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Film­ing for Fury Road would fi­nally begin on the red sands of Namibia in 2012 and just as the real world has changed in the 30 years since Thun­der­dome, Mad Max’s apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land has changed with it. “I be­lieve we’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the world and make it much more vivid, so this world is not a re­peat of what was there 30 years ago,” Miller says. “Most of all the tech­nol­ogy has changed. We’re now in a dig­i­tal world and that makes a huge dif­fer­ence in shoot­ing ac­tion be­cause you can put rel­a­tively cheap cam­eras any­where and if they get wrecked you can go to the air­port and buy an­other.”

Miller made use of new CGI tech­nolo­gies avail­able to him too – eras­ing safety gear so the cast could film their own stunts, re­mov­ing tyre tracks from pre­vi­ous takes to main­tain the land­scape’s pris­tine ap­pear­ance and keep­ing the sky con­sis­tent.

“From the get go it’s one long chase so it’s prob­a­bly got more ac­tion than a lot of CGI block­busters be­cause we don’t stop very of­ten for talk­ing,” Miller says. “In an­other way it’s much more grounded and el­e­men­tal, so I would say it’s closer to an epic West­ern on wheels than it is to a space opera, or a su­per­hero story. It would share with them that ki­netic en­ergy and im­mer­sion, but it’s dif­fer­ent to any of them be­cause it feels more earthy and real.”

Miller con­sid­ered res­ur­rect­ing Fury Road as a 3D an­i­mated movie or a videogame af­ter the first failed film­ing at­tempt, which is why he jumped at the chance to tell the back­sto­ries of sev­eral key char­ac­ters in comic book form. “The film is on the run and to be able to fill out that back­ground was a very en­tic­ing op­por­tu­nity. One of them is about Ni­cholas Hoult’s char­ac­ter Nux – when and how he came to be a war boy in the waste­land. You could never stop to tell that story in the movie.”

The comics will fol­low in the months fol­low­ing Fury Road’s re­lease, but the good news for any­one an­tic­i­pat­ing an­other 30- year wait for Mad Max 5 is that two se­quel scripts are al­ready writ­ten. “Well, with the de­lays and get­ting into all of the back­sto­ries Nick Lathouris [ co- writer] and I have writ­ten two other scripts with Mad Max and Fu­riosa,” Miller re­veals. “We have them vir­tu­ally ready to go, so if Fury Road does well enough and we can bring the band back to­gether in terms of crew we’ll do those movies.”

Mad Max: Fury Road is re­leased on 15 May.

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