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The location

Looking down from the top of the hill, the view is very familiar. This is where Ridley Scott placed his camera to obtain the impressive wide shot of the battlefield. The audience is treated to the emperor's point of view.

One interesting note is that the natural shape of the clearing creates a kind of forced perspective which, along with the choice of lens, makes the clearing look larger than it actually is.

Panorama of the battle (film)

This defining panoramic shot shows a swarm of arrows crossing the battlefield,
as seen by the emperor from his vantage point on the hill.

Panorama of the battle (real)

The distant skyline is identical to this day. Although there are now fewer trees in the foreground, those that remain match the film perfectly.

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