The Untold Truth Of The Matrix

Nowadays, everyone knows about The Matrix. But when it first debuted in 1999, filmgoers
weren’t quite sure what they were in for. The movie’s blend of such a large existential
framework with slick kung fu action scenes elevated the Wachowskis and had everyone second-guessing
whether they’d take the blue pill or the red pill. But with two relatively new filmmakers at
the helm, it’s a bit of a surprise such an ambitious concept ever made it to celluloid,
let alone spawned such a cultural phenomenon. So, let’s take a look back at how The Matrix
came to be such a central part of the sci-fi film world in the first place. Odd origins It’s safe to say that The Matrix never would
have come to be if not for one really crappy film. 1995’s Assassins was a lazy action vehicle
for Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas, directed by Richard Donner in full paycheck-cashing
mode. But Assassins wasn’t just a bad movie…it
was also the Wachowskis’ second completed script, which was ultimately sold to Warner
Bros. In the end, the script itself is what earned
the pair a deal with Warner Bros. Taking the helm The Wachowskis developed a relationship with
Assassins producer Joel Silver, to whom they showed their script for The Matrix early on,
and he was immediately blown away. Silver remembered, “The minute I started reading
the script for The Matrix, I wanted to see it … but then the [Wachowskis] said, ‘And
we want to direct it.’ That was going to be tough.” Instead of taking a gamble on a script that
was obviously going to take a beefy budget to realize, Silver took a more cautious approach:
He greenlit Bound, a smaller piece about lesbian lovers on the run from the mob, which the
Wachowskis would write and direct. The film was then made on a tight $6 million
budget and was a hit with critics. That was almost enough to convince Warner
Bros. to let the newly-minted directors proceed with their passion project. But there was just one problem: while everyone
seemed to agree that The Matrix was a great script, nobody understood the Wachowskis’
vision in the least. “There is no spoon?” So, the siblings had to improvise … Storyboarding Producers were so confused by the premise
of The Matrix that the Wachowskis turned to a pair of illustrators named Steve Skroce
and Geof Darrow to present the premise in a format others might understand. Skroce handled the storyboards, illustrating
scenes in a dramatic, noir-like style with a heightened sense of motion and impact. Meanwhile, Darrow handled concept art. Now, for the first time, executives were able
to visualize how this crazy script would translate to the screen. It was enough for Warner Bros. to greenlight
a $60 million budget for The Matrix. And the pre-production artwork was so impressive
that it was collected in a hardcover volume the year after the film’s release. Casting calls After executives hopped on board with the
Wachowskis’ vision, they still wanted to maintain some creative control over the project. The cast, in particular, was to be decided
by Warner Bros., even though the Wachowskis had some opinions of their own on the matter. Keanu Reeves was not the Wachowskis’ first
choice for the role of Neo. Instead, they had their eyes on Johnny Depp. Meanwhile, the studio wanted someone like
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, or Will Smith, all of whom turned down the role. “This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back.” Neo’s casting was eventually whittled down
to a choice between Depp and Reeves, the latter of whom Warner Bros. preferred. Eventually, the studio won out with the casting
of Reeves, and at least one star who turned it down has no regrets. Will Smith has said that he’s glad he turned
down the role, as Reeves ended up being “brilliant.” Fight preparation The Wachowskis envisioned the fight scenes
in The Matrix being heavy on fast-paced, close-quarters martial arts combat with elements of wire
work. So, they decided to appeal directly to the
world’s foremost authority in martial arts choreography, Yuen Woo-ping, director of such
classics as Drunken Master and the man who made Jackie Chan a star. Yuen wasn’t interested — until he read the
script. Unlike Warner Bros. executives, it took Yuen
almost no time to understand what they were doing, and he agreed to bring his crew of
trainers to the production, where his work began months before cameras ever started rolling. All of the movie’s stars were expected to
perform their own stunts, but most weren’t exactly known for being on-screen fighters. So they had to spend months training with
Yuen’s kung fu crew and wire workers and and suffered a few injuries along the way. And while it was a brutal preparation process,
the ends definitely justified the means for these Matrix stars. Satisfying the suits It’s an often-quoted piece of trivia that
Warner Bros. initially budgeted the film at $10 million — only to have which the Wachowskis
use it to create a smash opening sequence, and convince the studio to fund the full $60
million they needed. But that’s not exactly how it happened. According to special effects supervisor John
Gaeta, the Australia-based production had been scheduled for a 90-day shoot, and it
became obvious at a certain point that it was falling significantly behind. Executives were growing frustrated, so they
hatched a plan to clean up the opening sequence and its visual effects, and add in some temporary
sound effects. Once that was done, they sent it to the studio
to let them know just how production was coming along. After that, Warner Bros. immediately backed
off and gave them an additional month to complete the film. It was just enough time to make all that movie
magic happen, including the invention of a new photography technique to capture those
slow-mo bullet shots. Gaeta was inspired by the Japanese film Akira
and music video director Michel Gondry to improvise his camera techniques to create
those memorable scenes. He used over 100 still cameras and two motion
cameras to create the effect of a shot moving into extreme slow motion, while the camera
appears to pan around or track the events at a normal speed. Each sequence that employed the technique
was first digitally simulated, then meticulously staged with the camera array programmed to
shoot in a specific sequence with precise timing. This technique became known as “bullet time”
camera work and is a registered trademark of Warner Bros. So, not only did they get a full-on franchise
out of the deal, but they also made movie history with The Matrix. “Whoa.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 Replies to “The Untold Truth Of The Matrix

  1. This video fails to address the villain at all.  Hugo Weaving MADE this movie, and the resulting franchise.   Too bad Looper.

  2. About that storyboarding: it was one of the most detailed storyboards ever made.. look into it (matrix revisited). the drawing of the nebukadnezar rivals the work of albrecht dürer. god i love the matrix, they first wanted to do bullettime by strapping a rockettypemotor to an expensive camera. WB said "Well.. no." XD

  3. Recall watching the trailers for it on television back in 1999, and I wanted to see it really bad in theaters along with The Mummy! Time flies man :/

  4. Untold truth? Is there any part of this movie that wasn't already known? (and if so, is it sourced in any reliable way?)

  5. The Matrix Works On the Idea Of Banning Utopia from You … Agent Smith Said it … You all Had it but it wasn't like you all liked it. A Big Giant Loop. of Which Like in the Lost Train STation … You DOn't know how or from Where it Started.

  6. its not a concept.. its a metaphor to our actual relativity. obviously we don't live in a "Computer sim" But life is nothing but an illusion.

  7. When it came out 1999 IT ( the story ) was old – It became what it became because some youth,s dont read sfi-novels… Matrix was rubbish

  8. Let me check the premise, (A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, so no knowledge is even more dangerous) 1. A little knowledge, human brains have a minor electric field that might power a device just like a battery. 2. The perpetual cat farm, feed rats to cats, skin cats for pelts and feet cat carcasses to rats. (a very flawed concept). 3. The matrix, use human brains to power the matrix, feed the dead humans to the live humans to power their brains. Yes just the stupid. No wonder even Hollywood had trouble understanding this level of the Stupid.

  9. Every time I see Matrix footage or analysis or review online I feel an inevitable urge to watch the movie again. So good.

  10. The brothers stole the movie from SOPHIA STEWART. She sued the brothers for about 10 YEARS which she eventually won. Look it up and see for yourself.

  11. This movie would’ve never came to be if it weren’t for that Black woman that originally wrote all the Matrix movies. N all the Terminators movies. Good thing she won all her rights back in a lawsuit against the Bros.

  12. Great points in this video but both the Agent Smith and neo are the on. A combination of hardware and software. The matrix is more than just software. The one is that coin with 2 sides. It's obvious.

  13. wow I read a bunch comments and nobody mention the real matrix into which we are born, a matrix whose whole purpose for its existence is to hide the truth of the God of the Bible and his plan of salvation, we are living in the end times. the end of the matrix.

  14. They made it to harrass a mental patient you've never heard of, same as every other film. The government drugged him, he thought drug thoughts, the rich kids made a movie to joke about what he thought was happening. They do this to people. Believe whatever you want, but it's true. The girl that Trinity represents to that one narrow audience likely had the exact opposite feelings for the victim as Trinity had for Neo. They were just mocking his romantic ideals. He's probably dead now.

  15. Those brothers didn't write the script a BLACK WOMEN did!? And they got sued for it. Thats why the next 2 matrix films didn't have the same pazazz as the first. You can tell by the performances and the writing.?

  16. The wickowski brothers now the wickowski sisters stole everything from a black women named Sophia who wrote and submitted the script in comic book form to them when she was a child.
    She won the largest lawsuit in America .
    Also the terminator series.
    All thieves patting themselves on the back.

  17. We live in a matrix I thinking we can live with the caucus and all we know them to do is destroy lie still kill and divide and conquer

  18. If you want to get your life straight out about a real movie happening right now everybody go look at Netflix movie original it's called the Cloverfield paradox and that is about our reality right now think I'm playing stupix Merkcans

  19. And the Chinese fight coreographer didn't take long to understand the concept.
    I can see now how brilliant the hollywood brains are

  20. The idea of matrix comes from an Asian idea, an Asian write about this I do not know if it was from a manga and or just a book

  21. They forgot to mention how the entire Matrix trilogy is based on "The third Eye" manuscript they have stolen from the african-american woman Sophia Stewart at a book convention in 1989. Lol. There was a serious court case about this and obviously Hollywood doesn't want people to know about this.

  22. Diabolique had a part to play in getting Matrix greenlit. WB execs saw what The Wachowskis did with Bound and what they got for the $60m Diabolique and gave them a shot.

  23. The original film was incredible. The Animatrix was mind-blowing. The rest was bullshit. That's the only truth you need to know.

  24. Matrix and the terminator were actually one story. The studios denied the original author a deal and instead broke the story up into two franchises cuz they saw more profit potential. The original authored sued and the studios tried to settle but she refused

  25. in 1999, i stumbled into a theater as a twelve yr old and was never the same again
    didnt know the other 3 rando people in the theater w me, but im almost positive they felt the same

  26. Another untold truth is it wasn't an original idea. When I saw the Matrix I immediately thought of Total Recall and The Thirteenth Floor.

  27. Sophia Stewart wrote the Matrix, it was stolen from her and she won the rights back. It sickens me how this bullshit information is still out there robbing her of her genius.

  28. Documentary not a movie WAKE UP! SOPHIA STEWART wrote the story !!! Look it up ! Big Case won by writter Warners bro stole script!!!! Look it up!

  29. Sophia Stewart won her case againat hollywood! Her stories made millions in films and no one knows a black woman is the TRUTH ! Look it up!

  30. Yeh right Will Smith glad that he didn't took the role? Thats why he played in "I robot" that is basically the " Second Renaissance" from Animatrix ?

  31. Go to Google and search for the global truth project and read the
    book named The Present so you will discover all the answers of the big questions of life ⬆️⬆️

  32. And so it was that, ironically, the Wachowskis used the tools of the Matrix to make a movie exposing the truth of the Matrix to the world.

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