Saturday Night Live - Will Ferrell - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch Will Ferrell‘s auditioning tape when he was just a comedian trying out for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Plus, learn about the art of production design from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and see how visual effects were employed to make multiple versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?.

First up, check out Will Ferrell’s audition tape for Saturday Night Live where he uses some of his key characters that would later go on to be famous on the actual show. They include Chicago Cubs broadcast Harry Caray and the father yelling at his kids to get off the damn shed. The rest is history.

If you’re a more casual moviegoer who doesn’t know the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes this video from Academy Originals has Jeannine Oppewall explain the foundations of production design. Now you’ll know what is being rewarded when the Oscar for this very category is handed out in March.

Finally, see how stand-ins and green poles were used to help create the illusion that there were several different versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?, which is now available to watch on Netflix. It’s incredible how seamless visual effects like this are in the final version of every scene involving duplicates of the same actress.

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