Sample Essay

Cameras play a very vital role now days in the filming of a movie. The cameras that were used during the filming of Gladiator included Aaton XTR, Arriflex 35 III, Panavision Panaflex Gold II and Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Primo 11:1 and 3:1 Zoom Lenses.

Post production:

As the movie is dealing with historical events and to give a real look of the ancient Rome was a difficult task, the British post Production Company the Mill was handed over the responsibility of the CGI (computer graphic imagery) effects. The effects were used in different scenes in the film, for instance the sequence when there was a fight going on between the tigers and the gladiator different tricks were used to give a real look of the tigers. Apart from that 2000 actors were used to create a magnanimous 35000 virtual actors.  Tremendous amount of work was done in this regard as to make them look real and believable in the fight scenes.  The techniques that were used by the mill was that they started shooting live actors from different angles and different costumes and then composition of them with the help of 3D animation (Rance, 2009).


The movie is largely based on historical events so the script was consulted by different historians to find any loop holes in it. One of the historians resigned from the movie due to the changes that were made in the history by the writers.  Apart from that the character of Maximus is also fictional some other events were changed so as to make the movie interesting.


The sound in the movie was provided by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Garrard.  The soundtrack was nominated in the Oscars. Gladiator’s soundtrack is one of the most popular and best selling film score of all time.


The acting from all the actors were top of the class, strong acting performance was presented by the entire cast, but the performance of Russell Crowe stands alone in the movie. The depth that he has shown in the movie especially when there is a sequence in the movie when Commodous asks Maximus to remove his mask and show his real face and then Maximus turns towards Commodous and relies “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next”. Among the others this is one particular scene in which the pain and fire of vengeance in the eyes of Crowe could be seen.

This is also proved by the fact that Crowe received the 73rd Academy Award for the nomination of best actor in Gladiator. Joaquin Phoenix was also nominated for the best supporting actor nomination.

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