Joel Silver talks Simultaneous Filming

Lord of the Rings started a trend of shooting films simultaneously:

Meanwhile, director brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski are filming the next two installments of “The Matrix” franchise simultaneously.

“It’s easier to do it all as one giant picture because the boys had the story and the material and knew what they wanted to do,” said Joel Silver, producer of “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” set to come out in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

“It’s like one giant movie cut in half and shown at two different releases.”

That plan saved filmmakers from having to retrain the actors in martial arts, and will shorten the time between releases to one year instead of three. Silver said that makes it harder for other filmmakers to mimic any breakthrough special effects.