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This compilation of b-roll captured during the shooting of Prometheus gives us a behind-the Scenes look at key scenes and camera setups.  This video only contains clips and does not feature any audio interviews or explanation of the process.

About the Shoot

Principal photography took place over 82 days beginning on March 21, 2011, on an estimated $120–130 million budget. Filming began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, part of the Pinewood Studios group,where Scott used eight sound stages for filming, including the 007 Stage.  Studio space was limited and the crew were forced to make the stages work for over 16 different sets, and also increase the size of the 007 stage by over 30%.

In July, filming moved to Iceland for two weeks, commencing at the base of the active Hekla volcano in southern Iceland on July 11, 2011. Speaking about working at the base of an active volcano, Scott stated “If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job”. Filming also took place at one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, the Dettifoss waterfall in the north east of Iceland, in the Vatnajökull National Park.  The Iceland shoot involved 160 Icelandic crew members and over 200 imported crew. Scott claimed that the Iceland filming comprised approximately fifteen minutes of footage for the film, and that the area represented the “beginning of time”. Exterior shots of the alien world were shot in Iceland.Morocco had been an intended shooting location instead of Iceland, but the 2010 Arab Spring protests forced the change of venue. Alternatives including the Mojave Desert had been considered alongside Iceland, but Scott explained that the country was ultimately chosen because “here it is so rough and ‘Jurassic-like’ and that proved decisive”.

In September 2011, filming moved to the Ciudad de la Luz audiovisual complex in Alicante, Spain. Shooting areas included the complex’s large water tank, and a nearby Alicante beach. The complex was booked from August 22, 2011, through to December 10, with set construction occurring from August until late September. Approximately 250 people worked on the three month-long Spain shoot, generating over €1 million to the local economy. Filming also took place in the Wadi Rum valley in Jordan.

Scott avoided using green screens unless necessary, instead employing various items to help the actors understand where they were meant to be looking in any particular scene on the practical sets that would have a CGI presence inserted in post-production. Rapace claimed that green screens were used less than six times during filming. The production used five 3ality Technical Atom 3D rigs, four of which were configured with Red Epic 3D cameras set up for use on camera dollies and tripods, which were continuously in use during filming. The fifth rig employed an Epic camera for use as a steadicam, which was only used as required. – Wikipedia (Principal photography of Prometheus)

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