Cool facts about Dune

21 November 2022
We uncover some cool things about the making of the movie Dune.
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The sci-fi adventure movie Dune is based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Set in a dystopian future, it centres around Paul Atreides, heir to Houses Atreides, and his family, and their battle on the planet of ArrakisThe movie was praised for its elaborate costumes, amazing production design, and incredible music. Dune received several awards and nominations. Here are some cool facts about the movie.

Some filming took place in the Liwa Oasis in Abu Dhabi and some in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, the same place Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was filmed.

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Martial arts expert Roger Yuan choreographed the fight scenes. He also worked on fight scenes for Jason Bourne and the James Bond film, Skyfall.

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Dune avoided using green screens, relying instead on sand-coloured backdrops, as well as practical effects and natural lighting. Practical sets were also built at studios in Budapest to help capture the film's out-of-this-world look and feel.

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It took 30% of actor Stellan Skarsgård's production time to get his makeup done to transform him into the character Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. The bath scenes where he emerges from dark, murky water were real and did not just rely only on CGI. Skarsgård actually got into a pool of murky water! How dedicated is that?

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The design team designed more than 1000 looks for the planets Arrakis, Caladan, and Giedi Prime. 

Lady Jessica is the only character who wears a bright colour in the movie.

Liet Kynes is a man in the book, but in the movie, the character is a black woman, played by actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

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Composer Hans Zimmer was responsible for the superb music for the movie. He is known for composing several award-winning movies, with The Lion King being one of his most memorable ones.

Catch this sci-fi adventure on 27 November at 20:05 on M-Net 101.

Watch the trailer below.