1977.

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Editing a film in a house takes a long time.

By the way, if anyone has good copies of the call sheets I'd love a link!

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:59 pm
by Peter Barton
The call sheet above comes from this page, which also has a couple of other related scans:
http://www.madmaxmovies.com/production- ... oting.html

Unfortunately I've never gotten around to scanning in and putting up any others. I know Dale Bensch posted images of some of his to the forum at some point, would be worth searching for those.

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:05 pm
by Peter Barton
Try this thread about Dale:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=7644

I only found a couple of excerpts in there though, I thought he posted the full sheets somewhere at one point. Lots of other behind the scenes pics in that thread that are still worth a look though.

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:19 am
by Sucks_Nitro
Dale had a great collection of call sheets laid out at the screening on Saturday, just wished I could grab electronic copies of them all.

Here's another question:

At the 30 minute mark of Mad Max, there's a quick shot of the Melbourne city skyline...

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Where exactly was this shot taken?

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:44 am
by Dene
Thanks for the replies - some great stuff there!

So... 24 Oct '77 until mid-Jan '78 then.

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:46 pm
by Peter Barton
I suspect the skyline was shot from somewhere west of the city, but there is so much haze in the pic (can't identify any individual building) and the skyline has changed so much since then, it is difficult to line up.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=melbourne ... 37,,0,1.36

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=melbourne ... 7,,0,-1.35

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:26 am
by PursuitSpecial
Peter is right. It looks like out of the current 50 tallest buildings in Melbourne, only 5 of them were built before 1977.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ta ... _Melbourne

Re: Mad Max - filming dates

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:08 pm
by Uncle Entity
I was born on October 24th, 1977.