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27 NOV-DEC 14 / CINEMONTAGE "The narrative thrust of David's movies is about emotional authenticity," says editor Dody Dorn, ACE, who has now collaborated with the director three times. "And with Fury, he focuses on a tank crew evolving into an effective fighting unit." Over the trio of films she has now done with him, Ayer's projects have increased in scope from the $7-million- budgeted End of Watch (2012) to the $35-million Sabotage (2014) to the epic scale of Fury with an estimated budget of $80 million. The two earlier films were both shot digitally, but Fury was filmed in 35mm with anamorphic lenses by cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, who also shot End of Watch. From a 22-day shooting schedule on the streets of South Central Los Angeles for End of Watch — a faux documentary/police drama — Ayer moved up to a shoot lasting more than three months for his war picture, which was shot mainly in the English countryside. Though more classically framed and photographed, Fury retains the director's strong drive to get his audiences to share his characters' experiences through intense cinema vérité- style cinematography and immersive rehearsal techniques. Seeing this intent and attitude infusing all of Ayer's work, Dorn notes, "David brings the emotional impact of war to the audience in a very experiential way. Fury is about how humans react to violence borne out of war, how personality changes through emotions triggered by violence. How is it different for a soldier fresh off the boat and a soldier in Pulling Emotional Triggers Dody Dorn and the Impact of War in "Fury" by Edward Landler portraits by Wm. Stetz I n his new film Fury, writer-director David Ayer takes a break from depicting violent crime to re-create a different kind of violence — that of warfare, as experienced by a five-man Sherman tank crew of the Second Armored Division near the end of World War II. Released by Sony Pictures Entertainment in mid-October — when it also served as the Closing Night Gala feature for the London Film Festival — the picture stars Brad Pitt (also an executive producer on the film) as a sergeant who leads a tank on a mission behind German lines, with a team that's portrayed by Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman and Jon Berthal.

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