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Behind The Scenes of Angels And Demons

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

Our work on the project by Ron Howard, Angels and Demons (2009), directed by Ron Howard exhibits two strong forces battling against each other. The main question we are posed with is: Who are the angels and who are the demons? Angels and demons, two opposing energies with a similar background. Both used to be angels at one point, but in Judeo-Christian culture the belief is that God, also known as YHVH (Yahweh), has an army of angels but one-third of that army rebelled against Him, and in turn he exiled them from Heaven. That third of fallen angels is what we now refer to in western culture as Demons; beings who only exist to do evil. Written by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman, this movie tackles some of the biggest controversies, namely the ties or separations between science and religion. Its intent was to have the audience ponder the tough questions and spark conversation about the age-old question, what do you perceive as good and evil?

Throughout the movie there are attacks on men who are a part of the Catholic clergy. Meanwhile, a scientific element called antimatter that was under the watchful eye of a Father and a physicist had been stolen, resulting in the Father being murdered. A man named Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, is called to investigate the matter at hand. It’s alleged that the murders were blamed on the Illuminati, and believed to be an attack against religion, but throughout the movie we are able to see a different story unfold with some unlikely villains and heroes. The viewer is left to ask the question to themselves, who are the angels and who were the demons? SAS worked closely alongside directors and producers to help their vision come to life and convey a message to the audience that would otherwise be lost in translation.

Based on the best-selling mystery-thriller novel by Dan Brown that goes by the same name, it uses different symbols throughout the movies to express the strained relationship between the Catholic religion and the science-based Illuminati. One of the main symbols being “antimatter”, a scientific element described as something that is both matter and not matter. This symbolism lies within the element being a grey area, in the same way there is a grey area between science and religion in the modern world. Brown’s novel, which was reimagined onto the big screen, sparked a conversation in both the reader and the viewer. As a filmmaker or producer, I’m sure there is a conversation you’d like to bring forth to the audience and SAS rentals has everything you need to make your vision come to life.

Angels and Demons (2009) - SAS LA Stage

Angels and Demons originated as a novel, and later turned into a film by visionary Ron Howard. While reading a book, a person may envision a certain image in their head about the settings, characters and the way the story unfolds. The prologue of the book states, “The intruder pressed down again, grinding the white hot object deeper into Vetra’s chest. There was the hiss of broiling flesh.” The book describes the intruder only as a “dark figure,” which leaves the reader to imagine how dark, tall, shadowy, and even what color the room in which this confrontation is taking place is. The reader is also left to wonder how the figure is holding the “white, hot object” in their hands; perhaps you imagined a stake or a dagger with the length of the intruders’ fingers wrapped around it. How graphic was the attack and what was the magnitude of the trauma to the skin? Was Vetra’s flesh bleeding as this happened, or did it bubble? The mind puts every detail together, which allows for your imagination to come to life as the story unfolds. The director and producers who had a hand in translating the movie onto the silver screen saw that same vision, and knew there was a story to be expanded on. Is there a book you read or a story you’ve that you believe deserves to be shared and seen by the public? SAS has all the tools to help that creative vision come to life.

Behind the Scenes Green Screen
Angels and Demons (2009) - SAS LA Stage

Bringing a written story to life requires more than a great idea. Similar to any production equipment is required, locations, sets, and even tools to build the sets. SAS Rentals is here to provide you with all of it. The green screens that can be used for almost anything need set walls for you to put them on, which we provide. The ability to monitor the correct timing, positioning, and sound to connect with the green screen is not just something one can ‘feel’; which is why we provide an all-in-one D.I.T. station and a sound cart would be necessary to help your production go smoothly. In other cases, when a location is not available to give the proper background needed and one needs to make the set, this may require boom lifts, man lifts, or scissor lifts to help you put everything together. With that being said, we also offer up to 21 pre-made sets at our LA studios which could cater to various genres of film. Much like Angels and Demons went from a vision to reality, SAS movie studios is here to make your vision come to life.

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