In fact, DiCaprio himself was not spared the physical challenges his character faced. He was quoted in an interview with Yahoo as saying, “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. whether it was going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping on animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] constantly enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia.”
Meanwhile, director Alejandro González Iñárritu said that finally completing “The Revenant” felt like “landing after a long and turbulent flight” because the entire process was filled with numerous challenges for the entire crew. this was due to the remote natural environments they used in the dead of winter.
where was “the revenant” filmed?
Most of “the revenant” was filmed in canada. According to Looper, quite a few scenes were shot in an area of the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary, Alberta, in the Kananaskis country and in the Bow Valley over the course of the 11-month shooting schedule. this region is full of parks and nature reserves that are extremely remote and mostly undisturbed by human presence.
difficulties of filming in the calgary desert
Notably, director Alejandro Iñárritu was committed to using only natural light for all cinematography. The days were quite short during the Calgary winter, writes Atlas of Wonders, and “traveling to the distant sets took so much time that the team had only a couple of hours a day for filming.”
combined with the region’s capricious weather, that’s why iñárritu had this to say about calgary, “sometimes the weather changes seven times a day in calgary. it’s the worst place for any producer to shoot a movie. but it’s amazing scenery, so we didn’t have a choice.”
fortress mountain resort
according to screen daily, “the production had to transport horses and a crane 8,000 feet up fortress mountain in alberta. planes dropped explosives to create an avalanche that the filmmakers had to capture on camera in one take.”
british columbia: the location of the scene of the bear slaughter
The scene in which Hugh Glass is attacked by a grizzly bear is perhaps the most memorable of the entire film. It is absolutely pivotal to the plot, so many readers are probably wondering where this scene was filmed.
unlike most of the movie, this scene was shot in the british columbia desert, in the upper squamish valley, writes lonely planet. this was also the location of several other scenes where woods and campsites were needed.
scenes filmed outside canada
Although most of “The Revenant” was filmed in Canada, there are several notable exceptions throughout. One of these is the scene where Glass ends up going over some rapids and a waterfall, which was shot at Kootenai Falls in Montana.
The crew also headed south to Tierra del Fuego, in the far south of Argentina, towards the end of the film, as the snow had begun to melt during the course of filming and a month of filming remained. . to complete. they needed to find another place with a lot of snow.
cold weather is integral to the film’s plot, and a sudden lack of snow would present continuity issues, and the southernmost point of argentina was a suitable alternative. This is where the crucial scene in which Glass finally locates and fights Tom Hardy’s character, John Fitzgerald, was filmed.