How Les Miserables Is Revolutionizing the Movie Musical
Do you hear the people sing? On the set of Les Miserables, they can. The film of the famed stage musical is taking advantage of technological advances that allow the actors to sing as they’re being filmed, rather than lip synching to tracks recorded earlier, according to USA Today.
The result, say the cast and crew, is a much more natural and dynamic union of film and song. Amanda Seyfried, who plays Cosette, says, "The cool thing is, no one has been tested this way before. We all are doing something revolutionary."
Hugh Jackman, who’s wrestled with lip synching before while filming Oklahoma!, agrees. "When you are doing miming, 60% of your energy is just doing it correctly," he says. "Even though it is your performance, you don't feel you are in charge of it."
The cast’s enthusiasm knows no bounds. Says Seyfried, "I pinch myself every time I am on set doing this movie. Once it is on celluloid, it will be a highlight of my career."
Celluloid? They’re not shooting digitally? But they’re so cutting edge!