In the film “A man at the height”, Jean Dujardin plays a short man, who falls under the spell of Virginie Efira. Find out how the actor was made smaller on screen.
A man at the height: a great Jean Dujardin
Released in French theaters on May 4, 2016, the film A tall man by Laurent Tirard brings together Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira on screen. This is a remake of the Argentinian film Corazón de Leonby Marcos Carnevale, released in 2013.
Diana is a beautiful woman. A very beautiful woman. A brilliant lawyer, she has a sense of humor and a strong personality. And as she has just put an end to a marriage that did not make her happy, here she is finally free to meet the man of her life. Chance does not exist, Diane receives a phone call from a certain Alexandre, who has found the cell phone she had lost. Very quickly, something happens during this telephone conversation. Alexandre is courteous, funny, visibly cultured… Diane is charmed. An appointment is quickly fixed. But the meeting does not go at all as planned…
In the film, Jean Dujardin plays a short man. What the character of Virginie Efira discovers when meeting him for the first time. It was therefore necessary to find subterfuges so that the actor appears smaller on the screen.
Special effects but not only
In life, Jean Dujardin is 1m82 tall. But his character in the film is supposed to be barely 1m40 tall. The team, therefore, had to call on special effects during post-production. As for the recent Aline by Valérie Lemercier, scenes were shot on a green screen so that Jean Dujardin could then be made smaller in the frame.
However, such an approach requires some adjustments during filming. When he was facing Virginie Efira, in order to have matching looks, the latter had to look down while Jean Dujardin had to look up.
At the time of movie release the actress said:
I stared at his shirt button and looked at a cloud above my head to address me. When we played in the street it was absurd: passers-by had to believe that we were doing a contemporary art performance!
But green funds were not the only tricks used. Indeed, others were more artisanal, as Laurent Tirard explained:
It ranged from things as simple as bringing Jean to his knees (framing him at shoulder level) or forcing perspectives (putting him further back so he looks smaller) to more complicated methods like this scene in the office where Jean, interrupted by Cédric, had to jump out of the chair. For this plan, we had to raise the whole room by 40 cm except the part on which Jean landed. But all this was, in fact, very artisanal.