“Need for Speed” starring Aaron Paul, is based on the hugely popular video game. The film centers on mechanic Tobey Marshall (Paul) who is trying to keep his garage in business. He and his team build and race muscle cars on the side and are forced to team up with a rich, egotistical ex-NASCAR driver named Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper).
Unfortunately, as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks promising, an unsanctioned race leads Dino to frame Tobey for manslaughter. Tobey serves two years in prison, and when he gets out he vows revenge by battling Dino in an underground race called the De Leon.
Pressed for time, Tobey must drive super-fast from coast to coast while avoiding police and the bounty Dino put on his car.
Scott Waugh and his team were proud to highlight how Need For Speed is different from most modern racing films as most of the racing and stunts were shot practically and avoided using CGI as much as possible.
Waugh, who is a former stuntman himself, explained, “My Mantra is ‘do everything practically'” and that it was actually hard to figure out how to make everything look as real as it was while filming the characters behind the wheel. “I wanted to make sure there were angles that told you yes, we were really doing it. We really made sure that all the angles made you know that these guys are in the car and they’re really driving.”
Several camera cars, chase cars, camera platforms, aerial assemblies, GoPro mounts, crash cams, helmet rigs and other rigs made the shots possible on Need for Speed. An important part of capturing the action was actually allowing for stunt drivers to control the cars.
Whilst the film features a large number of super cars and muscle cars, the real thing would have clearly been too costly to film and crash. So the production entrusted RCR (Racing Chassis Replicas) to build the chassis, with the picture car, special effects and stunt departments building the car and fx rigging around that. Designs came directly from the manufacturers who assisted by providing 3D CAD data to complete the car.
Need for Speed will be available on Blu-ray from August 5th.