Pi Darren Aronofsky's debut feature, is a manic flash through conspiratorial surrealism and number theory.
Pi is the last gasp of 1990's indie filmmaking, with its heavy black and vibrant white chiaroscuro backing frothy- mouthed intellectualism that either made people turn their heads or turn away. Requiem for a Dream The Wrestler Black Swan and mother! .
Here are 10 facts about the low-budget freakout.
1. Darren Aronofsky's friends and family members.
Pi It took five years and a lot of $ 100 checks for Darren Aronofsky to raise the nearly $ 60,000 needed to make Pi . After his / her / its / their / its / their / its / their / its / their / its MFA in directing from the AFI Conservatory, the aspiring pro approached "friends, family, enemies, everyone" with the film delivered. It did. Artisan Entertainment bought it for over $ 1
2. In order to save money, they are filmed illegally.
In order to save money in many public places, you need permits … unless you're on an ultra-tight budget, and you're willing to risk fines and jail time , Aronofsky was willing to risk it, so the crew shot several scenes-most notably on the subway-without securing the proper permit because the young director did not want to pay.
3. Frank Miller's sin City comic book inspired The film's look.
Sin City Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique's vision for their film. "Matty was brave enough to take on Reversal film, which was shot in film school, and his black and white Reversal, extremely hard movie to expose," Aronofsky told IndieWire in 1998. "We did not want it to end Clerks and be all gray We were inspired by Sin City by Frank Miller-he just does white scratches into black ink. "
Pi Pi It is not so much about it as it is about trying to use it in reality God or control or something broaching enlightenment. Max's (Sean Gullette) focus on his supercomputer's theoretical capabilities offers a lesson in the woods for the millimeter of bark you're examining. According to Aronofsky, "The major point of Pi is that the search for order-for-meaning, for God-is usually one-dimensional and so pinpointed, and often leads to the destruction of the ego and the self and leads to death.
5. The film was shot from Max's perspective.
One of the reasons the film is so effective at raising our blood pressure "The idea behind Pi what to make a fully subjective movie," Aronofsky said. "We can shoot the other actors almost POV, almost straight- on, but Sean was almost always in profile so he was more of an objective, and he was trying to be subjective, every little gimmick we did, we tried to have a reason for. "
6. There are patterns embedded in the movie itself.
Just as Max searches for and finds patterns in life, Aronofsky and company thought it would be fun to use patterns in constructing the movie with some intense theories. "Some of the structural things we did relate to the spirals and so on the Fibonacci sequence," Aronofsky told Patheos. "For instance, we even shot the movie in a ratio called 1.68 which is rarely ever shot. It's shot sometimes in Europe, but it's never really shot in America and that's because of the Golden Ratio. "
7. It's the launching pad for three modern masters of cinema.
Before all the awards and accolades, there's a crew working for you. Aronofsky, of course, pi what the first film for cinematographer Matthew Libatique and composer Clint Mansell. Libatique got his Oscar nod for shooting Black Swan and has worked with Spike Lee, Jodie Foster, and Marvel. Moon Black Mirror and Park Chan-wook.
Pi 's total production budget was $ 60,927, which went to set dressing ("computer stuff"), music ("the whole thing what done on a keyboard "), and other unavoidable expenses like trucks. Post-production, on the other hand, cost $ 68,183, most of which went to post-production sound, post-production film and lab work, and film editing.
Ants eventually invade Max's apartment, but Aronofsky also owes the movie to Formicidae pals (as well as a road trip through the Yucatan Peninsula). "Aronofsky told The Washington Post . "The openings are like the fullness of volleyballs, and there are rivers in between. And we just watched them for an hour, and I just had this moment-one of those epiphanies in life-which is realizing that, here at the center of one of the greatest human civilizations of all time, that's completely extinct, that's been inherited And what the hell are we doing that's going on above us? "
10. It's made in the sci-fi tradition of Philip K. Dick.
Tossing Pi into one's genre is a tough task, but its roots are clearly in science fiction, which makes the miniscule budget a rarity , especially in the CGI boom of the 1990s. Aronofsky told Filmmaker Magazine. "All those Star Wars movies took sci-fi down the road for the last 20 years. The interesting science fiction is the inner space, the return to the work of Philip K. Dick. Blowing up sh * t he cited The Twilight Zone as a major inspiration and Rod Serling as the "patron saint of the movie."